Shaker spool box, opened
Shaker spool box, closed
Darning scissor fob
Mermaid napkin ring pin cushion
The photos above are of some recent pursuits.
Several years ago Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly had an article on Shaker spool boxes which was accompanied by a reproduction designed by Merry Cox. I stitched the design using supplies from my stash ( my linen and floss colors were different ) and then finished it according to the magazine's instructions. I wasn't happy with the way it turned out so I designed my own spool box and finished it my way.
The top photo shows the box opened with the inside of the lid showing. The second photo shows the box buttoned shut with the scissors in their sleeve on the lid and the little emery pillow sitting alongside. This is stitched on Prairie Grain Belfast linen with Gloriana overdyed silk flosses and pearl cotton.
When I was designing the Casket Etui I did some research on darning with the idea of including some in the project. After teaching myself to do it using instructions I found on the internet, I decided that darning is pretty tedious to do and I didn't want to teach it as part of the Casket class. So I wound up with my practice/learning piece of darning just sitting around and decided to make it into the scissor fob shown in the third photo. It is worked on Platinum Belfast linen using Gloriana floss and Valdani overdyed pearl cotton.
I've been on Ebay again and recently found the mermaid napkin ring shown in the last photo. It originally came from Portugal and is sterling silver. In keeping with the previous napkin ring pin cushions I've made and shown below, I designed this one to match the napkin ring. It is cross stitched over one and shows a mermaid sitting on a rock in the sun by the sea and holding up her mirror. Like the others, this is worked on Platinum Belfast linen but this time I used Gloriana's new "Florimell" overdyed Soie D'Alger - a truly gorgeous floss!