21 January 2013

Band-box


This past weekend I took the Hive's super fabulous bandbox workshop where I made this adorable little box.







It's covered with eye-catching reproduction wallpaper...


 ...and lined with reproduction newspaper clippings.


Mine isn't perfect...as you can see from the wrinkles and dark gray spots, I over-glued. 


Here are a few photos from the construction process...
 It's sewn together, not glued. 


 Almost done...

 ...everyone's completed boxes!

Perhaps the best part of this workshop was that it was completed in just a few hours. I didn't walk away with another project for my "Sew What?" basket (my collection of slowly progressing projects). And it was super easy.

After learning how to construct a bandbox, I wanted to find more primary sources...

Bandbox with Lid, 1790-1799

19th century Bandbox with Dominoes 

German Box c.1770

 Buy a Bonnet Box, 1804

Are those bandboxes for wigs in the bottom left?
The Patriotick Barber of New York, 12 February 1775
 Colonial Williamsburg Accession Number 1946-100


And is that a hat bandbox above the bed in this Hogarth print? 
A Harlot's Progress, Plate 3, The Harlot at her Dwelling in Drury Lane

Hannah Glasse in The Art of Cooquery Made Plain and Easy, 1788, 
requires using a band-box in this receipt.

The 1760 play The Devil in the Wine Cellar refers to a band-box. 


And this 1771 source, Copies of the Depositions of the Witnesses Examined in the Cause of Divorce, refers to a band-box several times.



How should I put my little box to good use...storing sewing supplies, ribbons, letters? There are "sew" many options!


9 comments:

  1. I thought about taking that workshop too but I took the quilted petticoat workshop instead. Your box looks great! I love the picture of all the boxes together on the fire place mantle.
    -Emily

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    1. Thanks! Sorry we didn't get to meet...maybe at the next Hive. :)

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    2. I hope so too. I'm going to try and make it to at least one more. The Challenge event this year sounds really interesting too!
      -Emily

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  2. Very nice! There's a similar sewn box in the collection where I work.

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  3. Hello, I was also in the petticoat workshop downstairs but would have enjoyed this workshop, too. Did you start with flat cardboard or a box form and just cover it? Do you have any more photos showing the process? if so, would you kindly post? Thank you! Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky,
      We used pasteboard to construct the box, which was then covered with reproduction wallpaper. Sorry that I can't share more construction details, but I know there is discussion that the instructor might offer a similar workshop again! Best of luck with quilting your petticoat!

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  4. Great, I will watch for it. they don't have those workshops often enough!! I'm enjoying your website.

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    1. Thanks! I'll try to remember to share something here if I hear of any similar workshops in our area!

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