About Mary Jo Hiney

Mary Jo Hiney is the artisan owner of Mary Jo Hiney Designs, a small-scale, niche category retail and wholesale manufacturing company, producing a thorough line of hand-dyed silk ribbon and fabrics and an assortment of kits and patterns in embroidery, ribbonwork, sewing, mixed media and cartonnage categories. Mary Jo is a designer for Vogue Patterns and a Craftsy instructor, sharing her expertise in the class titled “Embroidering with Ribbon.” Mary Jo has authored many books for Jo Packham, the executive editor and founder of the “Where Women Create” magazines.


Skill level: All levels welcome

Class Description: Cartonnage is a centuries-old French Boxmaking process of creating fabric-covered boxes from the inside out, using cardboard as the base goods. Fabric is laminated (a fancy word for gluing layers together) to precisely cut cardboard pieces, shaped as needed, embellished and finished artfully.

Using pre-cut cardboard provided in the class kit, a small round, oval or heart-shaped box will be covered and formed, with luscious hand-dyed silk velvets and matelasse. We will discuss cardboard types and cutting tools/methods, then become proficient with laminating, shaping and finishing. Several colorways will be offered.

Mary Jo has been creating cartonnage for over 30 years and written two books on the subject: “Making Decorative Fabric-Covered Boxes,” Sterling/Chapelle and “Making Romantic Fabric-Covered Boxes,” Sterling/Chapelle.

Kit Contents: Hand-dyed silk velvet, Hand-dyed silk Matelasse, Cardboard box kit, Batting, 32mm ribbon – 3 shades – for ribbonwork, Swarovski crystals for 2 pansies, hand-dyed Wool Lace for leaves, 7mm hand-dyed silk ribbon for fluting the lid, 3/4″ hand-dyed cotton lace for base trim, needles, complete instructions. 

Equipment Needed: All materials are supplied; you may bring your own sewing kit if you like

Date: TBD

Time: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

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