The Matchbox Challenge

This new work called “The Matchbox Challenge” is my entry for The Embroiderers’ Guild “Exquisite Containers” Members’ Challenge 2020/21.

(Update May 2021: All the entries can be viewed in the Embroiderers’ Guild “Exquisite Containers” Members’ Challenge 2020/21 Flipstack Book.)

Matchbox: 5 x 3.5 x 1.5 cm. Hand embroidered, silk thread, cotton cloth.
Embroidered Panel: 20 x 12.5 cm. Vintage Sylko Thread and cotton cloth. Vintage finds from my childhood. Displayed in a vintage cigar box.

The Matchbox Challenge
The Matchbox Challenge
Work in progress
Work in progress
Hand embroidered Matchbox in silk thread
Hand embroidered Matchbox in silk thread
Completed work includes very special vintage finds
Completed work includes very special vintage finds

This piece has very special meaning. It brought back all the wonderful memories I had of this annual school sponsored event which kept us all busy for days. There was a prize for the winner who had the biggest collection. It’s amazing what you can fit into a matchbox.

… Half pence coin, Bronte museum ticket, key, duck button, jigsaw piece, lace, nut and screw, paperclip, ribbon, bulb, safety pin, sylko label, used match, wooden bead, mother of pearl button, pin, sequin, press stud, hook and eye, picture hook, nail, clip-on earring, elastic, string and wool, necklace, birthday candle, plastic stud, buckle, miraculous medal, split ring, fuse, piece of Airfix model, piece of silk, washer, end of a knitting needle, ‘reward to finder’ key tag, eye screw, suspender loop, cloth button, trouser hook and bar, stud and pin, chess piece, metal bead, used postage stamp …

My artwork has appeared in previous Members’ Challenges and also in a Guild publication.

3 Replies to “The Matchbox Challenge”

  1. Katie, that is just amazing needlework. I’m not sure how the Challenge works, but if there is a first place trophy you most certainly deserve it.

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