The Faux Ivory Flower Needlebook Kit

This beautiful accessory is for you to make for yourself. Inspired by an early piece of embroidery which incorporated the use of pieces of ivory, this exquisite piece of stitching is created as a band of cross stitch (with additional optional stitches) which is then hand finished with the addition of faux ivory covers. Each page of the notebook is decorated with different wild flowers, but leaving a space for your precious gold needles to live. The project is supplied as a complete kit for you to stitch and then hand finish as it appears in the picture. This delicious project is not for the novice but is a joy to stitch. The pack includes two faux ivory covers, 28-count washed unbleached Cashel linen, five gold-plated needles, ribbon, charts and illustrated instructions. The finished book measures approximately 2.5 x 3.5in (6.5 x 9cm).

£40.00

1 in stock

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The story of this little treasure

In the Georgian era, ivory needlework tools, decorated with black or navy dots, circles or lines (called hot needle decoration or Madras work) were quite plentiful and are now very collectable indeed. I spotted an example of a needlecase with an ivory cover in a wonderful book (Antique Tools and Embroideries by Nerylla Taunton, published by The Antique Collectors Club). I had also seen something similar in an antique market and loved it at once, but it was way out of my league. So I investigated how I could recreate such a thing to enjoy today. I started with the covers – not in ivory of course. With help from Lynn Walsh at History Craft and a source for the faux ivory material, I crossed my fingers and invested in the hand-crafted covers and then worked out how the pages of the needlebook could be designed. It didn’t happen overnight! From start to finish, this project has been ‘cooking’ for over a year.

I had such fun designing the flowers on the pages but you could make this up unstitched if speed is of the essence.

I am looking into the possibility of a matching ‘pin keep’ as I write.