Ribbons: Cams Creations 7mm #41 for leaves. 7mm Cabochon #26 and
Colour Streams 7mm, Nasturtium, Antique Ivory and Uluru for the roses.
Threads: AU VER A SOIE #264 and SOIE PERLEE #148
Beads: Mill Hill #2003 coral beads
No. 8 crewel needle for the embroidery work
No. 20 or 22 chenille for the silk ribbon work
No. 7 Milliner's needle for the bead work
Fabric of your choice. I used a variety of silk dupioni in a range of
Washable or air erasable marking pen to mark placement of design
Embroidery hoop (optional)
Steps in Work:
Using various pieces of fabric of your choosing and the flip and sew
technique, construct your top in a crazy quilt manner. I used a fan design
for the lid of my box.
Once the pieces are sewn to the base fabric of muslin, begin the seam
embellishment using stitches of your choice. First I marked off the area
for the rose motif and leaves. Then I chose to do the seam treatment in a
Woven Herring Bone stitch using the AU VER A SOIE and SOIE Perlee.
After all seams were embellished, I added the Mill Hill Seed Beads to
the seam treatment.
Separately I made the rolled silk ribbon roses using 7 mm silk ribbon
in a variety of yellow, cream, coral and peach colors. These were then
attached to the fan base using machine sewing thread and the milliner's
After attaching the rolled silk ribbon roses, I made a variety of
leaves using the Japanese ribbon stitch and an edged-dyed ribbon in a leaf
After piecing and embellishing the box top, I cut a piece of batting
slightly smaller than the lid and glued it to the lid. Then I placed the
embellished top over the batting, pulled the seam allowance to the back
and glued it in place.
Press the seam allowance of the lid linning under and glue it on
the back of the lid covering the rw edges of the embellished top.
I then covered the box pieces with Dupoini fabric and glued them
To hide the seam where the frame of the box and the base met I
glued a cream colored cording in place.