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  1. Since late 2011 I have been making two different sewing tables, when I made the first of these tables I was very green in my knowledge of woodworking techniques, something that I didn't do and regretted later on was that I didn't use a secondary wood for the small drawer or dovetail joints. An omission that I was able to rectify later on with a special order for a table that now resides in the Kathleen Savage Browning Collection in Maysville, Kentucky. These tables were also used as writing tables so the tabletop rises for a writing slope and the drawer has compartments for ink bottles, etc. Here are all the pieces for the first batch of tables, in total I made five of them. I used mopani for the tables and the inlay woods are Madagascar palissandre and yellowwood. Lisa Salati who now owns this table and designed and stitched the petit point on 67 count silk gauze is one of the people who encouraged me the most when I started out on this journey. Lisa's inspiration for her petit point design was this fire screen in the MET museum. http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/3679?rpp=20&pg=1&ft=fire+screen&when=A.D.+1600-1800&where=United+States&pos=5 She did a wonderful job in downscaling this design and I love how her silk color choices compliments the wood colors. A back view of the table, I made all the hinges myself, there are no commercial hinges that would have worked for this table. In 2011 my first year at Castine, I took Bill Robertson's hinge class, at that stage I have never worked with any metal, this table wouldn't have been possible to put together without applying the techniques that I learned that year from Bill. My husband set himself the task of making the casters for the table, he has never made anything like this before, I think he did pretty well. With this sixth table I was able do change the few things that bothered me about the first five, I used a secondary wood, South African yellowwood for the drawers and also made dovetails for the first time in my life. After these first tables some more people wanted tables but I didn't want to repeat these again, so after some searching I found one that was quite unique in the way it was put together and proceeded to make eight of them, six of them are finished and the last two almost. This one was one of the first tables I finished, generally I sell my furniture to people who want to upholster them with their own petit point but in this case I was commissioned to do the petit point as well. This was the first piece that I charted myself, quite a learning curve. The original piece that I charted dates from the second quarter of the 18th century and you can see it here. It is stitched on 72 count silk gauze. http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Furniture-Lighting/a-george-ii-needlework-panel-second-quarter-5228634-details.aspx?intObjectID=5228634 For one of the tables I covered the big drawer with a silk bag, one of the things I like working closely with my clients is how different the tables end up looking. And once again the embroidery for my own table is still in progress, I am cross stitching this on 75 count silk gauze and charted the design from a image of an antique embroidered piece that is part of a book published in the 1800's. The original image is on page 159 of this free Gutenberg ebook. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/41717/41717-h/41717-h.htm
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