Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Let Your Feet Do The Mopping

On Sunday we were on our way somewhere when we came across a baazar selling Japanese household goods. I am someone who loves to buy household goods and cannot resist going thru' every single item for sale. No surprise I bought a frying pan. What surprised me was what me hubs bought.

These slippers are made for mopping.

In my home, I'm the one who mops the floor. Sometimes I am able to talk my kids into helping out. Me hubs has mopped the floor maybe a grand total of 10 times since we moved into our home in 1998. How he does it is he steps on a wet cloth on the floor and shuffles around. So when he got really excited about the slipper-mop, I tried to talk him out of it. In my mind, I was thinking it would be me doing the foot-mopping and I was afraid of falling. But me hubs acted like it was the greatest invention on earth (no surprise) so I caved in. Guess what? He discovered the slippers are too small for him.

This week I decided to have a small fling - with needlebook. Would you believe I've never made one before?

This box which used to contain mooncakes is where I store all my handsewing needles.

I have every kind of handsewing needles invented. But I use embroidery, applique and quilting needles most frequently. I have used up at least 5 packs of embroidery needles.

This is my makeshift needlebook for when I want to sew when I'm out.

Houses Needlebook

This is the needlebook I made. Just some simple hand embroidery on raw linen.

I used acrylic felt for the pages because they are all I have. Has anyone used wool felt? I'm thinking of buying some to try.

Then I made another needle book. This one turned out weirder than expected. It's also rather large. Doesn't the owl look spooky? In real life, I'm really scared of owls. Can't get me to go near one.

For both needlebooks, I used soft cushiony batting. So you could actually pin the needles on the lining as well.

Needlebooks are a lot of work. I could have made a few pouches in the same amount of time taken! But the whole idea is to have a fling. Tomorrow I'll go back to my bags and see if I can make something.


Bethany said...

I've heard that wool felt is dreamy to work with, but it's a bit pricier so I stick with the acrylic.

Dee said...

woolfelt is EXCELLENT! needles don't rust. it is soft and easy to manage.
It is a lot most costly than industrial felt.
i have made my own wool felt and share my tip with you...
get an old pure wool garment (baby clothes are best but are rarely pure wool these days) and read the washing instructions. then do every thing it says not to do. :)
heat, soap and aggitation casuse the wool to felt.
I have put woollen items in thhe washing machine with hot water, detergent and other rough items and washed the beejeebers out of them. they come out shrunken and partially felted. finish the job by tossing the item in the hot dryer.
once you ae happy that it is felts enough have fun with it; cut it up and use it like any other piece of felt.
the finer the woolen item you start with the better.

antmee said...

I hope those are your husbands hairy legs!! lol

I love your needlebooks, especially the embroidery on linen one!

tamdoll said...

I like those needle books. Why did it take so long to make them? I've bought them in the past but never made one myself. Mostly my needles are in packages. Or in a plastic bag. Or in a pincushion. Some are pinned to a piece of wool in a sewing box. Maybe I just need my own needle book!

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