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This is a project I started with a group of girls whom I call ‘Tall Poppies’. Bright, articulate children who often experience negativity from their peers due to their abilities. Coming out of the classroom to do some sewing gave them chance to chat in a safe place where no one was going to belittle them for being amazing.

I’d seen some lovely little felt pouch necklaces on Pinterest with hidden positive messages and decided that this would be a great project to work on.

I made various templates and they used pinking shears to cut them out of felt. Then I showed them how to stitch on a snap, keeping it as neat as possible on the other side before they created their own designs, largely based on lazy daisy flowers, thinking about the three sections of the pouch and what would be visible when it was stitched up. I always sew alongside them and this is my pouch.

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After scattering simple lazy daisies across the lower front, I decided to create a more complex design on the back, nesting lazy daisies inside each other to make bigger petals and adding chain stitch tendrils.

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I neatened up the stitches attaching the snap with rings of buttonhole stitch (on the flap)…

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…and chain stitch on the underside.

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The lining is a scrap of gorgeous hand dyed silk dupion which has been caught down with the blanket stitch along the sides, tiny running stitches along the front edge which you can just see in the photo above, and blanket stitch under the flap.

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I’m not sure now about using blanket stitch to sew up the sides and am probably going to take it out and use a neat double running stitch instead.  On the front it looks nice, but I don’t like the effect on the back.

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Seeing something through a photo is so good for showing up the issues you don’t seem able to spot with the naked eye.

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I used little iridescent green delicas to create the beaded feather stitch on the right hand side of the piece. It’s a stitch I’ve used before but with ordinary seed beads and I’m not completely happy with the angular look the delicas give but I didn’t have any suitable seed beads and time was ticking on so it had to stay.

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The addition of french knot buds/flowers and lazy daisy leaves softened it a bit.

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More star stitched spotty birds outlined in chain stitch.

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And the whole thing is starting to fill up nicely.

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Lazy daisy flowers in two weights of Caron Christmassy red and green variegated thread with beaded middles.

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But then ‘stuff’ happened and on the night before our last meeting of the year I was only this far on!

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The beaded fly stitch leaves were still to be finished before I could even start to mount it in the book so I set my alarm for early on the Saturday morning and grafted! By lunchtime it was completed and mounted and I was able to head off (slightly late) to our knot garden canvaswork workshop.

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It was slightly too big for the page so the fabulous Indian trim I’d found for the border has encroached on some of the designs a little too far and mitred corners would have looked much neater but time had pretty much evaporated by this point. I hope Elaine likes it anyway. I really must pace myself better in future!

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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.

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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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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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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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I’ve been adding lazy daisies to the second denim cuff book cover.

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Using up odds and ends of thread in varying shades of blue.

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Varying the sizes and just letting the flowers bloom across the cuff.

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Quiet, steady stitching, not needing much thought, although I keep having to stop and fold up the cuff to remind myself not to stitch across the spine crease.

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I need to line the other one really, but having too much fun here.

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