Projects so far

Saturday, 19 November 2011

46th Project completed - A textural vessel

I wasn't at all sure what to do with the chocolate box, I really liked the shape but didn't have a clue what to turn it into..... then I had a flash of inspiration! So I made this, it is made from lots of different scraps, sweetie wrappers, left over fleece and silk fibres, scrap threads and other bits and pieces! It was great to get the sewing machine back out as well!

Materials & Equipment

  • Celebrations chocolate box
  • Left over scrap of iron on interfacing large enough to cover the box
  • Bondaweb
  • Sweetie wrappers (Roses, Quality street etc.)
  • Waste fibers, threads etc.
  • A few left over beads
  • Sewing machine
  • A selection of co-ordinating threads
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Embellisher machine
  • Glue
  • A small piece of card
  • A largish piece of felt
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Teflon sheet or parchment paper

1. Start by drawing around the box onto your piece of iron on interfacing. Add a 1" border all around.

2. Lay your sweetie wrappers on top of the iron on interfacing then iron to fuse them together. Don't forget to cover with a Teflon sheet or parchment paper to protect your iron!

3. Add a layer of Bondaweb on top of the sweetie wrappers, fuse then remove the paper. Start adding a layer of threads, fibers and scraps of fabric in a striped design on to the Bondaweb layer. Once you are happy fuse into place, once again making sure you cover with the Teflon sheet or parchment paper.

4. Using an Embellisher machine felt the layers together to hold them in place for stitching. If you don't have one of these machines, place a piece of water soluble film over it and pin into place.

 5. Using a sewing machine with the feed dogs down and an embroidery foot, stitch a tight grid over all the stitching. I changed the colour of top thread for each stripe to add interest.

6. Now wrap your box in your made fabric and slip stitch the ends together, Neatly fold in the ends and glue into place. To finish the bottom cut an oval of felt and card to fit and glue into place. Line the inside with some felt.

7. To finish add some beads (I used some of the left over sweetie wrapper beads from project 1)

And there we have it a wonderfully textured vessel. To use as a vase for fresh flowers just pop a slim jam jar or drinking glass inside to hold the water!

I hope you enjoyed this project, join me tomorrow for the announcement of number 47!

1 comment:

Dina Newton-Edwards said...

Putting threads on top of the sweet wrappers is an interesting idea.

The colour and texture really shows off the shape of the box. It looks great.