I’ve almost finished this ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui pocket by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler now, and I’ve really enjoyed stitching it.
Once the main panel was completed, I backstitched around the whole design with Perle 12 thread, over four threads. This will give me a clear outline for assembling the pocket later.
This is the whole piece, before being assembled. You can see that some of the lettering faces up one way, and some down the other way – this is because when the pocket is wrapped around itself, some will be on the back of the pocket and some on the front, facing the other way. It will all make sense later!
I fixed pieces of the maroon dupion silk in place with pieces of iron-on interlining. These go over the back of the drawn thread work and hardanger heart.
It looks like this when it’s done:
I trimmed the stitched piece to half an inch all round as a seam allowance, then cut pieces of dupion silk and thin wadding the same size.
I ironed the seam allowance to the reverse of the stitching, and then ironed the dupion silk to have similar seam allowances, so that they were identical sizes. I lightly tacked the thin wadding in position on the back of the stitching and then slip-stitched the lining to the stitched front, wrong sides together, using the back stitched border as a guide. The bottom of the ‘sandwiched’ piece was folded up to make a pocket, and the top part makes a deep flap.
Narrow sill ribbons are attached at the sides to keep the pocket closed when the ribbons are tied. This is the front:
And this is the back:
It’s quite a small pocket – about 5 by 7 inches – but large enough to keep the smalls and a few skeins of thread in.
It would make a lovely project just as it is, to keep other things in, such as jewellery, but I want to keep going and stitch the smalls for it now 🙂