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The cuff book is finished. But I forgot to take a photo of it! Not that it’s changed much – just had the pages stitched to the spine with a single line of pamphlet stitch, decorated with some seed beads.

So is the leather bracelet. Both flowers completed and three matching quartz bead dangles added.

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I finally found the right size drill bit to make setting the cogs easy for the black and white steampunk brooch and once I’d done that, the finishing was easy.

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Then the embroidered pendant for a bow shaped pendant brooch, missing its drop, was the next to be sorted. It started like this:

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Then I put three pieces of walnut dyed vintage fabric together and secured them with beaded blanket stitch. The back is a damask, the middle canvas and this side is some embroidered net that I always understood was associated with my great-grandmother who died in 1970.

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It was a little dull so I went over some of the pattern with silk threads in faded shabby chic tones …

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…and then hung it from the brooch.

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Rather pleased with myself. And to top all that I’ve even got them listed in my Etsy shop:  Flower bracelet, black and white steampunk brooch and pendant brooch. Wonders will never cease!

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The cuff book is now lined, pressed…

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…and about to have a selection of papers stitched into it.

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A damaged leather and chain boho style leather bracelet is having new leather flowers.

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One more to go onto here.

And a beautiful Art Deco buckle which was cracked in two places (centre and bottom right)…

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…is becoming an assemblage steampunk style brooch.

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In the background, two vintage watch faces, one further embellished with a mother of pearl disc, and a random piece of filigree added to the outside with a humming bird charm dangling from a convenient loop.

Still a little more finishing to do on all of them – I’m finding it difficult to settle to complete one thing at a time these days!

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As well as doing the costume for our panto last week, I was also the dame’s ‘dresser’. Those elaborate costumes can be difficult to put on, especially with hoops underneath some of the full-skirted frocks, and constant changes of wigs, shoes, jewellery etc. so we always have someone whose specific job is to help. This, naturally, means being at the theatre for every performance.

Spending every evening backstage for a week is a bit of a long haul after a full day’s work, but there are advantages. Firstly, I was on hand for all the last minute costume tweaks and any mends that became apparent over the course of the run and secondly, in between costume changes and when there was no mending, I could actually get on with some of my own work.

First of all, I finished off the second strip of James’ patchwork cushion. Here it is, alongside the first.

Blue crazy patchwork strips 1 and 2

And then I started the feather stitching on the third strip:

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Blue crazy patchwork strip 3 close up

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I also finally finished off the second denim cuff book (the one with lazy daisy flowers) with a beaded spine.

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Denim cuff books

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More to come, including a birthday card I can’t unveil until the weekend!

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The lazy daisies cuff book seems to have taken forever, but one good long session on the beach in Cornwall finished off the front.

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I even managed to get all the French knot centres done. I was originally going to give them beaded centres, but a canvas chair on a beach is not really the best place to play around with seed beads, so I went for French knots and am very pleased with the result.

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Then the backing. Unfortunately on one side I’d added a lazy daisy flower right next to the fastening without considering that I’d need to cover the back of the stitching but also leave the fastener clear. That caused some swearing when I realised!

I used a scrap of Japanese silk crepe kimono fabric for the backing which was the closest size I had at the time. By blanket stitching it at the selvedge I managed to eke it out just enough to cover all the stitching.

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My husband saved the day by suggesting that I cut a hole for the fastener and stitched around it, so the hole has been made and now I’m trying to remember where my black stranded thread is…

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The lazy daisy cuff book is coming along steadily. It’s the perfect project for working on when I’m out and about, and even a few more stitches while I wait for the children or at the dentist’s, all help to move it towards completion.

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I’ve also made a start on appliqueing down the largest fused fabric heart on my commission piece.  Gorgeous thick shaggy chenille-type thread hand dyed in the perfect range of turquoises and burgundy and couched down with slanting lines of my favourite matte aurora borealis delicas.

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A nice steady job for a warm summer evening.

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I’m enjoying my walks around the area and especially along the side of Bottesford Beck. We’re in what was once the Danelaw here and beck is a left over Viking word meaning a stream. It’s wonderfully clear and fast flowing and there is a great bridleway running along the bank side, dotted with benches.

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I decided to take my sewing last Thursday and find somewhere nice to sit and take in the view and stitch. The benches were all in bright sunlight but I found the stump of a felled sycamore in the shade of a willow tree.

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The lazy daisy cuff book cover was in my take along sewing kit. They incidentally go very well together!

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And this was my view.

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You’d never know that over that rise is the M180 to Grimsby, Immingham and the Humber Bridge, busy with container lorries for the ports and two miles to the left is the massive steel works with its four blast furnaces. Pretty idyllic for a quiet 45 minutes sewing.

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It’s  school report season which just so happens to coincide with (usually) nice weather, so instead of enjoying it, you spend the best part of a month inside with the computer, working out tactful and politically correct ways of saying, “Your child is lazy and disruptive with a serious attitude problem and I shall dance a jig of pure joy and hang out the bunting on the day he/she finally walks out of my classroom.”

To be fair, my class this year are one of the nicest groups of children I’ve had to teach in my whole career and I can truthfully say I shall be sorry to see the back of all of them, but their reports still eat up a huge part of May and June.

So, only a few more lazy daisies have been stitched onto the second cuff book, turning it from this:

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to this:

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I do like the gunmetal blue hand dye. Wish I had the faintest idea where it came from!

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Back to the reports…

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