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Needlecases, through the ages...

 How many needle cases do you need? Thats a question thats impossible for me to answer given that I like to have a needlecase with every project I am working on that has my needles, threads, thimble and favourite pair of scissors inside, bet you do to!

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I have been gathering some from my collection...this first one my Mum made when she was at school - I think we probably all made one of these on that jumbo Aida cloth with wool threads and I can still remember how hard it was to thread the needle....

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Mum then progressed onto stitching on linen and got quite clever with her embroidery...she did chain stitched lettering..very grand!!

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This thatched cottage needlecase is from my book 'Country Cottage Quilting' and was inspired by my friends home.

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This sweet little envelope style needlecase which approx. 1.5" x 2" came from my grandmothers sewing box. I am not sure of its history but imagine it might be a travelling sewing keep, the sort you might keep in your handbag in case a button falls off...its made from silk.

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Ok, here is my first attempt and as you can see I thought I should copy my Mum and stitch the letters across the needlecase! 

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I was obviously feeling patriotic and added my version of a Union Jack to the back!

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This next needlecase 'Springtime Needlecase' is the second one of this design that I have made, the first used a dusky pink wool which I liked but this dirty green version is just lovely. As you can see my stitching has improved from that first early needlecase. The tiny prairie points at the top and bottom of the stitchery set the design off nicely but I do remember that it was hard making them and not getting my fingers burnt! 

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As you can see I had a photographers assistant helping me to make sure the needlecase was looking its best!

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As  many of you know I originally self published my books and this sweet needlecase is from a pattern in the book 'Bearly Stitched' which is currently out of print. The gorgeous handpainted bear button was created by my friend Leanne and we have found a few of these, there are also bear buttons with pink bows.

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My Mums middle sister who is a very talented stitcher enjoyed making this very glamorous needlecase which she gave to my mum several years ago. I love the little shisha mirrors.....

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Beehive Sewing book is one of my favourite ones...the pattern includes the instructions for the sewing book and the scissor keep. The handprinted buttons: crow, flower, beehive and bee come in a button pack which we created for this project..

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Another friend gave me this pansy covered handpainted needlecase, which is almost too pretty to use. Linda calls these painted pansy's her doodling!! She now has a fabulous quilt shop of her own in Harvey Bay (up the coast from me) called Dew Drop Inn.

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I hope you have enjoyed taking a look at some of the needlecases I have in my collection, over the years I have created a lot of needlecase patterns some of which you can see here.

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#hellolynette...

 We have had such a lot of fun with this hashtag #hellolynette  during Festival of Quilts in the UK last week. Here are the lot photos I can find of lovely ladies having their photo taken with me....

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This is my friend Maria who owns Pinwheels and sells the lovely Daiwaboo fabrics that I adore.

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Lots of big grins in this batch :) Including a lovely picture of Rosa the creator of Apliquick - tools I cant live without.PicShells 2

I spy in the top left the lovely Jo and her trusty assistant Sally with whom I would normally have travelled back to Cornwall with for my workshops at the lovely Cowslip, see you all next year. Also seen here my friend Karin from Quilters Haven in Suffolk, UK top right picture (hope to see you in Houston). The bottom row hosts some lovely stitching customers  x thanks for visiting.PicShells 3Waving hello to some Facebook fans #hellolynettePicShells

hello Nicola...

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If I have missed putting your photo into this post then please forgive me, collecting pictures from IG, Facebook and emails has been challenging......

This is Teresa's car packed ready to head home at the end of the show....and today DHL are picking up my boxes and bringing them home, it will be nice to have the samples back home.

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The news on my finger repair is relatively good, after what I thought was 6 weeks in this splint but was actually 8, I am now allowed not to wear it for 3 hours in every four.....my finger is still swollen, sore and stiff but its trying its best to bend and work for me :) hooray...

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Well we had a fun competition with the #hellolynette hashtag and now 'drum roll' please while I announce what the prize is...... a patty cake (40 pieces - 10" x 10") of Winter Village and some of my gorgeous buttons, handpainted and painted..... 

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and now for who the winner is = Jayne from @needleworknettiebee - Please Jayne email me your postal address so I can get the package to you :)

 

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Festival of Quilts, UK 2015

 I am so lucky to have met and made so many friends over the years, so that when I made the decsion not to travel to France and the UK and risk not regaining full recovery for my injured finger my amazing 'A' Team in the UK offered to run my stand without me....here is stand H36 all dressed up and ready the night before 'day one' of the Festival of Quilts, UK.

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 Meet my lovely 'A' team - Tara, Lorri, Rachel, Teresa (team leader) and Lynne...what are they pointing at you ask...yes well one of them came up with the bright idea of having me framed!! So visitors would feel that I was still there and would be able to have their photo taken with me x x 

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 Here I am, 'framed' on the stand ready and waiting for you to have your photo taken with me.... 

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 The first two grinners to have their #hellolynette photo are my good friends Maureen and Valerie x x sorry not to have had a real in person hug with you two, we will have to make up for it next year.

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I caught up for some more #hellolynette photos with Mandy from Dandelion Designs, Sylvia from Australia, Karen from Somerset Patchwork, Australia who is an exhibitor at the show for the first time this year, Penny and Sharon who are both Instagram friends of mine.... 

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Just for fun I am running a competition, have your photo taken with the 'framed' me at the Festival of Quilts before Sunday and use the hashtag #hellolynette when you post your picture to either Facebook or Instagram and you would be the winner of a lovely bundle of my fabrics.... maybe if your super clever with Photoshop you can manage a photo with me for the #hellolynette competition even if your not at the show!!

More fun being had here in the photos...ladies spending their money, lovely things on display, happy #hellolynette photos being taken.

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see you tomorrow if I have more #hellolynette photos to share xx

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Boxes of Goodies....

 Lots of goodies going into the boxes that are being packed and ready to ship to the UK ready for the Festival of Quilts in the UK.

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 Gail and Vince had lots of fun with the sticky tape getting the boxes ready for pick up... I supervised!

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 Meanwhile in the UK, Teresa did a 'dummy car pack' with the boxes that are filled with pre-cuts fabrics that have already arrived from the US. I hope she has left room for the driver!

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The 'dream' team are gearing up and are ready to man my stand H36 without me. I feel so sad that I am not going to be there but with progress on my finger getting movement back being slow I am sure I have made the right decision to stay home and make sure it heals properly.

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I do hope that of your going to the show that you will visit the girls and have fun shopping...

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