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The Stitched Sideboard is a collaboration between embroidery and braiding specialist Aimee Betts and furniture designer-maker Gareth Neal. Commissioned by The New Craftsmen and exclusively handmade by luxury cabinet makers, Lydiates in Herefordshire. The cabinet embodies craftsmanship and the sensitive approach to collaboration between two highly skilled craftspeople.

The Stitched Sideboard is a four-door sideboard made with hand-braided front and side panels using a combination of tonal coloured cords. The finely spaced stitchwork holds the individually milled slats in position and allows for the structure of the woodwork to deliberately be seen, both internally and externally whilst the considered cabinetry in solid Ash provides the perfect framework for the intricate needlework. The sideboard has two internal shelves that reference traditional haberdashery display cabinets and the doors are finished with luxury brass hardware and hand-milled brass handles.

The stitching, reminiscent of rows of wishbones, has been meticulously hand-braided by Aimee, using a combination of leather, hemp and waxed cotton cords, to a distinctive Ash panel frame. The doors and side panels are specifically designed to incorporate Aimee’s stitching techniques – each of the dowels and batons are cut to size by hand and held in place by the cords.

For enquires, specifications and bespoke options please visit The New Craftsmen.