Hello my friends! I am happy to report that I have learned a new skill. It all started when I was at an estate auction and saw this piece of furniture and knew I had to have it. A predicament that I get into often, need I say! Because my son puts his big ol' size 14 foot on my Victorian needlepoint side chair I bought it for him to use for his footstool. Well, he didn't like it. It's a little high. When I saw it at the auction (the same auction I bought the gold china cabinet from-dining room post) I thought it was maybe a sewing bench because the top is hinged and opens up, kind of like a piano bench.
Do you have any guesses as to what it is? Anybody?
It's a slipper bench! How cute is that?! So once I found that out, I knew it had to go in my bed chamber (trying to sound Victorian)! Inside the bench, written in pencil is the date Dec 7 1881, made for Mrs. somebody, paid currency $6.25, Made at H.P. Burdett , Ills.
By the looks of this photo I need to dust it again!
I think the sides are so neat.
Here it is with the top opened up.
Okay, I know what your thinking...where does the needlepoint part come in? Well, I got this piece off of eBay because the size was perfect but only the flowers are completed, not the background. So a good friend of mine, who is the queen of needlepoint, taught me how. She suggested that I buy wool needlepoint yarn. Well do you know how hard it is to find anything needlepoint in the stores anymore? My goodness!
After thinking I was going to have to use acrylic yarn from Hobby Lobby, I happened to find this box flat of 100% pure virgin wool yarn at an estate tag sale! For $8! And there is enough of the khaki color for the piece that I have. Yay!
I have been working on it now for 1 week and that's as far as I've gotten! Wow, how tedious! But fun.
These are the other needlepoint pieces that I have. The black pillow is my favorite, I love the rosebuds! The bell pull and L pillow were given to me from my friend Linda who taught me how to needlepoint. She actually gave the L pillow to my daughter Lydia. I thought that was so sweet of her. From one L to another!
The next two photos are the needlepoint sidechairs that I mentioned earlier.
Now that I have learned how to needlepoint I have found a few other things in my house that I think need a needlepoint piece in them.
Like this wall pocket/magazine rack...
And this towel rack. This one might actually need a beaded needlepoint piece instead. What do you all think? Mirror or needlepoint (or beadwork)?
Well, that is it for today. I hope you enjoyed it and thankyou so much for visiting! Let me know what you think. I will show you the finished product when the time comes. Have a great week!