Friday, January 27, 2012

A Lady's Worke Box

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 BoxA 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?

21 comments:

Ann said...

Ellen, this is absolutely lovely! I hope someday to be able to take the class from you.

Margaret said...

Just gorgeous! You are always coming up with stunners. Happy birthday to Haiden and your daughter!

Thomasina said...

Just stunning Ellen. What a treasure you have created. Can not wait to see the others.
Happy Birthday to your Grandson and Daughter.
I know what you mean about time flying by. My oldest just turned 12 on the 15th and I thinking were you not just the little boy running around barefoot with a diaper on.
Cherish each moment.

dixiesamplar said...

Oh my, another stunning piece Ellen!! How lovely!

One of these days, I am going to get into one of your classes too...you designs are breathtaking!

Patty C. said...

Love it!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Another great teaching piece... you always come up with interesting new projects. Happy Birthday to Haiden and your daughter.

woolwoman said...

just stunning Ellen - I am sure wanting this one - thanks for the sneak peek. Isn't Hannah Lancaster by Porcupine Collections or is there another one? Have fun celebrating this weekend - Lorraine is visiting with our guild tomorrow - we wish you were here with us - mel

Bertie said...

Lovely pictures of you family Ellen, looks like you all had a fabulous time:)
Your workbox project is stunning!! Congratulations:))

robindefender said...

Very pretty, Ellen! Are you going to be in Nashville? If you go, hope you get a chance to hang out with Mom some!

Nancy said...

What a beautiful box and accessories!!

LINDA Z said...

OH ELLEN! I JUST LOVE OUR PROJECT AND CANNOT WAIT FOR OUR WEEKEND! SEE YOU THERE. LINDA Z

Annette said...

Your Ladies Worke Box is breath taking. I absolutely love it! Do you ever teach in Northern California? What a treasure.
Annette - California

Jackie said...

A very beautiful box Ellen.

Solstitches said...

Your designs are the best!
This one is beautiful and so very elegant. Oh to be one of the lucky stitchers attending your class.

Margaret

Cindy Bannon said...

Ellen, what a beautiful project. I just love your designs. Have a wonderful time with your family. I hope to attend one of your classes some day.

Marilyn said...

Wow, what a gorgeous project!
Can't wait to see the B-Day pics.
Marilyn

diamondc said...

Ellen: What a lovely new project.
I do hope you come top Minnesota someday to teach at a retreat.
Catherine

geeky Heather said...

Oh, wow wow wow wow. That is beautiful! So elegant!

Jackie said...

Just gorgeous Ellen! I love every piece!

Walfrida said...

I love it !!! the box, the accessories ... the pattern ... perfect!!! and perfect too your clock wit cross stitch!! ... love read your blog!!

Suzanne said...

Love, love, love this class you are going to teach. Too bad you can't come to Australia and do a class.