Monday, 12 January 2009

~ Needleroll TLC ~

Anyone who knows anything about Labradors, will know how they love to greet visitors with a 'gift'. For my shadow, the gift is usually a needleroll carefully plucked from the basket of needlerolls which I have on display. It is his way of saying 'welcome, here is something my mum has made for you'. Darling Ben, I am sorry to have to tell you this but no matter how glad we are to see our visitors, I really don't want you to give away my needlerolls. Anyway, after quite sometime of having to retrieve my needlerolls from my beloved shadow's mouth, I noticed some of 'our gifts' where becoming shall I put it......grubby!!
I needed to take action and I guess since some of them had been in the basket for several years, a little TLC wasn't going to go astray.

Here are the de-stuffed, washed and out to dry needdlerolls.

A few days later, after being re-stuffed with all new stuffing, attention to their ribbons, and a basket make-over, here are the spruced up freshly smelling needlerolls posing nicely for a photo shoot.

Now to try and teach Ben to 'LEAVE'!!!

Sandra and I are into week 2 of our new SAL and are dedicating three hours stitching a week to it. These are our results so far.



It is interesting seeing these too different versions, stitched on different fabrics with different threads, taking shape.

"No matter how little money and how few possessions, you own, having a dog makes you rich."

~Louis Sabin


  1. That was very brave of you to wash your needlerolls, I don't think I would have dared, but they look fabulous now. Better put them well out of Ben's reach. My scan of Autumn Song looks really washed out, it looks darker in real life.

  2. You've done a great job on those needle rolls, Chrissie. They've come up as good as new! Don't think I'd be game to wash them either.

    You're both going great in you SAL. It's interesting to see what direction each of you go in the design. Have fun with it!

  3. This post made me smile Chrissie! Oh yes, I rememeber "gifts". As soon as the door bell would ring, our Ben would go to his basket to find "something" :-) Just one of the many reasons I love Labs. Your Ben sounds adorable too!!

  4. You are one very brave lady Chrissie for washing your needlerolls but they have turned out just gorgeous as they were in the beginning.

  5. Beautiful needlerolls! What a gorgeous dog Ben is to want to give his new friends a needleroll, my boy just wants to lick them to death.
    By the way, I love the new music, I have gotten into the Secret Garden music lately thanks to another blogging friend, it is just so beautiful and relaxing.

  6. Thank you for visiting my blog...
    Ben is magnificient!
    I am a stitcher too...just finished 3 labs-(yellow, black, chocolate)...
    Hugs to you and Ben,

  7. Enjoyed hearing the story of your generous Lab. Must say that Ben has excellent taste in his choice of "gifts." Your needleroll collection is wonderful!! Glad it survived the sprucing up!

  8. Such a joy to read about you & your Shadow (??)..I to love your New choice of music, very soothing for the soul...
    Enjoy looking at your stitchings, your needlerolls intrigue me...Such wonderful work...I'm sure Ben was just trying to show your company!!!My Best to You & Ben...