April 16, 2012

Beeton's Book of Needlework: 154. Sandwich Case Pt.1

Hullo! My name is Lia from SummerdayStudio blog and I am so excited and happy to be blogging for Feeling Stitchy this year. Best of all, I get to share with all of you my love for Public Domain Embroidery books and all the little projects and patterns that they have to offer.

This week I am sharing with you a cute little project from Beeton's Book of Needlework. It is a sandwich case, which the book describes as "...very useful on the occasion of a journey or picnic, as it can be carried in the pocket without any inconvenience."

For the edges, it is suggested that the Scallop Stitch be used.

It is important to note that in assembling the final piece, the scallops on both sides are joined together and then worked in a scalloped button-hole stitch, like so:

The book states that the words "Bon appetit" are worked over in Overcast Stitch with black purse silk and steel beads (for a better sample, check out Stitch School's Overcast Stitch):

The scroll pattern is worked in Chain Stitch with red silk.

Since most of the patterns and projects found in public domain books are small and not to scale, and oftentimes hard to decipher, I have taken the liberty to vectorize them to the best of my ability, eyesight and judgement. My only hope is that I can give justice to these lovely little marvels and that you may find something you would enjoy to embroider one of these days.

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and enjoy meeting more new bloggers for the site.  I will be back next week with my work in progress for Part 2 of this entry :-) Feel free to post your photos in the Embroidery group in Flickr should you also be so inclined to make yourselves a nifty lil' sandwich case too :-) 

Thank you again to Floresita, Feeling Stitchy and all the wonderful readers of this blog for the lovely welcome!


  1. I needed a new project and this is perfect. Nice idea to recover public domain books. Bravo!

  2. Thanks for your work on the pattern. What a neat post!

  3. This is lovely! I'm looking forward to more posts! :)