Tasks I put off but actually enjoyed. 

I had worried about this particular job for ages. Because it was a new technique I’d not done and also because I shy away from precise detail and intricate jobs. I’m currently reading The Craftsman by Richard Sennett and he talks about how the craftsman sees “each imperfection as a failure” p46. This is how I feel so I end up leaving things until I have to do it or else!  It was on the morning of seeing the lady whose story this belongs to that I started stitching.  I prepped and moulded the leather the week before which actually, whilst listening to a podcast I just got on with.  Time felt normal (not too fast) and I just got on with making.  It made me really calm and I just went with what seemed right.  I tried to do a pattern but then it worked out better just working with the silicone directly rather than trying to be too precise.

Then marking the corners I mitred them using a stitch that crossed over at the back.  This is something I’ve never tried before but it worked well and gave the desired result.  Although I don’t know how this will end up being finished as I have changed the initial design it seems to be working the way I want it to go.

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