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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Rhapsody Done

I finished the other small pieces of Rhapsody in Blue yesterday.  I found the pins for the pin disk.  They were hiding on my ironing board.  Sneaky devils.

I remade the strawberry.  I'm still not thrilled with the shape as I wish it were more strawberry-like, fatter and shorter.  But it is done and the twisted cording is attached and that little tag on the end.  I really like the little tag but whipping together the over one backstitch is not easy.

Then I put backing on the pin heads.  I tried a spider web rose, it looked awful.  Then I tried doing lazy daisy stitches so it would look like a flower.  I put a bead in the middle.  Not as even as I would like but it is acceptable.  Then I happen to have some off white ultrasuede.  I used a button as my circle pattern to cut around and I used tiny little stitches to cover the messy back of those pins.  Bingo.  That was the best way to do it.  I want to put just the tiniest bit of glue on the bows so they stay up on the pins.  I haven't done that yet.

The hedebo stitched ring turned out fine.  It took a few stitches before I got into the rhythm of the stitch so one side is just a bit neater than the other but I don't think anyone will notice.

Overall, I really like this project.  The instructions need to be tweeked a bit.  (Put the magnets in before you sew it all down. Duh.  Don't make the bottom of the lid so snug.  Include directions on attaching the lid to the body of the pouch.)  Of course it would be so much easier if I did this again.

I worked just a bit on the Mary Beale photo album cover.  I need to fix that baby's face.  It looks like a zombie.

The sun is shining, it is a great day here.


  1. What a pretty and great little pouch you have made up Amy! I have been so busy but I will read up on your latest adventures:)
    You are so talented!
    Ultrasuede is the best thing for tiny finishing, does not fray and easy to manage. I use it all the time with my miniature stitching, for example backing of cushions etc.
    Mary Beale is an amazing designer, love her things too. Looking forward to see your progress on the Album Cover, looks so very pretty!
    (I will put a snap of a M.Beale also,in my next post)
    Hugs and Happy Easter from
    Anette & Skruttan

  2. Rhapsody in blue is beautiful. Love all those intricate smalls. Very wonderva!