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Stall 13 Handmade and Vintage

Knicker Drawer Note Books, Stall 13 Handmade and Vintage Show, Central Milton Keynes, Saturday and Sunday June 10-11. Come and find the book that belongs to You.

All stitched with love - on my grandmother's Singer sewing machine from 1906, on a fancy-schmancy Frister Rossman dating from 1973 - and bound by hand in traditional pamphlet stitch with linen and embroidery threads.

And I know how these books are used, how they gain in presence and in part of us, because I'm using one myself, right now. The love of my life had emergency surgery three weeks ago, and my note book is become a place to clutch in waiting rooms, to quick-scribble jottings - a doctor's name, a tablet I can't pronounce, or a date that might be significant. It's a book to turn in the hand, to weep into, to be a part of the journey.






Messenger bird; silent, watchful, purposeful. A creature of necessary appetite.


Vintage Wedding

Vintaged pink suede cover, soft enough to fold in the hand, yet strong enough to form a firm wrapping embrace, titled by a small satin padded heart.

Book interior includes felt of delicate pink for stitching and pinning of buttons, ribbons, and lace. A stitched loveheart hand-picked in gold-effect thread and the hand-stitched word love form the seamstress' decoration.

Net and organza touch the fingertips, and a loveheart-inclusion paper, made from recycled materials stitched into book to create little folders and pockets, can trap papers, cards, and notes. Lace decorates the paper edge to create a texture through the book. 

Clean white notepaper collects thoughts of the day; net at rear holds petals, confetti and memorabilia.

Supplied in a gingham bag wrapped with net, for flower heads and keepsake tokens.

Held, forever.


Can't decide? Neither can I

Come to Stall 13, CMK this weekend March 4-5 and let's see if we can answer that question, Which one's your favourite?