Carolyn Pearce Home Sweet Home workbox 33: thread cutter decorative edging

The thread-cutter cover that I am making from Carolyn Pearce’s book ‘Home Sweet Home: an embroidered workbox’ is nearly finished. I’m making the decorative edging to go around the bottom edge of the cover now.

The base stitches need to be worked first. This consists of making a series of crosses of alternating long and short stitches over the edge seam around the base of the cutter cover. I made all the stitches going from left to right first….

Cutter 12

…and then completed the crosses by going from right to left. At this point, it all looks a bit messy!

Cutter 13

Then, using the same thread (two strands of Anchor stranded cotton 934 Dark green), I started to attach size 11 seed beads to the small crosses (using a quilting needle), and work a buttonhole loop over the long cross stitches. The more buttonhole stitches you squeeze into each loop, the better.

Cutter 14

This shows the completed thread-cutter cover, with the beaded edge finished.

Cutter 15

Only the hanging cord to make, now, and it’ll be done  🙂


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5 thoughts on “Carolyn Pearce Home Sweet Home workbox 33: thread cutter decorative edging”

  1. Really lovely work Janet. I love how you’ve showed the detail of how you achieved the finish. I wouldn’t have pictured the end result from the first couple of pictures!

  2. It’s always nice to make something useful, beautiful and you’ve done a lovely job with this cutter cover!

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