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I was given a lovely commission recently: to cover a stamp album in stamps.  The original album was pretty standard fare.

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I started by covering it with some good quality brown parcel paper as I needed a background on which to work.

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I then added a strip of airmail style washi tape to the spine.

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After that it was a case of adding stamps.  Which is easier than it sounds, it actually took a very long time to choose the stamps as I kept having to reevaluate after every row to make sure I didn’t have too many of any given colour or style in close quarters.

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I love the finished book, it’s so colourful (although I would love to know why Royal Mail don’t seem to have ever done yellow stamps!), and I think the strip of washi tape breaks up the design nicely.

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I’ve not posted a work-in-progress thread since October, mainly because I keep forgetting.  I’ve been busy though, flitting from project to project.  Some of the projects have been mine, but a couple of the most unusual ones have been my friend’s, which I’ve been helping him with on craft nights.  In the past five weeks we’ve made a dressing gown out of a double duvet (yes, really!), and a waistcoat out of an old lumberjack style shirt.  No photos of the finished objects, but he did wear the waistcoat to a party recently so hopefully some photos will surface eventually!

I’ve been adding to my stash of hexipuffs, and at the moment I’m busy using up the lovely mixed lot of Noro yarn I got on eBay a couple of months ago, and I’m nearly done working my way through all the scraps.

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I’ve been mucking about with vintage stamps to create stickers, which will be added to my Etsy shop very soon.

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I’ve also made a start on a bigger project: fairy tale books.  I posted back in April that I’d been inspired to make notebooks based on classic fairy tales, and since then I’ve been turning the idea over in my head every so often.  The original sketches were a good starting point, but I’ve refined the plan somewhat and have finished the first version of Little Red Riding Hood.  Here’s a sneak peek, but I will be putting up a full blog post on this very soon.

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In other notebook-related news I’ve been a bit erratic with my designs.  Not inspired by any one theme, but trying to clear some space in the studio (which is an ongoing battle) by using things up as I unearth them.  This scattergun approach  has led to a rather mixed lot, ranging from Dr Who themed books to this wonderful Scrabble book amongst other things.

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Unsurprisingly this sold very quickly at the recent Kensal Flea!  I’ve got more Scrabble tiles stashed away somewhere so there may be another version of this emerging from the studio some time soon.

That’s it for this Wednesday.  I’ll be hard at work in the studio for the rest of this week, and hopefully I’ll have some lovely new books to show off at the Salusbury School Christmas Fair this Saturday.

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