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.
...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
Winterthur Accession Number 1985.0156.001
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!