Friday, January 15, 2016

Pantone Color(s) of The Year and Manish Arora

On September 25, 2014 the
Manish Arora
SPRING 2015 READY-TO-WEAR collection
Knocked my socks off!

It was so over the top and beautiful I saved all the pictures from for my Manish Pinterest board.

So when I saw the Pantone 2016 Color(s) of the year, these were the first pieces I thought of.  Manish made these two pastel colors so interesting and beautiful for me.

Ahead of his time.  Trendsetter extraordinaire.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Global Chic Glamour Necklace for Perles et Cetera

Global Chic by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead
Global Chic Glamour Necklace by Carmi Cimicata for John Bead Corp.
This post was written for John Bead Corp Blog.
The desire to explore distant lands and to experience cultural diversity is the inspiration for the new DIY jewelry making line from John Bead called Global Chic.
This twisted and curved necklace was inspired by several of the unique items in the collection. The necklace features; tapestry cord, channel beads, geometric chain and an unusual clasp feature.
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The step by step instructions appeared in french in the current issue of Perles et cetera.This is the english translation.
Global Chic Tapestry Cord
The necklace is possible due to the new Tapestry Cord in our Global Chic collection. Colorful woven cotton threads wrapped around a cotton core are the main highlight of the Global Chic collection. It is incredibly flexible and can manipulated into many pleasing shapes.
Channel beads are ideal for the savvy jewelry maker who wants to make one-of-kind components. These metallic beads are used as charms to create an extra design element to your tapestry cord designs. The holes are extra large to allow tapestry cord to pass through. The collection contains a nice assortment of sizes so you can work with a big or small channel bead.
The open channel area around the beads can be embellished with seed beads and all types of stringing material such as: hemp, leather, faux suede, rattail or threads. For my project I strung seed beads on elastic and then placed them on the channel bead. A little glue was applied to ensure these would stay in place.
I also applied some rhinestone chain to my larger channel beads with glue. I always like to add a little sparkle to anything I create.
Creating the necklace was very simple. I started by placing two channel beads on the cord (as shown in the picture) so that I was working in the middle of my tapestry cord.
Then I continued to twist my cord into pleasing shapes using my channel beads to hold the cord in place. Pins were also very helpful to create curves that were equal on both sides.
I reinforced these curves with a few extra stitches. It is very easy to sew through the tapestry cord. Several more curves later I choose to stop so that my necklace would be slightly longer than a traditional collar piece.
I added my unique clasp when the length was correct. These button shapes also work well with the sliders in the Global Chic collection. I glued the cord into the clasp on one side.
On the other side, I folded my cord and used a slider to hold the shape. Glue was strategically placed to keep the slider in place and the one exposed tapestry cord end from unraveling.
The next part was super easy because Global Chic already has unique geometric chain to choose from.   The chains are made of acrylic, which allows for a bold and extravagant design, but it is also lightweight. I divided this piece into two.
A few jump rings attached to my tapestry cord created my frame of brushed silver and metal. I had to make sure the chain would not interfere with the clasp, so on one side I sewed the jump ring in place.
I also added an extra jump ring at the halfway point so it would keep the chain and cord together throughout.
My last step was to sew some of the Global Chic multicolored beads to my necklace. These beads resemble abstract art works. They are made of genuine reconstructed stones.
My finished piece, when worn, has a 3D effect. The cord is slightly higher than the chain and one cannot help but reach out to touch it to see what it is made from. I do hope you love it as much as I do.  Thank you Perles et Cetera for presenting this necklace so beautifully.

John Bead Products Used

Jump rings, seed beads and rhinestone chain
Glue, needle and thread, pliers

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Catherine the Great Statement Necklace

Catherine the Great is a historical figure I have read about for many years.
My bookshelves are filled with various versions of her life story.
Now I have a gorgeous brooch featuring her profile.

Quite a few years ago I was able to get my hands on three of these military buttons which feature her image.  I've been waiting for the knowledge and inspiration to use them in a statement necklace.

I have had to collect brooches for a few years to make this piece possible.

Having just moved to Port Hope I am so lucky to have Antiques on Queen as my local shop.  I found two red brooches last month and finally had enough to complete my design.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sari Ribbon Strips Become a Scarf

I had a whole container of sari ribbon strips.

I don't have any left now.

I have knit them into a scarf!

Still having fun on my mini loom!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Felt and Bead Ribbon Beads

I pulled this necklace out the other day to take a closer look at this project.

I uses a fabulous beaded ribbon to make each of these beads on a felt base.

Of course I am looking for the ribbon in my humongous stash now.  I am so sure I still have a meter or two somewhere....

Monday, December 07, 2015

Chartreuse and Royal Purple - My Favorite Color Combo

This is my absolutely favorite color combo; chartreuse green and royal purple.
I was so excited to find some hand spun wool in a package featuring both of them together.

I constantly clip images of these two colors.

I made by two tone scarf on my knitting loom.
I could not be having any more fun than I am right now teaching myself to loom knit.