Dragon Fly Fob

Back in 2010 I attended a little retreat put on by a local needlework shop. (You can read all about it here.) Part of that retreat was a needlebook and scissor fob class with pretty dragonfly motifs. Although I liked the design, I wasn’t jazzed about the colour, so into the stash it went… where I found it again while doing that big purge last week.

Dragonfly Needlebook and fob, designed by Kathrin Ellison Gitta's

Dragonfly Needlebook and fob, designed by Kathrin Ellison Gitta’s

I had finished up all of the large dragonfly (for the needlebook) ages ago, but got stalled on the scissor fob for some reason. It was pretty close to being done–one panel needed the border, and the other panel needed the honeycomb-like background and border. I was able to polish it off in an afternoon and get it all sewn together.

Dragonfly Fob - side 1

Dragonfly Fob – side 1

The fob is stitched with Gloriana silk, DMC floss, and Petite Treasure Braid. It uses blackwork, whipped backstitch, and a few specialty stitches. The cording is made out of the little bit of Gloriana and PTB I was able to save through thrifty stitching.

Dragonfly Fob - side 2

Dragonfly Fob – side 2

Kathrin actually charted out an entire alphabet with little dragonflies placed within each letter. It is a really lovely design, and is available for purchase on this page if you are interested in stitching it for yourself.

I still need to sew up the needlebook, but first I need to find the fabric I bought for it ages ago! Thankfully my sewing stash has been neatly organized. 😉

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13 Responses to Dragon Fly Fob

  1. Catherine says:

    Heather: This is beautiful, I have done the same thing, gone to retreats, put the projects away and go back to them later sometimes really later.


  2. Jo ButterZ says:

    A very lovely design. Nice colour chosen too.

  3. Rachel says:

    It’s amazing, isn’t it, how these little projects sometimes just get stalled for no readily apparent reason!

  4. Meari says:

    Your fob turned out beautifully!

  5. Paula says:

    thanks for the link! that was what I was going to email you about; my Lou was constantly drawing ornate dragonflies, so I kind-of collect them for her.

  6. Joanne P says:

    Nice work, I like the beaded body of the larger dragonfly. I have at least two class projects from the 1990s not finished!

  7. B. Lapp says:

    Terrific finish – I really like the colours.

  8. Heather says:

    Great job 🙂

  9. suz says:

    That’s absolutely fantastic! I really like the little dragonfly, and I think the color is the best (funny that you weren’t jazzed by it and I think it’s awesome). Thank you for the link – I will definitely pick up this design.

  10. Susan says:

    Very nice finish. Love the colors. I need to go through my class projects and finish some of them up. I have several CA Wells pieces that I really would love to finish

  11. Beautiful stitching and a gorgeous dragonfly.

  12. Katie says:

    Oh that’s beautiful. Congrats on the finished finish.