Sunday, February 17, 2008

Daisy Box Tutorial From Kay Susan Warner of S'mockery Blog

Daisy box

Here I am, still messing about with different shapes to make little soft boxes. This one is based on a 6 inch circle.

For the background fabric I used a rejected piece of silk painted cotton fabric with a circular daisy motif outlined in gold gutta. I needle punched the design to a piece of muslin to give some texture to the piece and to disguise the mistakes I made with the silk paint. (Have I said how much I love this machine, I can use up all the bits I might otherwise have thrown away!). I machine stitched it to a piece of washing up cloth, used a compass to make a six petalled flower shape, zigzaged around it and cut it out.

I buttonholed it together halfway up the petals, and all around the edges. I should have used a lighter thread, perhaps a variegated stranded cotton, or even crochet cotton, instead of the perle cotton, but at the time I was more interested in the shape I was getting.

I don't much like this particular example, but I like the shape and the technique, so I will be trying it again some time - probably when I get a bigger compass! After I had made it, I wished I had used a different piece of fabric for the experiment, because the daisy bit looked so nice after it had been needlepunched and stitched and before I cut it out! Now I suppose I'll have to make another one............................

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Kay Susan's Bio: Kay Susan studied Design for Craft and Creative Embroidery at City & Guilds levels 1 and 2 and writes mainly about contemporary embroidery on her S'mockery blog. She also likes to dabble in painting and drawing and has recently become interested in cloth doll making.

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