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Rachel's Box Part II
Created for The Caron Collection by Too Sisters Designs
Model Stitched by Carolyn Hotchkiss & Tisha Kuntz

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For materials needed and specific instructions for stitching the canvas pieces with the various varieties of threads used to make Rachel's Box, refer to Part I.

Click Here for Rachel's Box Charts for Part II

Preparing the canvas:

Cut out the other 5 pieces of plastic canvas that will make up the body of the box. Cutting the pieces to size before stitching them makes them easier to handle. Then you won't have to worry about cutting the wrong pieces later, accidentally unraveling your work.

The sizes of the 5 remaining pieces are as follows:

Bottom ­ 41 holes x 28 holes
Front ­ 41 holes x 17 holes
Back ­ 41 holes x 17 holes
Left Side ­ 28 holes x 17 holes
Right Side ­ 28 holes x 17 holes

When these 5 pieces of canvas have been stitched, you should have six pieces of stitched plastic canvas (including the lid from Part I) looking like the illustration below:

The Stitched Pieces of Rachel's Box

Finishing Instructions:

Step 1. Using three strands (one length) of Watercolours, you will now use the whipstitch (or overcast stitch) to secure the rest of the pieces together.

Whipstitch or Overcast Stitch

First, whipstitch the front and back pieces to the bottom of the box. Then, whipstitch the sides of the box to the bottom piece. You will end up with the five pieces joined in a cross shape (please see the illustration below). You may trace this outline onto a piece of paper, to use as the template for cutting out the felt lining.

The Five Pieces of Rachel's Box Joined Together
(into a cross shape when flat)

Step 2. Using two strands of DMC Perle Cotton, you will then use the whipstitch to cast over the top edges of the front, back and sides of the box.

This will be on the opposite side to the side that you just whipstitched to the bottom.

Step 3. Using three strands (one length) of Watercolours, use the whipstitch to carefully stitch together the four sides of the box.

This brings the sides up and creates the box, giving it its final shape. You may want to start at the bottom and work your way toward the top.

Step 4. Fit the felt in place to the box, trim any excess if needed.

Remove adhesive backing (or apply fabric glue lightly if not using a pre-adhesive product) and then carefully apply to inside of box. Make sure to fit the felt snugly along all edges.

Rachel's Box Completed

Congratulations! Your box is done! Fill it with trinkets or whatever you choose, or give it as a special gift to someone you love.


Note from Too Sisters:

We used the colors specified in the chart for our model. You may use any color of Watercolours, however, because we'd like you to use your favorite colors. Choose the color you like the best, then pick complementary colors for the Rachel and the Perle Cotton. Your box will then become your very own, featuring the colors you enjoy the most!

A Fast Five Minutes with Too Sisters Designs:

Carolyn and Tisha, the Too Sisters, have been very busy since we last spoke with them!

Although they've been unusually quiet for the past several months, due to their father's battle with esophageal cancer and subsequent passing on March 20th, many new designs have been in development. By the end of the year, their current product line of 21 charts will almost double as they plan to add another 14 designs to the Too Sisters array.

"It's been a challenge to keep the design process in full-swing during a huge remodeling project, as well as throughout Daddy's illness," Carolyn said. "But now we have a beautiful new living space that doubles as a needlework studio. Good thing, since we basically had 50% of the house demolished and rebuilt over the past few months!" The renovated house signifies much more than added space for the designing duo. It was also discovered that Tisha has a hidden talent for interior design. Her new company, Verdugo Hills Interiors, launched a business association with Dan McCluskey's Crest Construction, catapulting Too Sisters Designs into part of a full-fledged interiors and home accessories company.

"Hey, who knew? Well, okay, the General Contractor knew," Tisha admitted, laughing. "You just never know what's around the corner, which is why the needlework industry so fulfilling. All of a sudden, the needlework design path has taken us in a very exciting direction. Wouldn't it be fun if we ended up like Mary Engelbreit or Lynette Jennings?" In addition to high-end interiors with very creative touches, the future holds promise of both custom-painted furniture and accessories lines. "We're looking forward to taking our love of bright, bold colors into the home accessories market. It might take a while for that to catch on, but good things will happen."

"We're not sure the world is ready for us yet," Carolyn said, giggling, "but they will be soon. Lois Caron will be able to take credit for it all, too, because she gave us our start!"

If you would like to explore how Too Sisters Designs uses overdyed fibers in their work, here is a list of current (and forthcoming) charts featuring products from The Caron Collection:

"North by Loch Ness" - winner of the Nautical Themed contest by The Caron Collection at:


"Friendship Hearts"

"Barb's Batik"

"Ho Ho Ho"

"Happy Hearts"

Too Sisters' Online Classes and Designs Featured on The Caron Collection website include:

"Tulip Trio" at http://www.caron-net.com/mar99files/mar99cla.html

"Winged Wonder" at http://www.caron-net.com/july00files/jul00dch1.html

"Rachel's Box"

For a special Designer Spotlight featuring Tisha and Carolyn and Too Sisters Designs go to:


To learn more, contact the ladies at:

Too Sisters Designs
Post Office Box 10843
Burbank, CA 91510
(818) 559-6567


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