Thursday, August 24, 2006

Blog-worthy

I read and very much enjoy so many different stitching blogs, but I hadn't gotten into blogging myself ... until now ... I finally have something I think is worth sharing through such a forum. I'm just so tickled with myself, LOL ...

My brother made a silver bracelet for me years ago in a summer school art class during high school (or maybe even junior high). Unfortunately, possibly due to my personal hormonal changes (hot flashes started at age 26, but so far none of my doctors have thought it important to look into -- and here I am just turned 37 and sweating-like-I'm-in-the-shower ten or more times a day plus the night sweats), I haven't been able to wear silver for years because it tarnishes when I do. Plus, my hands have grown to the point that I cannot get this lovely bracelet over my knuckles anyway. My brother just got married in June, and for his wife's birthday, I decided to give her the bracelet (with his permission) so it can be appreciated. I consider myself to have been only its temporary guardian. But I needed a pretty box of some kind for it.

So I picked up a paper mache box at Hobby Lobby. I planned to paint it, but that didn't really work out well. The paint was supposed to be a metallic red (red is her favorite color), but it came out flat, and even has a fog-like tinge in places. (I think the problem is that I was supposed to use a particular base coat, but I did not read the instructions that carefully until after I'd sprayed three light coats of paint. By then, I wasn't about to go find the proper basecoat.)

Hmmm. The fog-like tinge made it look old-fashioned to me ... So I ran with that idea and now have something reminiscent of a Victorian trinket box. I stitched her first initial (using a 1998 Framecraft Handbag Mirror and Pouchette pattern called K104 Initials designed by Christine-Ann Martin, my own choice of DMC threads along with Needle Necessities overdyed floss 1931~Calypso, and 18 count black davosa) and then set about trying to finish this little box similarly to Judy O'Dell's instructions for finishing tins.



I had to finagle several things because the box is round, because the davosa is a bit thicker than linen, because I couldn't find my glue gun, because I didn't have any batting, because I didn't want to make (or buy) cording (which I wasn't sure would work with the little gap I had between the stitched top and the top of the box itself anyway), and because the box is over two inches deep.

I used Aleene's Original Tacky Glue for everything, stuffed the stitched parts with Poly-Fil, laced the stitching for the top of the box to make it as compact as possible, whip-stitched the stitched top to the lining fabric (after gluing the lining fabric on), then whip-stitched the red lace around as trim. The lining fabric was something I've had for several years which I thought worked really nicely with the stitching, the not quite metallic red, the original flowery pattern on the paper mache box, and the red lace. The red lace was something I've had for many more years, perhaps even handed down from my grandma's sewing box!

The only part I'm not completely happy with is the lining fabric on the inside of the box. As you can see in the pictures, it puckered a little bit, although the pictures make it look worse than it actually is. However, for my first attempt at something like this, I think it turned out really, really well.


I've only once ever done anything with my stitching other than frame it in some way (or leave it to be framed or otherwise finished later, LOL), so this is a really big deal for me!



Now I have to make one for myself, ha ha!





15 comments:

Heidi said...

Hi Heather! Read about this on Smalls list and it is really beautiful. I am sure your SIL will treasure it as well as the bracelet! What a special gift to give.
I will look forward to reading more of your blog.

Dee in TN said...

What an achievement. It is lovely. Bravo!!!!!!!!!!!

Cathy said...

I think your box turned out great! I found you from the Stitching Smalls group. Will bookmark your blog so that I remember to visit again!

Deb said...

Your box is gorgeous, I know she'll be very pleased with both it and the bracelet.

CameoRoze said...

Really nicely done! I'm so proud of you for trying a finishing technique that's new to you. You CAN do it -- and very well!

Cameo @-->-->---

Lelia said...

VERY NICE! Excellent :D

Susimac said...

Your box is lovely, well done on completing a project that you have not attempted before, it is worth all your effort, you future SIL will love it.
I visited your blog through Stitching amlls board and I have bookmarked you so I can visit again.
Su

Cindy said...

Your box turned out very nicely...I'm sure that your SIL will love it!

I saw your link on the Stitching Smalls board, and will bookmark your blog.

Myrna said...

The box turned out lovely! What a nice treat box to send your SIL the bracelet!

I found your blog thru Leila, and will put a bookmark to visit again!

Mayté said...

Beautiful!! Great Job!!. You must to be very proud, the box is lovely. Your SIL will be very happy with such a great gift :)

FTL Designs said...

This is just wonderful! What a great idea! I love that you turned around something you were dissappointed in into something that rocks! Bravo!

Chelle said...

Kudos! It is lovely!

Pauline said...

Absolutely awesome, Heather!
keep on blogging!
regards
Pauline

diosaperdida said...

Many past mistakes in art and painting are now established techniques. ;)
It looks great.

diosaperdida said...

Sorry...this is rebecca lopez from craftgossip painting subblog. :)