It's all quite clear now... the cruddy eye, feeing frazzled after young embroiderers... add to that feeling shivery cold, aches and pains, cough and sore throat that I woke up with yesterday... it would seem someone has passed on something I'd rather not have. I'm dosing myself up with regular hot lemon and manuka honey and I'm staying in and staying warm... which at least means there is lots of progress on the matchbox books.
Most of those I've been working on have been special orders... some more challenging than others. A "Jackdaw" theme was definitely one of the more challenging ones, but I have made a little book based on the Aesop fable of the Vain Jackdaw
The book has a wrapped cover embroidered with a Jackdaw and tied with a silk ribbon.
And inside there is the fold out story of the Vain Jackdaw.
I also received a request for another Japanese book. It's my aim to make each book different and unique so I didn't want to make a copy of the first Japanese book, so it is similar but with different papers and the matchbox is covered with Japanese fabric.
This next book is the first one of a series of three that I've been asked to make for Easter. My brief was spring flowers but no bunnies or chicks!
So another little wrap around cover with embroidered daisies and leaf shaped beads.
Encased in a daisy covered box trimmed with silk ribbons and a cheerful yellow button.
And finally... one more for the shop...
This is the "Toys and Teddy" edition
Inside the box which is decorated with images of toys and trimmed with spotty ribbon and teddy button...
There is a very tiny but fully working Jacob's ladder book.
which I have to confess... I'm loath to part with!
It's in my shop * now... if you hurry!
* sold already but there will be another one soon!