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lovemycottons | Posted in General Discussion on

Has anyone ever made a needlebook? What did you use for the pages?

I made a beautiful needlepoint cover and am tossing a few ideas around for the pages and am curious as to what others used.



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    Becky-book | | #1

    My needlebook was strictly utilitarian... I used felt.  but you could use linen or flannel, any natural fiber.


    1. lovemycottons | | #2

      Felt is one of my options. I like the idea of felt because I will not have to finish the edges but am wondering if it will be too thick. I plan to put a few pages in this book so each kind of needle will be represented. How many pages do you have?

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        Becky-book | | #8

        number of pages? just 2, I only use it to transport needles (and a few pins) when carrying a hand sewn project away from home, so the contents change based on the project.  Most of my needles are stored in their original packaging in a drawer.


  2. solosmocker | | #3

    My needlebook had a cover of batik overstitched with all sorts of threads and stitches. Inside I sewed a lightweight clear vinyl to the pages. I stitched this so it made little pockets the size of machine needle cases. I could then slip my machine needles into the pockets and see at a glance what I had in my stash.

    1. Josefly | | #4

      This is a new idea to me. Is it a book in which to store sewing machine needles? What a great idea.

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        Becky-book | | #9

        Kathyanne has it right, the original needlebooks were for storing Hand sewing needles.

        I have thought about a better way to store those little plastic cases that certain brands of machine needles come in... why not use a page protector designed for baseball cards, they are about the same size.  And if the stash grows, just get another sheet and add it to the notebook! (haven't done it yet, no round Tuit)HA


      2. solosmocker | | #13

        Yes,this is where I put my machine needles. But with my new sewing studio, I keep them in my top right hand drawer, the quicker to grab when changing needles. I have that book around here somewhere. The pages were the same batik cotton with the clear vinyl stitched to them. I certainly could use a needle case for my hand needles. I have loads because of the handwork I do and could use the organization. They are all currently in a Tupperware container.

    2. lovemycottons | | #10

      A needlebook for machine needles!. What a great idea! I did not even consider that. Your book cover sounds lovely. It was my error in forgetting to mention the needlebook I am making is for hand needles but your suggestion is being filed for a possible future project. Thanks

      Edited 5/18/2007 9:21 am ET by lovemycottons

      1. user-217847 | | #12

        good evening all, i thought i'd just add my twopence worth. i use a zip closed credit card case to store my machine needles  (in there plastic cases). they are all together never lost and i know when to replace each packet before i run out. also, i use a plastic film container,  i simply punch a hole in the lid to dispose of used needles.

        regards and happy sewing


  3. mygaley | | #5

    I received as a gift a needlebook which had pages of tightly woven wool. I like the idea that the wool is lubricating my needles. Galey

    1. lovemycottons | | #11

      Thank you everybody for your wonderful suggestions. Since it will be a rainy weekend, it will be a good time to finish this project.

  4. kathyann | | #6

    I've made a bunch of these, based on an oldish Threads Quick to Make article; a good place to keep hand sewing needles so they don't get lost inside pin cushions, and easier to find. I have some off-white wool crepe in my stash and used that, because it was handy. I just pinked the edges.Kathyann

  5. stitchintime | | #7

    A friend made me a needle book many years ago; I'd forgotten about it until I decided to clean up my own piled up mess and finish my UFOs.  I use it for embroidery/quilting needles. The outside 'cover' is linen with a machine embroidered appliqued flower and the inside is a soft flannel. The cover is lined with the flannel. The 2 'pages' are one rectangular piece of fabric placed on the inside and sewn down the center of the book.

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