I debated what to show you today--my progress on Hannah Lancaster (from Threads Through Time) or my newest teaching project, A Lady's Worke Box. A Lady's Worke Box won out. Later I'll show you my photos of Hannah and the two new retail products.
A Lady's Worke Box
A sewing or worke box has long been a cherished possession of many girls and women because it is a safe place to store cherished needlework items. And, of course, both plain and fancy needlework played a very important role in female arts in days gone by.
When finished, our 5½ x 9 x 7-inch-high box is decorated with an embroidered panel on the front. Another embroidered panel covers the inside of the box lid. A hornbook threadholder with an embroidered panel, a Jacob’s Ladder needlebook with embroidered cover, a ribbon-embellished embroidered pincushion, and a three-sided scissors weight are stored inside. The box interior is lined with dupioni silk, and the lining has pockets for storing additional small items. The box comes decorated on the outside with a decoupage print matching the embroidered front panel. During assembly you can choose to cover the print with your embroidery or use the printed side as the back of the box.
Stitches Used: alternating double backstitch, backstitch, closed herringbone, cross, cross stitch over one linen thread, cushion (traditional and reverse slant), diamond eyelet, double-sided Italian, four-sided, herringbone, mosaic, plaited cross, Rhodes, Rhodes heart, rice stitch variation, smyrna cross, tent, tied half Rhodes, and zigzag.
Kit Contents: The kit includes the charts and very detailed stitching and assembly directions as well as 36-count linen, silk embroidery threads, DMC threads for the twisted cords and the whitework on the needlebook, hand-dyed silk ribbons, hand-dyed wool for the needlepage, dupioni silk for lining the needlebook and box, a wooden hornbook threadholder, a wooden ruler, a wooden box, two threadwinders, and printed covers for making a small notebook.
This class will premier in May in Canton, Ohio at the Inn Stitches Spring Fling.
You can click on the photo below to see a better view.
In a few days I'll post some photos of the other projects and probably some birthday celebration photos also. Today is our grandson Haiden's 4th birthday, and tomorrow is our daughter's birthday. My goodness! Where have the years gone?