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!

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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!

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!

Hooked on crochet

I grew up seeing myself as a knitter taught by my mum from an early age  – crochet was something I wasn’t interested in at all..(despite having a lovely crochet dress made for me when I was a pre teen)

I remember knitting a jumper/sweater when I was fifteen (though mum did have to help with that – I still have it,

though it wouldn’t go anywhere near me now : )  It looks soooo tiny!

So when did I make the leap…ummm… just a couple of months ago. I had a quick lesson

from my now elderly mum and I was off …. vroommmm…..

Now it’s jewellery, bags, bikinis, scarves, wraps, boleros, headbands, flowers and more….

You name it I will give it a go : )

Here are a few pics to give you some ideas of what I have been spending my spare time on : )

More Decorated Hair Combs

I found some more photos – most of these have sold. I must do some more in my spare time..lol…