Friday, March 14, 2008

Occasional project

Since January, I've had this 'occasional project' on the go that I've been working on as and when I've felt like it, or when I haven't felt like working on anything else.

It comes from this book which I bought shortly after Christmas.


There are some wonderful embroidered boxes in the book as well as folded patchwork. There are boxes stitched with plastic canvas, fabric boxes using cardboard to make them rigid and boxes that use a mix of the two. I've found it quite inspirational for thinking about finishing some of my projects. For practice and to get a feel for making boxes, I've made the following sewing box from the book.


It's stitched on a number of pieces of plastic canvas which are then joined and lined.


When the stitching is finished you end up with a number of pieces as shown above which you stitch together and line to make the following:


I'm rather pleased with it, but at the same time I'm more excited about the ways in which I can make and use boxes in finishing other items and I have big plans!

Thanks to everybody for all the wonderful comments on 'A Celebration of Love'. I've taken a lot of your suggestions on board and am looking at finishing it using a plain fabric which I hope will complement my sister's dress, but am also going to overlay it partly with lace. Unfortunately, I can't get hold of either fabric or lace from my sister's dress, I'm just hoping that the ivory fabric I've now got will roughly tone in and that I'll be able to make something which has the same kind of look. I might even get started on it later this afternoon! I'm also now tempted to make her a small matching trinket box!

13 comments:

Kathy A. said...

Oh my girl!!! this is just stunning. What a wonderful joy you have done. I love your color choices too. That would look so nice in my AZ house that is all done in blue. Just kidding!!!! Again, congrats on a wonderful job1

Kitty said...

What a beautiful box ... no wonder you feel excited by the potential now you know how to do it! x

Jennifer said...

That box is just fantastic!!!

Julie said...

WOWZA!!! what a super finish, you are clever, i'm be watching this space with great intrest to see what you come up with now

Hope your doing ok and your BP is still keeping down

Itching To Stitch said...

Cool box!! Nice job ;)

Barbara said...

Boxes! Cool!

Sally said...

Oh wow that is gorgeous!

Vonna said...

That is gorgeously done...and a LOT Of work!!!!
You did a superior job of it all :)

Anita said...

Wow, you did a great job. It is so pretty. I have bought this book last year as well.

Cheryl said...

Oh wow, this box is incredible Lesley! This is a great way to finish pieces
Hope you're keeping okay :)

monique said...

What an awesome box!!

Sonda in OR said...

That's so cool! Nice job!

Carla said...

Great finish! that box looks wonderful!