I’m one of those mamas who wants to pass on my love of stitching to my daughters. So you can see why I almost did a backflip when my six-year old asked for an embroidery kit during a recent visit to a fabric shop.
The kit came with everything she needed to get started including needles, embroidery floss, and a hoop.
But one thing the kit did not include was a needle book.
So I stitched this one for her.
I used a tutorial by Amy at nanaCompany and made an I-spy patchwork version. Here’s what the back looks like.
Inside I stitched a pale blue piece of wool felt for the needles.
I did a few things differently than the tutorial. First, I added a layer of duck canvas, along with batting, to give the needle book a little extra firmness.
Second, I opted to machine quilt the needle book rather than hand quilting to give it another dimension of firmness and because my hand quilting skills are still under development!
I used the quilting to outline the squares and reinforce the binding.
The third thing I did differently is add a pocket to the inside of the needle book. I decided to add the pocket after I had already assembled the main part of the needle book. I didn’t want to take it apart and redo it so I stitched the pockets onto the inside of the needle book. If I were to do it over again, I would add the pockets to the lining before stitching the layers together and turning it inside out. The pockets will come in handy for storing my daughter’s scissors and needle threader.
I am thrilled with how this little needle book came out. And I think my daughter is too. Shortly after I gave her the needle book, she made me a thank you note. Inside she writes, “I love it!”
I’m hoping that her interest in embroidery will continue to grow over time and that she will get as much joy from stitching as I do.
Are you “raising stitchers”? If so, what are you doing to pass on your love of stitching to the next generation?