A while back I came across these little Cottage of the Month charts by Country Cottage Needleworks. I actually love a whole lot of their stuff.
The July cottage in the Cottage of the Month set is what made me not be able to walk away. I couldn’t come up with a plan for how I might finish these. I didn’t want to have 12 frames, with one being out and 11 being put away somewhere. Even if I came up with a plan that used the same frame and switched out the stitched piece, that didn’t thrill me.
I was killing time, which I do so well, and came across a set of three stackable poplar bentwood boxes. They’re very thin and fragile but they’re perfect for this project. I’ll paint the big, probably with chalk paint.
The recommended fabric is 28 count and the stitched area will come out to 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. The sizes of the top so the boxes are 5″ for the large, 4-3/4″ for the medium and 4″ for the small.
Here’s my plan:
- Stitch on 40 count fabric and the stitched area will be 3-7/8″ square.
- Use the 4″ top as a guide and cut a foamcore template that’s just a little larger – maybe 4-3/8″ but keep the edges rounded.
- That will give me about 1/4″ border on each side of the stitching.
- I’ll put velcro on the top of the box and velcro on the back of the foamcore. Each month will have it’s own foamcore and the piece will be attached to the foamcore. All I’ll have to do is peel one off and stick the next one down.
I could turn it like this and the box would sit flat on a side table.
Or I could turn it like this and the box could be stood on its edge.
I’m not making any decisions til I get the first piece stitched. A lot of thoughts will run through my head between now and then.