Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Emery Jack-in-the-box embroidery
The basic shape is the box with which we are now familiar from the thimble-keep and waxer. This one is very slightly larger than those two. As this was one of the additional kits I purchased at the class, I needed to do the embroidery first.
I do like the colour combination in this piece.
The tricky bit, however, came, as I knew it would, with the lid.
The central motif of the lid is a series of squares in diagonal stripes - each one thread wide. I chose to do these as diagonal rows rather than as alternating tent stitch in two colours across each horizontal row.
The difficulty is exacerbated by all threads being variegated. At some points the variegation in the two colours in any one square ends up almost identical - an interesting effect, but very tricky to stitch.
I found this quite a challenge - but got there in the end.
I have rarely been so relieved to reach the end of a piece.
Now for the construction and FINISH!