I made a new necklace this weekend. The local bead store was having a sale and I found this sparkling pendant that I simply had to have. Sometimes gaudy is good… or if not good, at least fun. So here is it strung with some pretty pink beads along with some baubles I salvaged from an old Chico’s necklace that I wasn’t wearing very much. Since discovering jewelry making, I’ve taken to prying apart old necklaces and reworking them into new necklaces. It kind of reminds me of playing with pop-beads when I was a little girl, remember pop-beads? It was great fun then and it still is!
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!
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
Work in progress
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I have not stopped sewing, but my attention has turned to fabric art; I’m involved in a complex project that is taking up my creative time and energy. It’s been awhile since I’ve worked on a serious piece of fabric art and I’m excited about the breakthrough.
I don’t like to show incomplete work for two reasons, the first being that it has the potential of causing me to lose steam and I fear that I might not finish it and secondly, I don’t really like my work to be judged or appraised before it’s done.
The most interesting blog entries have a considerable visual component, with that in mind, I have decided to break my own rule and publish a small portion of the project. I do, however, feel compelled to say that it’s not yet finished…
Anyone care to identify this famous personage? The clues are evident.
Congrats to Pink Sister for correctly identifying this piece… she knows her art history!
Fabric Art Beads
Fabric art beads are made from left over remnants from my various sewing and fabric mosaics projects. With sustainable practices becoming so much a part of how we think today, I found myself wanting to come up with a practical use for what might otherwise have been discarded and out of that came my idea for Fabric Art Beads. Through repurposing of remnant materials, fabric art beads are created and incorporated into fashion jewelry.
Arenaria necklace is made with luscious shades of gold and cream hand-dyed batik fabric-art-beads accented with metallic gold Gutterman thread. Fabric-art-beads are paired with a variety of vintage and new decorative beads for a truly unique, one-of-kind, accessory. Wear alone or as a set with Arenaria companion pierced earrings by RemnantWorks .
necklace and coordinating earrings
necklace with embroidered silk blouse
I decided I really needed a little something to go with my new dress.
With that in mind, I took a quick spin through my bead drawer and found a few odds and ends to work with.
So, what do you think of my necklace and matching set of earrings? Too bad I don’t have pierced ears. Oh well…