Books made of pockets!

My studio is in major disarray from my years “away.” In the process of re-organizing it I’ve been discovering work that I did in the past. Today it’s these tiny books made of pockets. In these two small handmade books, each page is a pocket containing a tag. Each decorative tag has space for your writing.

On the left is a book made of maps of Columbia County, NY, and photos from Chatham, NY.  There is a metal compass ornament on the front, and a tiny metal clocktower hangs near the top of the spine.  Each pocket features different towns and villages in the County.  Colorful glass beads decorate the cord that fastens the book shut. The book on the right has a floral motif, and is fastened with a ribbon and vintage button. The Columbia County book has twelve pockets and is 4.5″ X 3.25″ x .5″.The floral book has seven pockets and is 4.75 x 3.25 x .75″.

Two handmade books of pockets, and a handmade box.

Two handmade books of pockets, and a handmade box.

Below is the book with map pockets,

Columbia County book of pockets.

Columbia County book of pockets.

And here is the floral book of pockets.

Floral-themed book of pockets.

Floral-themed book of pockets.

More “finds” to follow.

 

Holiday Craft (and more) Sale ~ Dec.7, 2014, 11 am to 4 pm

From the press release:

A holiday craft and more sale is to be held on Sunday, December 7th, 11-4pm, at the Stumph home, 304 Bushnell Road in Chatham. A variety of talented artisans will display and sell their works at this event. Included in this event are Katharine Houk, Susan Swantek, Kathy Stumph, Lisa Noonan, and Sasha Langley.

I have been working on an Apothecary, Terrariums, and hand-made Ornaments. Here are some examples:

Apothecary

Apoth

Terrarium, deer, 2014Terrarium 2014

Ornaments in boxThese items will be at the sale, in addition to many hand-mades from my studio, some half-price. There will be clothing, jewelry, and surprises. Plus goodies to eat! Please stop by!

Dolls from a vintage pattern

Over the holidays, I worked (as time allowed) on dolls for my granddaughters.

Much of the sewing was done by hand, which meant I could do it from bed. In addition to the clothing you see here, I created miniature sweaters for these two from re-purposed felted lambswool and cashmere sweaters.

The package is still on its way to them, a bit late.

Now I can return to my beloved banner project.

Rabbits

Made (from felted sweaters) in anticipation of a visit from granddaughters.

These rabbits were adapted from a design by Helen Philipps, in her book Simple Sewn Gifts. She used linen, cotton, embroidery floss and polyester stuffing; I used lambswool and cashmere felted sweaters, wool stuffing, needle-felted features, and I added tails (one per rabbit).

The girls discovered their dollies would fit in the rabbits’ straps:  Voila! Bunny-carriers!

Repurposed Felted Sweaters = Lunchbox!

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Lambswool and cashmere felted and semi-felted sweaters, stitched and decorated entirely by hand, a labor of love for a child or grandchild. This playful and colorful lunchbox helps keep contents warm or cold. There is a container for a stainless … Continue reading

Holiday Craft Market at Real Food Co-op

Elves!

These elves stand seven inches tall (not counting their pointy hats) and were crafted from felted wool sweaters. They are stuffed with wool fleece. The elves, along with other items I have handcrafted from felted sweaters, will be for sale at the Holiday Craft Market at Real Food Co-op in Chatham, on the day after Thanksgiving – Friday Nov. 26th. See you there!

15 Church Street
Chatham, New York 12037