Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Quick five sided box

I just felt that I've got the needle punch machine, I've tried it out and now I need to make something! This quick box is made in just two main pieces; 1 the top and sides and 2, the base.

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You make a pattern like a row of equal sized 'beach huts' for the main part, and a pentagon with equal sides that measure the same as the bottom of a single 'beach hut'.

The box is made from a 'sandwich of top fabric, craft or pelmet vilene and felt.

I used a piece of hand dyed muslin for the top fabric and stitched all over it in a grid pattern to hold the layers together. The decorative 'tiles' were made on the embellisher and are patches of silk fabric overlayed onto dark green flannel. I bonded all the layers together to make it easier and that was a mistake on two counts: first, it makes it very stiff and quite difficult to work and secondly you lose the quilted look that you get when you machine onto felt. I managed to needle punch the tiles onto the thick fabric sandwich, (that machine has certainly got some punch!) but I wouldn't try to do it again because the machine did get a bit hot.
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I straight stitched over the tiles in a spiral pattern to harmonise them a bit more with the main fabric and edged them with a machine wrapped cord. Then I edged the whole piece by machine zigzaging on some of the same cord around the edges and attached the base with ladder stitch. I wasn't really happy with what I had done, so I buttonholed all around the edges - much better!
Then I added cords with beads and a buttonholed curtain ring for the closure and stitched some pearly buttons onto the top tiles and Hey Presto! This is quite a quick method. It took me longer than it should have done because there was a lot of experimenting with the needle felted tiles and the buttonhole stitching took a while because the fabric was so stiff. If I used this method again I would put a piece of thin card in the base, because the vilene isn't firm enough.
I still prefer the 'old fashioned, traditional' method of covering and lining individual pieces of thick card and then ladder stitching them together but this is a quick, simple method with a minimum of hand stitching and no thick card to cut. There are very clear, easy to follow instructions and lots of good ideas for using this method in this book:


Chriss said...

Love your box! Beautiful work.

Dianne said...

I love this treasure box - it's too lovely to call just a box. I have this book too - now you have inspired me!!!!

Micki said...

Very nice! I have that book also.

StegArt said...

I made one of these a while back but didn't embellish it much. I like yours much better. Now I'm thinking I should go do another one.

arlee said...

I have that pattern too and haven't tried it yet--next up after seeing yours! Lovely restful colours, very easy on the eyes

MargaretR said...

I love what you have done with those embellished squares. Mine are now building up and I really should use them for something. I have that book too.
Lovely Blog!

Emmy said...

OOO so lovely to let us see howe to do this I like that very much It is a wonderful box
thanks ,and now I have to go and make one

Sue B said...

Just came across your blog this morning - great stuff here! I love Janet Edmonds work, both of her books are fabulous and are a great source of inspiration.