It's the reveal for the Haberdashery Blog Hop!
Hosted by the lovely Melissa Trudinger of BeadRecipes, the challenge behind this blog hop was to take items usually found in a haberdasher's shop (buttons, lace, etc.) and incorporate them in jewelry designs.
And that's just what I did!
Now, my original plan was actually to create one or two pieces incorporating everything, but I was just having so much fun playing around with the different materials that I kept hopping from one medium to the next.
All in all, I made eight different pieces and tackled four different mediums: ribbon, button, trim, and lace. Granted, none of these designs are really that complicated, but hopefully they still count--because I had a blast!
And now, to show what I made!
|Technically, this is ribbon yarn--but hopefully it still counts.|
After I signed up for this blog hop, I foraged through my craft area to see what I could use. Immediately, this ribbon/yarn jumped out at me. I made the earrings first--lengths of ribbon that I wire-wrapped and then accented with faceted black/silver beads. Once those were done, the necklace quickly followed.
After I plundered my ribbon and yarn stash, I turned my attention to my jar of buttons. I had purchased these black and white buttons over two years ago, in hopes of making something awesome with them… And, well, this seemed just as good a time as any!
I made two button sets, and this is the first… It pairs wire-wrapped buttons with beads, and has an adjustable ribbon tie. I even used some leftover buttons to make a pair of matching post earrings!
…And this is the second of the button necklaces. I used more of the same black and white buttons, except this time I knotted them on cotton crochet thread. Simple, fun, light-weight... Once I get my hands on more buttons, I can definitely see myself making more of these!
Oh, and again, I made matching earrings.
At this point, I had exhausted my stash, but still really wanted to make more haberdashery items… So, I went hunting online. (Oh no, an excuse to shop! Heehee.)
While online, I found this trim.
…And this trim is absolutely gorgeous.
Now, before people get too impressed, I should say that I did none of the beading on this trim... Originally a special occasion adornment, it literally came to me as is--I just cut it to length and added the closure.
I originally had planned to elaborate on it, but frankly everything I did made it look worse. So, I decided to leave it as is--a beautiful and elegant choker.
While online, I also purchased this trim--and I love love love the exotic look of it. Recently, I have been looking at a lot of ethnic designs from all over the world (South America, the Middle East, India), and I wanted to incorporate a little of that feeling in this design.
First, I cut the trim to length and added the closure. Then I created the filigree drape, which I subsequently sewed onto the choker.
...And, yes, there are matching earrings. :)
The only thing I would change about this design is adding a lining to the trim--the threads on the inside are surprisingly scratchy. Still, I am very pleased with this piece, and think the trim turned out quite nicely.
And, lastly, while online I bought some lace appliqués to play around with. (I have been wanting to for quite some time--this just gave me a reason!)
Ultimately, I made three lace necklaces... This is the first, simplest design: a lace appliqué attached to chain. I had actually debated about not including this one in this post, but I think it serves as a nice spring-board for the next design.
The second lace necklace!
As you can tell, it's the same general concept as the first, but a little jazzed up.
...And, last by certainly not least, this is the third lace necklace.
This piece was made using five lace appliqués, linked together using jumprings and accented with glass pearls. Of all the pieces I made, this one certainly took the longest--and I truly love how it looks.
So, there you go... Those are all of the items that I made for this Haberdashery Blog Hop!
I really did enjoy myself. I have a lot of ideas to keep going, so we'll see what else I end up making. Thanks so much to our lovely hostess, for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this blog hop.
…And thank you for stopping by!
Want to see what everyone else made? Here is the list of participants:
Melissa Trudinger (host) http://beadrecipes.wordpress.
Amanda Wacasey http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.
Michelle McCarthy http://www.
Robin Kae Reed
Karin Grosset Grange http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.
Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.com/
Leithleach Alainn Seodra http://alainnjewelry.
Kathleen Breeding http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Rebecca Anderson http://www.songbeads.blogspot.
Jenny Kyrlach (you are here!)
Rita Toltec Jewels http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.
Mischelle Fanucci http://www.micheladasmusings.
http:// raindropcreationsbyevelyn. blogspot.com/
Raissa de Guzman http://www.abloro.com