Small canvaswork worktop bin

First Trial

First Trial

I have a small plastic bin – cut down from a milk carton – on the worktable beside my chair. It’s very useful for odds and ends, but it scarcely adds to the ambience.

Since all my embroidery at the moment – “Eve in the Garden of Eden”, and something I’m planning for “Dreams of Amarna, but haven’t quite got ready for stitching yet – is fine and detailed, I’ve decided to work a cover for it in bargello work.

One stitched and one drawn

One stitched and one drawn

I’m using another of those offcuts of 10-count canvas. Ideally I would use something finer, but since I want a rest for my eyes, and in particular to use up some more of that persian yarn, I’ve been playing with various patterns in an old book. In this case, one pattern drawn on, and the other stitched, partly in wool, and partly in a fine silk, just to help me with stitch placement.

Another trial

Another trial

I’ve decided to use the rusty colour, which I have rather a lot of, as the main colour, and I’m trying to find a small pattern that won’t dominate the room. I don’t think the “pomegranate” pattern qualifies…, but this one might…


  1. Carolyn says:

    This kind of stitching is good for the soul and refreshes the spirit. You will face your other work with renewed enthusiasm.

  2. A lovely project. 10 count is my go – to canvas, not too difficult for the eyes and good enough for detail too. It will be a little rest for you after the Eve in the Garden of Eden piece.

  3. Lady Fi says:

    I like the colour!

  4. Catherine says:

    A beautiful and wonderful way to use some odd bits and bobs. A little rest for your eyes is always a good thing – especially with these short winter days!

  5. It’s going to be a very stylish bin!

  6. Sue Jones says:

    Very useful thing, a pen/pencil bin. And a nice simple project. I use #10 (plastic) canvas for my stitched boxes and it does allow for a fair bit of detail in design.

    I think DMC’s Motifs for Embroidery, issues 1 and 7 are both on the Antique Pattern Library website – both have some pages of useful grounding patterns that might do what you want. (3,4, 5 & 6 don’t – I haven’t got issue 2 to check.)

  7. Jules says:

    What a great idea Rachel! Love the colour, one of my favourites.

  8. Meredithe says:

    Looking forward to seeing what you decide on!

  9. Terrie says:

    Would like to see how the beautiful cover will be.