Saturday, October 24, 2015

BOXES

There is real pleasure and enjoyment  in stitching that special gift.... I share with you two birthday gifts stitched recently.

This is my birthday gift to Annette of California Stitcher and as she has received it and shown it on her blog I can now share the photos. We have a new bead shop here in Stratford and it was so nice to take my work in progress up there and match colours and  be able to select just what was needed to add to what I had in hand. I describe this as encrusted surface work  and I look forward to using this idea further.
 My second box is now on its way north and by the time you read this will have been received......
it is for my eldest granddaughter Rachel's 21st birthday gift, about 20 years ago I stitched a box for daughter Jan's 21st  to hold her birthday gift  and inside was also a stitched gold work key.. I have the box at the moment looking quite faded deep blue silk is bad for that! and missing the key.

At Jan's suggestion I made a box for Rachel, this time using silver embroidery as her preference is silver rather than gold, on the top of her box I stitched one of my beetles,
 

 and yes again a stitched key inside to represent the 21st birthday,

  lift it off and in the box I had tucked some special treasures, 
   the first was a silver locket that had belonged to her great, great grandmother and had been passed down through the generations. ( I dated the hallmark Birmingham 1902) 
  A little Owl, one of my treasures that Paul had bought for me some years ago and till now sat beside the clock by my computer, I wanted her to have something to remember her grandfather. 
and in a little fabric bag 21 coins to represent her 21 years.

My sister bought the lovely dark blue silk for me when she was overseas this year, and at the same time bought a beautiful deep purple silk ready for me to make Caitlin's box in the future.

Next up will be some Christmas stitching, thank to all who have visited my blog and left comments, I try to reply but as the computer now sends all messages to one file I keep getting lost to which ones I have replied to and which I still need to. Just know I love hearing from you and appreciated the time taken to send a message.

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18 comments:

Ali said...

Stunning! Annette's box is very pretty and I've already admired it on her blog but your nieces 21st box is an absolute treasure, your silver work is amazing. I would love to one day learn gold work and admiring your pieces has strengthened that resolve thank you for sharing. Ali

Cindy's Stitching said...

Both are just beautiful Lee.

Clare said...

Your boxes are beautiful. Lovey work on your beetles. I love the way my gold work bugs came out but my little bee is the best with beads. Happy Stitching.

Beth said...

Such wonderful thoughtful creative gifts.

gracie said...

Let me try to describe your work....magnificent!

Annette-California said...

I'm so honored to have such a breathtaking gift you made for me. Thank you from my heart. Rachel & Jan's boxes are magnificent! Love the locket & owl you tucked inside for Rachel. love Annette

KimM said...

Absolutely AMAZING stitching. I'm stunned. Well done!!
xxx

Petal said...

Lee Heirloom stitched with love the recipients will treasure. Beautiful work

shirley flavell said...

Beautiful stitching Lee.The box is stunning, I am sure your GD would have been very excited to receive such a loving gift. I do love the owl and the locket.

Kate said...

What a beautiful gift! Stunning!

Kate said...

What a beautiful gift! Stunning!

Terri said...

Wow! Such gorgeous gifts!!

Madtatter80 said...

Love the silver and navy blue theme, and as always your stitching is done so nicely!

Vickie said...

Stunning. Both are so very lovely Lee. I love that you have included a gift from Paul also.

Karoline said...

Both boxes are stunning, congratulaions

gracie said...

I am always in awe of your work.....you are a master!

Kristen said...

What an absolutely gorgeous gift! Beautifully made, and sentimental as well. Happy Birthday, Rachel :)

Smily - Света said...

Nice presents! Now waiting for your Christmas stitching update :)