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Best Bind

This week I managed to get on with a massive new collection of notebooks. I’ve had a huge stash of recycled paper building up for the past year and now’s the time to use it!
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The books are all made with 22 pages of folded a4 paper, mostly old documents and photocopies that would have otherwise ended up in the recycling bin (i haven’t thrown away a blank sheet of paper in literally YEARS).
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I use waxed linen thread which is a really strong thread that can withstand a lot of pulling and knotting, I can actually split the thread into thinner strands and it still works just as well.

There are loads of really beautiful and intricate ways to bind, (just look at all the amazing work on Pinterest) but as I always cover the thread with double sided tape, I just use a really simple method which is similar to Japanese Stab binding.
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I’ve also been working on some new cushion cover designs this week, and had another go with my sewing machines free-hand foot. I find it so difficult, but I thought I could at least manage to colour in the hedges in my latest map of Victorian era London.

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Customs

Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a great December, mine was super busy with lots of markets, it was hectic but so nice to get out and meet people and display my work after being holed up in the studio for so long!

Now that Xmas is over I can show off these custom pieces. I had some really nice presents to make for people this year – let’s hope all the recipients were happy!

Firstly this Welsh Christmas decoration – I had sold out of them already!
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This map of London shows St Pauls and the Millenium footbridge across the Thames –
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And I really enjoyed making this lovely pair of West London map cushions for another customer!
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Just a quick PS – It’s January which means I have to have a sale in my shop (it’s the law!!) so if you had your eye on anything now is the time to buy! Use the code JANSTITCHSALE for 20% off 🙂

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Wall Maps

So a couple of these pieces have been getting a lot of attention on Etsy this week – I think thanks to the awesome new homepage feature which allows everyone a personalised homepage showing featured items that are relevant to them! Then I realised I hadnt actually made a blog post about these maps which I finished a few months ago.

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South Bank Wall Hanging

I wanted to make something really amazing, without worrying about time constraints which is always a massive issue when selling hand stitched products. I want to make work that is affordable to everyone, but at the same time I have a massive compulsion to hand stitch everything! So I usually compromise by combining hand with machine stitching, painting, applique, or trying to make the pieces as simple as possible (that last one…. never happens!) But for once I just wanted to stitch some maps for the love of it, and so I made these wall hangings. They are a much higher-end product than I would normally spend time on but I just love how they turned out!

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South Bank Wall Hanging

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South Bank Wall Hanging

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Euston Wall Hanging

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Euston Wall Hanging

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Euston Wall Hanging

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Marble Arch Wall Hanging

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Marble Arch Wall Hanging

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Marble Arch Wall Hanging

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Piccadilly Wall Hanging

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Piccadilly Wall Hanging

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Piccadilly Wall Hanging

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New Map Notebook Collections

Featuring a cloth map of the Lake District, a super old Bartholemew map of Fort Augustus in Scotland, and an awesome road map of France (with bits of surrounding countries too)! They will start being uploaded for sale on Etsy in July.

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Big and Small

Hello, I’m still here! Have had a very productive couple of months making lots of new work as well as working plenty of overtime at the library. That whole abstract pattern design phase I was going through the last time I posted seems to have subsided, and I appear to be rekindling my love of maps…

unfinished euston map This is one of 4 new (or old but revamped) designs I’ve been working on, having had a good look at my shop and the range of products I currently offer I thought it could be nice to add a bit more variety, so I’m making bigger items that have more impact!

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I’m contrasting that with some very small and quick to make products that I’ve never tried before, button earrings! I’m pretty pleased with how theyre coming out so far, and it makes excellent use of all those spare little bits of fabric that are too small to use for anything else 🙂

Last week I invested in a beautiful red daylight LED lamp for my desk, do any other stitchers have one of these? If not, GET ONE, it is the best £20 I have spent in a long time!  Allegedly the LED bulbs are meant to last 20 years as well, which is pretty amazing if its true….

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Super

Some better shots of my recently finished cushions, all of which can be found over in the shop!

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Lasts

Well work has slowed down considerably since finishing with the degree, instead I have attempted to make the most of living in London for the past few weeks as I’ll be leaving very soon to live somewhere cheaper and Welsh-er.

I went to Brighton and bought a couple of maps from their rediculously awesome massive vintage shop:

I’ve decided I really like O.S maps and might start a little stitching project using these once I’ve moved into the new place….

Today I went to the Natural History Museum which, screaming children aside is probably my favourite building. Ever.

Then I went to Leadenhall Market which is also seriously pretty:

Matey Sarah Kirk is selling some paintings down there this weekend, so its definitely worth a look!

 

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