Sweet Sugar

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img_4267Sweet enough to eat.  But I wouldn’t.  You might break a tooth.

Another Day of the Dead image immortalized with a glass cabochon.  Also another foray into expanding my color palette, as I am not at all a pink person.

The skull is highlighted with bits of sparkle, then encased under glass.  The surrounding beads are a mix of 8°, 11° and 15°.

To keep the necklace from becoming totally saccharine, there’s a baby blue picot around the focal.

This piece was shouting loud and clear that it did not want to be a brooch.  So, necklace it is.

For continuity I used the same beads in the strand as are in the bezel.  A few hand-formed pink links allow for adjust-ability.  The whole is back with a Southwestern faux leather.

Style Arc: Avery

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img_4323I’ve finally discovered a style and size in leggings that I like to wear.  Not too tight, not too short.  A veritable Goldilocks size, if you will.  Of course, that meant I had to make some longer tops to go with them.

Enter the recent Style Arc sale at Amazon, and as fruits of that sale, their Avery pattern.  It’s a great mash-up of knit on top and woven on the bottom.  That makes fitting the bust and shoulder area much easier.  The lower part is woven, and meant to waft gently about the torso.  Again, not much to fit.

I used the last of a Nicole Miller knit on top, and some lovely sand-washed rayon on the bottom.  Do you know what the problem is with sand-washed rayon?  It is an absolute cat fur magnet!  And in our household, it’s always the feline who is oppositely colored to what you’re wearing that wants to be held.  We should buy stock in lint rollers, I’m tellin’ ya.

Avery comes with the option of putting an exposed zipper in the back.  Since I used a knit, there was no reason to.  There are also supposed to be wide hem facings.  Again, I omitted these in favor of a baby hem at the bottom.

I did cut the hem facings out and try them, but I seem to always have issues.  They never go in smoothly, and when they’re stitched down per instructions, they stick out like duck tails fore and aft.  Obviously I’m doing something wrong (too much interfacing?  Not enough?), but will leave that to another rendition to solve.

Avery.  Leggings.  Boots.  Oh My!

Revers

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img_4281After all the effort (pleasurable effort, but effort none the less) that went into Salacia, I had to take a break and do something simpler.  More fun too!  With larger beads!

Revers is a reversible herringbone bracelet stitched with size 8 Toho triangles.  Toho triangles have sharper points than Miyuki triangles.

Herringbone stitch creates a flexible and slinky band which is a joy to wear.  Sensual and stylish.

There’s an option for a mostly cream bracelet with teal peeking through, or teal with cream peaks.  Your choice!

Salacia

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img_4325 implied by Varro, and is positively affirmed by Seneca, Augustine and Servius
Salacia.
Wife of Neptune.
Ruler of the Seas.

All the time and effort that went into this necklace certainly make it fit for a Goddess.  A Goddess of the Seas.  Colors of the ocean, seen from the sea floor looking up at sunlight.

Truth be told, I got a little carried away.  I had so much fun working on Seychelles, playing with how the various bead sizes could create dimension, I didn’t stop to think how much time it would take to create a necklace using the same principle.  With the same bead sizes.

Perseverance paid off.  I present Salacia.

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Style Arc: Issy

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img_4295Colder weather is here, and that means time for long sleeves.  Not yet cold enough for sweaters, but certainly sleeves.

To that end, I present the Style Arc Issy top.

I agree, making it in a stripe does create a certain visual vibration.

The pattern was on sale in the Style Arc Amazon shop several months back.  While it looks crazy complicated (ruching! pleats! cowl!) it is actually pretty simple.  There are only 8 match points to get all this extravagance.  Who’d have thought to tuck in part of the neck pleating into the armhole seam?  Pretty cool!

issy-topStyle Arc and I have a love/hate relationship with their sizing, so I wasn’t at all sure this would fit, but it does!  I love it when a muslin becomes wearable rather than a wadder.  On their more recent releases, they tell you what the ease difference is between sizes, which helps tremendously.

I will make one change on the next one, which will be leveling out the bottom.  The pattern calls for it to be canted to the right, but my figure isn’t canted-bottom friendly.  Certain parts should not be accented.

Happy Thanksgiving

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turkey-birdOnce again, the vegetarians (aka myself and Prince Charming) are making the Thanksgiving turkey. I find this incredibly amusing.  We will, of course, be supervised by familial carnivores to be sure the job is done properly.  Someone else will carve the critter.  A good time will be had by all.

I’d like to take this day to say “Thank You” to everyone.  Friends.  Family.  Folks who provide inspiration and encouragement.  Readers of this blog.  Readers on Facebook.  Thank You All.

Seychelles

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img_4302Doesn’t this bracelet remind you of sea shells in the Seychelles?  Those lovely oyster colored beads, fresh picked from the beach?

I had a bunch of delica beads that have been singing their siren song “Choose Me!  Choose Me!  Stitch with Me!” for quite a long time.  I finally succumbed, and Seychelles is the result.

The primary band is a mix of green and chartreuse delicas.  The individual shells have their dimension created by stepping up the bead sizes:  11°, 8°, 6°.  Then stepping back down again.  They are quite dimensional.

Everything waves like fronds of sea grass.