Another entry for that agricultural show I mentioned (Christmas Angel) was for a fabric box. I have a wonderful embroidery machine and so decided to utilise that. The fabric I chose was a gorgeous, purpley brocade onto which I embroidered several different oriental designs. It’s quite subtle but very effective. You can see a couple of close-ups showing some of the designs – there are a couple of different fans around the sides and the foliage is quite evocative of the Far East. I stitched the bird for both the top and the bottom of the box and hand-stitched the side panels together to form the hexagon. The bottom was stitched to all sides and some lovely brown beads glued on to give it ‘feet’.
The lining was a real chore! I lost count of the number of times I gathered the silk and then tacked it in place – decided it wasn’t neat enough so took it out and started again! The W.I. are very picky and I knew it needed to be perfect.
The lid is lined in the same silk and hinged just at one side with a couple of large beads to show where to lift it – it doesn’t need to fasten. The gold braid around the edges was hand-stitched (recognise it from the Christmas Angel?) and I twisted some embroidery floss to make the ‘stay’.
It won first prize!
Another year, another box. This one is my own design again, I drew out the shape of the panel and then embroidered different leaves onto the cream fabric. I kept the card tempates behind the embroidered panels to give it ‘body’ and then lined each one with that lovely paisley fabric. They were stitched together with several strands of embroidery floss in a large stitch which needed to look just as tidy on the inside as the outside! The same floss was used to make the tassel. This ‘box’ is an octagon and each panel is different from the next and, as you can see, the inside has a ring of leaves stitched in there just to make it more special.
I’m ashamed to say that I can’t quite remember what this one won – it did place!