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Another box finish and accessories to match

Hi everyone, I have finally finished this box and I am quite pleased with the result, inside there are a little collection of accessories of which you can see in the photo’s below.
I have also heard from Lisa that she has received my Angel stitching for the Hooked on Exchange Blog, I will show that in my next post but here is the gift all wrapped up. Lisa said she loved the wrapping and could not wait to see what was inside! I must say, I usually like to make a special effort with the wrapping because I think it makes it more exciting for the recipient.    
A note for Angela who left a message asking about the alphabet pattern.  
Angela, you requested the alphabet pattern, however I could not reply to your email because it was set as ‘no reply’, you also don’t appear to have a blog, if you send me your email address I will gladly send you the alphabet pattern, it is a freebie!
I finished the box in silk dupion and stitched the cross stitch in DMC 964. If you would like the pattern it is a freebie here from the Swappons blog, I have shown the cross stitch piece before but not fully finished until now. If you scroll down to the bottom on the swappons page you can click on the red Adobe PDF link on the right hand side and gain access to the freebie pattern. 
I decided to stitch the accessories using small sections of the pattern and then designed and stitched the silk strawberry trimmed with mill hill beads and pink spider web roses. I am hoping to draw the pattern for the strawberry and upload  to my blog for everyone to have access to it…… not sure when though, hopefully sometime soon.  
Here are the other photo’s of the box and contents, I do hope you like them!
You can see my tutorial showing how to make a box on my tutorials blog here, it is not exactly the same inside but I have just added a couple of separating panels to the box below.
I trimmed the box with my favourite swarovski crystals.
I added this little embroidered padded section to the inside lid to hold my needles or pins.
Embroidered strawberry – my own design.
I made the butterfly pins after making them for another gift recently, I liked them so much I made some for myself!   
Here is the pinkeep trimmed around the edge with swarovski crystals of course!
I am currently working on my Little House Neighbourhood, hopefully I can show you some progress on my next post.
Welcome to all of my new followers and thankyou for all of your lovely comments!
Happy stitching!
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. May 4, 2011 / 12:54 pm

    The box and everything in it is just beautiful. You did an amazing job. The detail you put into your pieces really makes them stand out.

  2. May 4, 2011 / 12:55 pm

    It is beautiful Lynn. I love it. x

  3. May 4, 2011 / 12:56 pm

    Exquisite indeed, it is beautiful xxx

  4. May 4, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    Wow! It's exquisite! You are so amazing with your workmanship. Just gorgeous — an heirloom for sure!

  5. May 4, 2011 / 1:38 pm

    Absolutely beautiful – as usual your work is amazing – I am always in awe after visiting your blog!

  6. May 4, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    It can truly be said that I have finishing envy. Your work is stunning! Absolutely amazing! 🙂

  7. May 4, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!! Love the colours you chose.
    LISA V

  8. May 4, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Wow, that is just stunning Lynn. Your stitching is gorgeous! The finishing is what makes it so very special! Congratulations on another beautiful job!

  9. May 4, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Absolutely beautiful Lynn, I love it…x

  10. May 4, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Question from back here in the Peanut Gallery . . . is there anywhere that I can find out how to make a Strawberry? I have fallen in love with them and am having a hard time finding out how to make them. I would appreciate any help you, or any of your followers can give me

  11. May 4, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Love, love, love the box! And the use of silk on the outside and gingham on the inside. You are a very talented stitcher, Lynn!

    Also, thanks for the tutorial. It is already in my file 🙂

  12. May 4, 2011 / 4:37 pm

    Stunning! Your attention to detail is unsurpassed Lynn!

  13. May 4, 2011 / 5:43 pm

    What a lovely box.

  14. May 4, 2011 / 5:43 pm

    What a beatiful box, and so well cared finished! It's an inspiration for all your readers.

  15. May 4, 2011 / 8:00 pm

    Just Gorgeous!! The details are beautiful!

  16. May 4, 2011 / 8:00 pm

    all I can say is OOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH its beautiful absolutely gorgeous and in my favourite colours too *sigh lost for words now ..lol love mouse xxxx

  17. May 4, 2011 / 8:00 pm

    That is absolutely gorgeous!

  18. May 4, 2011 / 8:00 pm

    This is real treasure trove – and to think it all evolved from a free pattern. It is so just beautiful. Irene xxx

  19. May 5, 2011 / 10:07 am

    That finish is absolutely incredible Lynn! I love all your attention to detail…. the pins, the crystals, etc.

  20. May 5, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Hi Linda,

    I've been catching up with your blog posts and
    there you go again posting pictures of home
    made scones!! So now I'm craving scones, hot
    from the oven, spread with raspberry jam and
    a mound of whipped cream on top, and a big pot
    of tea to compliment the lot.

    I will not give in to urge to make a batch
    of scones and eat them all myself!! I can
    be strong!! I will ignore insidious craving
    for sweet, luscious, buttery, melts in your
    mouth goodness. I will be firm. I will eat
    a lettuce leaf instead!! Uh … Oh crap!

    Your new box finish is gorgeous and awesome
    and so darn beautiful from thread color to
    fabric choices to the crystal finishing touches.
    You really have a flair for finishing don't


  21. May 5, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Beautiful finishes!!!!!!

  22. May 5, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Its just beautiful Lynn,very inspiring 🙂

  23. May 5, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! You are great with your finishing!


  24. May 5, 2011 / 10:07 am

    This is my first visit to your wonderful stitching blog, and I must say that you are extremely gifted with all of your beautiful creations, tutorials, etc. The box is absolutely gorgeous with all of its' little accessories. I can't wait to see your LHN creations too!

  25. May 5, 2011 / 5:37 pm

    SQUEAL! The box is incredible but then everything you do is amazing! LOVE YOUR VISION and PASSION!


  26. May 5, 2011 / 5:39 pm

    very very fantastic this lot…the box is beautiful

  27. May 5, 2011 / 5:40 pm

    Wow, wow, and more wow! That box is totally fantastic, everything about it, the color, the stitching, the pieces inside…amazing!

  28. May 5, 2011 / 5:47 pm

    Wow! I just love the colors and the stitching is flawless with all the attention to details. Beautiful!

  29. May 5, 2011 / 5:47 pm

    E' delizioso! Bravissima! Grazie della visita e a presto

  30. May 5, 2011 / 5:47 pm

    Wow, Lynn, your box and accessories are beautiful!

  31. May 5, 2011 / 9:41 pm

    WOW! Gorgeous finishes!!!

  32. May 6, 2011 / 1:17 pm

    My goodness Lynn you have outdone yourself with this stunning box and matching accessories.
    What a beautiful creation.
    I love the colours and all the special finishing touches.
    One of these days I'll get around to trying out the tutorial but not just yest as I am off to UK in just a few hours.

  33. May 6, 2011 / 7:25 pm

    Wow, the box and accessories are gorgeous! I love the colours you chose and the little partitions in the box.

  34. May 7, 2011 / 6:20 am

    That work is beautiful!

  35. May 7, 2011 / 6:36 am

    The box and accessories are just gorgeous. Love the colors in the patterns and your matching material. The 'extras' just make it extra special!!

  36. May 7, 2011 / 6:43 am

    Paula in response to your question about how to make a strawberry, if you leave a comment with your email address I can send you some instructins on how to make one. Unfortunately your email was set as no reply so I could not respond to you direct.

    Thankyou everyone for the lovely comments on this box!

  37. Anonymous
    May 8, 2011 / 7:07 am

    Wow! I really love that! It's so beautiful how you finished everything!

  38. May 9, 2011 / 8:20 pm

    Gorgeous box and accessories. Love the thread colour and fabric choice.

  39. May 16, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Wow your box is beautiful, what a wonderful thing to own.

  40. February 12, 2012 / 11:33 am

    So beautiful, i'd love to have the alphabet pattern, please send it to me at olga.sogo@gmail.com, i'm from México and i follow your fantastic works

    Olga Sosa