Carolyn Pearce Home Sweet Home workbox 6: embroidering the sides of the spool holder

I’ve been embroidering the side panel of the spool holder (as part of the etui set that I am making) this week. This is not one of my designs, but is by Carolyn Pearce, from her book ‘Home Sweet Home Workbox’. I wish I had more time for this at the moment, but it’s just not possible! So, all I have done is one little flower. Still, it’s a very nice little flower.


Spool holder 3

It’s a cornflower, with the flower head worked in four shades of lilac / purple / pale blue straight stitches, radiating out from the centre. The very middle of the flower is closely-worked seed stitches done in very dark maroon, and old gold metallic thread for a bit of sparkle. The stem is chain stitch in a grass green shade of Gloriana thread (not sure of the thread name, as the label has fallen off!). The leaves are straight stitches in three shades of green.

Not much stitching, then, for a whole week (this flower is about an inch and a quarter high), but sometimes quality is better than quantity, and I’m pleased with how it has turned out.


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4 thoughts on “Carolyn Pearce Home Sweet Home workbox 6: embroidering the sides of the spool holder”

  1. It looks beautiful, and I also much like the colour of the oranges you did previously. I look forward to your assembling. I always admire the way you assemble things so well. Assembling is something I find difficult.

    1. Thank you! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll see that I don’t look forward to the assembling of anything (too little patience!). And this one is going to be tricky 🙂

      1. I remember you saying that, about being reluctant to assemble, but I have been delighted to see your finished products. Only two days ago I was showing a friend the photo of your Illuminated Manuscript (Alice Cole) assembled in a black satin box.
        Last night, I finally managed to do beaded flowers on the needle book instead of the chunky plastic flower beads. Will send photo later.

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