A closed Slope top type Casket from the 17th century

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Picture of a 17th c. Grotto from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Love this picture of a 17th c. grotto with fish jumping out of the water.


I laid awake one night thinking of driving to Sanibel Island on the other side of Florida…West Coast, near Naples to beachcomb and find tiny seashells, which I hear abound there.  Hmmm, luckily I thought about it again and was able to finally fall asleep as I realized I have a local shell shop in the town of Lantana, which is about 10 miles due east of my home.  Smarter option!  A few days later, I found myself near the shore one afternoon and stopped in to see what they had in tiny shells.  Seems they had a lot, so I bought a 99¢ plastic bag of tiny shells, much cheaper, easier and smarter choice.  The proprietor mentioned another customer had been to Sanibel Island, and for some reason, there were no tiny shells there this season.  Can you imagine driving over 100 miles to find out they weren’t on the shore?   I’ll have to see if I can find my old tiny drill to make holes in each shell I want to use.

Now I am fairly done with putting findings, threads, fabrics for my projects in a few plastic drawers right opposite my sofa where I like to do my stitching.  My storage “system” isn’t very elaborate or perfect, but it will be convenient.  I found out about a bead show the weekend of June 26th in Pompano, FL and plan to go to see more yummies. I will first go through my current stash and glue samples of these beads to a card so I can take with me and not duplicate at the show.  I find if I liked it once, I will like the same one again and keep buying it, so I’ve learned to make sample cards. I discovered this with my miniature collecting, I would carry sample cards of wallpaper, paint, fabrics, etc. so I could match and not duplicate my mini stash.




Embroidered Mirror Frames, another option for stitchery


Above are two mirror frames I discovered at my local scrapbooking store which I plan to use for another 17th c. embroidered  piece. During the period stumpwork was commonly being done, approximately 1650 to 1700, caskets and mirror frames were the most frequently used objects to be covered with this work.

The mirrors shown here have approximately a 4″ flat area which can be stitched to tell the story.  On the top, which I call the Moorish style, measures nearly 20″ square with an inner opening of 11″ square.  The frame below, which I call Scalloped style, measures 22-1/2″ high by 18-3/4″ wide with an inner opening of 13-1/2″ high by 10-1/2″ wide.  There are several other styles at the store, but these are the ones that appealed to me.  They cost $26.00 each and the store owner assures me she would be happy to mail them, but I didn’t inquire if she would ship outside the United States.

If you are interested in purchasing a similar item yourself, please write to me at and I can forward their contact information. I am not associated in any way with this company,  just wanted to share this with interested stitchers.