Pat’s Stumpwork Box – Flowers, Funghi and Insects

Are you ready for another of Pat B’s amazing ornamental boxes?

Well here’s an octagonal box which has multiple themes – Pat says her inspiration was exploring the stumpwork and embroidery techniques in the Jane Nicholas book Stumpwork Embroidery: A Collection of Fruits, Flowers and Insects 1995

This post is mainly eye candy with some notes on the stitches and techniques used. If you want a closer look at any photo then just click on it to enlarge.

Box Lid

Here’s the box lid where the main picture is an evocative view of trees and sea:

Hexagonal Box with Trees and sea by Pat Bootland

Around the main embroidery there is a theme of flowers, fruit and insects – some embroidered, some beaded and some stumpwork. Here’s a closer look at them:

Blue Flower and Insect

Blue Flower from Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

The petals of the flower are done in needleweaving – each one has been stitched and then twisted into a shape. The wings of the insect are made from loops of buttonhole stitch.

Soldier Fly

Gold Beetle from Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

This little fellow is mainly satin stitch and straight stitch with beads for the eyes. Pat tells me that each wing was made by vliesofixing two pieces of transparent ribbon together and then stitching around the edges and on the wings to create a pattern.


Three Pink Bell Flowers on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

These are created with satin stitch with a wired edge and seed beads.


Bee on Hexagonal Box by Pat BootlandThe body of the bee is turkey stitch (also called Turkey rug knot or Ghiordes knot – see Stitch Dictionary) while each wing is two layers of sheer ribbon vliesofixed together.


Pomegrate on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

These luscious fruits are in padded satin stitch.


Snail by Pat Bootland

The shell is twisted and whipped fabric while the body is padded satin stitch.


Cream Flower on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

Pat has again used button hole loops – this time to create the flower petals.

Ant & Clover

Three Clover Flowers by Pat Bootland

Ant on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

Pink Flower

Dusty Pink Flower on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

I was curious about the stitch used for the petals and Pat explained that it’s Whipped spider web stitch used straight rather than in a wheel. She likes the ridges it creates to give form not only to flowers but also to fish fins, shells etc.


Blue Dragonfly on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland


Berries and Leaf on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

It turns out that these berries are beads that have been stitched over to create a sense of full ripeness.

Teeny Weeny Spider

Spider and Web on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland

Close Up Black Bead Spider by Pat Bootland

The web and spider are really minute – no bigger than a centimeter (just under half an inch) – it’s a great example of using simple materials to great effect. The spider is just 2 tiny seed beads with some wool thread.


Purple Flower on Hexagonal Box by Pat Bootland This is another example of how you can use Turkey stitch very effectively – here to create the thick fluffiness of the thistle flower.

I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at Pat’s work in this post. If you have any questions about the stitches or techniques used then just leave a comment and we’ll try to answer them.

Tomorrow I’ll show you the stumpwork on the vertical sides of the box.



Pat’s Whimsical Etui

Pat B is one of the Guild’s very accomplished embroiderers and she loves to make decorative boxes.

An etui is a small ornamental box for holding needles, thimbles etc.

We have been photographing a series of her boxes for the Members Gallery and I couldn’t resist sharing this etui that Pat designed with you. If you’d like to look at the detail just click on any photo to enlarge it.

Black and White Etui by Pat Bootland

…..and here’s a view of the other side…..

View 2 Black and White Etui by Pat Bootland

Pat has created an etui in the style that opens up flat once the box is opened:

Unfolded Etui by Pat Bootland

Would you like a closer look at the inside of the etui?

Well here’s the side with the comfy armchair and lamp:

Inside Wall with armchair of Etui by Pat Bootland

This one has a warm fireplace with a striking portrait above it:

Inside wall with fireplace and portrait in Etui by Pat Bootland

….this wall is full of crafty things:

Inside wall with two pictures of Etui by Pat Bootland

…..and this one has a relaxing view through the window..

Inside wall with window of etui by Pat Bootland

And guess who’s enjoying all this?

Creature in Etui by Pat Bootland

Pat says that this little creature gets very upset if it’s mistaken for a cat or a dog…….it is its own whimsical self!