Another eBay Project

Dressing Table Set in Cutwork
Dressing Table Set in Cutwork

When I first discovered eBay, I bought a lot of transfers and some threads, and this dressing table set in cutwork arrived in one of the parcels, already stamped and half-heartedly started.

You’ve probably already gathered that I’m not very enthusiastic about working a one-stitch project, so I eyed it askance for a little while, but then it occurred to me that my grandmother’s dressing table would be the better for a little embellishment, and that this might make a good travelling project.

(Translation: Travelling Project –  a small, simple project that can be easily taken on visits. Sometimes I use a large project as a travelling project, if it is simple enough – for example, the initial stages of the Map of Amarna, when I had only one thread colour to use and no decisions to make)

Flower On Dressing Table Set
Flower On Dressing Table Set
More Edges on the Cutwork
More Edges on the Cutwork

I had to buy a special pair of supersharp, super narrow scissors to deal with the cutwork. Truly scary – have I made the edge strong enough or haven’t I?  The close-ups show that there were a few threads that weren’t quite properly trimmed, but they don’t show as much in real life.

And, as it turned out, I rather enjoyed keeping the buttonhole stitch close and neat, and didn’t find the project half as tedious as I feared!

10 thoughts on “Another eBay Project

  1. Rachel, you have finished this piece beautifully but then again I wouldn’t expect anything else.

  2. I like the stronger hues of teal and orange. You so often see this combination as a paler teal and pink.

  3. That buttonhole isn’t nearly as easy as it looks. I think concentration and practise are the key. Nice piece and I’m sure it will look lovely on the dressing table.

  4. Oh, I remember the agony of my first cutwork project! I even phoned the designer to ask if I had read the instructions right! This is very pretty, very 1930s and I’m sure will be in keeping with your grandmother’s dressing table.

  5. I have some of this stuff in the airing cupboard inherited from my mother …. but I didn’t know it was called ‘cutwork’ until now. As I say, I always learn something here! xC

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