1.09.2014

A Needle Puzzle

Inspired by Alabama Chanin, I have finished a top.  To me, Alabama Chanin means handsewing, and though my top was machine stitched in construction, handsewing embroidery techniques were used on the neckline and the sleeve hems. 

Since it's been years I've done any embroidery, to be sure I'd have the correct needle on hand, I purchased the Dritz 25 Assorted Craft Needles.  My stash held plenty of embroidery thread that would work well.
This assorted needle case is a pretty cool set-up that includes embroidery, tapestry, quilting, candlewicking, milliner and cross-stitch needles of different sizes.  If you are careful, you can punch it out intact from the packaging to keep the identification of 'which needle is in which slot' on the back that coordinates with the slots on the front.
But how to get to the needles?  Jeez, hate to admit how long it took me to figure out there is this little slot on the side that you swivel 'round....
....to the top of the slot of which needle you want to use.  Then with a little shake, the needle slides right out.
I'll be sharing my completed top soon.   I am thrilled with how it turned out!

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