The only tangible Christmas gift I’m giving this year is something I’ll have made with my needle.
You may remember a while ago I tested a box pattern for Lynn at Tialys, who is a bit of a demon at cartonnage, or the gentle art of making exquisite fabric boxes for sewing materials, holding treasures, etc. She sells the pattern as well as finished boxes, in case you’re interested; click on this link to go to her Etsy shop. You’ll find the post about my finished box here. It appears the Dowager has been secretly coveting it ever since.
This emerged at last Saturday’s family dinner, when we had the annual discussion about Christmas. Where, what, who and when were all tidied up, and we progressed to gifts. Generally, the adults don’t give each other stuff. None of us needs more stuff. The Husband and I make a substantial donation to charity in the name of all our friends and family, and we give the youngsters money or gift vouchers, or help towards things they’re saving for. This year, the Dowager insinuated that she ‘wouldn’t mind’ a sewing box just like mine. Prising a bit more information out of her, I established that she didn’t care what colour it was, so long as it wasn’t blue. She doesn’t ‘do’ blue. It takes all sorts to make a world, you know…
So this is the fabric pull. The outer body and rim of the lid will be in that gorgeous shot green fabric. The top of the lid will be in the yellow/orange/pink/green Philip Jacobs print, the inside will be mainly the pale yellow with white spot, more of the floral inside the the lid and the pink inside the base and for the pockets. I might make her a matching pincushion, I’ll see how I get on. I’ve got plenty of time, and apart from the big quilt project, I don’t have much else on.
My box gets a regular workout, and I suspect once she has hers, this’ll be one of the more useful Christmas gifts I’ll ever have made.