Pins and Needles Workbox

(3 customer reviews)



This heirloom piece is created to my and my father’ design in sapele wood(African mahogany) by my cabinet-maker, Peter Blomfield of Cornwall. These boxes were originally designed to fit The Blackwell Roundel Embroidery, inspired by the White Drawing Room in the Arts and Crafts style Blackwell House in the Lake District.

The box shape takes inspiration from the clocks of the Arts and Crafts period and follows the key principles of this design movement, which required an object to be useful as well as beautiful and to be crafted using time-honoured hand skills. The box includes a drawer inlaid with the lettering ‘Pins & Needles’ in the Arts and Crafts style, a tweed-covered pin cushion atop a removable lid revealing a shallow storage tray, and an opening door at the reverse revealing access to the front aperture and a large storage area.

There is a choice of colours for the inlaid drawer front: mahogany with maple inlaid lettering, and maple with mahogany inlaid lettering.  Both have mother-of-pearl pin heads. The feet are turned from stainless steel by my father and are blued to give the petrol-like finish. This colour, and that of the turquoise tweed, are inspired by the jewel-like tiles of the fireplace in the White Drawing Room, a room which is otherwise almost all pure white.

Included with your box are conservation quality UV filtered glass, laser-cut disc on to which your work can be mounted, laser-cut spacer rings to lift the glass from the work. The box kit also includes the components required to create the pin cushion, including laser-cut conservation card disc, sheep wool padding and Yorkshire tweed. The kit also includes a warm salmon-coloured tweed to line the lid compartment and drawer.

Height 25cm, with 20cm, depth 12cm, aperture diameter 11cm

The images shown provide as accurate an impression as possible of the colour and texture of the wood/s from which these items are made. However, please be aware that each item will be unique in its grain and patterning.

Additional information

Weight 1180 g
Dimensions 28 × 15 × 23 cm

Mahogany (dark) with maple lettering, Maple (light) with mahogany lettering

3 reviews for Pins and Needles Workbox

  1. Aileen (verified owner)

    An elegant treasure…this workbox has an amazing presence (even without it’s roundel and pincushion). It will quietly insist, in whatever room it occupies, that there is someone here who takes their needlework very seriously!

    Thank-you for enriching my days with this useful beauty and honouring my field of endeavour with this lovely trophy.

    • Jenny-Adin-Christie

      Thank you so much for such wonderful feedback Aileen. Just delighted to hear how pleased you are with this special box xx

  2. Shirley Dodds (verified owner)

    I have just received this beautiful workbox, Jenny had taken every care to make sure it was packaged well so that it arrived in perfect condition.
    It was like Christmas had come early as I peeled back packaging.
    To say I love it is an understatement.
    Every care has been taken in the making of this workbox, the workmanship Is amazing.
    It will certainly become a family heirloom once I have made the embroidery to fit into It.

    • Jenny-Adin-Christie

      Thank you so much for such wonderful feedback Shirley. So glad to hear how pleased you are xx

  3. Nicola Cordingley

    This workbox is exquisite, I am absolutely delighted with it. The craftsmanship that has gone into making this is amazing, it is beautifully created and superbly finished. Fantastic, easy to follow instructions included by Jenny for mounting the Blackwell Roundel and making the pin cushion. This has got to be the most stunning way to present my completed Blackwell Roundel kit.

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