Stitching Butlers

A few months ago, I came across the Petit Point china pattern made by Royal Albert. The dishaholism kicked in, and I purchased a creamer and an open sugar bowl. The reason the Petit Point pattern appealed to me is because I do quite a bit of cross-stitching and handwork. The pattern is like a cross-stitch chart done in a much daintier fashion on bone china. I mean, how could a dishaholic stitcher like me resist those pieces?


I had bought those pieces with the intention of turning them into a pincushion/scissors stations and waste thread bowl combo. I spent a little time working on stuffing the creamer to make it into a pincushion, and both the creamer and the open sugar bowl now sit nicely by my stitching chair serving as my stitching butlers!


You recall many moons ago, I had made a teacup/saucer pincushion. I liked it well enough, except that I didn’t like the waste threads laying on the saucer in plain sight.

Thus, I came up with the idea of using the open sugar bowl to hold my waste threads.


If you are a stitcher, now you know what you can do with your extra creamer/sugar sets. If you aren’t a stitcher, you can easily turn your extra creamer/sugar sets into thoughtful gifts for your stitching friends – just follow the instructions I had for the teacup/saucer pincushion!


I really do like the look of the pieces that come in this pattern. The more I look at them, the more I like them. I am washed over by another strong wave of dishaholism – I am hearing pieces of this pattern calling my name – HELP!

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16 thoughts on “Stitching Butlers

  1. What a good idea. I am a cross stitcher also (or I was) and that sugar bowl and creamer are great. And you really know how to show them off with the quilt behind them that goes perfectly. Maybe I’ll have to do that with some of my cups that just sit there.

  2. I’m sorry to have missed your first post about these, but thank you for sharing them again! They’re darling. Though I don’t even own a sugar/creamer set (How impossibly practical am I!?) seeing yours gives me pause. Perhaps I should visit a thrift store to see what I might find. Could dishaholic-ism be infectious?

  3. Beautiful set, love the idea too. Your display is amazing too. Love the quilt too. I have about 50 china tea cup set and I am sure some of them have little imperfections in them. I used to use them all the time with my silver tea set, especially for bridal showers etc. Have them all stored away, can’t part with them either. Enjoy your day

  4. Lovely idea Wendy. My grandmother had a dinner set of these so I grew up with them. She was a dish-a-holic also since I recall at least 4 different complete sets.
    Will have to check my storage…sure I had an extra cream and sugar rec’d as a bridal shower gift many moons ago. If not, will have to go thrift shopping.

  5. I LOVE this pattern! Cream and sugar pieces are the perfect way to collect china. They show off the design and lines of the patterns so well.

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