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I recently was asked for a chicken box commission. I am known for my boxes and have made several over the years various forms of embroidery decorating the lids, hence SewingNikki was born. This was my first commission for a chicken shaped box and I was given free rein to create whatever I liked.
At first this filled me with loads of ideas as I sourced the boxes but then uncertainty set in so I ordered two boxes, just in case anything went wrong. My first step was to coat the boxes in ivory acrylic paint, as I had looked at various chicken varieties and liked the white and black varieties. I then découpaged the inside of the boxes in dark grey dotted paper and added feathers, nests and various bird related motifs.
This was my blank canvas at which point I had a blank as to what to do and hit a creative block. I had too many ideas and then lost inspiration so set them aside to concentrate on other makes.
I then saw these gorgeous painted pumpkins whilst browsing online and the creativity came back. I loved the swirly designs but decided to make mine smaller and a little Art Deco in design in black and silver. I sat and hand drew straight onto the first hen and loved the freedom I had to doodle and create. And so Swirly hen was made,
I then began to adorn hen number two. My original idea was to use my hand felted flowers to decorate then hen, inspired by the colourful decorations on canal boats. I had made my felt in the summer and love making flat materials into 3D. It makes me happy. And so Flora began to take shape.
Next to her sister, Flora looked a little bland. I liked her but she needed more. The Mod Podge had made Swirly’s pattern really pop and Flora was lacking that. I took a break, ate dinner and thought about what to do next. I was watching Strictly Come Dancing and I thought flowers and hens live in green spaces and armed with my green Posca pen – aren’t these pens fab – I set to work. Step 3 Flora definitely shines now. I also remembered some die cut butterflies I had made and added those. I then had to stop, as you can add too many swirls, and coat Flora with her final coat of Mod Podge to help her swirls stand out and interestingly make the beautiful hand made flowers shine too.
My final step is to work on the inside a little more, so the lids fit better and I am done. Most importantly the recipient is happy and Flora has a home. I just need one for Swirly now. I also hope I get some more requests like this as I enjoyed the freedom I had to create and really like making it especially for someone. It makes my works unique.
Can’t wait to find out who to send my gifts too. Sounds like great fun.
Whether you’re one of the lucky few whose family know and understand you so well that you receive endless perfect gifts based on your love of sewing/crochet/knitting or, like me, your wish list is met with a “What do you want one of those for….what is it anyway?” – #stitchingsanta is for you.
Can you imagine unwrapping a gorgeous skein of wool, a perfect metre of fabric, some vintage buttons or some embroidery silks? Perhaps a little handmade gift has been popped in the parcel too? All lovingly thought out with your interests in mind and guaranteed to be under your tree on Christmas morning. What a treat!
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