Fabric Bead Jewelry… yet another creative use of fabric scraps!
There are so many creative uses for fabric; the potential is close to limitless. Some of you may be familiar with my fabric mosaics as seen on “My Other Blogs”. Making fabric mosaics produces a lot of scrap fabric and I am always looking for ways to recycle of the leftover pieces… and from this, fabric beads came into being. I create little bundles and bind them with complementary accent thread.
I especially like vintage beads and use them whenever I can to create interesting necklaces and matching sets of earrings. Here are a few examples of my work. I’ve had success selling in a local salon… woohoo!
Preferring tailored clothing, I’m not usually drawn to synthetic outer wear fabrics, but I just couldn’t resist this charming fuzzy-floral-fleece in pink and gray. I had it in my stash and kept it in reserve waiting for inspiration to surface. I know it’s not particularly suitable to use a knit for a structured coat, but I could totally visualize this fun fabric as a coat and I was willing to take the risk. And here is the result of my venture into sewing with synthetic fleece. I love it!
I used Vogue 2472 coat pattern and interfaced it with a soft interfacing appropriate for knitted fabrics.
For lining the body of the jacket I used a gray polyester lining fabric
and a bit of pink for the pockets (using up pieces from my scrap pile).
I covered the large silver snaps in pink duppioni silk (I know, I know, but I couldn’t help it).
The collar is designed to lay flat
or stand-up, a feature I really appreciate as my neck tends to get cold easily on chilly days.
And what I like most of all is that the jacket is warm and feels like you’re wrapped in a blanket …
while still retaining some style, fit and fashion.
Go Beaver football!
From the mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna
I’ve been making steady progress on my fabric mosaic and have completed the most critical part, the face. Sometimes I work on the face in the beginning, other times it comes at the very end. I let each individual project direct its own course and just do what seems to feel right at each step of the way. In this case, the face came last. Expressions are difficult and Theodora was a very complex person, a saint, a sinner, an empress of the Roman/Byzantine Empire and perhaps one of the most powerful women in history. I’m not really sure what all that looks like, but hope that I have captured elements of her persona in this piece.
I have to design and complete a border and then it will be finished and ready to take in for a high-resolution scan.
Please feel free to comment; your input is appreciated
Click on the images below to see greater detail of mosaic construction