Updated September 3, 2019.
As long as you have a box top or other item that will take needlepoint and a little time, you can make this charming Little Star Needlepoint Porcelain Box.
Colored canvas together with some leftover bits of thread and about an hour of stitching gives you this charming gift.
While the colors I suggest are for the rose box, you can pick a color of Impressions and two coordinating metallic colors on colored canvas to make a box which matches any place you want it to go. The box used in the model is an oval porcelain box from Framecraft, the same company that makes the crystal jar for my recent pansy.
Not only do these type of boxes come in porcelain, you can also get them in crystal or exotic woods. Whenever you make one, people always comment on how wonderful they are.
- Caron Collection Impressions overdyed in Rose Quartz (about 5-6 strands)
- partial spool Kreinik #8 braid in 024HL (fuchsia)
- partial spool Kreinik #12 braid in 2094HL
- 18 HPI sage green canvas, 3 inches x 4 inches
- Framecraft medium porcelain box in rose
- Using the paper template in your box and a permanent waterproof marker (like Pigma Micron or SCA-UF) trace the template onto your canvas.
- Beginning with a single strand of Impressions make an eight-pointed star (stitch diagram below) somewhere near the center of the canvas.
- Outline this star using the thinner metallic.
- Make additional partial stars along the edges of the canvas. I did this by picking the center point of the star and then stitching as much of the star as I could. Try not to make all the stars even or have them showing the same amount. Stitch right up to, but not over, the marked line.
- Once you have as many stars as you would like, outline them with a single long stitch along each side, using the #8 braid. This will make the stars stand out from the colored canvas.
- =scatter additional backstitch stars (diagram below) throughout the stitched area. Once again, there can be partial stars and they should not line up.
- Once you have completed stitching, you will need to seal the edges of the canvas. You do this by running a line of white glue on top of the line you traced. Let this dry and cut along the line. Because of the glue, the canvas won’t ravel.
- In your box kit, you have a piece of acetate, a metal piece and a pice of flocked board. Assemble the top of your kit in this order (from top to bottom), acetate, stitching, metal disk. The acetate is a good idea to help protect the longer stitches in this piece. The metal disk will snap (you may have to press hard) into the frame of the top. Once it snaps the top is locked in place.
- Take some double-sided tape and put this in the smooth side of the blocked board. Press the tape against the metal disk. Place the top on your box and enjoy.
Make It Your Own
Make the design your own by picking your item to finish. Pick this first because you’ll have the narrowest choices here.
Then pick an overdyed thread for the larger stars. Although I used Impressions, any overdye will work. Based on this choice pick a coordinating colored canvas and two metallics. The outlining metallic should be a solid color.