I’ve finished stitching the main pocket of the ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler now, and I’ve really enjoyed stitching it.
Now it’s time to make the three smalls, to go inside it.
I first stitched all the designs on one piece of fabric, carefully measuring out the spacing.
I completed the scissor fob first, by gathering the stitched fabric circle over a round piece of mount board (2mm thick), padded a bit with a layer of thin wadding. Then I did the same with a second mount board circle, using the deep red silk the same as I’d used for the lining of the etui pocket. I stuck them back to back, and slip-stitched around the edges to make one disc. Then I made a very thin cord out of some DMC Perle 12 as shown below, and tried it first around the shape to make sure it would fit, and leave enough to frizz out the ends last, to make a tassel. I stuck the cord around the edge very carefully, a bit at a time, using PVA glue.
Here’s the completed scissor fob, attached to my cute little rose gold scissors.
This is the back, showing the deep red silk side.
I made the scissor pocket in a similar way, using stiff interlining instead of the mount board though, so that the scissor pocket is soft to hold. I laced the two sides together through the long back stitches that I’d stitched round the very edge of each piece.
Lastly, I made the needlebook. This, too, is soft, and not stretched over mount board, but stiff interlining.
I’d half thought to stitch the date on the back, but in the end, when I got to that stage, I forgot, so it’s blank!
The inside pages are made from doctor flannel, held in place up the centre with a line of running stitches.
Here’s the completed project, with all four pieces:
It was a gorgeous project to stitch – not too simple, with a few challenging bits (the hardanger!!! Cutting those fabric threads!!), but also with some simple cross stitching so that most of it was completed quite quickly.
As ever with projects by Thea from Victoria Sampler, the design was great, the instructions in the chart booklet were clear, and the accessories pack with the threads and beads was full of interesting things to work with. This is well worth stitching, and has the added bonus of being something useful when you’ve finished it, so you can get lasting enjoyment from using it every time you sit down to stitch.