Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Finished with Auntie T's Gift

I am finally finished with my latest box.  It is for my husband's aunt who is celebrating her 90th birthday.  Auntie T is a remarkable lady.  She does more volunteer work than anyone else I know.

She has formidable handwork skills.  When I was expecting my first child I received a package in the mail and it was an extraordinary knitted baby afghan.  I was thrilled to receive it.  Auntie T is, I believe, one who will appreciate an item hand made for her.

So here is Auntie T's box.  The ground fabric is a cotton satteen jacquard.  The rose is a vintage pattern and hand embroidered with DMC Floss.

The red twisted cord was made with scarlet Trebizond silk.  I had originally planned to embroider the rose with this silk but found it very difficult to work with.  It snagged on every rough patch of skin I didn't know I had on my hands and fingers, which is why I switched to the DMC.  Couldn't stand the thought of wasting the silk so I made it into twisted cord and it turned out beautifully.

The red nylon ribbon was originally two inches wide so I cut a length into two pieces, one piece is 3/4" wide the other piece is 1 1/4 inch wide.  I stacked them, sewed them togther then gathered them to make the ruffle around the bottom.  Then folded a 2 inch wide length in half to make the band at the bottom and anchored it with a white silk twisted cord.

The inside is a luscious red satin and the embroidered birthday greeting is with white floche.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Almost there!

Getting to the end.  Here are all the pieces and parts for my newest box.  It's for my husband's aunt who is turning 90 in June.  The white fabric is a cotteon sateen jacquard.  The red ribbon is nylon.  Originally 2 inches wide, I cut one piece into two pieces lengthwise, sewed the two pieces together and gathered it.  The band going around the bottom of the box was folded in half as the ribbon was very transparent. The hand embroidered rose on the lid is a vintage style.  I ended up not using the gold metallic ribbon.  The red twisted cord is made from Tibizond silk.  I stumbled across a Utube video giving instruction about making your own twised cord at this link  It is not difficult to make and literally only takes seconds to make twisted cord.  It works really well and provides the advantage of being able to match colors with the floss used.

Glueing the ribbon hinge onto the middle of the lid to hold the lid to the box.  The white cord is a simple twised cord purchased from a fabric store. 

Lined with  lucsious red satin with hand embroidered birthday greeting.  I need to glue the upper lid to the box yet and still need to place the red silk cord around the top of the lid.  Almost done though.  All I need to do at this point is to glue the upper lid and twisted cord on top.  Check back in a couple of days for the finished box.