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This tiny, wearable book features a peacock and new moon on its cover.

But there's more. Open the book and there's a story Inside for you to read. The story is called Night Stitches. It's about a woman who spent her nights stitching up other people’s problems instead of dreaming her own dreams. I first performed it under the Ballad Tree at the Kerville Folk Festival. The audience enjoyed it, and I hope you will too.

The book is made of steel with a silver/ox finish. The other metal elements are brass with a silver/ox finish. The stone set into the peacock is a 5mm blue frosted glass cabochon. The stone set into the new moon is a 5mm glass black opal. The frame is lined with painted paper. The story inside is printed on linen paper. All metal parts are drilled through and riveted together.

People don’t listen. Or they listen but they only hear things they agree with. How do I know this? Because whenever I tried to tell people that I never dream they would say, “You mean, you dream and you don’t remember.”
That is not what I said. That is not what I meant.
I could remember sleeping. But there was never any dreaming. There was only stitching.
Sleep was like a silver needle that I would ride, braced in its eye. As a child, all night long I would stitch up the parts of my family that were coming apart, good and tight to last another day.
Then all day long I would watch my night stitches unravel. And I would bite my lips and try to mend their arguments with my apologies, hoping that it would all just last until sleep that silver needle.
So when could I have dreamed?
I grew up on the seam of life where the edges meet but won’t hold together.

Peacock and Moon-miniature book pin with story inside


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: steel, brass, paper, glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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