I lucked out because the second project for my handstitched class was a felt needlebook. A needlebook? Yes, a needlebook. Am I the only one who had never heard of a needlebook? As the name implies, it's a book for needles. Clever, right? I'm pretty sure no one needed such a book more than me. Finally, a home for all those needles, big and small. (And speaking of needles, I am loving the needles that came in my student kit for this class. They are definitely my new favorites.)
Dan drew the template for the front of my book. I hope to post the PDF of this template here soon, because I love it so. It was inspired by this photo of vintage dishware. I definitely plan to use this template again.
That distinctive stitch around the template is called a blanket stitch. It was easy and fun and makes me want to make these baby blankets for all my friends who are having babies. Aren't they lovely? They almost make me miss Iris's swaddling days. That's a solid almost.