Monday, November 18, 2013

Leaf Box Top

 The program for our stitchery guild this year is making a treasure box with a leaf theme.  We started off with stamping our fabric, stitching whatever design we chose and then bonding it to some heavy duty stabilizer.  I free motion sewed the large leaf and leaf vines and then filled in the main leaf with seed stitch and did a buttonhole stitched edging.  I'm currently working on the sides of the box. One done - 3 left to go.
 The idea for using fly stitch leaves on one of the box edges came from Mary Corbet's website.  She has a great video on how to make them:  Fly Stitch Leaves. They were very easy to do.
 Taking a complete break from owls I cross-stitched this peacock pattern from a book a friend had lent me.  Once again I could not believe how many mistakes I made in this simple and small design!  I made it into a card insert to give to my daughter next year on her birthday.
Lorraine Stobie not only has a wonderful website called Creative Daily but she also hand dyes and sells her threads on her etsy page Les Designs.  These lovely and colourful threads came in the mail and I cannot wait to begin using them :)

19 comments:

  1. such beautiful work!! I will go visit this talented lady as well!!

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  2. Such pretty work..really amazing
    Big hugs x

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  3. Your leaf treasure box will be lovely. Every element adds such detail to your design. Lovely peacock and I don't see any mishaps. Beautiful threads and I look forward to seeing what you create with them. Peace and Joy Dear...

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  4. The leaf box is looking very smart, especially with MC's Fly stitch leaves.
    Beautiful peacock and dyed thread.

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  5. Now I'm sad, no more owls!!!! Only joking of course :D Lorraine's hand dyed threads looks fantastic!!! I can't wait to see your creations with these

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  6. I can see this is going to be a lovely box, you have designed it beautifully!

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  7. this is going to be a lovely box. Wonderful colourful peacock and those threads look pretty amazing.

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  8. Lovely work on the leaf, it will be a pretty one. And, the peacock looks beautiful and proud too.

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  9. Nice leaves, I like the combo of machine and hand embroidery!

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  10. Lovely work on the treasure box it is beautiful. The hand dyed threads are gorgeous! I am looking forward to seeing where you use them!

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  11. Very creative Jeannette. Your Peacock looks perfect. You are sure to have fun with those stunning threads ! There is something very special about Owls. Your Leaf Box design is truly beautiful and would make a lovely Christmas Present or a Gardening Journal Cover. Take care now. Marion

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  12. Your box is going to be (is) beautiful! I love the leaf shapes. Can't wait to see what you do with those luscious threads!

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  13. Pretty work !! Love the fly stitch leaves. Peacock look beautiful!!

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  14. Love the box. I tried those fly stitch leaves too - so simple and effective. I must check out the thread. It looks lovely.

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  15. This is my first visit here to this blog. I was immediately excited to see the leaf box. I love leaves (and boxes). The threads look delicious. Another place to take a look. thanks.

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  16. Your box is going to be beautiful, Jenny. I love the colours, and I always think you cannot go wrong with a leaf motif!

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  17. WOW, thank you Jeannette! The leaf box looks like a fun project.

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