Copper Connection

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IMG_2792This bracelet is another exercise in moving outside my comfort zone.  In this case, that refers to the colors.  I don’t gravitate to blues very much, unless they are of the denim clothing variety.

I was also asked if I ever made jewelry that would be suitable for men.  This is my attempt at both – different colors and (possibly?  hopefully?) a more masculine feel.  I’m not sure if this bracelet is a success on those fronts or not.  What do you think?

Supply-wise, this bracelet is all over the map.  There are 6°, 8°, and 11° seeds, 11° cylinder beads, as well as some of the new tile or tila two-hole beads.  The two-hole beads are at the ends, starting and stopping.  They give a substantial feel to the clasp too, which is nice.

Pearl Essence

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IMG_2799I’ve picked up bead crochet again, after a several year hiatus.  No idea why I stopped doing it.  Only reason I can offer is other ideas, using other beading methods were more prevalent in my mind.IMG_2802

Anyway, this necklace came to pass, using some lovely pearlized 6° beads.  The colors drift between pale lemon, pink, white and cream. You can get a better idea of the colors in the photo to the right.

I had thought to put a lampwork focal on it, but when all was said and done, decided the necklace was best in it’s simplicity.  Silver end caps and clasp finish everything off with understated elegance.

Goblins, Ghouls and Ghosts

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IMG_2805Oh My!

A little early for the Hallowe’en season, I admit, but these have been in the back of my mind for ages.  Ages, I tell you!

The delightfully ghostly focals are not beads, but buttons!  They give these bracelets a silly zing, totally lacking in pretention.  (Hmm, sounds like I’m describing a wine, doesn’t it?).

The bracelet base is color coordinated strung beads (black / yellow, black / orange), then fringe is added using needle and thread.  I think the finished pieces are a nice combination of the two methods.  Even better, after the previous couple of necklaces, making these was fun and fast!  Who’s ready for a little Trick or Treat?

Ice Princess

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IMG_2765I supposed one could say this is the polar opposite of Inspiration.  Opposite in terms of color and demeanor.
Frosty.  Icy.  Crystal Clear.

This necklace follows the same basic design as Inspiration, but simplified. I chose not to put crystal embellishments onto the base necklace, instead letting the multi-colored pearls take center stage.  The small 15°s in between the pearls highlight the aqua color variations.  The crystal focal is also much larger.  I think the two pieces have a nice yin / yang quality.IMG_2768

Stumped

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IMG_2587I am stumped.  I have no idea what to call this piece.

It’s another triangulation, stitched with a combination of herringbone and peyote.  The beads are a mix of delicas, crystals and drops.  It can be worn as a brooch (there’s a pin back) or as a necklace – that’s the gold loops showing at the top.  Very versatile.  Very bright.  Very…confusing.

Rather than leave it un-posted until my wracked brain comes up with a name, I thought it might be fun to involve the greater Blog-o-sphere community.  So, it’s time for a little reader participation.

What should this piece be called?
Leave a comment!
Tell me it’s name!

7/4/2014: First off, a huge thank you to everyone who suggested a name for this piece.  I liked them all, which made it a difficult choice.  In the end, the winning name is a combination – I now present to you:

Sun Drops

Not Alone

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CMarieI am Not Alone!

I want to thank the lovely Carolyn, over at the blog Diary of a Sewing Fanatic for posting this photo of her fabric collection.  Isn’t it wonderful?  Isn’t it lovely?

It warms the cockles of my heart.  (What is a heart cockle anyway?)

Why?  Because I have found a kindred spirit.  Someone who’s fabric stash exceeds mine own.  Taking a closer look, I see we even shop at some of the same places.  I spy a couple of knits that are also in my stash.

I’ve spend most of this year telling myself that I must be strong, and with a few exceptions have kept to my strict non-fabric diet.  “No new fabric” was the New Year’s resolution.  That morphed into “New Fabric Must Be Sewn Immediately” which has worked (see the previous post about Mabel).

Carolyn’s bravery in showering her collection has been free-ing.  I no longer feel like I need to hide my (possibly conspicuous) fabric consumption.  I could even shout it from the rooftops, were I included to laze about on rooftops.

I have a Fabric Collection, and I’m darn proud of it!

Isle of Capri

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IMG_2751 The weather is warming up, and it’s time for wearing something other than jeans.  This means capris and shorts.  Since we aren’t yet into the really hot months, it was time for some capris.

This is my T-N-T Jalie pants pattern (# 968), shortened and taken in to become capris.  Yes, that’s my able-pawed assistant there in the corner, giving everything a once-over sniff.

There is really nothing unusual about making these.  I followed my standard pocket and fly zipper insertion methods.  Took the legs in a bit, and of course shortened them to just below knee length.

These capris seemed a little plain, so I decided to jazz them up a bit with some pocket and yoke embroidery.  That meant searching through the embroidery files for something suitable.

IMG_2757Bobbi Bullard, of Bullard Designs had the winner once again.  She just has a knack for embroidery designs that work well on clothes.  This design set is called “Curlies”.  It may no longer be in release, as I couldn’t find it on her web site.  One can opt for embellishing with crystals/nailheads or not.  I chose nailheads, as crystals seems a bit presumptuous for capris.

Let Summer Begin!