Over two years ago I signed up for the Cabinet of Curiosities. I was hoping that one day I would get to make a cabinet covered with stitching.
It has been a great class. It helped me to learn about all the different kinds of caskets, all the different techniques. I practiced by making a trinket box (not yet finished),
and a scissors holder in the shape of the glove. My ideas have evolved over the length of the class. I have seen many designs. I know what I like and what I don't like (misshapen people and waste canvas on satin) I know what technique I feel most comfortable with (cross stitch). I am willing to try some embroidery too.
I was hoping to have the opportunity to get a casket.
Today is the day my flat top casket arrives. I am very excited. I made sure to notice when the UPS man drove by this week. It was between 3:30 and 4 p.m. Some people in the class have already started their stitching. But I haven't. I am getting a kit for Christmas (Jenny Adin-Christie's Hampton Court)
that is a possible casket top design and I have a Sharon Cohen chart called Mermaid Tapestry that could be a top to a casket depending on what size it turns out to be.
I would like to try some more modern techniques to secure the stitching on the casket. For me, it doesn't have to be done like the seventeenth century caskets. I want it to look wonderfully neat not bumpy or frayed.
So today is the culmination of the dream of being able to stitch my own casket.