September 02, 2012

About a Thread Catcher, a Needle Case and Being Published

I’m still following and catching up on Liz’s SewingRoom SewAlong challenge and can show you two items I’ve recently finished. The project of March was a thread catcher. When you sew a lot, it’s really practical to have such a little helper next to your sewing machine to collect all the tiny threads you cut off of each seam. Since threads tend to adhere to fabric, I went for a glass version, so that they wouldn't stick to the inside, when I empty out the thread catcher. I always keep some jars, I think I can use for something one day. You might know already that I love to recycle and upcycle. I picked this square jar because the shape, the wide opening and the size was just perfect.  With my multi purpose power tool, I sanded the screw thread and then soldered the jar rim. Using white wax, I adhered a piece of lace and then embellished my thread catcher. For a more antique look, I used patina solution on the soldered parts.

Thread Catcher

For the project of August, Liz suggested to make whether a needle case for hand sewing needles or one for the packets of sewing machine needles. Given that I have received several lovely needle books/cases as gifts from sweet friends, I made one to store my sewing machine needles. So far I had kept them in a plastic box but I’m happy about every of those I can get rid of. They are for sure practical but just not pretty.

I used a wooden box that I embellished with a vintage graphic and some laces. 

Needle Case 1
Needle Case 3

Then I glued pieces of an antique sewing pattern to sturdy cardboard which once had been a covering box for cat food. Elastic lace was sewn down to hold the needle packets. For a nice finish, I finally covered the back with another layer of cardboard and sewing pattern, including a little hanger in between back and front, so that the needle cards can be taken out of the box easily.

Needle Case 5

The great antique sewing machine image had been provided by Angie of Knick of Time. Thank you, Angie! Please click HERE to see all the graphics that are available on her blog. Angie adds new ones every Wednesday.

Needle Case 4

Some of you might remember the couch caddy I had sewn back in January for the first SewingRoom SewAlong challenge. You can read my post about it HERE. Shortly before our move, I received an email from Beth Livesay, managing editor of Somerset Home Magazine, asking if I’d be interested in sending in the couch caddy for a possible publication. Of course I was and I’m very happy and honored that the caddy was included in this year’s issue, along with lots of other beautiful creations.

Cover Somerset Home
Somerset Home - Couch Caddy Somerset Home

Thank you so much, Beth Livesay and Somerset Home for this wonderful opportunity! I would also like to thank Liz for coming up with the challenge. Without it, I wouldn’t have had this exciting experience.
Next time I’ll show you some fall decorations. Until then, have a great time and enjoy the beginning of the new season.
I’ll be joining these parties:



Sandy said...

Hallo meine liebe Julia

Da warst Du aber wieder sehr sehr fleissig.
So wunderschöne Werke.
Die Nähbox ist der Knaller.
Einfach Julia halt :-)

Alles wieder zum verlieben.
Ich drück Dich. ♥♥♥

Anonymous said...

Dear Julia
Such beautiful creations, always with such a delicate touch.
The wooden box, well I just simply love this idea.
Congratulations!!! So excited for your couch caddy to be published in Somerset Home. I am sure this is the first of many articles for you.

Anonymous said...

Your laces are always so beautiful and pristine in appearance. Would you share your cleaning method? I have a drawer full of goodies I would like to start using, after seeing some of your beautiful inspiring pieces, but mine look so dingy.
Sandy in Arkansas USA

Beth Leintz said...

Congratulations on being published! Your armchair sewing caddy is darling- and handy. I love the way you styled your picture of the magazine- the spools, thread cone etc- you have a great eye!

Martina said...

Hallo liebe Julia, da bin ich wieder! Nun ist der Urlaub auch fast schon wieder vorbei. Nächste Woche bin ich noch Zuhause, dann geht es wieder arbeiten.
Deine neuen Arbeiten sind der Knaller. Ich bin mal wieder schwer schööööön! Ich gratuliere Dir auch zur Veröffentlichung im Somerset Home Magazine. Du hast das aber auch wirklich verdienst. Dieses Couch Caddy ist ein Traum.
Ganz entzückend finde ich auch die kleinen Kätzchen. Die sind total goldig.
Wünsche Dir noch ein schönes restliches Wochenende. LG MARTINA

My Creative House said...

Dear Julia, some wonderful creations you have done, love that you altered a jar for the thread catcher, amazing work, also love the box for sewing machine needles, really creative done, congratulations with that your couch caddy is published in Somerset Home. Have a nice week dear friend.
Hugs and love

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Congratulations, dear Julia!!! A well deserved recognition!!! Your creations are all so beautiful!!!

Hope you have a wonderful week!!


Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi dear Julia,
congratulations on being published - so very well deserved.
All your new creations are to die for:)Love the thread catcher.
Have a wonderful evening my friend.

Rhonda said...

Congrats Julia on being published. What an honor and so well deserved.

I love all of your wonderful creations.

Robin said...

Hi Julia, so excited for you to be published in Somerset, although I'm not surprised, your couch caddy is beautiful! Your thread catcher and needle case are stunning too. Love the soldering you did on the thread catcher, the patina gives it such a wonderful aged look. Have a great day.


Bente said...

I`m so happy for you. Your beautiful creations should be published everywhere, if you ask me. Love your work


Lynn Stevens said...

Julia to saw your an inspiration is an understatement. Your thread catcher is such a wonderful idea and beautiful too. and the box for needles! well I just don't know how you come up with such great ideas. A big CONGRATS on being published in Somerset homes! and for them to come out and ask you. Well that just shows how everyone Loves your art.
hugs Lynn

Sarina said...

Hi Julia,
I am in "love"with your needle case. X,

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hey there, Julia. So nice to see a post from you. Congrats on being published. Your couch caddy is lovely as are all your creations. I've seen fabric thread catchers but not one made with a jar. Always great to be able to recycle and upcycle. Wishing you a wonderful new week. Tammy

Dorthe said...

Hallo meine liebste Julia,
You surely have created new beautiful items. I love your special thread catcher-with the fantastic lovely soldered jar rim and sweet added flowers. Your box for needles is wonderfully sweet, in all it`s white lovelynes and a great idea!
Congratulations my sweet friend, for being published in Summerset Home Mag.- Julia you so deserves it, your creations are both beautiful, and so perfect made.
How are your little (big) family of sweet annimals?
Much love and big hugs
your Dorthe

Lululiz said...

You kept that one very quiet, my dear Julia. Congratulations, thats really awesome, being published in such a prestigious magazine. Well deserved though.
and your new creations are so beautiful. I love the thread catcher, such a good idea and so beautifully executed. The needle box is gorgeous as well, so much prettier than a plain plastic box.

Sandi said...

Your creations are always so sweet Julia! I love the needle case and the thread catcher. LOVELY!!

Unknown said...

oh how wonderful!!! congratulations mon amie! well-deserved! everything you create is so lovely! ;)

Shane Pollard said...

Dear Julia
Congratulations on being published in Somerset Home - and they "head hunted" you!!!

I love everything you've made.
You've inspired me!
I would love a thread catcher like that beside my machine, so you've shamed me into it! I've got just the right jar to "pretty up" too!

Your needle box is brilliant too - it's so lovely to beautify the ordinary in life.

Thank you Julia.

Tina said...

Big congrats on your article dear Julia. That is so great news. Your couch caddy is so beautiful.

MOMENTS Designs said...

Once again beautiful work !!!
Thanks for the nice words :-)

Jayne said...

Wow Julia how fantastic to have your couch caddy featured you must be thrilled. Your creations are so beautiful. jayne x

Diana Seal said...

Congratulations Julia!
Your creations are absolutely stunning!

Carole said...

Congratulations friend for having been published. What took them so long?:) I loved that you made something so practical for storing you needle packets and the thread catcher. Beauty and functional.

I have abandoned my redo of my craft room for now. Just have other things to finish like getting the shop cleaned up. Not as much fun.

Hope you are enjoying the end of the summer days and that the fur babies are doing well.


Pat C. said...

Oh, what beautiful treasures! I love everything, especially the needle case... I love the sweet details!

Congratulations on being published... the caddy is just gorgeous!


Unknown said...

So happy for you! You so deserve it! The creations are fabulous, I am in love with your style! :)


marda said...

Congratulations on being published my Somerset Home.. I picked that up as soon as it was on the stands. Your new pieces are so lovely. Also wanted to say congrats on your blog being mentioned in the lastest Romantic Homes magazine. A well deserved notice.

Mom E. said...

Congrats on being published! Your sewing is perfect and your creations are gorgeous! I really love your lace covered hearts, they just call tome! I hope mine look as good as yours do when I finish making them!

Rostrose said...

Hallo, meine liebstige Julia, wie schön, wieder Neues von dir zu lesen!:o)) Und gleich so Erfreuliches - dass deine praktische Sofa-Aufbewahrung veröffentlicht wurde, wundert mich nicht, sie sieht ja auch wunderbar aus und ist eine tolle Idee! Und ich kann im Moment recht gut nachvollziehen, wie du dich fühlst, wenn du dir die Zeitschrift ansiehst, denn heute kam bei mir auch ein Zeitschrift an, in der ein von mir aufgenommenes Reisefoto veröffentlicht wurde. (Mehr dazu wohl in meinem nächsten Posting..., für das heutige ging es sich nicht mehr aus). Genial und schön auch wieder deine diesmaligen Schöpfungen, würde mich nicht wundern, sie eines Tages auch in einem Magazin wiederzusehen! Dank dir auch seeehr für deine lieben Küchentraum-Kommentare!!! Grins, du stellst ja ganz schöne Ansprüche an deine Traumküche :o))) - wobei deine Überlegungen von den Laden auf Gleitschienen und den Nicht-mehr-Regalböden in den Unterschränken ziemlich gute Denkanstöße sind. Bei der Küche Zinc, von der du mir geschrieben hast, dass dir besonders diese sehr gut gefällt, du aber vielleicht das Glas in der ein oder anderen Vitrine gegen Hasendraht austauschen würdest: das bräuchtest du gar nicht, denn bei Zinc ist in den Vitrinen eh schon Hasendraht drin. Der gefällt mir auch besser als Glas. ALlerdings ist er auch unpraktischer, weil alles eher verstaubt... Hmmm - ob es uns wohl wirklich jemals gelingen wird, die zugleich praktischste und schönste Küche zu haben? Aber davon traumen dürfen wir ja auf jeden Fall :o)))
Ich hoffe dir, deinem Göga und all euren 4beinigen Püppies geht es gut!
Herzhafte Rostrosenküschler und Pfötchenwinker, alles Liebe, Traude

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Congratulations on being published, your couch caddy is so pretty. I love what you did with the very creative. Beautiful creations!

Gaby Bee said...

Congratulations on being published in Somerset homes! You so deserve it! Your creations are always fantastic! Love the needle case!

Hope you are enjoying the last few weeks of summer!


Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Congratulations! You do beautiful work. Your so creative.


♥ Erican Vaaleita Unelmia ♥ said...

Hello dear!
What a lovely blogg you have. Love your work.
Huggs from Finland

Plumfield House Gardens said...

Congrats on your publication! Beautiful items, love the jar,and needle box

Anonymous said...

warm congratulations! plus I love your thread catcher jar, brilliant idea and so lovely to look at :)

Minna Perälä said...

Congratulations on being published!!
If I could I´d buy that Somerset issue at once, but in Finland it isn´t possible :/

Your couch caddy is so beautiful and practical as well. I love the way how you make practical things look so charming!!!

Hugs, Minnamarika

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

New follower. You have a lovely blog!

Karen said...

Ever since you posted about this, I have loved it! It is on my "to do" list. CONGRATULATIONS on being published! Great work!
Hugs again, Karen

Sugar Lump Studios said...

BIG CONGRATULATIONS on being published. Such a beautiful piece too! I love it! I am looking forward to fall myself. Our summer here in the USA was unreal with heat. Have a wonderful weekend!


Unknown said...

Love all of your beautiful items.
Congrats on being published, awesome!

Jillayne said...

Oh Julia - congratulations. I remember when you posted the couch caddy and how pretty it was. It's no wonder they wanted to publish it!
I love your thread catcher too - and such a good idea to make a glass one. I have a fabric one and I don't like it at all. I can't solder but I'm off to figure out how to make something similar - beautiful ideas you have here!

June said...

Your thread catcher is so pretty Julia. I can't believe I have never thought of having one of these before! I can't wait to make one for myself, although it won't be as beautiful as yours!

I also loved the needle box you adorned. SO lovely.
I can't believe how inspired I get after visiting your blog!!!

Congratulations again dear Julia for being in the latest S. HOME.
I am so excited for you!
hugs from here...

Viola said...

Guten Morgen, Julchen!
Deine neuen Kreationen sind wieder ganz wunderbar!
Congrats on being published!!
Dein Caddy ist aber auch zu schön!!
Liebe Grüße an Dich und Deine Rasselbande, Viola :o)

Rostrose said...

Liebstige Julia, dank dir ganz lieb und fest für deine Gratulation und deine lieben Zeilen - ja, jetzt wissen wir beide, wie sich das anfühlt - und es ist deutlich ein schönes Gefühl, etwas, das man selbst geschaffen hat, "mit der Welt zu teilen". Aber in gewisser Weise machen wir das beim Bloggen ja auch :o))
Ich drück dich ganz lieb - und wenn du meine kurziose Fohmarktbeute auch noch sehen willst - sie ist inzwischen online :o))
Ganz liebe Rostrosen-Montags-Grüße und Tierchenstreichler!

Alexandra said...

Meine Liebe Julia, ich hoffe dir geht es gut ??? Dein Glas ist ein Traum geworden, aber auch deine Nadelkiste gefällt mir super super gut. Eine tolle Idee. So was brauch ich auch :)
Dein Sofadinges hat es wirklich in die Home verdient der ist so was von schön. Ich glaube ich werde mir die mal wieder bestellen, mein Schätzchen ist eh gerade in USA.
Ich wünsche dir was
liebe Grüße Alexandra

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello sweetie,
I am so remiss - I thought I had already commented here - Tut tut!
Oh Julia I just love your thread catcher - I can't believe I don't have one but now I have the inspiration from you - I shall make one! You can imagine how I need one with all the sewing I do!
Your little needle storer is gorgeous and so well thought out and planned. It is beautiful.
Isn't it wonderful to see yourself in that magazine Somerset Home - Congratulations dear friend I am so happy for you and you so deserve to be!
I will email very soon sweetie!
I still love you!
Big hugs,
Suzy xx

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

I love all the beautiful things you have been making, the thread catcher is such a wonderful idea and will have to make myself one.
Also love the needle box holder, very lovely.
Congratulations, for having your couch caddy featured in the Sommerset Home magazine, how thrilling for you and so happy for you.

Enjoy the rest of the week

Dortesjs said...

aWww such beautiful creations, iam blown away