I have just finished my Zoe box and I absolutely love it! It’s gorgeous, I love the colours, the design, everything!
The Zoe box was a mystery SAL by Faby Reilly, she released part of the pattern every two weeks and the final construction instructions were released last week. I’ve made quite a few of her designs now and they’re always a pleasure to stitch and a beautiful design.
So, lots of photos!
Last time I showed you it I’d just finished all the cross-stitch, I wasn’t sure what the two little squares were going to be…
I gave it a good press and cut out all the pieces with a 1cm border. We started with the main box. The pieces are stitched over Timtex to give the structure, it’s a bit like ultra thick vilene. The back-stitch border was used to whipstitch the pieces together. Whip-stitching two pieces together wasn’t too difficult, but when it came to the corner where it all needed joining up then there were four pieces to whip together at the same time, I found it hard to get as neat a finish as I would like.
I’m really pleased with how the base worked out, it was meant to be plain but I stitched my initials and the date on it and surrounded it with some of the back-stitching from the leaves.
I love the inside of the box with all the pretty stitching on the sides and the bottom. It isn’t easy to photograph as the camera wasn’t sure where to focus!
With the base complete it was time to make the lid. This was a little more fiddly, just because it was smaller. I also decided that rather than trying to whipstitch together the four layers of the sides and the lid I would whip-stitch the lid and the sides separately, I then joined them together with ladderstitch. I found I got a neater result that way.
The two little squares as you can see became a very pretty biscornu. This is stitched to the centre with a sparkly bead on the top and a pearl button inside.
…and the inside…
So here is the finished box, isn’t it just gorgeous!
…and the other side…
I love the way the seasonal colours follow down the sides from the biscornu to the lid and then the sides. I’m so pleased with it. If you fancy stitching it the pattern has now been released on Faby’s website!
Faby is starting another SAL in January, it’s a monthly one called the Anthea SAL – each month a seasonal pattern will be released which can either be used as a calendar or (as I will probably do) made in little cross-stitch smalls. As you can tell, despite telling myself I wasn’t going to do any SAL next year, I’ve fallen for it, it took me all of two minutes to see it and buy it! So if anyone fancies joining me, follow the link to Faby’s website. By the way, I’m not on any commission here, I just love her designs.
I still haven’t worked out why it’s called Zoe, I know it’s going to be a ‘doh!!’ moment when someone puts me out of my misery!
I’ll be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts on Sunday for Slow Stitching Sunday, so follow the link then for lots of hand-stitching.