The Amazing, Wonderful
Star Trek Kleenex Box of Death.
Okay, scratch the "of Death" part. Things just sound so much more
dramatic when you add that little phrase.
Anyway, below is an original Rachel Leigh design Star Trek
kleenex box, made with plastic canvas and yarn. All this stuff is copywrighted,
incidentaly (in other words I mailed a copy of all the designs to myself,
and have an unopened envelope proving when I made them). I don't make a
big thing about people taking pictures off of sites, but I'd apreciate
it if you'd just let me know before you use any of these. I worked long
and hard on them. So just drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and
let me know what you're going to use them for and a copy of the URL for
the page they'll be on and they're all yours. Okay?
A kleenex box, as I'm sure you know, has four sides and a top.
There isn't a bottom so that you can slide the box holding the kleenex
in. The measurements for a plastic canvas kleenex box cover are as follows:
Top: Each side has thrity threads. The hole in the middle is ten
threads by ten threads.
Sides: The top is thrity threads long (so that it will fit against
the top panel.) the sides are 38 threads long.
All the side panels are identical.
I'm assuming anyone atempting this design is fairly advanced in
plastic canvas. If anyone is just starting out and wants more help, just
write me and let me know. I'll be glad to assist. (Although it would probably
be much easier if you could find someone who knows how that you can see
doing it. It can get fairly complicated if you try to explain it only with
"Beam me up Scotty". Star Trek's own personal catch phrase. I
used a flat, silver thread for the words (be sure
you flatten out the thread after each stich. You'll see what I
mean when you use it.) and black yarn for the background. Obviously you
can use whatever colors you wish, but these look really great with the
rest of the box.
1st SIDE PANEL
I had a lot of fun with this one. His hand is supposed to be in
the "Live Long and Prosper" shape... Give me a break, I had to use all
straight lines! The background is two different shades of purple done in
a, "square stitch", I guess it's called. You can kind of tell how it's
done on the light purple squares. The longest stitch needs to be cut in
half so that it isn't so easy to catch on something. And yes, I know that
the silver V on the dude's chest is turned the wrong way. I didn't notice
until I'd put the box together and couldn't fix it. Ouch. His eyes are
done the same as the background squares, although they're smaller. And
the thread seperating his head from his shrirt and his hand from his shirt
is silver. Not flat silver, like on the top, just regualar stuff. You can
get it at any Wal-mart--as you can everything I use.
2nd SIDE PANEL
"Live Long and Prosper". I recomend that this one goes next to
the alien above for obvious reasons. The background is blue and the words
are the same silver I used on the alien. Only normal stiches on this one
except for the stars. Those are just sewn over the basic stiching. You
can even leave them off if you want. I just thought they looked cool. Do
you have any idea how long it took me to figure out how to do cursif writing
using only straight lines?! Still, the results were worth it.
3rd Side Panel
Here's the Enterprise. Had to include her, ya' know. I know this
one is a little colorful, but I think it looks great. The squares are the
same as on the alien panel and the Enterprise is done in the same silver
thread as the wording on the rest of the panels. The words, "STAR TRECK"
are done in black silver.
Note: The word Treck is actually supposed to be Trek. Darn.
4th Side Panel
Space, The Final Frontier. More of that pesky cursive.
The "e" turned out a little bigger than I had intended. You can try to
fix it if you like. (Good luck) You also might want to move all the words
down a line or two to make it more centered. There are also a couple
more of those golden stars to tie this one into the other blue one.
whole box is sewn together with black silver thread. The same color that's
used on the words,
Obviously you can change any of these designs however you want
to if you decide to do this. It's your kleenex box, after all. I hope you
enjoy making it and please let me know what you think of the designs. Live
long and prosper,
"Star Treck" on the third panel.