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  1. I would like to share this free pattern I have written for making a fabric fountain pen wrap. The pattern requires a basic sewing machine, and introductory sewing skills; but it is not difficult to make. (You can also use it for other things, such as crochet hooks and double pointed knitting needles.) Wrap holds eight fountain pens, but you can easily adjust it to make it bigger if you want. The instructions are clearly written and accompanied by photos of every step. I have put a lot of work into writing the pattern, and ask that, as I am not selling it, you respect my copyright by not making items for sale from it. If you would like to share it, that is fine, but please keep its original format with the copyright information and authorship details intact. Links to my website for downloads are appreciated. Happy sewing, and please share any photos of cases that you make. The pattern can be downloaded here. http://www.nataliejaneprior.com/craft-2/fountain-pencrochet-hook.html
  2. I bought this wrap from Inthreadible on Etsy a couple of months ago. At the time, I felt I wanted something that held more than my five-pen Saki Collection wrap from Japan. Now I've been using it for a while, I discover that while I might *want* more choice in the day than five pens gives me, I don't actually *use* all nine daily - and keeping nine pens inked at once is not practical for me - but this wrap is so beautiful that I'm keeping on using it anyway. Here it is furled... And unfurled. A few of these pens are vest-sized ringtops, so I stuff the bottom of the compartments in the wrap with acid-free tissue paper so they don't get lost in the bottom. Pens unleashed (because I know you're going to ask about them): Left to right, that's a TWSBI Diamond Mini, a Binderised F Raden VP, a nameless Paul W Johnson from Greg Minuskin, a Waterman 52 1/2 V, a sterling silver Mabie Todd Swan ringtop, a nameless 1930s Eagle Pens school pen, a Mabie Todd Blackbird, a Parker Challenger with a really lovely Greg Minuskin custom 1.3mm stub, and a Mabie Todd Swan 1500. Realistically, this is too many. The only ones I use daily are the VP, the little silver ringtop (my favourite pen), the Blackbird, the Eagle and the Challenger. It's probably time to go back to the old wrap. (I've only owned the 1500 for a couple of hours: it just dropped through the letterbox this morning. There's a perfunctory review here - it's gorgeous to use, and may also end up in my EDC when I've had a bit more time to get used to it.) And bonus pussycat. Mr Raffles has a sixth sense for when I'm taking a photo of something. I really love this wrap. It's nicely padded, so if dropped, the pens are safe. It fits in my handbag, and it's so pretty that it always attracts comments when it comes out. The fabric's beautiful, the construction's very nicely done, the ribbon and bead closure is lovely - I just wish I hadn't bought such a big one! I can highly recommend Kathryn at Inthreadible; she often has some superb Japanese fabrics to make her pen wraps from, and her prices are very reasonable.





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