Gingerbread Needle Case

You might remember that last March (was it that long ago?), I finished up Just Nan’s Gingerbread Needle Case and I was debating about how to finish it. A few of you suggested finishing it as an ornament, which I thought was a great idea. My plan was to get it done and on my tree for Christmas.

That didn’t happen… Nor did I finish it as an ornament.

Gingerbread Needle Case 3

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (back)

Since it had been sitting around so long waiting to be finished, I decided that I had better just finish it as given in the instructions. Otherwise, it would sit in the cupboard for ages while I tried to figure out what to do with it.

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (front)

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (front)

I suppose that it doesn’t have to be an “ornament” for me to put it on my tree. It is so pretty, so I’m sure it will look very nice if I find just the right space to put it. And, with just under six months until I decorate for Christmas, I will get to try soon enough. 😉

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (back)

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (back)

And, since I did finish it as a needlecase, I suppose I could use it as one if I wanted to. The whole piece is stiffened with cardboard (I use comic book backing board because it is acid-free and very inexpensive), with a bit of quilt batting attached to it. This cardboard/batting piece is placed between the stitched piece and some felt, and it is sewn together with whip stitches along the stitched boarder. Ribbon ties were added at the same time in each corner to provide a way to close the case.

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (interior)

Gingerbread Needle Case, designed by Just Nan (interior)

There is some stitching along the interior borders which outlines the cardboard piece and delineates the side flaps. My stitching isn’t the neatest here, but at least it is getting better. 😉

Sock Madness Update – I’ve dropped out. 🙁 I didn’t make it through to the next round because my elbow injury started acting up again. And, as much as I wanted to go further this year, I’ve learned that if I don’t quit knitting/stitching when my elbow starts to hurt, then I am just setting myself up for weeks of pain and discomfort. And, of course, there is always next year!

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