Wednesday, 10 June 2015

A Private Swap










Way back in January I received an email from Claudia asking where I got the pattern for the  Liberty needle book I made myself last year.  Because it is a pattern of my own design, and no two are ever the same, I offered to make her one in a private swap.  After a little to and fro of emails to each other we agreed on a project for her to make me.

The needle book I made Claudia, consists of bright  Anna Maria Horner hexis quilted onto a natural linen,  This gave the cover rather a firm finish, but I am really pleased with how it has held its shape.  The inner is a cream solid, and the pockets are another bright Anna Maria Horner print,  She does a lot of different craft work, so asked if it was possible to put in more than one page of felt for the needles, so I put in two sheets of hand dyed wool felt.  Again my little zippy pocket on the right hand side for scissors and other things you don't want falling out.  Finished off with a matching covered button and ribbon loop.

In return, Claudia made me some beautiful crochet butterfly bunting to hang in my sewing room.  I requested rainbow, and they definitely fulfil that criteria.  Currently I am having fun deciding where to hang them.  There were also some loose ones that I want to attach to a twiggy branch like  she did here. Some vintage handkerchiefs and chocolate completed my beautiful package.

Thanks for a fun and colourful swap Claudia.

14 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous swap - such bright cheerful colours, just lovely :)

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  2. those butterflies make me want to learn to crochet... so lovely!!

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  3. Lucky you. What a great swap. Love the butterflies!

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  4. Hi,
    My mom makes the butterflies as well. :-) What a great idea you have to decorate with them. I am going to ask my mom to make me some more.
    The candy bar looks good too.
    And how is your mom doing? Is she still traveling?
    Carla

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  5. Love the fabrics you chose for your needle book keep. Butterflies are lovely :)

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  6. Love what you made her!! And I love what she made you!! Those butterflies are just so sweet! Boy would my bean girls love something like that! I would say that this was a wonderful swap!!! Wishing you a glorious new day tomorrow!!! Nicole xoxo

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  7. Yes, a really gorgeous swap... it must be great when it works out well like this? I love the butterfly bunting, very cute idea!

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  8. A truly beautiful swap for both.

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  9. Lovely swap, the needle case is pretty and those butterflies.........cute!

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  10. How lovely!! You both sent and received such lovely things!!! The butterflies are gorgeous and of course you know I love your needlebooks! xx

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  11. oh my - gosh Julie. both packages are just gorgeous! Always love your work... I reckon you would have no trouble selling those gorgeous needlebooks - none at all! as for the rainbow butterflies... gasp! so pretty!!

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  12. After returning from some holidays I've now found time to visit your blog dear Julie and want to thank you again for your phantastic needlebook and it's certainly as cute as everyone says! It just came with me for the very first time on a trip to Denmark and we had a lovely time together stitching away! I'm happy that you, like so many others love the butterflies I made and YES! it certainly was a lovely swap! Thank you Julie! :-)

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