Catherine Archer Workbox

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Now this is something special – I bought a few plain boxes from a well-known lifestyle department store some many months ago. I knew what I wanted to do with them but needed to cook the idea for a while. The arrival of my Catherine fabric cleared away the fog and so I have been beavering away in the background for some time and here they are transformed into luxurious workboxes.

Each box has a lid inset with a padded and lightly quilted pin pad in Catherine Archer fabric which is buttoned down with a shell button. It is trimmed with a twisted cord in matching ‘schoolhouse’ red. Inside, the lid and base are lined in red silky fabric with gold-plated lion’s tail scissors attached by a twisted cord.

In the box there is a piece of the red fabric, a piece of Catherine Archer fabric tied with a twisted cord and a faux ivory thread holder with two shades of stranded cotton (floss).

In addition, I have included three gold-plated needles in a tiny book hand-crafted by the wonderful Kate Bowles. She has included pages for notes, linen to store needles and envelopes to hold secrets! When closed the little book measures 2.75 x 3.5in (7 x 9cm).

The box measures 10in (25.5cm) across and stands 4in (10cm) high.

£75.00

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Findings

The story of this little treasure

Out and about with my grandson some time ago, we ventured to a well-known lifestyle store for entertainment. While there, I spotted some rather interesting wooden boxes. With my stitcher’s eye, I noticed that the boxes had an inset top which means there is space to add something decorative.

I have been a collector of boxes and baskets for years, always sure that something useful will fit inside. I remember a trip to Hancock Shaker Village, Massachusetts, USA, and watching the artisans create the iconic wooden Shaker boxes. I bought three and they still make me smile.

Now, I do not aspire to anything in that league with my purchases, but I am prepared to say they are something special. I knew they could be gorgeous needlework boxes, the kind of thing I would like to have – and I hope you will too.

I admit that they did languish under my desk for some time, reminding me they were there each time I stubbed my toe on them! Once my Catherine Archer printed fabric arrived and matched beautifully with some red silky fabric I had been hoarding, I could see the way forward.

There were a few trial runs with the lining, so I can claim that quite some hours of love have gone into making my boxes. I am particularly pleased with the lid – the padded top will take pins and is detailed with lines of stitching (My esteemed Editor Jenny, commented that it looks like a pre-portioned cake, but that is a compliment in her book!) The central button is attached through the wood, which let me add a novel place to secure scissors on the inside.

I could have stopped with the box itself, but it clearly needed to contain more treasures – the way the gift of a purse should always come with a coin for luck!

I hope the matching materials inspire you to create accessories for yourself and maybe you will cover the exclusive needlebook, or make it a little drawstring bag to live in. I would love to hear what you create.