Pumpkin Jar – Locker Hooked & Stitched

It’s my favorite time of year. I love the seasonal colors of autumn–the colors of pumpkins, persimmons, and pomegranates…and the golden colors of fall foliage. For a long time now, I’d been wanting to take pattern pieces and curve them to either make a basket or a curved tote bag. So I just had to try a pumpkin design. I have to admit this was not easy, and I was figuring it out as I worked, but I was so happy to have taken up the challenge.

Pumpkin Jar - Locker Hooked & Stitched
Pumpkin Jar – Locker Hooked & Stitched

If you’re going to tackle this, I do have the Free Pumpkin Jar pattern, but you will have to be patient and do a little at a time. Here’s how I did it…

First, you need to cut all pieces (refer to pattern) in 5-Mesh canvas for locker hooking, including ten side panels. Locker hook frames on each panel with orange fabric strips. I used the Color Crazy Tangerine Orange. Whip stitch top and bottom pieces to frame with rayon ribbon (I used Color Crazy Orange Creamsicle) but not the side panels. Stitch together 5 side panels with the ribbon to create two sides. You’ll then have to stitch on the ruched padding and cover by stitching over with tangerine orange fabric strips. I tried adding the padding and the stitches on a few panels before stitching/assembling them together. This does not work as well as assembling them together first. You get better curvature by stitching the ruching on after they’re assembled.

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This will take time so do be patient. It’s worth the effort! It’s important to know that you can adjust the ruched stitching by hand after it’s all done by tugging and also gluing down strips with tiny drops of glue for durable coverage. Once the ruched stitching is complete on all panels, stitch together the two sides to create the jar. Read more about the “Ruched Frames” technique in my Locking Loops book.

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Pumpkin Jar Body Stitched Together with Ruched Stitching Complete

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Stitching on bottom of jar.

I locker hooked the bottom piece as a circle and decided to make an oval sized top with a stem. For the bottom piece, I added an inner circle design element. Prior to stitching on the bottom, I made sure all tails on body were sewn in.

Whew! At this stage it feels like major progress has been made. I used my hands to stretch and shape the pumpkin jar and create an oval opening.

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I wanted the top piece to be oval and I also wanted a stem that would add a whimsical touch, so I added a shimmery yarn along with a green fabric strip and decided to crochet the stem. Easy to do with the locker hook. Just attach with a chain stitch and start crocheting around the center of base in the oval top. Single crochet about 11 rows, omitting a stitch on each row until you can bind off. Stretch and bend the stem, and tie off leaving a long tail. You locker hook two rows around the base and create some ruched stitching to finish the top. And voila! It’s ready to be stuffed with your favorite treats or just displayed for fun.

If you’re feeling like a challenge, do give this Pumpkin Jar Pattern a try!

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The Finished Pumpkin Jar – Locker Hooked, Stitched & Crocheted

To recap…just a few steps that take time but are worth the results. Create Ruched Frame panels, stitch together, locker hook bottom, create top and crochet stem.

Locker Hooking a Pumpkin Jar with Ruched Frames
Locker Hooking a Pumpkin Jar with Ruched Frames

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Starry Night Hooked Basket with Ceramic

I’ve been wanting to try a locker hooked basket design that also has a ceramic tile accent in the middle. I had finally found a beautiful tile, but couldn’t find the right color fabric to match. I almost made it with something much darker. So glad I kept looking. Thanks to Color Crazy’s Facebook friends, I’m calling this hand-dyed Color Crazy fabric strip, “Twilight.” The basket is called “Starry Night.” The final result is just what I had in mind. I added thin raffia-like ribbon as an accent on the edges. For a while I couldn’t decide whether to leave it without the accent.  Check out images below. Any thoughts?

Locker hooked basket--with or without fringe?
Locker hooked basket–with or without fringe?

The basket is locker hooked on 5-mesh canvas and measures approximately 10″ x 10″.  This design has two “ruched frame” elements. To create a ruffled, fibrous edge as seen here, try a thin rayon raffia ribbon. I’ve locker hooked with raffia before by layering. Great for creating texture. It was so much fun adding this wiry, ruffled look!

I also added extra padding in the side ruched frame panel. I wanted it to feel plush and also bulge out just a bit. In addition to Twilight, I used Caramel and Marigold in hand-dyed strips, and pre-cut natural cotton muslin for the top edge. You know…if you don’t want a basket, you can always just make a trivet. Kits coming to Color Crazy this holiday season!

Stitching "Ruched Frame" on side of basket piece.

Stitching “Ruched Frame” on side of basket piece.

Locker hooked basket pieces ready for assembly
Locker hooked basket pieces ready for assembly
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Assembling the sides to the bottom of the locker hooked basket.

 

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Using Ceramics & Fabric for Hand-Crafted Gifts – Craft Recipe

It’s so great to discover what readers of my books and customers are locker hooking. Color Crazy customer, Joan Booth, has been having fun creating these colorful and beautiful gifts. She happens to be very creative with various crafts. She creates miniature sculpture scenes, she crochets, is learning to tat, and she has recently taken up locker hooking.  Here are some of her recent colorful creations:

Joan Booth's Locker Hooked Trivets with Ceramic Tiles
Joan Booth’s Locker Hooked Trivets with Ceramic Tiles

This is the first in a series of posts about using ceramic tiles to create locker hooked gifts.

I included a project for using ceramic tiles to locker hook a trivet in my Locking Loops book. As a matter of fact, the very first set of kits I created–the Hook, Loop & Lock Getting Started Kits– include small ceramic tiles for a small trivet. I really  love the colorful designs in these hand-painted tiles paired with Color Crazy Hand-Dyed Fabric Strips, and Joan has created some great designs with these. I was also delighted to see how she personalized each locker hooked trivet with a custom name tag from a company she found online.

Personalized name tag on back of locker hooked trivet
Personalized name tag on back of locker hooked trivet

“The company has been in business since 1938–which is amazing–they are in Atlanta, ” says Joan. “I just thought it added a little personal touch.”

I couldn’t agree more! It just makes it special. You can order your own personalized tags at www.namemaker.com.  Just be aware that it can take 6 to 8 weeks to get them, but the quality is worth the wait. If you love creating hand-crafted gifts to give over the holidays, now is the time to order. I just ordered mine.

French Garden Ceramic Tile $5.99
French Garden Ceramic Tile – $5.99, 4″ x 4″

Using ceramic tiles for locker hooked mats makes it so easy to complete and create a unique gift.

It’s fast and easy to do with a few simple materials. I highly recommend a strong, waterproof adhesive like Quick Grip to secure the tile in place. I also recommend using the hand-dyed fabric strips to match the vibrant colors of the tiles. Color Crazy carries the canvas, 4″ x 4″ ceramic tiles, locker hooking tool set, fabric strips and the Quick Grip glue. Below is everything you need to get started. Follow the FREE Color Crazy French Garden Trivet Pattern for design shown below at this link.

Craft Recipe: Locker Hooked Mat / Trivet with Tile

French Garden Trivet on 5-Mesh Canvas
French Garden Trivet on 5-Mesh Canvas
Locker Hooked Trivet – Craft Recipe Ingredients:
  • 5-Mesh Canvas – 52 x 52 squares
  • *30 – 36 yards 1/2″w Color Crazy Hand-Dyed Fabric Strips
  • *12 yards 1/2″w Color Crazy Natural Muslin Pre-Cut Fabric Strips
  • *24 yards Color Crazy Rayon Ribbon or Hand-Dyed Fabric Strips
  • Locking medium in sturdy yarn to match, black yarn, or twine
  • 4″ x 4″ Ceramic Tile
  • Locker Hook & Tapestry Needle — Locker Hooking Tool set
  • Scissors
  • Quick Grip Permanent Adhesive
  • Backing in Fabric or Felt (optional)
  • Personalized Tag (optional)

*Yardage is approximate

Here’s the Indigo Dial Trivet from the Locking Loops book. This design includes Color Crazy Rayon Ribbon but you can opt to use just the hand-dyed fabric strips.

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Indigo Dial Trivet from Locking Loops Book

Stay tuned for my next post when I’ll show you how to use a ceramic tile to make a locker hooked basket!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hooked & Stitched–Mystery Garden Wall Hanging

This is the first time I attempt to weave on rug canvas so I purposely painted it with Lumiere paint so the bits showing would add to the design. I do think it turned out extra color crazy. All I know is that I had so much fun creating this–mostly because I took the attitude that anything goes. I just had a vague idea in mind, began choosing fabrics and colors, and couldn’t stop until it was finished. Luckily I found a beautiful branch that adds a special touch.

Mystery Garden - Hooked & Stitched
Mystery Garden Wall Hanging – Hooked & Stitched

The design includes locker hooking, weaving, stitching and crochet. I used a variety of Color Crazy fabric strips including Hand-dyed cotton, cotton plaid, Poppana, woven cotton, Satinique (poly) strips, metallic yarns and cotton twine. The fringe includes crocheted yarn and twine beads.

Mystery Garden Wall Hanging in the Making
Mystery Garden Wall Hanging in the Making – Clockwise from top left: weaving in the background foliage with a locker hook on painted canvas; deciding whether to locker hook top frame; time to sew-in tails, pull up and snip where acceptable; the back view with tails.
Locker Hooked Mystery Garden Wall Hanging
Locker Hooked Mystery Garden Wall Hanging

The inspiration for this design definitely came from a recent visit to the Provence region in France where summer colors were beginning to bloom.  I’m so inspired by the tissage (woven) wall hanging designs I’ve seen there and online. I’m also always inspired by the creative stitches of my own customers like Brazilian Artisan Crafter Sumara Ghizze Pio. I must try this again with a different Color Crazy palette–maybe more weaving and crochet.

 

 

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Colorful & Delicious Zucchini Tagliatelle Recipe

Quite often I find I don’t have a single idea in mind for dinner. It’s the ultimate challenge. I take a look in the fridge and try and draw inspiration from what I see. On this particular evening I felt lucky. I saw mushrooms, a red onion (I love mushrooms and onions!), Aidell’s Organic Chicken Sausage and some veggies. What I came up with is a zucchini tagliatelle that turned out delicious and definitely low carb.  I could have had two servings! Here’s the recipe:

Zucchini Tagliatelle
Zucchini Tagliatelle
Recipe: Zucchini Tagliatelle with Mushrooms and Chicken Sausage
Ingredients:
  • 4 – 5 Medium organic zucchini or a combination of summer squash & green zucchini sliced length-wise into approximately 1/8″ thick pieces that are about 1/2″ wide with mandolin and/or sharp knife.  See photo below.
  • 2 medium organic vine-ripened tomatoes or 1 1/2 cups diced heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 Aidell’s Organic Sweet Basil & Roasted Garlic Sausages (or another favorite) diced large
  • 2 1/2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms and/or a combination of crimini, shitake, & porcini–your choice
  • 1/2 sliced medium red onion or a sweet onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves (or 4 medium) minced
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari sauce
  • 3 tablespoons ghee, butter or olive oil for sauteing
  • 1 heaping tablespoon dry Italian herbs — combination of oregano, basil, parsley, rosemary
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil Leaves — tear leaves from stems. Save two small clusters for presentation.
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese shavings. Save some for presentation.
  • 1/4  - 1/3 cup dry Chardonnay wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Serves 2 – 4 depending on size of servings

Zucchini Sliced with a Mandolin Cutter
Example of Zucchini Sliced with a Mandolin Cutter
Instructions:

Brown the diced sausages in large saute pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee or butter on medium heat. Once browned, add sliced onions and saute until translucent. Add two tablespoons olive oil, ghee or butter, minced garlic, dry herbs and mushrooms. Saute until caramelized. Splash on 2 tablespoons of Tamari sauce and saute for 1 minute. Add wine to deglaze pan and stir until almost evaporated. Add diced tomatoes and saute until tomatoes are soft and incorporated. Season at this point with salt and pepper if needed. Add sliced zucchini and/or summer squash. Gently fold in pan to incorporate. Cover and simmer on low heat until zucchini is almost translucent. Al dente is preferable. Remove from heat. Tear basil leaves and add to pan. Top with cheese shavings ( save some for the presentation). Fold over very gently to incorporate basil and cheese. Cover for approximately 2 minutes to melt cheese. Serve immediately with sprinkled cheese shavings and a small sprig or two of fresh basil. Enjoy!

By the way, if your sensitive to lactose or on a dairy-free diet like the Paleo diet, just leave out the Ghee and cheese. You can also saute in chicken broth.

Disclaimer: I’m by no means a trained professional. I just love to cook and hardly ever use a recipe. So try this and adjust as needed.

 

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New Colorful Items & Locker Hooking Bracelet Kits – 15% Off

What will you craft this summer? Color Crazy has some great summer crafting ideas. Check out the new bracelet kits in some fun summer colors and the new Satinique fabric strips for locker hooking, crochet, knitting, mixed media and other craft ideas. 15% Off until July 15 with code:

Summer Colors

Color Crazy locker hooking Bracelet kits are available in a variety of rich colors and include all materials–canvas, Color Crazy hand-dyed cotton strips, Satinique fabric strips, ribbon for framing, and locking medium. Locker hooking tools sold separately.

Also new this month antique metal claps. Locker hook a beautiful belt.

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Craft Recipe: DIY Party Lantern or Color Crazy Fern Ball

You’ve probably seen these types of paper party lanterns. They’re inexpensive and come in different colors. Well, I recently finished my own version of a party lantern and thought I should share. My neighbor asked if I could help by creating it for a fundraiser to benefit the Bouverie Preserve, and I thought sure, why not? This is a  fun project you can do with kids or a group of friends to create colorful party lanterns for a special event.

Color Crazy Party Lantern
Color Crazy Fern Ball

This is also a great way to use up leftover strips of fabric, ribbon and yarn. I got a little color crazy and painted it with Lumiere luminescent paints–this way it would cast a shimmery glow when lit up– glued on a little fuzzy yarn (you’ll need some patience if you plan to glue yarn on a big lantern), and strung up the bottom with lots of Color Crazy Fabric Strips and ribbons tied on to locker hooking canvas. The theme was the Bouverie Preserve so I called this the Color Crazy Fern Ball.

Here’s a close up of the fringed lantern:

Lantern fringed bottom created with lots of Color Crazy fabric strips and ribbons
Lantern fringed bottom created with lots of Color Crazy fabric strips and ribbons

Color Crazy Lantern Craft Recipe

Ingredients:
Paper Lanterns–Buy white if you want to paint them, or you can find different colors and sizes at Luna Bazaar at great prices. They also have the led lights for lighting them up.

  • 3.75 Mesh Canvas–3″high and long enough to wrap and overlap to make a round circle that fits the bottom of your lantern
  • Lumiere luminescent paint or other paints of your choice
  • Fringed novelty yarn of your choice for added texture
  • Lots of colorful fabric strips and ribbons to create the fringed bottom. I used the Color Crazy hand-dyed fabric strips, the Color Crazy Satinique fabric strips and some leftover bits of sheer ribbon.
  • Fast drying glue like Quick Grip. You can also use Elmer’s glue.

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • Tapestry needle and locker hook or crochet hook

    Satinique Fabric Strips
    Satinique Fabric Strips

 Instructions:

  1. Paint: If you plan to paint, prepare and protect your area with newspaper or a drop cloth. Follow instructions to open up your lantern and set up. Paint one side first, let dry. Once dry, turn over and paint other side. I chose the Lumiere in Citrine to paint the whole lantern. I then used the Halo Blue Gold color to paint my version of ferns.
  2. Optional: Attach yarn. Create a pattern with glue. Go one small area at a time…let the glue dry a bit and get tacky and then attach yarn. Use adhesive in a well ventilated area. You can also attach other embellishments like paper or fabric flowers.
  3. Create Rug Canvas Tube: Paint the locker hooking canvas and let dry. Fold over long edges and wrap to form circle. Tie together or use tapestry needle to whip stitch edges and form circle. color-crazy-locker-hooking-canvas-lantern
  4. Create Fringe:  Cut long pieces of fabric strips and ribbon and/or yarn too–about 6 – 9 inches depending on the size of your lantern. Tie strips to canvas starting at the bottom and working your way up to the top. Use the locker hook to pull strips through canvas and tie on. Skip a row or two depending on coverage needed. Alter colors so there’s a good mix and alter lengths also. Continue to tie on until canvas is completely covered. Use scissors to snip edges at an angle and create the fringed look.
  5. Tie Fringe Tube on Lantern: Use the tapestry needle and long pieces of fabric strips to tie the fringed tube onto the bottom of the lantern. You will need poke through the paper at the bottom of the lantern and tie to the aluminum wire securing the edge. Create ties with fabric strips around the top circle of the tube and tie on to the lantern. You can tie knots and create bows to add more texture to the bottom.
  6. Ready for the party: Hang your lantern and enjoy!gocolor-crazy-craft-recipe-party-lantern-fringe-tube

 

 

 

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Sweet Peppers Mat in Spicy Colors – Free locker hooking pattern

Piment d'Esplette Peppers

Piment d’Esplette Peppers

If you’ve read my books, you know that I’m always inspired by what grows in my garden…and recently, I discovered the Pimente d’Esplette peppers from the Basque region in Spain. They’re sweet and mildly spicy. Great for cooking and making sauces. They originated in Mexico and were introduced in France during the 16th century. They’re planted and growing in my garden right now.  I love growing things as much as I love locker hooking so I couldn’t help but locker hook this simple but highly textural design in some spicy colors. The result was a super colorful design and a free pattern for my Color Crazy site.

Locker Hooked Sweet Peppers Mat

Locker Hooked Sweet Peppers Mat – 9 x 9″

 I used some of the new Color Crazy Satinique strips to add some shimmering color and the Color Crazy Poppana strips to add texture. So much fun to create this!

I also used the Ruched Frames technique I introduced in my Locking Loops book to give the peppers some body and give the design some depth.  I started out by locker hooking the peppers in three different shades and then changed back to two for balance. The middle pepper is stitched in Ruby Satinique.

Sweet Peppers design locker hooked with ruched frames

Sweet Peppers design locker hooked with ruched frames

If you’d like to try this design, it’s pretty easy if you know how to locker hook (If you haven’t locker hooked before, learning just takes a little time locker hooking until you get the hang of it). Check out the free Sweet Peppers Mat/Trivet Pattern at this link.

I think a backing in a linen burlap will help finish it nicely. I’m thinking I’ll just have to make this a trio of designs–like the Garden Trivet Trio in my Hook, Loop & Lock book. Next up eggplant, tomatoes…or maybe some tri-color carrots.

Sweet peppers mat in Satinique fabric strips, Poppana, & hand-dyed cotton.

Sweet peppers mat in Satinique fabric strips, Poppana, & hand-dyed cotton.

 

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Hooked, Stitched & Colorful: Layers of Texture in Designs

Brazilian Artist Using Unique Texture Adding Technique for Locker Hooked Designs

I recently discovered some amazing designs. Some artisan crafters are using layers and combining varied materials to create wonderfully textured, colorful designs.

The designs below are from Brazilian artisan crafter Sumara Ghizze Pio. She locker hooks panels and layers with stitches, felt pieces and beads to add texture. She says she uses materials that would otherwise be discarded–upcycling to create beautiful tote bags and wall art.

Locker Hooked Tote Bag Design by Sumara Ghizze Pio.

Locker Hooked Panel on Tote Bag Design by Sumara Ghizze Pio.

Framed locker hooked panel by Sumara Ghizze Pio

Framed locker hooked panel by Sumara Ghizze Pio

 

Sumara Ghizze Pio's Locker Hooked Panel Design for Tote Bag

Sumara Ghizze Pio’s Locker Hooked Panel Design for Tote Bag

Want to create a similar look? Try locker hooking designs using a variety of materials… Cotton fabric strips, wool yarn, and silk strips for your base and yarn stitches for accents. For extra texture, cut or tear strips of woven fabrics like cotton voile, denim, linen, knits like t-shirt fabric or osnaburg. Layer additional accents with cut pieces of fabric and beads. Get creative with color and mix it up. For color inspiration, try Color Crazy’s Explore Color Collection–great packages of wonderful pre-cut fabric strips in surprising and fun color combinations.

 

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Locker Hooked Photo Box with Texture–Color Crazy Craft Recipe

Since I love to cook, I love collecting, altering and creating my own recipes. So…why not “Color Crazy Craft Recipes?”– Fun recipes to get you started that you can make all your own. I’m starting the first batch of craft recipes with the Locker Hooked Photo Box. These photo boxes are beautiful on their own, but you can also locker hook a ruched frame to add a hand-crafted touch. You can use these as beautiful photo frames and gift boxes. Choose your own colors to customize.

Color Crazy Craft Recipe: Locker Hooked Photo Box

Color Crazy Photo Box with Locker Hooked & Ruched Frame

Color Crazy Photo Box with Locker Hooked & Ruched Frame – Gift Certificate Inside! I used this one as a wedding gift.

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Locker Hooked Photo Box

Slip in a 3″ x 4″ photo or a greeting or a simple “thank you!” for a gift. I used the gray one above to give a gift certificate as a wedding gift. To get started, choose a box in a favorite color. I chose the Color Crazy Orange/Tangerine Plaid ribbon first and it matched the yellow, orange and fuchsia boxes but I thought yellow worked best.

Color Crazy Photo Boxes in Yellow, Orange, and Fuchsia

Color Crazy Photo Boxes in Yellow, Orange, and Fuchsia

There’s a variety of fun colors to choose from to make your own…

Color Crazy Photo Boxes

Color Crazy Photo Boxes

Learn more about how to create ruched frames in the Locking Loops book.

 Ingredients

Supplies for Color Crazy Photo Gift Box

Ingredients for Color Crazy Locker Hooked Photo Gift Box

  1.  5-mesh canvas – 49 x 38 squares
  2.  Color Crazy Photo Box
  3.  20 yds. 3/4″W Color Crazy Plaid Strips (or your own color choices)
  4.  12 – 14 yds. 1/2″W Color Crazy Fuchsia Strips
  5.  3 – 4 yds. 1/2″W  Color Crazy Rayon Ribbon in Orange Creamsicle
  6.  Optional: additional ribbon or yarn to add more texture
  7.  Locking Medium–Matching yarn or black sturdy medium weight acrylic blend
  8.  Ruched Frame Padding–Bulky yarn
  9.  Card stock
  10.  Quick Grip Fast Drying Adhesive or similar glue
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Pattern for Photo Box Frame

Tools

  1. locker hook
  2. tapestry needle #13
  3. clamps or clothespins
  4. scissors

 Instructions

  1. Cut canvas piece – 49 x 38 squares. Fold over edges shown by gray in pattern above.
  2. Cut out the rectangle frame and secure edges with a bead of Quick Grip glue. Let dry.
  3. Use tapestry needle and Color Crazy Rayon Ribbon to frame all edges.
  4. Use locker hook and black or matching yarn with Color Crazy Fuchsia Fabric Strips to locker hook frame, sew in tails to finish.
  5. Use tapestry needle and bulky yarn to sew on ruched frame padding to desired thickness.
  6. Use tapestry needle to stitch on Color Crazy Plaid Strips to form ruched frame. Sew in tails to finish.

    Locker hooking and stitching the ruched frame for the cover

    Locker hooking and stitching the ruched frame for the cover

  7. Glue just one edge first. Add a bead of glue to one long side of the frame and the parallel inside of the frame. Not too much because it will ooze. Just enough (1/8″w bead approx) to glue onto photo box top. Let dry until a bit tacky. Align with back of top lid overlapping slightly to fit and press down. Hold in place for a couple of minutes until it sets. Let dry.
  8. Follow same instructions to glue the rest of the edges down. Use clamps or clothes pins to hold in place until dry. Press inside frame edges with fingers until glue sets and holds. Finished canvas piece will overlap photo box slightly.
  9. Print a photo on a heavy stock photo paper or a greeting on a card stock that measures 3 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ and insert via the side slit on the top of the box. Use fingers to arrange in place. It’s a tight squeeze, so you’ll have to apply gentle firm pressure to guide it in.  Voila! You now have a beautiful photo box with a locker hooked and ruched frame to give as a gift.
Below: Locker hooked and ruched frame on top of photo box held with clothes pins for glue to dry (you can also use binder clips or clamps).

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