And also maybe a sad bulb…
let’s start with the needle book
It’s super small, just 2 and ½ by 3 inches. And it’s made with template C and the heart from the free needle book tutorial. A couple details are different from the pattern:
- I added a layer of cotton batting in the heart and rectangle.
- Instead of the loop closure I used a string with fringed ends. It’s tied around the button and long on one end for wrapping.
It was fun to make and the size is sweet but most importantly it helped me bust out of inertia.
Usually, in the early summer, I take a little time off to travel or just mess around in the garden and swim. This year, instead of that, I got super sick and did a lot of tedious website maintenance work… Finding my energy and focus on the other side of that and getting back into a working/creative rhythm has been tough. I’ve been firmly stuck in the doldrums, not even a whisper of a breeze to push me out.
In a doldrum emergency like this the question to ask myself is : what would I be willing to do. Not what should I do, but what might I possibly, actually, maybe be able to get myself to do. For me the answer was a tiny needle book. And twig herb markers.
If you don’t see the video click here.
The little book would make a great gift and I might make a couple for the shop (I’m still in a tiny needle book making place). You can check out the book in the video above. The thread wrapped needle detail is a simple thing that makes it feel extra special.
making stick herb markers
Every year I mean to make them and don’t. They’re super quick and easy, just twigs with the bark shaved off and a fine sharpie. Mine are kind of a mess but that’s in keeping with the current theme here. I love them.
The tiny projects did the trick, somewhere between the needle book and the twig markers there was a glimmer of motivation and momentum. The wheels are turning again and I’m nurturing that precious momentum.
Let’s talk about this guy. He was a bonus project for the zoom botanical class. I’m considering a sewing pattern or mini class for him.