needle books

21 March, 2015 ·

Last night I needed to come up with some little craft-related gifts quite quickly so I used a couple of the embroidered fabric paint splodges like the ones I showed you in this post to make two needle books. I cut the covers out of a soft purple felted jumper bought from my friend Jo’s magical garage sale.

needle books

The little bells sewed onto the ribbons are from one of the markets I went to in Thailand. I knew they’d come in handy for something! They wrap around and hold the books closed like this.

needle books

Inside are two rectangles of felt folded in half to make four ‘pages’, with a seam hand sewn up the ‘spine’ through both pages and the cover. The ribbon is stitched inside the back cover as you can see.

needle book

I’d imagined turning my ever-expanding collection of painted splodges mainly into jewellery, but now I’m suddenly taken with the idea of making a set of these for the next market!

While I’m here, would you call this a needle book or a needle case?

Have a lovely weekend!


  1. Kate Needle book sounds more fun! And they are very adorable!!
    March 21, 2015 at 1:29 pm ·
  2. Maureen I'd call it beautiful! Yep, beautiful needle cases!
    March 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm ·
  3. anna Thank you Kate and Maureen, both for your ideas about the name and for your very kind thoughts :) xx
    March 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm ·
  4. Jeanette I think it would be a needlebook but needlecase is good too. The colour of the felted jumper you used is beautiful. Gorgeous crafting.
    March 22, 2015 at 8:43 am · Reply
  5. anna I love the colour too Jeanette - I've been waiting for the right project for that felted jumper! I've noted your vote for needlebook :). And thank you for the kind words too!
    March 22, 2015 at 4:12 pm ·
  6. Jewels Thank you for sharing your beautiful craft work Anna. These are exquisite little books, needle books because instead of words they hold needles :) x
    March 22, 2015 at 6:58 pm · Reply
  7. Sonya Woods What a beautiful needle book, you are so talented Anna. :)
    March 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm ·
  8. Lois Wadelton perfect :)xxx
    March 23, 2015 at 11:49 am ·
  9. Sharon definately books! :-D
    March 23, 2015 at 8:19 pm · Reply
  10. celia needle books! Love them as always Anna xx
    March 24, 2015 at 11:32 am · Reply
  11. Nanette Beautifully sweet needle books. They look very soft and hand friendly. I thought about making little needle books for the next market, but wasn't sure if they'd sell...if you think it's a good idea, I will make some, they'd be different to yours.
    March 25, 2015 at 9:39 am ·
  12. Kienyen That is SOOO adorable! Oh my gosh! I love them so much Anna!
    March 27, 2015 at 12:09 pm ·
  13. Ronnie These look so delicate and lovely Anna. I have a little needle book that I have had for years - with memories of many different projects that I have stitched every time I look at it. I was thinking of replacing it now I wont be able to stop thinking of these
    March 29, 2015 at 3:17 am ·
  14. Trini Oh, I just love that soft blue! :-) Wouldn't it be divine to read a book with a soft cover like this! Like Fairy Magic! :-)
    May 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm · Reply
  15. anna It is heaven to work with Trini - and yes, I've had many a happy daydream about somehow binding a real book like this!
    June 11, 2015 at 2:04 pm ·