Monday, February 22, 2010

Handmade books

I think like most creative people I'm interested in all kinds of arts and crafts, I've done so many different things in the past, and I'm sure I'll try many more! I've recently found a renewed pleasure in painting (just for the sheer enjoyment of it, I don't think I'm particularly good!), as well as trying various paper crafts and scrapbooking.

I've had an interest in making handmade books for a while - I've made plenty of little matchbooks, but have finally moved on to something a little more complex (as usual it takes me forever to pluck up courage to just do it!). This book is the third one I've bound, as a gift for my mum on her birthday :)

I've used white linen thread using a chain stitch to bind the pages to the covers.
I added some bead work while stitching, and then some hand-sawn flower motifs in brass, and finally some silver shade Swarovski crystals. The covers are black book cloth, and I've used some green Victorian-patterned paper inside. This was fun! :D

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Busy Busy!

We are busy with alterations and decorating at our house at the moment, which is why unfortunately I've not had much time to create much just lately! The air seems to be constantly full of dust too, it's a nightmare trying to keep everywhere clean. Still, it will all be worth it in the end!

These are just a couple of the pieces I did coming up to Valentine's Day - a cluster set with ruby Swarovski crystals and garnets, and a commissioned sterling silver heart necklace with rose quartz and crystals.


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