Thursday, April 15, 2021

Seven Stitched Flowers Hexagon Card with Envelope

 Six-sided shaped card (top fold) with offset scalloped edge 
and plain edge mats are topped by seven flowers
 with double circle centers. 
Tiny stitching holes in flowers and mats allow for 
lacing stitches to attach in place. 
Hexagon card measures 
approx. 6” wide x 5.27” wide when closed. 
Custom sized envelope that fits the hexagon card
with ample room to enclose dimensional flowers
has two top flaps with punch holes
for ribbon closure. Envelope measures
5.8” wide x 6.6” tall when closed.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A hexagon card base with top-fold perforation
B scalloped accent base & C front accent, both
of which include stitching punch holes
D 7 sets of flowers: petals base, large circle, small circle
2. Identify the 'T' symbol cut into the front accent shape
near the top left-most set of stitching holes.
3. Position and attach the accent front to accent base shapes
taking care to line up stitching holes as precisely as
possibleThis may be assisted by poking
a needle or end of an unbent paper clip into the holes
as they are being layered.
4. Prepare the flowers and centers by bending slightly 
along vertical center perforation as "valley" fold.
If using varied paper prints and colors, select the centers and
flowers that you want to go together,
then arrange the 7 flowers in the order that looks best,
watching for balance in the variety, reducing repeated colors
or paper prints too close to each other, etc.
 5. Glue together the 2 centers onto the base for ALL flower sets,
taking care that center perforations and punch holes align
as precisely as possible. This may be assisted by poking
a needle or end of an unbent paper clip into the holes
as they are being layered.
6. Stitching will be completed with a 24-30 inch
lengths of contrast No. 5 perle cotton "twine" or thread,
or equivalent, and a blunt point tapestry needle with
eye large enough to accept the perle cotton.
Size 24 tapestry needles are used for this tutorial.
7. 
Cut a length of perle cotton or twine, thread needle
and leave "tail" pulled a few inches through needle eye.
Turn the front panel face side down and use a small piece
of cello tape to secure the single ply end near the top left
pairs of holes.
8. From backside, insert the needle through 
the TOP hole . . .
. . . bring to front and . . . 
. . . thread through the top hole of
the first flower set. (NOTE: the TOP of the flower
has a single vertical petal that has perforation line up center.)
Pull thread completely through leaving "taut" on backside.
9. Insert the needle and thread downward through
the second from top hole, through ALL layers,
and pull thread through completely to hold flower
in position. 
Repeat the up and down bottom stitch for flower,
and pull thread completely through at each pass.
10. Position the second flower, and repeat the stitching process
for both steps 8 & 9 so that stitches are . . .
. . . smooth and "taut".  Continue to position and stitch into
place each of the remaining flowers, endeavoring to
be efficient in "bridging" between stitching hole positions . . .  
. . . as can be seen on the backside here, with
two flowers stitched in place.
11. Continue until all flowers are in place and needle/thread 
have been carried to backside.
12. Trim excess thread, leaving approx. 3/4" tail.
Use a small piece of cello tape to anchor the tail.
13. Position and attach the completed front panel
onto the front of the folded card base.
Here is the completed card.
A custom-sized envelope design is available
to enclose the Flowers Hexagon Card.

Brief instructions for envelope assembly:
1) Fold top flaps down along angled perforation lines.
2) Position and attach accent panels to flaps;
position and attach reinforcement accent rings over holes.
3) Fold side panels inward to overlap; glue in place
along center seam where they overlap.
4) Fold bottom flange up and glue in place.
5) Thread 16-18" length of narrow ribbon or twine up 
through envelope body punch holes, and center length.
6) Insert card into envelope; fold flaps down into position to close.
7) Thread ribbon holes up through flap punch holes;
thread heart charm onto ribbon; tie ribbon in knot and bow.

Thirteen Flowers Stitched Card

 
Create a field of thirteen posies with double circle centers
 (or optionally select and use only one center). 
Tiny stitching holes vertical array in flowers and mat
 allow for lacing stitches to attach in place
on accent front panel, then layer and attach
to card front. Card measures 5x7 when closed.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A card base for 5x7 card, top fold
B front accent panel with stitching punch holes
C flower sets: 13 flowers (one is missing here)
each set includes petals base, large circle small circle
2. Prepare each flower petal and two centers by bending
slightly along vertical center perforation as "valley" fold.
Select the centers and flower that you want to go together,
then arrange the 13 flowers in the order that looks best,
watching for balance in the variety, reducing repeated colors
or paper prints too close to each other, etc.
3. Glue together the 2 centers onto the base for ALL flower sets,
taking care that center perforations and punch holes align
as precisely as possible. This may be assisted by poking
a needle or end of an unbent paper clip into the holes
as they are being layered.
4. Identify the 'T' that indicates the left-most, top row
of stitching holes, so that the flowers are oriented
properly as they are positioned and stitched in place.
Stitching will be completed with a 30-36 inch
lengths of contrast No. 5 perle cotton "twine" or thread,
or equivalent, and a blunt point tapestry needle with
eye large enough to accept the perle cotton.
Size 24 tapestry needles are used for this tutorial.
6. Cut a length of perle cotton or twine, thread needle
and leave "tail" pulled a few inches through needle eye.
Turn the front panel face side down and use a small piece
of cello tape to secure the single ply end near the top left
pairs of holes.
7. From backside, insert the needle through the TOP
hole . . .
. . . bring to front and thread through the top hole of
the first flower set. (NOTE: the TOP of the flower
has a single vertical petal that has perforation line up center.)
Pull thread completely through leaving "taut" on backside.
8. Insert the needle and thread downward through
the second from top hole, through ALL layers,
and pull thread through completely to hold flower
in position. Repeat the up and down bottom stitch for
flower, and pull thread completely through at each pass.
9. Position the second flower, and repeat the stitching process
for both steps 7 & 8 so that stitches are . . .
. . . smooth and "taut". Here is the backside with just
top stitch completed. Continue to position and stitch into
place each of the remaining flowers, endeavoring to
be efficient in "bridging" between stitching hole positions until . . . 
. . . all flowers are in place and needle/thread have been
carried to backside.
Here is one suggested pathway for completing
the stitching.
10. Trim excess thread, leaving approx. 3/4" tail.
Use a small piece of cello tape to anchor the tail.
11. Position and attach the completed front panel
onto the front of the folded card base.
Here is the completed card. With care to flatten
the flowers, it should fit into a standard envelope for 5x7 card.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Duffle Style Gift Box

 
 Hexagon base gift box is cut in one piece, 
with six wall panels that extend into upper sections 
with angled perforation lines that allow pleats to bend inward 
where a cord or narrow ribbon threads through pairs of holes 
to cinch in and tie as closure. 
Add optional contrast accent rounded-corner offset rectangles 
to side panels and triangle accents above side panels
Assembled box measures approx. 3” depth x 3.4” width 
x 5.875” tall with 3.5” tall side panels (excludes pleated top). 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A main duffle hull shape
B side wall accents (6)  C top accent triangles (6)
2. Prepare the hull shape by bending back on all
perforation lines for bottom hexagon floor, tabs . . . 
. . . for side wall sections . . . 
. . . and for horizontal mid line.
3. Shape the "cinched in" top portion by bending forward
on each angled perforation line pair, and . . . 
. . . top short perforation line between punch hole pairs.
4. Position and attach the side wall offset accent shapes
within the area defined by perforation lines.
Position and attach the offset triangle shapes within
defined areas above walls. 
5. Form the hull into a tube to bring the straight side edge
to overlap the side flanges to align at perforation lines
for upper and lower segments, and glue in place.
NOTE that the symmetry of the hull shape will allow
the hull to be made flat so that fingertip pressure can
be applied along the side seam segments to ensure
a good seam connection.
6. Prepare to complete the floor seams by bending
the five flanges inward to perpendicular position, 
applying adhesive to the upward edges, then . . . 
. . . fold the attached hexagon base into position,
adjust wall and base edges to align as precisely
as possible, and glue in place.
NOTE that it may be helpful to place the box base-down
on flat work surface then insert a tool end such as the new
pencil eraser shown to apply pressure along each base
seam to ensure complete and secure attachment.
7. Insert gift contents, then bend and arrange the
upper pleats inward until . . . 
. . . they come fully together.
8. Thread cinching cord(s) or ribbon through punch hole
pairs, then begin to pull tight until . . . 
. . . the cord can be knotted, snugged tighter,
and tied into neat bow.
Here is the completed duffle style container.