The Garden, Casket Toys Part I

 Lucky Me!
Check The Embroiderer’s Story this morning.  My Casket Toys have won the grand prize, A New Casket for me to embroider!
One of the toys I entered is this garden scene. Here is a little bit about how it came about and what is made from.
The garden fits in the top tray of the casket.

But it began as a swing for the casket dolls to play on. The seat of the swing was a mother of pearl thread winder. 

I didn’t like the base of the swing, too bulky, so I took everything apart.

The green trellis of the garden has a wire base covered in silk buttonhole stitches.

The base of the trellis is a series of brown silk stitched trunks wrapped in green silk purl.

The intersections of the trellis are wrapped with short lengths of various colored silk wrapped purl.

This is the inner layer of the garden. These trunks were then wrapped with gilt bullion.
 The river side tent is lacet, knotted gimp and gilt flattened coil.
More tomorrow.

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8 Replies to “The Garden, Casket Toys Part I”

  1. Hi Katie,
    This photo of the garden is outside of the tray. Click on the link at the top of the page to see the picture of the garden in the casket at "The Embroiderer's Story".

  2. Janet, You do amazing work. What a great artist you are. I just love your casket and with the toys it is just over the top. I would like to know what size your acrylic box is.

  3. You can order any size and it goes by the inside dimension you want. I got 14" x 11" x 14 1/2" (height). I also chose the heavier base thickness (3/4"?)

  4. Oh dear Janet! You left me speechless a few posts back – I have no idea how to express the joy I feel, watching your exquisite museum piece being created by your loving hands. Seeing this today, hearing your voice in the video — well, it just makes me wish you would wave your magic wand and shrink me so I can play in your casket. (I think you must imagine yourself doing the same). Most Hearty Congratulations! I'm sure this is just the beginning of more of the same recognition you so richly deserve. Thank you from the bottom of my old heart for the privilege of viewing your amazing work this way.
    God Bless!

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