Shaker Box Mounting Instructions

Lone Elm Lane Early Wooden Wares & Designs

Supplies Needed for Mounting on Shaker Boxes:

 (Read all directions before starting)



Needle with large eye and crochet thread or 6 strand DMC floss

Batting, whatever you have on hand or standard batting

Double sided foam tape

For mounting with Masonite rings:  

 I cut some batting the size of the ring and use one or two layers.

 Measure with ruler around the outside of the design marking  with pins a circle that is two inches larger all the way around the design (9.5-10” inch circle for the 6” box and 11.5-12” circle for the 8” box).

I baste stitch that circle around the design on the front side of the design.  Leave 3” tails on both ends. 

Lay stitching face down on table, center batting on top of stitching, followed by the ring and pull ends of basting threads and cinch, smoothing edges, tying  a very good knot on back.

You can tuck in corners and flatten more with iron is needed. Then I use Foam double stick foam squares or tape and adhere it to the batting in the center of the back and to the wood on the box lid.


Instead of attaching the batting to the box, I cut a circle out of calico quilt fabric. You can use the Masonite ring as a pattern.  Lay the calico right side up over the back of the cinched  stitching above, and then center it and pin a few places to keep it from shifting. Then I use sewing thread and use the needle to turn the edge of the calico under and make an applique stitch all around. This really makes a smooth back to stick the double face tape too.

Autumn Bliss

First I want to introduce to my customers and a new Pipe Box( woodenware) that I just released.  It took quite a bit of back and forth to get the design perfect, as you can see the frame is integrated into the box, so It doesn't look like a box with a frame stuck on it!.  It follows the curves of some old timey pipe boxes and I painted it aged pewter over caramel, and a second color released is caramel over aged pewter. (yep, just reversed them)   Those colors were Lone Elm Oldies, but  just happened to complement each other very nicely for the layered look. 

I released two new patterns for these pipe boxes, " Hopes and Dreams Mini Sampler" stitched on 36 count over two, with a verse and and garden...and birds.  The second pipe box patterns is a bouquet, "Sweet Fragrance" with a needle and pin book throwing back to the sweet fragrance of the pipe/tobaccos.   

Fall flowers patter and Le Cygnet Nooir was made for a black clamping pin cushion, which is also listed on this site.   Thanks for letting me chat and always open to suggestions, new ideas, colors..etc. 

I hope everyone has a blessed fall, filled with grace and mercies from our Lord, the only source of lasting peace and joy.



April 2017

Lone Elm Lane has introduced a new "Colonial" frame that is inspired by architectural woodwork,

specifically a baseboard.  You will have to see it to understand, but it hangs on a wall or stands,

has a removable back that allows easy switching of designs.  It was released with my new pattern

titled:  Swan Lake, which is a design that is original from Lone Elm Lane, but a throwback to the 

design style of Rufus Porter, a muralist that painted walls in homes (mansions) on the eastern 

seaboard in the 19th century.  

Also recently released is a pattern "Sweet Bird" with a verse that  I feel is appropriate, in that the

birds always seem cheerful despite the weather, or the predators, or hunger.

 The third pattern I released is a sort of Samplar. I used it as a Birth Samplar, but really the soft

colors and simple design would lend itself to any occassion, customize with names and dates,

change the vase color to Pecan Pie thread if less lacey look is desired.  As always, thanks for

looking at Lone Elm Lane. Please feel free to offer suggestions at




Thank you to all of my customers and shops who take the time to view Lone Elm Lane's web site!
I am working onr new woodenware designs and new patterns and new colors for 2016. 
I have had such wonderful feedback from customers and shops and that is the inspiration that fuels the design fires (wood and fabric). I really appreciate your feedback and support of my small business. 
I wish you all a blessed 2016, 

8" Shaker Box Mounting Instructions

You will need:

  • 8” circle of muslin
  • 1-2 layers of batting (8” round)
  • double sided foam mounting tape
  • heavy thread
  • ruler
  • scissors  

Create your design on a background fabric of 14 x 14 inches to leave enough fabricto cinch around the back of the mounting ring.  The actual design/stitch area is the size of the box top, 7-7/8”.  Center design on the fabric.  After design completion, draw a circle centered around your design of 13” diameter and and then use heavy crochet thread or six strands of cross stitch thread, and baste stitch on that line, on the right side of the fabric.  Leave extra thread on both ends of basting. Trace around the masonite circle onto 2-3 layers of batting and one layer of muslin or calico. Lay stitched design face down on table, place the 7- 7/8 inch circles of batting centered over the design on the back side followed by the masonitering, grab ends of basting threads and pull, drawing edges to the back of the mounting ring, gently smooth fabric as you tighten basting threads.until fabric is smooth and tight around the ring.  Tie a good knot or tie a bow.  You may trim off the excess fabric corners if bulky. Place muslin or calico circle face up over back of gathered design and center and pin in place. I use a whip or applique stitche and needle turn the edges under 1/4 inch as I stitch it to the linen for a nice finished look to the back of the stitching. Use double sided foam tape to secure muslin to top of box.

Halloween...a little spooky with two new patterns released last month.

New Release of a Sliding Lid Box (Candle Box) that has three patterns designed for it including two for Halloween!!!!    

First is a skeleton who is quite happy to rest "in the tomb" "In this tomb my bones delight, peace and rest both day and night".

Our second release "Hallowed Ground" that includes red eyed bats perched in the cemetery tree, overlooking the "one night a year with full moon bright, we (the buried) arise from here and cause a fright" Complete with skeletal kitty cat!!!

Check out the pictures of the new patterns for a more complete idea of what this is all about!!!

Building your 4" Pin Cushion Instructions.

NOTIONS:   Sandpaper (maybe) , Scissors, Strong thread or Floss, fabric marker, batting, ruler, pins, optional trim

Check your mounting ring in the pincushion base and note it should be just a little bit loose, leaving room for the linen to wrap around it and still fit back in the base snugly.  Linens vary in thickness by quite a bit, so we made it a bit larger rather than a bit smaller because you can easily reduce the size with some sandpaper if you feel the fit is too tight for your linen. ( the wood shaker pin base can change slightly with humidity and this can affect  the fit.)

Choose  your batting carefully as some is resistant to pins being pushed in when compressed. Try it out with sharp pins and be sure you can stick them in it.

Stitch the pin cushion  design  centered on a 10 x 10 piece of fabric.  Draw a circle 8” in diameter on the right side of the fabric in chalk or fabric marker,   centered around your design. (There should be a 1” margin outside of this circle to the center of the four  edges of the 10x10 fabric.)  

Baste stitch on the right side of the fabric on that circle,   leave a couple inches of thread on both ends.  I use strong crochet thread or 6 stands of floss.   

You probably now want to trim corners off of fabric about   1” outside of your basting stitches. 

Cut circles of batting   the same size as the mounting ring until they stack about 1-1/2 inches high whengently/moderately  compressed. (If the pin cushion is not somewhat  firm when finished it will be warpy around the edges).

I can’t  tell  you how many layers because there are  so many types and lofts of batting that folks already have on hand, so just know your pin base is 1 inch deep and you want a dome above that of about ½ inch. (Usually it is a bit more rather than a bit less batting.)

Lay fabric right side down on table, stack layers of batting in center of design, (an option here is to pin from design side or make a large baste stitch on  the finished side of your design into the first layer of batting behind it, (helps keep design centered) You just clip and the baste stitch out when you are all done) lay mounting ring on top of batting, gently gather fabric up over the mound , over mounting ring while pulling on ends of basting threads to cinch all together .  I specifically  go back and space the gathers to be as smooth as possible round the mounting ring edge. Check and be sure your design is still centered.

 I tie the basting threads initially into a strong bow like you do a shoe lace, just in case you need to adjust the fit. The mounting rings  gives your base a shape to insert   into the pincushion frame.  .  I specifically  go back and space the gathers to be as smooth as possible round the mounting ring edge.

Tuck the fabric ends (on the bottom of the pincushion base)  into the center of the cinch circle, or fold and flatten them on the bottom (some linens are heavy and some lightweight, so this ability to reduce the stump on the bottom varies)   so that  the bottom is somewhat flat, and then push that mound down into the pin base and confirm the fit.  If not happy with the shape, pull form out of pin cushion base and  untie shoe lace bow and add more batting or pull basting threads cinching tighter.  Once you are happy with the fit you can tie a couple square knots for permanent hold.

***Another idea: I really like to add trim (From the Cauldren)  around the pin cushion edges,  specifically the mini pom poms tuck right in and really make for a nice look. Tuck in and measure length for ¼” overlap and stitch the overlap secure, just tuck back in and sewing it down is optional.

Overdyed threads for In The Moonlight Pattern

I stitched In The Moonlight with all DMC threads. I promised to post Overdyed threads conversions, just in case you wanted to try a different look.  Okay, as you know overdyeds are not exact matches for DMC threads, (sometimes you blend two DMC threads to make a conversion to an overdyed) and as you probably are aware, two skeins of overdyed with the same color name do not necessarily look alike!!!!!EEEKKK!!!!

I've done my best, hours and hours of pouring over threads....I would recommend that you pull out your DMC's and make your best decisions on which overdyeds to use depending on your stash and the use and the contrast...I wish it were cut and dry but it just isn't.

  • DMC 301          WDW Sweet potato     2238
  • DMC 310          WDW Mascara            3910
  • DMC 646          WDW Flat fish            1239
  • DMC 869          GA Picnic                  7060
  • DMC 921          GA Burnt Orange         0550
  • DMC 927          WDW Dove                1171
  • DMC 928          GA Slate                    1010
  • DMC 948          WDW Cherub             1134    
  • DMC 975          GA Gingersnap            7034
  • DMC 3021         GA Pecan Pie              7097
  • DMC 3022        GA Mountain Mist         7045
  • DMC 3023        WDW Taupe                1196 
  • DMC 3363         GA Grape Leaf            7028
  • DMC 3781         WDW Havana              1230
  • DMC 3787         WDW Pelican Gray       1302
  • DMC 3865        Crescent Colors   Bamboo
  • DMC 3866        GA Shaker White          7025