November 2, 2016

The Turtle Footstool...

Brynwood Needleworks - Turtle Footstool

Last year, I was grazing around on Ebay when I came across this little footstool. The seller didn't know anything about it, but I did. You see, I purchased a kit just like this in the early 1970s and made one like it!

Brynwood Needleworks - Turtle Footstool

I well remember the time I spent stitching away to create the shell for this little stool. I enjoyed stitching the satin stitches, French knots, stem stitches and even the spider web blossoms. When I finished it, I gave it away and hadn't thought of it again until I saw this one for sale.

The seller offered a "Best Offer" option, so I sent a note to her with my offer, which she accepted. In no time, I had it in my hot, little hands.

Brynwood Needleworks - Turtle Footstool Embroideries
I admit, when it arrived it was in pretty rough shape. Yesterday, I pulled all the staples and removed the stitched piece from the wooden turtle base. The foam that was used to cushion the design practically disintegrated when I touched it. I scraped all the debris off the wood, so it's all cleaned off now.

Brynwood Needleworks - Naked Turtle Footstool
I'm going to use the old needlework piece as a model for a new piece. I'll use a lighter or natural linen and draw the design onto it. I think the new piece will be stitched all in neutral colors, rather than bright threads like the original. (I'm still contemplating that.) I know I won't use foam, but batting instead for longevity.
As for the turtle footstool base, I'm going to paint it white before I remount my newly stitched piece to it. This little turtle is going to get a complete, fresh makeover, and then she'll move to the farm. Of course, I'll share my progress with you. (Don't I always?)

5 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Summer said...

The stool looks so magical ♥

Nancy said...

Can't wait to see the finished turtle.

Createology said...

Turtle Stool will be so delightful with your neutral makeover. What a sweet retro project. The Farm definitely needs this turtle.

Sewing In CT said...

It's so great that you reconnected with a great item from the past. It will look so good updated! Enjoy the process!

Minimiss said...

That looks so cute Donna. I would have done the same as you. Couldn't resist buying something I might have worked on in my younger days.


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