I found some more pictures. (Can you tell I’m finally cleaning out my photo folders?)
I finished the stitching on the pieces, and have actually sewn the bottom of the box. I need to get going on finishing it so I can move on to the next project, but here’s some more pictures of the process:
I varied the green, rather than the blue or the brown, in order to get the width I wanted. I’m using the green to sew up the box, in order to provide contrast and give the design ‘pop.’
Detail of one of the side pieces. I doubled up on the brown yarn, since it was more of a DK weight than the other two, which were worsted weight (the green, even, seemed a little on the bulky side).
Here are all ten pieces. The set on the left is for the top, and the right is for the bottom. The box top will sit down over the entire part of the bottom.
I’m making the box to hold my essential oils from Jeanne Rose, because my cat, Boria, likes to toss them all over the table when I have them all nice and organized. (Necessity is the mother of invention? Whoever said that never had a cat! Defense of one’s things is the mother of invention!)
It’s got quite a bit of loft from the yarn. Since I’m doing a standard needlepoint stitch, it’s as thick on the bottom as it is on the top. It gives it a lot of padding. The plastic mesh, though, isn’t very strong, so it wouldn’t be a good candidate for a box to be carried in a purse. I’d like to see if there are materials (metal screen, maybe?) that would be good for that.
This is the bottom of the box. You can clearly see the extra row around the edge where the top of the box, once it’s sewn, will sit down over the bottom. The outer edge of the bottom will just have a satin stitch around the edge.
Here are both pieces side-by-side; they are 3″ square.
This is the in-process view of the sides for the top of the box. I did the brown design first because I wanted to see how it would look in the finished product; the reason we used brown was to match the table that it will be sitting on and I wanted to see if that worked. It does. I don’t yet have a picture of the box on that table, but will get one once the box is completed.
It’s a little out of focus, but here is a detail of the brown yarn. It’s held double, whereas the green and blue are just single.
Here is a little better shot of the same detail where you can get a good look at the plastic mesh.
Here is a detail of all three colors interacting together. It’s not an arrangement I would have thought of just off the cuff, but I’m glad we decided to put them all together. I think the finished design is pleasing and it matches the table, so it’s a success all around.