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1  my abalone and pearl necklace in Beads: Completed Projects by RockReceptionist on: August 15, 2006 03:22:38 PM
here's a necklace i made from a piece of abalone shell that i found on the beaches of northern california. i wrapped it in peyote stitch and strung it with coin pearls and seed beads. i make most of my necklaces with a bead and loop clasp, rather than a metal clasp, to give each piece a cohesive, circular design, that also creates a nice tail along the back of the neck and is adjustable.

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2  Re: applique placemat into clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RockReceptionist on: July 31, 2005 11:14:27 AM
thanks for all of the kind words!

using a magnetic closure was an after-thought, but I'm tempted to sneak it in there somehow. i hand-stitched around all of the applique, though, so taking part of it apart may create lots more work. i found these tiny snap fasteners (size 5/0) which look like they are half the size of the average snaps, so i may use those.

here's a pic of the inside.

adding the tiny snaps wouldn't take away too much from the beauty, would it?
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3  applique placemat into clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by RockReceptionist on: July 30, 2005 06:48:21 PM
this is my first posting with pictures! i've wanted to make this forever and i finally got the courage to do it. my sewing skills are elementary, but i managed to pull it off. i used cotton batting in between the 40's era applique placemat and the orange lining to give a bit more shape. i added a few glass flower beads, to cover a stain on one side, then added them to the other side for symmetry. i only wish i could find more of these beautifully made placemats.

front view of clutch

backside detail

me modeling clutch
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