My First Drum!

I've never designed a "drum" before, so at the urging of a couple of sweet friends, I've come up with one as a sort of spin-off of Cape Cod Keeps. This was such a fun little pattern to design, and I hope you like it! Joy of Finely Finished did a gorgeous job of transforming three pieces of stitched linen into the actual drum, and I've included her brief finishing instructions at the bottom of this post.

Here we go!

Mariner's Drum COVER

The drum was stitched on R&R Reproductions' 36 ct. Patriot's Brew by my good friend Pat Ryan.

The colors used are all by Weeks Dye Works, but the chart does include a conversion to DMC in the key. Here are the Weeks colors you'll need, if you choose to stitch it:

Onyx, Adobe, Dirt Road, Sandcastle, Gunmetal, Pelican Gray, Light Khaki, Deep Sea, Dove, Garrison Green, Confederate Gray, Tatanka, Teal Frost, Cinnabar, Cayenne, and Cocoa.

You'll need three pieces of linen in the following stitch counts:
For the side: 217w x 57h
For the top: 72w x 67h
For the bottom: 60w x 60h

There is a tiny bit of long-stitching on the comb, and a small area of over-one stitching in the mermaid's mirror. 

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The top of the drum features a pirate who has dropped his anchor in place to search for sunken treasure. If you look carefully at the photo above, you'll notice the seam joining the top of the drum to the side of the drum meets so that the chain links connect the anchor to the ship!

The verse I used for Mariner's Drum comes from an old sea shanty, that goes like this:

Cape Cod Girls ain't got no combs;
They brush their hair with codfish bones. 

There are actually more verses (and other variations) to this shanty, but I liked this one the best.

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The bottom of the drum has a little mariner's compass stitched on it. But of course, you could choose to use a piece of wool in place of the compass if you'd like to be finished with it faster. 🙂 (By the way, it wasn't until after I uploaded the photo below that I noticed a little green leaf in the center of the compass. I tend to make sure there are no stray fibers anywhere, but I'm not accustomed to looking for stray greenery!)

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And speaking of finishing, the lovely Joy Hayward has provided brief finishing instructions for the drum. If you are not an experienced finisher, be sure you read all of the instructions before you attempt any cutting. This is not a difficult piece to finish, but you want to be in control of each step! I always "walk things through" in my mind all the way to the end before attempting any of it with my hands!

Download BRIEF FINISHING INSTRUCTIONS FOR MARINER'S DRUM

I truly thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you're having a wonderful week!

20 Replies to “My First Drum!”

  1. I’ve never been tempted to stitch a drum before but you’ve convinced me. This is beyond cute, LOVE it!!! That anchor dropping from the top of the drum and down the side, such a cute detail!!

  2. WOW! There are times I tell myself “it just doesn’t get any better than this” and then I see this wonderful design and know there is better. Beautiful thought out design–I will be on the phone placing an order today.

  3. I saw this model in person (lucky me!) and it was all I could do to restrain myself from sneaking it into my handbag. The little reflection in the mirror is THE BEST.

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