Assembling the Gentleman’s Glittering Nightcap – Part Three



Having attached the ultrasuede and doctor’s flannel to two of the triangles, and made a brocade pocket on the third, the fourth was given extra padding, and extra stitches created an almost upholstered effect, making a pincushion.

Once the brocade backing triangles were attached, the four triangle assemblies had buttonhole loops added at the top corners, to provide a channel for the ribbon that will hold the étui closed. Then they needed to be joined in a chain at the bottom corners, and attached to the circular brocade-covered skirtex base to create a square-based pyramid.

Etui Done

Etui Done

It turned out really well.

I’ve had lots of practice with trellis stitch and detached buttonhole stitch with return, I’ve Spangled until I’m seeing stars, and I’ve done a lot more reverse chain stitch in gold.

I can’t quite see myself using the étui in my ordinary stitching life, but I can see myself putting it in a carefully lit corner and gloating over it!


  1. Lady Fi says:

    Wow – they both looks fabulous.

  2. Janice says:

    Oh I see…. I think…. The hat pops over the top of the triangular étui? I was thinking the various pockets etc were attached to the inside of the hat. Well it looks very accomplished anyway. Is that it now? All done?

  3. Sue Jones says:

    Gloat, girl, gloat! – you have every reason to be proud of the finished piece. Thanks for all the articles showing its progress over the months, so that we could share in the experience and the learning process.

  4. I completely agree. You have reason to be fabulously smug over this one!=)

  5. Penny says:

    I’m with Sue — Gloat away!!! This piece is just gorgeous and it took many hours and even more stitches to complete – but came to a beautiful fruition.

  6. deanna7trees says:

    2 beauties. you should be proud.

  7. Carolyn says:

    Glout to your hearts content. Your finished pieces are beautiful.

  8. wendy says:

    oh yes, I’d definitely put them somewhere within view and stare at them a lot, there’d be no sticking of pins in something so beautiful

  9. Terrie says:

    Pretty little goodies particularly the triangle one.

  10. Andy Lloyd Williams says:

    Just fabulous – worth every minute of all those hours of work. Congratulations.

  11. karen says:

    two very covetable, beautifully stitched pieces of work…

  12. cathy daniel says:

    They both look seriously beautiful to me and well worth gloating about. They look like they should be in a glass case in a museum, like an important historical textile piece. You should be deservedly proud and thanks for sharing their creation. xCathy