Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Spring is coming...sooner than you think!

I am really getting anxious for Spring!  Last week, we had two days in a row that the temperature reached into the 70s!!!  That is unheard of for New England in February.  Anyway, I was inspired to work a bit more on my Spring Style 2018 board on Pinterest.  It's full of inspiration and tutorials for fashion trends, jewelry design, color and prints...everything fashionable for Spring.

I've also got a smaller board called Welcome Spring! which focuses on more home decor and crafty type projects, because I don't know about you, but I always need to bring some of that fabulous color into my house after a long dreary Winter :-)

Monday, February 26, 2018

Embroidered vintage napkin with beads - a tutorial

I made this for my Mother for Christmas this's just a little tiny thing, but it was so much fun to do that I might have to make more next year!  It all started with a set of vintage table napkins that I swear are silk...

Google "embroidery alphabet letters" and you will find more inspiration that you could ever believe.  I picked a fairly simple, but nicely curved letter and stitched it onto the napkin through tissue paper that I had drawn the letter on.  It took awhile to pick out the tissue shreds afterwards, but it was worth it.  My napkin was very thin and delicate, so I lined it with plain muslin in the embroidery hoop, which you can't see.

Once it's done, choose a smaller hoop for mounting.  I traced around the inside opening and cut a piece of foam-core that size. 

Place the embroidery into the hoop and center it properly.  Pull it snug.  Use double stick tape to attach another piece of napkin fabric (or other fabric) to the foam-core piece and wrap the edges to the back. Secure them with glue or double stick tape. 


Flip over the embroidery and trim the lining fabric even with the inner hoop as shown.  

Wrap the extra napkin fabric into the hoop on the back and prepare to insert the foam-core piece.  Adding filling is optional, but it does give a nice soft bow to the front.  Since there are extra layers of fabric, I find that the foam-core fits snugly and does not need to be adhered in place.  

Like I said...I'm making more of these!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Pretty earrings for Spring!


Look at these colors!  Perfect for Spring, and there's enough time to make them before the weather clears up and you'll be ready for them :-)  The tutorial is at the links above. 

Pantone Spring 2018 palette

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Stones, stones, and more stones!

I am crazy about stones.  Used to collect them when I was a kid, especially the limestone geodes that littered the field behind our house.  Now I don't collect them as much as I used to, but I still love to gaze adoringly at them.  Maybe I'm part dragon...?

This is an example of what you'll find there that is NOT a stone!

This is an example of what you'll find there that IS a stone! :-)

Monday, February 12, 2018

Perfect leather cord bracelet for Spring!

What a great match for Ultra Violet, the 2018 color of the year!!  This little bracelet works up so quickly, and you might end up being tempted to make one in every color :-)  The tutorial is at the link. 

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Fun in the Sun - for sale

Lucite, plastic, wood, brass, and copper

It's a fun, light, and airy piece for the spring or summer, perfect for this year's color palette. The various sized lucite, plastic, wood, copper, and brass beads are from recycled vintage jewelry pieces. They are suspended in a tangle of cords, set off nicely by the brass cones and clasp. The total length of this handmade beaded necklace is 22 1/2 inches.

Hit the button above, or leave me a comment if you are interested!

If you'd like to try making your own, I wrote a tutorial long long ago :-)

Monday, February 05, 2018

Simple wire wrapped pendant


Here's another piece from a couple years ago that has perfect colors for the Winter palette!  It's just a simple wire wrapped pendant, quick and easy to make.  The tutorial is at the link!

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Turquoise Seas - for sale

Silver, copper, turquoise-colored beads, probably dyed howlite

I made Turquoise Seas back in 2010, and it has become another necklace that just sits on my shelf and mopes for a good home.  It is not real turquoise, but more likely dyed howlite, which is why the price is so fantastic. 

The large central bead in this piece is made from bead-woven silver and copper beads, using a spiraling peyote stitch technique. It is approximately 2-1/2 inches long, and is surrounded by copper, silver, and turquoise-colored stones in the rest of the necklace strand. The rest is put together using simple stringing and wire work techniques.  Length adjusts from 18 to 21 inches.

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