Monday, August 8, 2011

A "Petite Pocket" Workbook

As you saw in my previous post, I am now working on 'petite pockets' which I hope to display at a show later this year.  Because I enjoyed making the little 'heart' workbook, I thought it might help to make up a 'pocket' book. 

This book began as a 4"x6" notebook which I purchased at a discount store for $1.  It is supposed to be used for recipes, but works quite well as a small, handy dandy reference book.  The size is good for me - it takes up little room on my messy work table and has a lot of pages.

I began by putting a cover on it (see the picture at the top) front and back.  Much nicer looking than the original cover.  Inside I have my own definition of what I am trying to create.  I moved on to putting a picture of the general pattern and wrote down my guidelines for preparing these pockets. I've included pages where I will list ideas, themes, color schemes and designs as I think of them.   As I go along I will include each piece - both the pattern design with notes and the final pictures with notes. Also 'stuffed' in here will be inspiration pictures - ideas I get from magazines or books or whatever.

When I make a punchneedle design -- I always have a copy that includes the floss number colors, the combinations (2 threads of one color, 1 thread of another, etc.) and the level that I punched that particular combination.  For my book I have taken pictures of this pattern, reduced it and put it onto a page.  I will now have a record of the colors I've used for future reference.

Lastly I take pictures of the finished project, put those into the book and then makes notes including the month/year that it was finished and notes to myself about what I liked and what might have gone wrong (hopefully not to duplicate that problem again). 

At the completion of each 'pocket' I will add to my little book - making it a bit 'fatter' with each piece.

"First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination". - Napolean Hill


  1. This will be a fascinating record of the work you have done!

  2. Important to record pieces that will be flying away.

  3. What a great idea! It's good that you're maintaining a record.

  4. wish l was that organised..wow! xlynda

  5. Wow, Penny! I enlarged and read your text, it is so detailed and complete! I would never be able to put that much effort into keeping a record, but I wish I could. It will be so valuable someday. Also, the cover is lovely! Will catch up with you soon, promise.



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