The Enchanted Garden

Bonjour Celine,

Thank you so much, very happy to hear you enjoyed that piece. Merci bien..  Don’t really speak Francais, just remember words from high school.

Bon Soir,



My Pinterest Obsession

I am a member of and while I never thought I would be caught up in this, it seems I am practically addicted to it. I have 20 boards which include Historic Needlework, Period Costumes, George Stuart Figures (some would call dolls, but Mr. Stuart insists they are figures and not dolls. I can see why), and of course, I have a board on 17th embroideries, including stumpwork pieces. If you care to view them, I am listed under, and you can look at all my boards. There are also boards on Botanical Illustration, Watercolors, Faberge and objets d’art, Dollshouses and Miniatures, and my own collection of Miniature Dolls Houses that I recently sold at auction.

Trinkets for the Casket

(The background picture of the blog is a blown-up version of the pictures shown here).

The goodies for the box are mostly things I’ve always had and been hidden away in a hat box for years. Have my mothers wedding handkerchief, my wedding handkerchief with a “C” embroidered on it along with my garter, a lace hanky I bought in Bruges on my first visit there, other odd pieces of very delicate lace that fascinated me including a round piece of Teneriffe lace, and two crystal scent bottles with their stoppers or they could have been for some other purpose…to me they are scent bottles.

Also have a bargello UFO (unfinished object) that I did ages ago with my initials in the center…was going to make a purse with it but I like it better left undone and put here. It will give me my colorway (pinky/peachy) for the marbled paper and trims. I had been wondering what colors I would use in the box, but this set the tone. There is an old small rectangular box with a painted scene from Europe…probably Switzerland judging from the church towers, the etui I mentioned, a steel souvenir mirror from the SS Oceanic, a couple of little Limoges pieces and a few packets of very old and very little #11 Sharps (needles) from H. Milward & Sons.

I am excited to share my love of needlework

Hello, my name is Cookie Ziemba.  Please join me on my journey, past, present and future regarding needlework, particularly crewel embroidery, with a small amount of petitpoint. I am a designer, teacher and stitcher of full size and miniature needlework, and hope you will enjoy what you see here. Thanks for taking a peek!

On the upper right of this picture is an unfinished bargello (also known as Florentine or Flame stitch) piece that I had planned to make into a Victorian style purse.  I embroidered my initials, “CZ,” in the center.

These trinkets will be used in a box of treasures I am working on, which will be my own version of a 17th century embroidered casket.  These “caskets,” having nothing to do with coffins(!) were stitched by young women at the age of 17, as the culmination of their years of learning to do many forms of embroidery.  They were heavily covered in fantastical figures of people, houses, castles, flora and fauna, having no regard to scale.  A bee or a worm could be as tall as a house!  That is part of the charm of these objects.  I will include some antique examples here, but you can Google “17th c. embroidered caskets,” and come up with some wonderful examples on your own.

Later on in this blog, I will show some of these items in detail with an explanation of their history or what they mean to me with discussions on the casket I am currently planning.

Richard Shorleyker, author of “A Schole-house for the Needle” in 1624 wrote:

Gentle Reader, I would have you know that the Diversitie of Examples which you will find in the Schole-House for the Needle are only but patterns which serve but to helpe and inlarge your invention.  But for the disposing of them into forme and order of Workes that I leave to your own skill and understanding. Whose ingenious and well practised wits will soe readily (I doubt not) compose them into such beautiful formes as will be able to give content, both to the worker and the wearers of them.