Here is Mary Sophia's Pennsylvania German Sewing Set (named for my mother). It is the piece I designed to go in the miniature blanket chest I had made for me. The original blanket chest was found while doing research on line and, although it is available for sale, $2,500 was a bit out of my range. Oh well, as the saying goes, "Necessity is the mother of invention", I found a woodworker who managed to capture the feel of the original in his reproduction. My chest has a lift out tray, where the original had a till, but I find that the tray will be more useful for my needs, especially since I designed something to line the bottom of the tray.
Okay, enough suspense, here are pictures of Mary Sophia's beautiful sewing set.
The set consists of 2 stacking biscournu pincushions, a ruler (measures 3"), needle book that contains a very small, but sharp, Bohin scissors, with attached fob, needle pages for 24,26,28 & miscellaneous needles, and an attached mattress style pincushion. I designed the needle book this way so you can take it with you and it would have everything you needed to stitch, without taking the whole kit and caboodle in the chest. The next item is a scissors sheath which holds a Gingher embroidery scissors, with attached fob, and, last of all, since no blanket chest would be complete without a quilt, there is the "quilt"! It doubles as a floss/tool holder, and rolls up and is tied with dyed-to-match silk ribbons. It is missing it's floss rings, I need to order them, but I did not want to wait to show you the design until they are delivered and attached. They will be the mother of pearl ones.
I hope you like it. Now if I can only figure out how I plan to market it. I'd love to know what you think.
Yours in stitches,