Over a year ago, Lindsay suggested that I might be interested in entering the Embroiderers Guild Challenge for Exquisite Containers. I have never entered anything like this before but I do enjoy making boxes so I thought I would give it a go.
I began by making a design for the lid. I contained a glass rivoli with seed beads and sewed this onto a firm Vilene base. The next step was to manipulate and sew strands of Soutache (Russian Braid) in a swirling pattern incorporating more beads. The biggest problem was keeping the work symmetrical.
The completed pattern was sewn to green cotton fabric, mounted onto an oval shape which was later attached to the lid. Work on the sides had to be accurately sewn in place before being added to the base. Oh why do I make things difficult with more symmetry?
I was delighted to be awarded “Commended” for the Beryl Dean Award for Hand Stitching.
The box has only recently been returned to me as it was kept by the Guild for display purposes. I am glad I entered and would encourage everyone to enter a challenge too.
Congratulations on your award Judy J and thank you for telling us all about it.
Photos thanks to Vernice C.