The Pugin Scissor Case was inspired by the fabulous decorative interiors created by Augustus Welby Pugin at Ushaw College, Durham. In the 1840s, the then President of the college undertook a significant programme of further building work, in response to the increasing demand for training for the priesthood. It was at this time that the services of Augustus Welby Pugin (1812-1852), architect, designer and artist, were employed in designing the structure and interior decoration.
Pugin is known as probably the greatest exponent of the Gothic Revival Style which aimed to restore the richness of decoration of the medieval period and its respect and use of traditional handcraft skills, as a stand against the ugliness, grime and mass production of the growing industrial age.
The Pugin Scissor Case is based on the interior of the Lady Chapel, one of the side chapels forming part of the St Cuthbert’s chapel complex at Ushaw.
The decoration of the Lady Chapel has a beautifully elegant and feminine feel. Its intricate floral wall friezes, embellishing every surface, combine cool jade greens, soft coral pinks and celandine yellows with glittering gold leaf, and create the sense of walking into a flower garden. These soft floral designs are contrasted by bold bands of geometric patterning in blues, greens and creams.
Thus the chapel provides a wealth of design inspiration for embroidery. The scissor case takes the Tudor rose as the central focus, worked in natural shading using fine wools, combined with satin stitch in copper metal thread and a richly decorated centre using pleated tape, quilling, pearls, spangles and tubular metal purls. This is combined with the yellow flower and leaves using applied wool flannel with silk satin stitch, pleated tape and delicate embellishments in beads, purl and spangles. The whole is surrounded by a border of ‘Or Nué’ in various metal threads, the design taken from the geometric bands of patterning.
The whole design is worked on a base of deep bluish green wool flannel. The use of the wool fabrics gives a matt foil to the glittering silks and metals, just as the worn painted plaster background of the chapel walls sets off the sparkling gold leaf decoration.
As a final touch, you might like to purchase a beautiful pair of Rabbit Scissors, which fit perfectly into the Scissor Case.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES MY KIT INCLUDE?
Your kit includes all the fabric, threads and needles required to complete the design, together with a highly comprehensive illustrated instruction manual, written and drawn by Jenny. All threads are carefully packaged and labelled to denote where they are to be used in the design. We suggest you have a look through all the components to familiarise yourself with the complete kit before starting work. Where relevant, kits also include the materials required to construct the completed embroidery.
WILL I NEED ANYTHING ELSE TO ENABLE ME TO COMPLETE MY KIT?
Yes, but only basic embroidery equipment. A list of the items required can be found in the front of your instruction manual. All items can be purchased from our website. If you have any queries about equipment, please feel free to contact us for advice.
HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE KIT?
Most of our kits are designed for embroiderers with some experience, but the instruction manuals are extremely comprehensive and will teach you all you need to know.
If you have any difficulties, or need advice on the difficulty level of a certain kit, you are welcome to contact us.
I FIND TRANSFERRING DESIGNS ON TO FABRIC DIFFICULT
Don’t worry, the designs are all pre-printed for you!
CAN I POST IMAGES OF MY KIT/WORK ON MY BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBSITE?
We will be delighted if you wish to show images of this project on your blog/social media/website, as this often inspires others to have a go! However, as a courtesy, please do let me know if you plan to do this, and be aware that blogging of techniques, step-by-step or close-up images, either of the project in progress, the instructions, and the kit contents, is an infringement of copyright. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that those reading your blog can get in touch. Please highlight any infringements of this copyright which you observe from others.
I AM STRUGGLING WITH A SECTION OF THE DESIGN
One of the most important aspects of buying a kit from us is that you have direct contact to Jenny by email and she will be happy to assist you and provide advice. We cannot always answer within the hour but we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are really struggling and need more help, we can arrange a lesson for you or to complete the section for you.
I AM MISSING A COMPONENT IN MY KIT OR HAVE RUN OUT OF A THREAD
We do our absolute best to ensure these situations don’t occur, but your kit is made by humans rather than machines and we do occasionally have a senior moment! Please feel free to let us know and we will be happy to supply more.
I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY WORK AND WOULD LIKE TO RE-WORK
We totally understand this – most embroiderers incline to perfectionism! While we sadly can’t provide more materials for free, please just let us know what you require and we will be very happy to supply more.
MY DOG/HUSBAND/HOOVER/SOFA/CAT/GOLDFISH ATE MY THREAD!
It happens! Not a problem. Just let us know what you need
and whilst we can’t send these for free, we are more than
happy to supply more.
MY THREAD IS DIFFERENT TO THAT IN THE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DESIGN
Thread colours may vary somewhat due to dyeing processes and can appear different in reality due to photographic distortion. Due to limitations posed by suppliers, we also reserve the right to substitute project materials with suitable alternatives to those illustrated if absolutely necessary.
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CAN I SUBMIT MY WORK TO A CRAFT SHOW OR COMPETITION?
We are delighted if you have enjoyed working the project and would like to submit your piece to a craft/country show competition etc. Please do let Jenny know if you are doing this as she would love to hear how you get on. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that people viewing the piece can get in touch.
CAN I TEACH THE DESIGN TO OTHERS?
If you have enjoyed working the project yourself and would like to share this with friends or wish to work the design with your students, you are welcome to contact Jenny for more kits. The kit and accompanying instructions must otherwise not be copied, reproduced or taught in any form without prior permission. This will otherwise infringe copyright. Multiple kit orders are welcome and can be supplied on a wholesale basis by arrangement. Please contact Jenny for more details.
I WOULD LIKE HELP WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OR DISPLAY OF MY FINISHED WORK
Excellent news. We hope you have enjoyed the journey and are delighted with the finished result! If you would like help with mounting or finishing the design, please feel free to get in touch. If you would like to order a frame, box or similar for displaying the finished piece, please visit the webshop.
Kit Contents - Pugin Scissor Case
100% wool flannel base fabric with pre-printed design, made in the UK
Fine crewel wools, 100% merino
Au Ver à Soie 100% silk threads
Coloured metal purls
Copper and silver plated bright check purls, made in the UK
Gilt smooth purl, made in the UK
Gilt rolled metal plate, made in the UK
Copper pearl purl, made in the UK
Metallic passing, tambour and check threads, made in the UK
Olive-green bright check purl
Rayon bound fettuccini tape
Silk-wrapped purls, made for Jenny in the UK
English wool flannels, pre-printed for appliqué
Polyester and 100% silk sewing threads
Silk lining fabric
‘Mistyfuse’ UV filtered fusible web
Pre-printed iron-on stiffening shapes for construction
Looped gold wire trim
All embroidery needles required
Pot of conservation quality adhesive
Detailed fully-illustrated instruction manual