Still that Packing Case

Stitching Done

Stitching Done

I’m rather afraid you’ll be fed up with this packing case. It’s caused me no end of thinking and re-thinking, stitching and re-stitching, but now I think I’ve done as much as can be done while it remains a separate piece. I may add more stitched details to the final piece, but that will be after I have everything else in place.

So the next job is to turn it into that separate piece which can then be attached in place on the background, and then itself become the background for the main adventure, which will be dressing the figures.

Trimmed Packing Case

Trimmed Packing Case

And here it is. I have left the fabric around the edges attached and folded it back to provide a little padding.

I’ve used single strands of  stranded cotton to hold the extra fabric in place, and trimmed the unbound edges close.

None of the planks run quite true, but since the whole thing is a wild experiment that may go dreadfully wrong, I’m not going lose any sleep over that. If it looks wrong when it’s finished, I’ll unpick those bits and put them right. If it looks right in spite of wonky planks, I shall pretend it was meant to be that way..

Packing Case Attached

Packing Case Attached

Thank goodness I marked a couple of points to help me put the packing case in place. I double checked the placement with the tracing paper people, then went around the edges catching them down with small stitches and a sharp needle.

As far as possible, I stretched the packing case as I was attaching it. It puts the turban cotton under some slight strain, but with all the support underneath, I think it will be fine. I would be much more worried if this were to be applied to a garment…


  1. Sue Jones says:

    It’s three different colour schemes on these photos – all pleasant. I wonder which is nearest to reality? It’s going to be excellent with the figures around it, and the few slight waves or wobbles in the lines make it look more real – more in motion, and less like a geometric exercise.

  2. Penny says:

    Its great!! Packing crates aren’t meant to be works of art. They often have rough edges or have ‘warped’ a bit over the years so yours looks very, very good for being a crate from so very long ago.

  3. Janice says:

    It looks very realistic, Rachel. Well done. Looking forward to seeing it being carried by those people. Sure it will look wonderful.

  4. It’s looking really good!

  5. Yup, looks good! I expect many planks were actually quite wonky in reality, so it’ll be quite realistic. 🙂

  6. cathy daniel says:

    It looks really good and well worth all the planning and thought that you’ve put into it. I also love the way the canvaswork cushion is turning out. The colours are just wonderful. Would love to see the whole thing – you are just tempting us with little bits here and there! xCathy

  7. karen says:

    I love it, the texture, the flow of the stitched lines….

  8. Lady Fi says:

    That looks amazing!

  9. Terrie says:

    The crate looks so outstanding. Such variety of stitches to bring it up.

  10. Jules says:

    I think you did an excellent job in portraying the textures and it looks very realistic.

  11. Carolyn says:

    The crate looks very realistic.