Friday, 15 April 2011

Mission Accomplished.

This is the scissors case for the sewing box, shown here back and front. It took hours to sew those tiny beads all round the edge and the beading needle will never be the same again! I stitched them on in threes when they usually form a neat little triangle, giving a picot edging. Because the edge was slightly irregular owing to the canvas being cut on a slant for the shape of the case, they didn't form little triangles but still give a nice finish.
Toward the end I was desperately trying to work out if I'd have enough thread to finish the case. As it happened, I had about 6" left - a close call.
I may give the box a light rub over with gilding wax to highlight the textures of the lace. It looks rather drab here but in fact is a rather nice copper colour. The clasp is made from two tube shaped beads, one stitched to the lid and the other to the body of the box. A grungeboard shape painted to match the box forms the closure. I stitched one half of the shape to the lid and the lower part loops over the bottom bead. Grungeboard is available from good craft suppliers and is rather like cardboard but much stronger. It comes in sheets or various shapes and can be painted and stitched.

12 comments:

Carol Q said...

truly scrumptious Heather. the colours for the scissor case are so mellow. were you wearing magnifying glasses to do your beading? lol looks intricate. hasn't the box turned out just beautifully?

Ro Bruhn said...

And what an accomplishment, these are absolutely gorgeous, fabulous work.

Carol said...

Beautiful Heather, especially love the box

Robin Mac said...

Oooooh, I am dumbstruck. That is so beautiful, your daughter is going to love it. Cheers

DIAN said...

Heather, I love the sewing box. The information on the grunge board was useful. I have often wondered what it is.

The beading gives a lovely finish: I have a bent beading needle too.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Absolutely lovely Heather. I often make those scissor holders - usually I machine over lots of shiny bits and pieces of material to make a multi-coloured piece of stuff, then cut it out and sew round the edge. Like your needlepoint one though.

Gina said...

It is beautiful Heather.

Val said...

Wow Heather! The scissor case if gorgeous, but I must admit I am in awe of the box - absolutely beautiful, you must be well pleased.

Heather said...

Thankyou All, for your lovely comments. I like the sound of your scissor holders Pat and will try your method for my next daughter. I have a few years grace before making another box.

MargaretR said...

These are really great Heather. And thanks for sharing your clasp idea with us - I love it.

The Bug said...

Gorgeous! The recipient is one lucky duck!

WendyK said...

They are all fabulous Heather, a brilliant project, beautifully done.