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March 17, 2020

tiny boro sample book finished – 6.25″ x 5.25″

 stitched together with a Japanese stab binding

a couple things I will do differently next time

..use a thicker thread in a different colour – maybe I’ll change it after my fingers have a rest

..make the front and back cover as two separate pieces

I was stitching through a minimum of 12 layers of fabric (thin cotton) and had to use pliers to pull the needle through

the final/eighth page is a pocket – for pooh things

no, not honey!

the fabric scrap is from a sun dress made for a 3 year old granddaughter who is about to turn 19

it is fun to turn the pages and feels nice in the hand

so sad my grandkids are all grown up or I’d be making children’s books

yesterday, at opening time, I went grocery shopping – first time in 10 days – the cupboard was getting bare

went to the same Canadian owned chain store I’ve shopped at for years

local folks can guess which one

the shelves were NOT bare

only a few things missing – flour, chicken and my favorite crackers (they were on sale)

yes, there was toilet paper!

shoppers were friendly, polite and did not appear to be “stocking up”

there was no mad crush and the only problem in the parking lot was the number of supply trucks trying to maneuver and unload

thank you to the staff because it was obvious they were working extra hours and jobs they didn’t ordinarily do

and now I’m staying home and reducing the stash

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone – even if many pubs around the world (including Ireland) are closed

13 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2020 2:27 am

    you can store balloons in it – if you don’t mind sharing with Piglet

    It’s beautiful. x


  2. March 18, 2020 1:33 am

    Twelve layers! No wonder your fingers need a rest. Great to hear there’s still some sanity in the world.


  3. March 17, 2020 4:08 pm

    Is it worth considering using a fine awl and tack hammer to punch holes before you sew? Anything to save your hands. It’s beautiful… And also, bravo for not jumping on the stockpile bandwagon and kudos to your local store for excellent customer service and attracting the kind of customers who shop like normal people in a time of madness!


    • March 17, 2020 4:23 pm

      Kate – I do have an awl but didn’t want to damage the threads – next time. The store was owned by a local family, they were marvelous for donating to kids sports groups,festivals etc. but then sold to an Eastern Canadian co. that has made big changes but they are still the best and the little extra expense is worth it.

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  4. March 17, 2020 1:23 pm

    I used that method for “binding” a fabric book recently too. Had to resort to my hemostats to pull the needle through although I don’t think I had quite as many layers as you did. I’m anxious to have a go at more textile books now. 🙂


    • March 17, 2020 2:06 pm

      Sue – yes, it might be a good time to make a couple more. I loved fabric books when my kids were little, now I’ll make them for myself. And maybe some big kids!


  5. March 17, 2020 1:07 pm

    I had the same experience at that store…it was very reassuring!


    • March 17, 2020 1:18 pm

      Kjerstin – their staff is exceptionally trained and I hope paid and supported. I was dreading it but it reinforced my faith in human beings. Everyone behaved calmly with dignity.


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