Friday, February 3, 2012

Upcoming Design Spotlight: "Beauty In Simplicity"

If you read my February Newsletter or follow me on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter, then you know I have been working hard on the three new releases for later this month at the TNNA Nashville Needlework Market (a needlework industry trade show for manufacturers, designers, and needlework shops). Look for my three new designs to start arriving in needlework shops following the the Nashville Needlework Market being held on February 25-26th. In the meantime, I thought I would do several blog posts featuring each of the upcoming new releases.

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: 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
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


  1. This is gorgeous. Thank you for giving us such beautiful designs to stitch.

    hugs, Kaye xoxox

  2. absolutely stunning!! I love the box too.:) Darby ox

  3. Belinda it is beautiful!!

  4. Woohoo! I love this design and glad it was the first to be showcased here!


  5. OMg....those are beautiful! I saw your tweet and had to just come check them out.

  6. I love this design, I've been anxiously awaiting it's release!

  7. ohhh looks gorgeous .... and love it on that shaker box but I will have to look out for something similar over here ... will keep eyes peeled for when it comes out across the pond :) love mouse xxxxx

  8. Oh, Belinda, your latest design is just gorgeous!

  9. Truly lovely and a beautiful sentiment too!

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    1. Belinda, I am so excited that you are releasing this beautiful design, because it is truly so very special. I enjoyed stitching it with you at the Enfield Shaker Museum retreat. Your instructions are always so complete, which makes it a joy to stitch your designs. For those who are eager to stitch this beautiful Shaker box design and needle accessories, you definitely will not be disappointed!

  11. Really beautiful box set - Love the shaker box you chose. good luck at market - looks like you have a hit here ! Melody