Japanese Octagon Box by Châtelaine Designs
Meadow Mist Belfast linen (32 count)
Stitched with Gloriana, NPI, Waterlilies, RG and Kreinik metallic braids
After a year and a half, it’s done! I’ve been fretting over the finishing process all summer, but when I settled down and started, it all went very smoothly. I was able to do the scissor fob in an evening, the scissor case the following morning, and the box took about a day and a half to complete.
Looking back through the project notes, total real stitching time (minus procrastination time) added up to about five months. I would stitch on it for about six weeks, take a long (really long!) break, and when I felt like working on it again I’d stitch for another six weeks, followed by another long break.
Both the stitching charts and finishing instructions are detailed and easy to follow. It was so exciting to see the pieces come together and look just like the photos. This is the largest finish I’ve done (perhaps ever may do) and it’s been a real confidence builder for working on smaller etuis, scissor cases, and other finishing projects. I think my future finishes will improve from the things I learned while stitching and assembling the JOB.
It’s difficult to choose a favorite part of this project. The design is gorgeous, the finish unique and stunning. This is definitely an attention-getter! The materials were lovely; I especially enjoyed the variegated silk used on the little border boxes. The beads are all so pretty and add so much to the design; I keep repeating myself to say that the photos don’t do justice to how much these pieces sparkle and glitter. You’ll have to make your own and see it for yourself!