I had a couple of fairly involved projects lately. My Mom's birthday was February 4th, and my work partner, Betty, had her birthday on the 6th. Both of them love purple, so I ended up stitching two (slightly) different triangle boxes.
I made one for my Mom first, since I had to mail it out in advance. Unfortunately she decided to change her plans, so even though it arrived on her birthday, she wasn't home. It looks like she will get home in the morning (the 7th) so I'll get her reaction soon.
The feet and lid pull are amethyst cut with little facets. It is peyote stitched size 11 delica beads. The pictures came out fairly well color-wise.
Inside, plus soda tab for size.
Yes, my apartment is small and I have a ton of stuff on my shelf.
I showed Betty my Mom's box before mailing it and she adored it. What she didn't know was that I had already started one for her! She was thrilled to bits when she opened it! The lid wasn't quite done, so I only wrapped the body of the box and let her open it on her birthday. She laughed when I explained I needed to steal it back to do the last 6 rows on the lid, but didn't mind. I finished the lid tonight and rewrapped the whole thing!
Betty's box has slightly different colored beads, these pictures came out kind of crappy. I'm not really sure why. I think my boyfriend used up the camera batteries taking pictures of the bunny.
Her box includes darker purples, one is translucent and the other metallic. The gold is darker than the gold I used on my Mom's, and the light bead is a gold lined.
I tweaked the picture a little, and the true color is sort of between this one and the prior photo.
Picture failure, but the pattern is really cool. Pretend it isn't blurry anymore.
Slightly different pattern on the inside hem of the lid than what I did on my Mom's.
Betty's box taught me some lessons. I need some of that fray resistant line when using the translucent beads. The brighter purple thrashed my Silamide, so I had to keep restarting threads (UGH!) and going back if the beads started gapping from a broken line in the middle of the pattern- ie more starts and stops (ARGH!!!).
Not bad for my first couple of boxes. Until now I stuck to regular cylindrical peyote pouches and pen sleeves. If only I could find time to make something to keep!