Welcome back to another Friday Flashback, taking a look back at some of my favourite classic collections.
This week we are looking back at one of the most useful collections – All Boxed Up.
All boxed up is a collection of 5 different shaped boxed, with multiple lid designs for each, that are all created in the hoop, and give you the maximum flexibility to create more than 50 different boxes.
This collection began with the introduction of stitch and shape into Australia. I really fell in love with the idea of this product, however the only items out there to create with machine embroidery with it were bowls and vases, and neither of these were my particular style.
I did however have uses for gift boxes, and so an idea began. I can remember the first thing I did was to get a couple of different collapsible boxes from my local two dollar shop. This gave me ideas as to dimensions, and different shapes.
When I first began playing with the stitch and shape, it was clear that this was quite a solid product, and with its 2 or 3mm height, was going to need a thicker more robust satin stitch. I spent a good amount of time looking at underlay and stitch density until I found the perfect stitch width and density to fully cover the stitch and shape, and I truly believe one of the nicest things about the all boxed up is just how full and sexy the satin stitch really is around the edges.
The next hurdle was in working out how to join the sides together. I really wanted it to be flexible enough to move and not require glue, so stitching was the only option. After trying a couple of different techniques, it was clear that a 3 step zig-zag stitch was the best way to go.
Naturally, with anything the shape of a box, there was always going to be a little fiddling and contortion to getting the last side or two of the box together, however this is one of those times when the flexibility of the stitch and shape is a real bonus, and you can manipulate the stitch and shape to make stitching the sides easier.
Over the years, I have given multiple presents in the All Boxed Up Boxes. I love the small square ones done with Christmas fabric as a great way to give a gift card, and have often added a monogram to the top of the box, so that ideally the box will become a keepsake over the years.
One of the questions that we get often with the All Boxed Up collection is when are we going to release new designs/sizes. I think about this a lot, however I am not sure that the stitch and shape would really hold up well for larger designs, and this is the main idea that holds me back.
Initially we didn’t have a free design with the All Boxed Up (my concern was that if I gave away a freebie, nobody would want to purchase). As a thank you to all of our loyal customers, for the next week we are offering the Triangle Box as a free download. Simply click HERE to collect your copy.
Thank you for taking this trip down memory lane with me, I hope you have enjoyed looking at this collection, and that it has inspired you to stitch for a loved one.
Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day. Julie.