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I've almost completed the knitted pouch. A couple more rows need to be done.

I've FINALLY started on the new late period book cover. I'll have some to show for KASF but it won't be near completed. I really want this project but for some reason have futzed around getting started. It is not a copy of any particular binding but is decorated in the style with bullion, pearls and spangles on red velvet. I've pinched some motifs though.

I'm using real seed pearls with a few artificial 2mm rounds thrown in because I could not find small enough real ones.

It is about 6 3/4" by 4".

Here is an image-


The front will have a laurel wreath with an "M" in the center and the back will have a scallop shell for my device.
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Day 1:
I am preparing my ground fabric and frame for my next Elizabethan book cover project. Due to my collection of frame sizes I will only be able to embroider two at a time instead of the four I originally had in mind. Dang it!

This means I'll have to stretch ground fabric AGAIN! Did you know that I HATE this part mainly because it is tedious. The really good part of this is when it is stretched it is done and it will stay beautifully stretched for the duration of the stitching.

I'll post some photos of the stretched velvet later today when I'm done. I may even have a delineation line stitched for the outline of the cover shape. I won't hope for the start of goldwork today.
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Yes, peeps I finally completed my OA project and it went over pretty well at the A&S display during Pennsic. [livejournal.com profile] nazrynn took this nice photo-




The weird thing is I already have the disconnect between all the work I know I put into it and now. It's almost like a body dismorphic disorder. I look at it and it seems familiar but somehow it does not seem possible that I made that picture.

I will be stretching the velvet for my next project this weekend. It's going to be 2 little Elizabethan book covers that I will work at the same time. 1 is for me, and 1 is for the nice lady at Hedgehog Handworks who gifted me with a gift certificate for purl, spangles etc for this project. I have all the materials and was just waiting to finish the lion so that I could work without guilt, because as you all know by now I have the attention span of a hamster.

I'm rather excited about this next project because I've been in love with the concept ever since I saw the extant book at the Folgers in Washington, DC.

Photos as I work will be forth coming. I won't be taking this project out much so I can keep the secret also. This project should take FAR less time than the lion. (Thank GOD!)

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