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!

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

January birthstone – Garnet

I am back at my keyboard after a refreshing break over the festive season and am ready & rearing to go for 2010. I hope you all had  great Christmas and New Year celebrations!

Lots of ideas for this year and this post is one of my new themes.

I thought each month I would look at the birthstone and talk about it a little, look for goodies made with it or using the colour – a good way for me to learn more about gemstones and their meanings.

Garnets are typically recognised as beinga deep, dark brownish – red colour.  They can also be yellow, red, purple, pink, orange, multi colour, green & more. Glass beads that are a similar colour are also called “garnet”

Here is a link to some “garnet” goodies from one of my online groups – Etsy DUST (Down Under Street Team)

http://www.dustteam.com/guides/garnet/

Beading forum

If you are interested in beads, beading or just chatting about beads check out this beading forum

http://www.beadingforum.com.au

More beads

These just seem to shimmer and sparkle.

Czech Glass Pearl Beads


Soft Pink Czech Glass Pearl Beads. These are only 4mm size so I have cropped the picture heavily.

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