workbox project #1

I hope you all had an enjoyable festive season and are ready to dive into 2018 with some new projects or finish those bothersome WIPs. I was looking forward to beginning Carolyn Pearce’s Home Sweet Home workbox but the book, due to drop through my letterbox on December 21st didn’t arrive. In the meantime, I’ve been reading Janet Granger’s blog which has excellent posts about this very workbox. It took Janet a year to complete the box and accessories and it may well take me longer but I’m in no hurry and expect to stitch other things in between.

A skim through old Inspirations magazines after Christmas revealed an article in issue 81 by Carolyn Pearce on how to make the thimble case, tape measure cover, and thread cutter cover, which are some of the accessories to the workbox so while I’m waiting for the book to arrive (replacement copy due later this week) I thought I would embroider the thimble case. I can see already that the workbox and accessories project will require mega concentration and precision in all areas, for example, my vines on the trellis of the thimble case are more overgrown than Ms Pearce’s and definitely in need of pruning.


the owl

Hmmm. Yesterday I quite liked the detached buttonhole work on the owl’s body but today I didn’t like it at all even though it had taken several hours of stitching, so it just had to be ripped out, ready to stitch again more neatly. Just as well there’s no deadline for this!

August 4


I left the seed pod in Watercress for this morning when I could use the magnifying lamp to assist with the needlelace, finished it, took some photos and then realised that I’d forgotten to do the two small needle-woven leaves at the bottom of the stem but they’re done now. The next one to do is Coriander. Bet you can’t wait!