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.


  1. What a beautiful gift. You are so talented.

  2. This is very beautiful. I am sure your Aunt will enjoy it.

  3. thanks for your comments ladies. i really like making these little boxes and i was really pleased with the way this one turned out, especially the trebizond silk twisted cord. It's the first time i've ever made my own cord.