Monday, July 07, 2014

The Unplayed Piano Etui

Last November I was fortunate to travel to the Attic for the weekend with Jackie du Plessis. I took two of her classes, Attic Sampler of Dreams and The Unplayed Piano Etui. I finished Attic Sampler of Dreams some time ago. This past weekend I finished the piano.

I tend to be very critical of my finishing; always finding something that I could have done better. Regardless of the slight imperfections, I am thrilled with my finish. It was a challenge to put together. Thank you Jackie for providing me with an opportunity to go outside of my comfort zone!

The music on the front of the piano is a piece of scrimshaw; a threadwinder! The two gold circles on either side of it are magnetic needle minders.



Surprise! The piano opens up to reveal a keyboard also made from scrimshaw. Under the keyboard is a little tray with room for needles or maybe a bodkin. Behind the keyboard there is space for a pincushion or a ball of thread and a scissors!


Here's a final look at it. I think it's amazing!


Thank you for your visits and for your kind comments!


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21 comments:

marly said...

Holy smoke! What an amazing project! I can't imagine the steps to finish this piece. Congratulations!

llknbillburg said...

You're right, absolutely amazing!! Your finishing is first rate and certainly nothing to feel shy about. Your work is fantastic!! Laura

Mrs. DillyDally said...

Holy Moly Hot Bologna! That is awesome! Enjoy your finish ... definitely reason to celebrate!

Theresa said...

What an awesome finish!!!!!! It is gorgeous!!!!!!!

Paola said...

Cathy your piece is stunning! What a fabulous job you did.
Now you can enjoy it and proudly display it
with admiration
Paola

spiritedsummer said...

That is really special xxx

Vickie said...

Whoo Hoo! Great job. What an accomplishment.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What an amazing finish! Now that's something to be especially proud of!

Margaret said...

Beautiful beautiful finish! I think we are all more critical of our own finishing work. Yours looks perfect to me. Wonderful!

Ann said...

Totally gorgeous in every way! You need to reward yourself with something very special for such a fantastic finish!

Stasi said...

Cathy, Another fabulous finish but this one is above and beyond! I know this is a difficult finish but you pulled it off amazingly! Maybe it'll motivate me to get moving on mine!!!

KimM said...

HOLY TOLEDO!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!!
xxx

Marilyn said...

Wow, that IS amazing.
You did a great job on the finishing.
Marilyn

Brigitte said...

Wow!!!! Such a stunning piece. It's absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations on being able to do this kind of finishing, so beautifully.

Bekca said...

Totally agree, it's amazing! Congratulations for such a stunning finish :)

LaNelle said...

Fantastic! What a treasure...oh so pretty too!

Andrea said...

Wow Cathy what an amazing piece.

Jeanne said...

It's lovely and quite an achievement Cathy - congratulations! I can do complex finishing but I don't really enjoy it all that much so I tend not to take these kind of classes. I'll enjoy yours instead LOL. You can be very proud of it!

Shebafudge said...

What an amazing design! How talented you are to make this look so beautiful. xx

Annette-California said...

WOW! Stunning finish! This is a project that is just magical - over the top. You should be very proud!
Congratulations! love Annette

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I think it's amazing too, Cathy! Great job on the finishing. That is so far beyond my capabilities and I'm always so impressed by what you do! Congratulations!