Something about sequins

I love sequins. I remember seeing dance costumes when I was a child and looking in wonder at the beautiful patterns made by sequins sewn onto fabric.

A couple of years ago I dabbled with sequins, reading through books, practising some of the patterns. Using the sequins, sometimes with tiny seed beads, I made some stunning embellishments.  Well I thought so : )  Using very simple techniques! They were only samples, and sadly, I am not sure if I still have them with me.  Those practice sessions have stayed in the back of my mind and I found recently I just had to go my local craft store and stock up on supplies.

What might have been behind this as well as I recently read an item about the re-make of the movie, The Great Gatsby. I’m not sure where I read it so unfortunately I can’t give credit to the source. The item mentioned the beautiful fashions of the twenties and whether the release of the movie would influence fashions – clothing and accessories created using feathers, sequins, beads and more..

Here are some photos of my first effort.

I have hand stitched the silver sequins with silver-lined Delicas onto black felt (I love sewing on felt!). Each petal has been sewn separately. With the centre I used black felt and for additional detail I sewed white net on the back, with more sequins, of course! I added a little pleat in the net so it wouldn’t sit too flat.

At night the sequins look stunning!

Next BrisStyle Indie Designer Market June 5th

Next market coming up on June 5th.

I am madly sewing, crocheting, labelling….

to get my range of wearables – clothing, jewellery and accessories

ready for the market.

It should be great!

More posts about this to follow!

Black Night Necklace/Choker

Following on from my last post about applying to the wonderful BiDM on March 6th….

Over the holidays I have been working on a few pieces which however are sadly lying around three quarters done , but not just quite completed…..

So now is the time to get all my WIPs (works-in-progress) and get them completed!!

Here are just a couple of pieces that I have added to my shop on etsy.com

Handmade crocheted fiber necklace

Crocheted using viscose metallic yarn

and for a touch of red!

Created with a mix of glass beads, metal & lace

Applying for the first BiDM for 2010

The first BiDM for 2010 is coming up fassssst…

BiDM (which stands for Brisbane Indie Designers Market) is the fantastic market organised by my local Etsy team BrisStyle (etsy.com)

I just received the email yesterday with the application details & sent it straight back…..hope I get in!

The first one for the year is on Saturday 6th March….not long to go now. It hardly seems like any time at all since the very successful market we had on Dec 5th last year. Time has flown soooo fast over the holidays. I have been working on some projects over the break but lots of them are still WIPs (works-in-progress) or really just mere ideas in my head!

I will be hope to be creating a mixed range of goodies for the day – vests for children and women, accessories and jewellery. All made by me with a mix of sewing, crochet, applique and more….

I will keep you posted, dear reader, as to how it all goes!

Another successful BiDM!

What a truly fantastic day I had last Saturday at the BiDM (BrisStyle Indie Designers Market)

Beautiful Brissie weather

Fantastic crowds of enthusiastic shoppers

Awesome organisation by the committee – particularly the wonderful Helen of ruby2gogo

Looking forward to next year’s markets!!!

Photos courtesy of the very friendly Darren of Kish Photography & Design (also partner to our very own Daneve of Chicuff

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicuffbydaneve/sets/72157622839859881/

To Market To Market…..

To Market To Market….

I will be a marketeer at The Handmade Expo

who are celebrating their first birthday this Saturday

Yaaay – big congrats to Liesa, Micky & Miriam – fantastic effort!!

It is all happening at a very new venue for The Handmade Expo

– at the Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Road, Bundamba

what a grrrrrrrrrrrrreat location!

I also hear they are having stallholders selling lots of fresh yummy produce and foods too

So….the deets again…..

The Handmade Expo, Ipswich Turf Club, Brisbane Rd, Bundamba

8-2pm plenty of parking

Come and say hi to me – I would love to see you!

Pretty wedding bags

I’ve just been working on these bags which I have called

“Pretty Wedding Bags”

(for lack of a better name……)

I bought these bags ages ago..they are so pretty

I am sure they are made from silk

(I even took them in to the staff at Spotlight who thought they were made from silk)

but even if they aren’t – they are still very pretty

I have added a little embellishment with ribbon flowers and gold yarn

The lace overlay already has tiny little pearl beads and little sequins around the bottom edge.

I will be posting them for sale on  oztion.com.au

http://www.oztion.com.au/buy/auction.aspx?itemid=8201728&