I've been working on some ideas for different styles of jewelry for my etsy shop. It's one of those things I'd always planned on doing "some day" that never seemed to make it to the top of my to do list. By telling you all I was going to do it (in one of last week's blog posts) they've finally made it to the top. So here's a sneak peek at some of the designs I've come up with thus far.
They are all, of course, fabric based, and these first one's don't have a ton of detail, so the variations in the fabric shine through. How I make the cords is a technique I demo in the book. I'll just say they're super easy and super fun- just a little bit time consuming. In the piece above I did do a loose braid on the right side of the necklace and added some fabric strips. It joins at the back of the neck with a chunky bit of chain. The second necklace is this one at right. For this I used three different fabrics and stitched them together to form one long cord. Then added some fabric strips again- 'cause I like them.... :) I also stitched on a fabric bow in the back so that when you wear your hair up you see that embellishment.
The last style I've got completed is this cute little button and ruffle number. I like the addition of the lace. The buttons are vintage shell buttons and the fabric is a super lovely batik. SO-these are the three pieces I have done so far. Now I'm pulling out the beads and metal danglies, and chain and am going to try incorporating those with the fabric cords, making them more mixed media. I think the contrast will be kind of cool. I'd also like to make some more fabric flowers and add them. Then it's on to the cuffs and badges. I'll let you know how it goes. :)