This has been lying around for over a year and I decided to make it into a lavender sachet. I had improvised the pattern then, whilst training myself for hardanger.
I enjoyed stitching this sachet ... Very much indeed ... I used "palestrina" and "mountmellick" stitches to decorate the joining edges of the fabrics of different structure. The source for these stitches are from Needle and Thread by Mary Corbet :)
I stitched everything by hand and the beaded crochet carnations ( oya ) are from the book by Sevgi Şenol ... The price is TL 20 and that is about USD 13.5 with today's rate ... I had the privilege to meet Mrs Şenol two years ago and this book is a first in this country, the native home of "oya" and is full of most beautiful samples from the past and as far as I am concerned, remains to be the only so far.
The sad story is that she is better known abroad than in her native land and the sadder story is that she was invited to Japan for an exhibition and she showed the attendees the little tricks during a workshop. Only a few months later that her doorbell rings to bring her the shocking news. The postman hands her the envelop which bears a book printed in Japan with beautiful bead oya and "how to" illustrations by a Japanese woman. The book is exactly the same bead oya patterns with a different presentation. The Japanese version which I find beautiful but totally "unethical" is now out of print and sold for about USD 40 excluding shipment.
Well ... If anybody is interested, I - without any PROFIT expectation - volunteer to arrange you to get a copy of the English version to be sent directly by Mrs Şenol herself. Just contact me!
This one is also from a training session and the pattern was found online but alas, I cannot find the link. I did modify it with beads and satin stitch and it looks forward to become a lavender sachet :)