These two boxes will go to my hairdresser today. A few years ago I gave her a couple of glass ornaments for Christmas. Little did I know that I started a tradition! She loves them and leaves them out all year. Her signature color is pink (even the outside of her house is pink) so I usually buy her ornaments that aren't in Christmas-y colors. I've never wrapped the ornaments in any special way before and knowing Donna, the box is likely to become a new tradition as well.
Here's the inside. I just love the long skinny one for the icicle ornament! it's about 8" x 1". To all of you that have done the inchie charms - you have my deepest respect! Those tiny end pieces were very fiddly. I can't wait to deliver these this afternoon.
It's still the basic box pattern from Fibre and Stitch. Here are the ingredients - from left to right. It's all done on a base of dark red felt. The first layer fused is the gradient pink-to-purple silk chiffon (from the stash - it was there so I used it!). I tore off big pieces and let it pleat across the felt foundation. Next I added a layer of Mistyfuse. I cut squares from the pink sparkle dot remnant and tossed them around the piece and then added loads of the pink and purple acrylic threads, cut pieces of the Superior metallic silver thread and finally loads of sequins sprinkled everywhere. Another layer of Mistyfuse to hold all of that in place and a final layer of pink tulle was fused on top. I wanted these boxes to be sturdy so I added a layer of Timtex between the felt outer layer and the green lining. It's nearly impossible to fuse the Timtex to the felt layer so I quilted the outer layer and the Timtex with Superior Glitter Hologram in silver before I fused on the lining.
Specialty threads have really come a long way. Starting with the postcards this past weekend and now the two boxes, I have used a variety of acrylic, Wonderfil (poly and metallic) and Superior (metallic) threads and have been using a standard 80/12 needle with no problems at all. I remember when you had to have a special needle and say a lot of prayers to get Sliver or one of the other early metallics to sew properly. Thread technology has certainly come a long way!
There are several more boxes (and some bags) in my future. These are loads of fun to make and everything is coming from the stash!