Earlier this year Nancy Donaldson and myself spent several days creating three sets of jewelry for the Creativity on The Catwalk Show at the Craft Hobby & Stitch International in Birmingham-UK.
We were the first designers to work with a new collection created by Fernando DaSilva for John Bead, and it's Dazzle-it brand called Tropical Punch.
Some of the items we used ultimately didn't make it into the final selection of products (there are 150 in the collection) but we were thrilled to showcase all the possibilities.
My favorite part of the process was that even though I had two sets and Nancy was meant to focus on the soutache set (which took much longer) we ended up working jointly throughout. Nancy has a better of of attaching items with wire and I like to create cascading pieces. Designing as a team was fantastic.
This was my first effort. I enjoy sewing by hand and figured out a fast way to sew everything into place with good beading thread.
Since I had a few more sample beads to play with I made a few more flowers with these brand new round and teardrop beads. I absolutely love 50's jewelry and these colours and shapes made me so happy. Those vintage 50's pieces are really expensive when you see them in shops....now I am making my own!
It didn't take long for me to start wondering what else I could add.
In fact, I am having trouble stopping. I could bead flowers all day long.
Locked in the cold as I am, I am still looking for ways to stay warm.
These new fingerless gloves were a fun project over the weekend as our weather forecasters predicted we will break all records for the most consecutive days of below freezing temperatures in my part of the world.
My gloves are upcycled from an old wool blanket I purchased antiquing in the summer.
Dragging this thick blanket home in the heat was not something I enjoyed, but I am really glad I did.
As soon as I saw the label I knew I would use it to make mittens.
I washed it in hot water twice and it is virtually felted.
I can cut my pattern and not worry about hemming.
I really wanted to include some of the original ribbon edging
so I made sure to cut in areas where the ribbon was nice.
I sewed these two gloves in moments.
I was already working on some beading in my lap tray and thought this filigree added something extra special to my mittens.
A few more beads and pearls and I can now wear these anywhere!