Making a tramp art sewing box


Tramp Art Sewing Box One of the things I find interesting about tramp art is how much of it had some function.  There are plenty of examples of sewing boxes, pin cushions, comb holders and the like.  I am not one to believe that art must have function to have value, but it is nice to be able to make something that has a practical use now and then.  This little sewing box is inspired once again by the collections documented by Clifford A. Wallach.

The project started out with the same size box and decoration as the coin bank that I made previously.The box is made from salvaged pine boards and are really nice for tramp art style carving.

 After carving and applying the parts of the box I gave it a few coats of green paint and distressed the finish.

The pin cushion on top was made from some hand dyed wool that we bought from a local fiber artist. I think it really dresses the box up nicely.

Following are a few pictures of the finished project.  I listed it today on my Etsy store. I can make these in a variety of colors if you need something different.

Tramp art sewing box with open top

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