Over the UK Winter I’ve made half a dozen little needlecases with the purpose of trying out different decorations on the front. I’ve played with embroidered block-printed flowers, beads and yo-yos. Yo-yos are often called Suffolk Puffs in the UK and are a versatile decorative technique which can be used in multiple ways. But for this little needlecase I turned them over to the flat side and divided the shape with thread to form petals. These are very small and fiddly to do but can be made to look like those flowers with multiple petals such as hydrangeas.

An illustration of the technique
An example needlebook with yo-yos.

A tiny bead in the centre and some raw edge machine appliqued leaves were added to complete my hydrangea.

With so many different textile art techniques to try it’s good to have a small project ready and to hand to try them out. Especially if like me you lead a sewing group and need to have examples ready as an inspiration for each new workshop. Not only do participants enjoy the challenge of creating something but a small item easily and cheaply made is a welcome idea for many Stitchers. I’ve put printed blocks, appliqued felt motifs, surface embroidery flowers and these yo-yo clusters on my needle books. I still have aspirations to do more as new project ideas pop into my head. Next on my list is a needlecase with a crazy quilted cover.

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