Willing Hands Needlework Design

"She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands"
Proverbs 31:13

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Oops, I did it again!

After swearing twice before that I was done adding toys to my Toy Chest Etui, I've gone back on my word again.  But I REALLY mean it this time - this is the LAST new toy!  ( If I add any more we'll each have to stitch a second chest - the original is full! )

As a child I loved water color paint boxes and as an adult I still paint in my very rare spare time, except that now I use oils.  For some time now it has bothered me that the Toy Chest Etui didn't have a paint box, even though it does have a basket of colored pencils.  I just had to rectify that, so here it is.  Hope that you like it!

Paint Box, closed

Paint Box, open

The paint box holds a needle threader which is embellished with a painter's palette enameled charm fob.  The needle threader fits into a pocket inside the lid of the paint box, and the opening of the pocket is the sawtooth motif just to the right of my initials and the date in the photo above.  The bottom of the paint box is made from the same plaid silk Dupioni which lines the other Toy Chest pieces and there are pockets in both the top and bottom of the box, on the reverse side, for holding packets of needles.  I planned the size of the design to hold a packet of Bohin tapestry needles and a packet will be included in the kit in size #26, along with the needle threader and the charm.

I've ordered all of the supplies to make kits, but the needle threaders are currently back-ordered until "early next year" whenever that happens to be.  I'm hoping to have kits available by the end of February and the price will be $35.  Any guild or chapter which has hosted a Toy Chest Etui class in the past or has one coming up can contact me about making a group order.


  1. Fantastic!!! I hope Diane makes a group order for our group. Otherwise, could I order from you directly???

  2. Hi Betsy,

    I LOVE the paintbox...especially since I started painting again!!! I'll definitely be contacting all the girls who took the class with Samplermakers. (Hi, Margaret!!!)

    Have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Marvelous! I must have it - and that's my all-time favorite needle-threader!


  4. Hello Betsy, this is yet another delight to add to my ever growing list of projects in waiting

    Joanne (western australia)

  5. Oh love it, Betsy! Thanks so much for doing one more piece. Have you contacted Swans about it yet? I will bug Sandra about it soon as I definitely want to add this to my toy chest.
    I have a goal to finish this project this year, so I may have to bug you again when it comes to finishing. Meeting you, and being at the retreat in Cedar City was such a wonderful experience. I hope that we will meet again in the future. I love all of your new projects. I hope you have a wonderful year in stitching.

  6. It's great Betsy! I love art supplies - they're my favorite to shop for after needlework :) Our EGA Camellia chapter would most certainly be interested in getting these kits when you have them together to add to our toy chests. Please let us know when they're available!