Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Remembercuff - My Class This Fall At The Creativ Festival!

This is my special class sponsored by Westcott at the Creativ Festival this fall!

Do you know about Toronto’s Creativ Festival?  The Creativ Festival (formerly Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival) since 1988 has been offering an unbeatable combination of tantalizing shopping and dynamic instruction. Designed to intrigue, involve, excite, stimulate and celebrate the art of creating your own personal style.
Remembercuff by Carmi Cimicata
These special cuffs feature an actual blackboard button that you can write on and wipe clean.  It will be a perfect place to write that one thing you are not meant to forget such as a stop at the store, a phone call or a birthday reminder.
Carmi will show you how to attach fabric and embellishments to a curved surface. Westcott scissors (yours to keep) will make cutting through super sticky material easy. 

Classes sell out quickly.  Registration has begun by phone this week and online this weekend.  You can look at the digital conference brochure by clicking on this link. 
I would love to see some friends attend!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Crazy Cuff Nine Featuring Hand Crafted Beads

 This latest cuff gave me the opportunity to permanently 
showcase a set of handmade floral beads.
 My background is vintage Parisian ribbon.
 I feel like my flowers are now in a wonderful field!
 Random beading was a pleasure.
Lined in thick red felt.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Crafty Links This Week

Not only are they cute, these cupcakes are fun to make. They’re guaranteed to be sugar-free, gluten-free, calorie-free and cute as the dickens.

It is wonderful to see how a bit of fabric ribbon and a button can be featured into a new beaded cuff.

There are inexpensive bamboo tiles that can easily be turned into wearable jewels with some simple resin application techniques.

With a few funky components and a little bit of wire, you can quickly have a new necklace!

Cyndi is head-over-heels in love with a new book on reclaiming and upcycling textiles!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crazy Cuff Eight-Hot Pink Hearts

 This cuff is a surprise, even to me.
 My lap table began with a few key items.
Vintage (and very expensive) ribbons and new buttons from Paris and an assortment of beads and threads.
 I think it beaded itself.  I have no idea how I got here.
The random and truly relaxing beading just gets better and better.
 Thrilled with the final cuff.
The buttons now have a permanent home!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Crazy Cuff Seven - The Lavender Cuff

 Making this cuff brought me so much joy!
 My lap tray started with this simple gorgeous ribbon and a purple glazed button from my favorite fabric store in Paris.
 I added some gorgeous sewing notions as my closure.
My beading was simple and I kept the original theme.

My Crafty Links This Week

Check out Kylie Parry’s beautiful post on summer inspiration!
Note every project can be a smashing success…come see why!
Are you interested in wearable art? Cyndi has gathered a number of her tutorials that will move you beyond just jewelry!
Creative collaboration helps raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause.
Andrew participated in the Beads of Courage Design Challenge. Check out pictures from the Bead&Button Show and see images of his finished piece.
Page maps, layouts, or sketches - whatever you call them - are a great way to: 1. Learn basic design principles; 2. Come up with a quick design on the spur of the moment; and 3. Observe how other artists interpret the sketch - honestly, no two are ever alike.
Wonder how to contain resin in an open back pendant? The how-to on the Resin Crafts blog should help!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bastille Day Crazy Cuff Six

 My special Bastille Day cuff is ready to wear today!
 I purchased these ribbon in a very special store in Paris.  The square ribbon in antique and I don't mind admitting I paid a fair amount for a meter.  I am happy to have something special to add it to.
 Like my other cuff projects, by bracelet began without a plan.  
Just a collection of colours on my lap tray.
 I was going to use a lot of sequins, but did not like this look, 
so I removed this grouping and started over.
The blue agate stone has some natural glitter in it.  It is a gorgeous focal point.
 I beaded and beaded.
Lined with felt, it will be a pleasure to wear today.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Crazy Cuff Five and My Links This Week

 Crazy cuff six is now wrapped up!
 It was a pleasure to sew this colour palette.  
It was completely inspired by these wooden buttons I bought in Paris several years ago.  
I am so happy to have finally used them!
 I am starting to run low on seed beads.  I need more colours!
 Happily I had enough to finish this project.
This cuff is going to be so fun to wear!

My Crafty and Bead Links this week!

I have now sewn my fourth crazy cuff and even I am stunned at how great this one turned out! So happy I gave up reading patterns and just started sewing!
I love to turn packaging into wearable art. This year’s tea box artwork made it even easier to design a necklace.

Has your mojo decided to go on holiday without you? Check out Rebecca’s post on how to get stuck back in to your jewellery making when you’ve lost your mojo!
“The Drunken Botanist” by Amy Stewart is an intoxicating exploration of the botanical histories of some of our favorite beverages. See how this book inspired a group of artists and jewelry-makers!
I ask because it’s really starting to feel like one. And I remodeled it on less than $15!
Cyndi managed to finish her June piece for the Bead Journal Project with a little time to spare…but only a little!