Saturday, August 2, 2014

Haberdashery Blog Hop - Reveal!


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)                     

Ann Schroeder                                       

Tammy Adams                                      

Amanda Wacasey                                 

Dolores Raml                                          

Divya N                                                   

Michelle McCarthy                               

DiYana Brooks                                       

Robin Kae Reed                                     

Andrea Glick                                          

Karin Grosset Grange                           

Mitzie Crider                                          

Janine Lucas                                          

Rosantia Petkova                                 

Susan Kennedy                                      

Leithleach Alainn Seodra                    

Kathleen Breeding                                

Shiraz Biggie                                          

Chris Eisenberg                                     

Heather Richter                                    

Lennis Carrier                                        

Rebecca Anderson                               

Jenny Kyrlach (you are here!)          

Rita Toltec Jewels                                

Mischelle Fanucci                                 

Karen Mitchell                                       

Carol Briody                                           

Karla Morgan                                        

Carolyn Lawson                                    

Lori Anderson                                        

Jami Shipp                                              

Lili Krist                                                    

Evelyn Shelby                                         

Raissa de Guzman                                

Niky Sayers                                            

Keren Panthaki                                      


  1. Gosh you must have worked your boots off! Your designs are fab and the further down I scrolled the more amazed I was! I thought the button necklaces would be my favorite as I'm a button addict but then I saw your lace necklaces so very elegant!

  2. OMG , you made so much!! I absolutely adore the first button necklace and the last set made from lace - I would wear them any day

  3. Wow! You were a busy bee for this challenge. Everything is wonderful but I especially like how you added the pearl drops to the lace in the last necklace. It's very romantic and elegant.

  4. WOW! It is fun to see how much you enjoyed yourself, and you did good! I love your creations and how you used to many different items. I love that you used trim and lace and yarn and buttons and each creation is really lovely. I've gotten so many great ideas from this hop. Thanks for being part of that!

  5. I love all your creations. What a great job you did and wow, so many pieces. Your trim and lace pieces really inspires me!

  6. You certainly went "all out" on this hop, so many different and beautiful designs. I can tell you had fun with this. I'm particularly drawn to the lace necklaces. They are deceptively simple yet beautiful and so old fashioned and romantic. Well done.

  7. You did have a lot of fun and offered us a lot of inspiration, I love how you played with buttons, trim and lace, lots of new ideas!

  8. You have been very busy with all of these special pieces. I really love the button creations.

  9. Jenny, you made many nice pieces, I really love the colorful brocade trim with filigree attached. Thanks for sharing the design tip about lining the trim.

  10. Don't mind me, just drooling over the lace and the chokers...

  11. It is obvious that you enjoyed every minute and created so many and different pieces - absolutely beautiful! From the first necklace and earrings set to the last lace necklace all your designs are creative and inspiring! It is so difficult to choose a favorite - I love the exotic trim choker :)

  12. Ribbons, buttons, and lace, oh my! Awesome!

  13. Lovely lovely pieces Jenny, and so many! I kept thinking, oh I like that one the best, and then the next would appear and I'd like that just as much. You really showed how versatile all of these things can be in jewellery design! Thank you for joining my blog hop!

  14. Wow. I am utterly blown away. Such beautiful jewelry art! It's hard to say which is my fave, because I love them all.

  15. Oh my goodness! What great pieces! The best part of any blog hop is all the eye candy and inspiration. You've got my hands itching to do more with lace!

  16. I adore what you've done with this challenge. You took a few ideas/inspirations and really ran with it. While buttons are often one of my go-to supplies (so I thought that would be my favorite of the supplies you used), your use of the lace is awesome. You've got me aching to run to the fabric store!


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! :)