Wednesday, May 6, 2015

For Keeps

Wooly boxes on their way to a show.
 What would we do without boxes? Where would we put all of our treasures, supplies, and even food? Of all the items I collect, the box is my favorite. These long appreciated receptacles of life have found a very necessary and affectionate way into our hearts and homes.

     As I am not a historian I will not attempt to give my readers a date in history of the first box, but the Bible makes mention of the box in the Old Testament. There are some very ancient boxes that I have viewed in museums. However, the boxes I gather are of a different sort--more utilitarian in nature. These are mostly constructed of wood and date to the early 19th century. Everything from flour, cornmeal, spices, sugar, and tea to documents, artist's supplies, Bibles, sewing items, and candles was tucked away in them. I have large boxes for blankets and linens and tiny boxes for, well, I am not sure what some of them were for! They all are hand made, well-constructed, and beautiful. Their age is showing, but to me that makes them even more appealing.

Early Boxes possibly for documents.
In the end, who can have enough boxes? Where would we keep our mementos, articles we will some day read, cards from loved-ones, photos, jewelery, and on goes the list? I for one am always on the look-out for another wood, tin, or paper box. They hold a lot of possibilities within their spaces. And when I cannot recall what is in a box, it is an opportunity to rediscover, and I am rarely disappointed in what I find.

Early diminuative tin boxes

19th century meal bin 

Antique wallpaper-covered band boxes


  1. I also love, and collect, old boxes of all kinds! I wish they could talk!

  2. I am glad to know that I am not alone in my love of boxes... :)
    Blessings, Patti

  3. I love collecting old boxes also Rebekah. I have many and I love the wear that they show. I also love the boxes that you design and make. The large one I purchased from you sits in a very prominent place in our Great Room. Can't wait until the release of your new book. I have it on pre-order.

  4. Hi Rebekah,
    I recently received the new magazine 'Primitive Quilts'. I knew I had to have it when I saw you were one of the featured artists. Your piece is wonderful and since I am new at this, I am hopeful that I will be able to create one almost like it. Am also looking forward to getting your upcoming book 'WOOL Applique for Folk Art'. Needless to say, I love your style and look forward following your works of art.
    Peace and Blessings to all,

  5. I would love for you to do a pattern for making boxes like yours. They are my favorite!


  6. I think part of the lure is by nature these receptacles all seem to hold secrets . . and who doesn't love a secret? We too have boxes everywhere . . and I actually love it when I forget what I stored in them. The discovery is such fun! Awesome photos!! L