I get inspiration when viewing work from different crafters. Last week I viewed a few projects that used needle minders or a needle nanny. In that ‘I can make it myself’ mode I started thinking about what I could use, because delivery of items I saw would of taken a week or more.
A needle nanny needs two magnets (from dollar store) a decorative top piece and a little bit of glue. I chose a couple of buttons to start with. You could use charms, small flat items, or brooches with the pin snapped off.
As I always say, you are only limited by your own imagination.
You only need a small amount of glue to attach the button to the top magnet. If you use too much the glue will come through the holes of the button.
After gluing be sure to let it dry completely before using. Hold one of the magnets under your embroidery hoop and place the one with the button on top. A needle will be magnetized to the top and stop you misplacing it.
If you frequently misplace your needle perhaps you need a needle minder. If you aren’t into making your own there are many places that sell them, and some of them are really cute.
I do try to use up the bits of pieces left over and this project is the perfect one for doing that. One of my leaves used two different colours of bits of thread. I can see more multi coloured leaves as this project progresses.
Do you try to use up the odds and ends?
I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian visitors. Enjoy the long weekend.