Today's design spotlight is on "Beauty In Simplicity" (BRD-104). This special design was inspired by my research on the Shaker culture and gift drawings...and was originally a teaching piece for the New England Stitcher's Retreat. It features charting for an oval Shaker box lid, three needlework smalls (a scissor fob, pinkeep, and needlebook), and a framed sampler design. I have posted all the details on my website - including additional photos and a complete supply/materials list - simply visit: http://www.blueribbondesigns.com and click on "Future" in the left-hand menu. All model pieces were stitched on Navy Bean hand-dyed fabric by Lakeside Linens with Weeks Dye Works cotton floss. The Shaker box lid and needlework smalls are stitched on 32-count linen; please note, if you use a different count of linen, your stitched design will not fit the recommended Shaker box lid appropriately.
If you are wanting to purchase the beautiful Shaker box used in my design, here are a few details:
They are handcrafted by a wonderful woodworking artist in Canterbury, New Hampshire. His workshop is called Canterbury Box Shop - and he handcrafts each oval box with quality woods, utilizing traditional techniques formed by the Shaker community. This special order oval cherry box comes with a 1/4" recessed lid for mounting your needlework - and the box itself measures 3 1/2" x 6 1/8" x 8 5/8". The retail price of the box is $62.00 + shipping; to order by phone, simply call 603-783-0394 and specify the item "custom recessed lid #4 Cherry Box". As each box is handcrafted (and absolutely gorgeous), please allow four weeks for delivery.
Canterbury Box Shop
Canterbury Box Shop
Phone: (603) 783-0394
I am so thrilled to finally have this design ready for consumer purchase...and I hope you will look for it (after release) at your favorite needlework shop!
Shaker Box - Lid Design
Needlework Smalls - Front View
Needlework Smalls - Back View