one end of the wire
around the tip of the needle-
nose pliers. Thread beads onto
the straight end of the wire in
the desired pattern; shape the
wire into the letter shape. Twist
the wire next to the last bead to
secure; trim the excess wire. Tie
the letter around the outside of
the silk bag with fine cording.
18-inch length of wire
Two large beads
Wooden dowel or marker
a letter to one end of
the wire. Thread a large bead
onto the wire. Thread seed
beads onto the wire in the
desired pattern until the beaded
area measures about 131
the remaining large
bead onto the wire. Twist the
wire around the tip of the
needle-nose pliers to secure the
beads, leaving about td inch of
empty wire between the last
bead and the twist. Cut off the
excess wire. Wrap the beaded
wire around a dowel or marker
to spiral; slip off the dowel.
Two colors of silk fabric
Colored stamp pad
Needle and sewing thread
1 yard of 1-inch-wide ribbon
letter stamps following
the All-Purpose Letter Stamp
directions on page 146.
/2-inch side strips
from one of the silk fabrics.
Stamp the letters onto one side
of the silk strips, repeating as
many times as necessary to
completely cover each strip.
Let the ink dry.
strip from the remaining silk
fabric. With right sides together,
sew a side strip to each long
edge of the center strip with
td-inch seam allowances. Press
the seam allowances away from
the pieced front as a
pattern to cut a matching shape
from the first color of silk for the
lining. With right sides together,
sew the front to the lining with a
td-inch seam allowance, leaving a
2-inch-wide opening on one side.
Trim the seams and corners. Turn
the envelope right side out and
press. Slip-stitch the opening closed.
the pocket, fold up
the bottom 3 inches; press and
pin. Sew close to the left, top,
and right edges of the envelope.
To finish, thread the letter charm
onto the ribbon, and tie the
ribbon into a bow.
the recipe cards by
cutting card stock into 4x6-inch
rectangles. Use a lfd-inch-tall
letter stamp (instructions on page
146) to add a monogram to the
corner of each card. Handwrite
recipes or run the cards through
your printer. If desired, you can
create additional letter stamps
and stamp them onto the card
stock with white ink before you
add the final monogram.
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