While I was putting the last finishing touches (gold metallic thread is not my favourite!) on the embroidery of the Samurai, I took breaks to work out how to make the box.
I worked out the measurements on paper.
I had intended to use some dark red silk I bought at a sale last week, but discovered the last of the Japanese temple brocades I bought some time ago, and thought it would be really appropriate. It was exactly the right size for the bottom of the box and I had some matching gold silk that would work for the lid.
the box for my hardanger square, I forgot to line the fabric with tissue. This time I remembered. I found the tissue superfluous on the brocade, which is quite heavy, and not thick enough on the silk, which wrinkled a lot.
I was, of course, doing this under pressure of time - not to be recommended when glue is involved - so may get better results with more care.
The box and embroidery were finished in time to lace, position and glue the embroidery before I went to bed the night before the gift was needed, leaving the Shorter Oxford to do it's job overnight.
In the morning I mounted a few shells to cover a couple of places where the craft glue did NOT dry clear.
A happy ending!