I promised to tell you more about my Merchant’s Chest when I had decided how to use it.
But of course the first thing to be done was to prepare it.
I got out my vacuum cleaner and a duster because inside there were quite a few wood shavings and little piles of sawdust.
Then I found an old lump of beeswax that I had bought years ago for the smell. It didn’t smell very much any more but I used it to wax the drawers and runners where wood would rub on wood to help prevent wear.
But of course it is also best to line the drawers.
I knew I would need a lot of paper and wondered what to use but then I remembered this.
Back in the days when all computer printers used fan-fold paper, my husband brought this home from work for the children to draw on and I still had some left. It’s still good for grand-children to draw on but I had plenty.
So here is one of the drawers lined.
Next to fill them.
What is in them is not necessarily fixed and I expect I will adjust according to need but for the moment this is what I have done.
In the four drawers along the top, I have:-
Tissue paper –
Buttons and elastic –
Ribbons, tape and cord –
And lastly – felt, beads and pipe cleaners –
On the next row of three equal sized drawers, I have:-
Stuff for tapestry –
Everything connected with embroidery –
My new balls of crochet cotton –
On the next row down there are:-
My other cotton and bamboo yarns –
I am using this drawer for my granny ripple blanket at present (I haven’t done much of this lately)
In the bottom two drawers I have:-
My Stylecraft yarns – (this was always the plan!)
Overflow Stylecraft yarn and all the other odds and ends of yarn and some for future projects –
This leaves my plastic crates that I was using for the yarn empty
All the above means that in future my sewing box
can just be used for sewing!