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By Deborah Richardson, Nov 10 2018 04:31PM

I really enjoy making fabric boxes, and I've been making some trinket and tissue box covers for a while, using elaborate layers of silk fabric and machine embroidery. A few weeks ago my cousin gave me some fabric and amongst the collection was a few strips of a brocade style in shates of red and old gold. I thought that the panel design would make great boxes so I gave it a go. Apologies for crummy photos- I will improve on them another time.


Stage 1 - I attached the pieces to fusible interfacing. I cut the pieces to size. In this picture you can see I cut one strip of 3 to form the front and 2 sides, and then 3 separate pieces for the bottom, back and lid. These were then stitched close to the edge to hold together more firmly. I then did the same with a strip of cotton velvet left over from another project, this time stitching a random pattern with glitterey thread onto stiff interfacing.


Stage 2 - the pieces are joined together back to back, trimmed to be exactly the correct size and edged with rattail cord. This is couched onto the edge with a zigzag stitch. A tab is added at the front edge of the lid to enable closure by inserting the cut ends of a piece of cord between the layers.


Stage 3 - the pieces are hand stitched together to form a box shape and a button added to the front.

Stage 1
Stage 1
stage 2 the edged pieces
stage 2 the edged pieces
stafe 3 the completed boxes, ready for trinkets, jewellery, cotton buds...
stafe 3 the completed boxes, ready for trinkets, jewellery, cotton buds...

By Deborah Richardson, Nov 7 2018 10:10PM

so a friend and I went to Hitchin Lavender Farm for a photo shoot. We had great fun although it was a blisteringly hot day. We took lots of photos under the guidance of a tutor, and of course i was looking for shots that I could base an embroidery on. Here are a couple of my photos, and my first machine embroidery based on the fabulous sunflowers growing there...

By Deborah Richardson, Aug 18 2018 06:00PM

so - I haven't attempted to paint in watercolours for probably 45 years or so. At classes where I need to paint on sllk, I notice that the best practitioners have some watercolour experience, so I took the plunge and went to a class at my local Tindalls shop. Helen Clarke ran the class and we learned some tecnniques in mixing and shading the colour on the paper in order to paint some colourful feathers. I had great fun and really liked my final efforts. I'm looking forward to experimenting more, but boy are some of these paints expensive!

By Deborah Richardson, Aug 15 2018 02:35PM

We recently acquired a motorhome and it has pretty boring, beige seating. I surmised that the lovely Boxy dog would make them pretty dirty pretty quickly, and even though they come off to wash the fabric is a very loose weave and I was concerned about it standing up to lots of washing. Soooo ... when I recently visited the gorgeous Warner Textile Archive I spotted this lovely French- inspired fabric in a light upholstery weight and I gave it a bash - 8m later and lots of velcro - ta-dah! and we are off in it again to visit a Roman dig near Cheltenham very soon.

the side seat
the side seat
work in prgress
work in prgress
the rear seat
the rear seat

By Deborah Richardson, Jul 23 2018 02:46PM

On Saturday 21st of July I had the privilege of visiting the Mr Finch exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I've admired his work since coming across it on Pinterest and was very keen to see some of the amazingly intricate detail in the flesh. These are just a few of the images I took of the dozens of fantastical, fabulous creations on display. The talent of this man is staggering, and the breacth of his imagination boundless. It was emotional for me to see this incredible work first hand. Every single piece sold out shortly after the exhibition opened, and many visitors had come specifically to see this work, as had I. The 3 hour journey and the crummy campsite we stayed at were well worth it!

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