Thursday, 20 November 2014

Tudor inspiration

I was watching the craft channel the other week when I saw a sparkly, pretty thing. It was a jewellery kit by Kleshna. As I have mentioned before, I don't wear much jewellery but this appealed to me. It reminded me of all things Tudor, like something Queen Elizabeth I would have worn. Having purchased a kit and made my first necklace I wanted to try other colour combinations. My first was gold and green then I made pendants in wine and cream and purples.

I made the gold and green one into a proper pendant with a silk cord and tassel.


I am sure there will be more of these. They're simple to do and the components are readily available. That's always good when you've learned a new skill and want to recreate it. The real problem is coming up with things to use them for.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Another new tutorial

Yes, another new tutorial on Etsy. This time it is for chunky paper beads. The beads are made from scraps of watercolour paper, are really simple to make and unusual to use in jewellery making or other crafts.

I am really enjoying writing these tutorials. I never saw myself as a teacher but I have so many little ideas for making simple things, particularly out of paper. It is really lovely to know that people want to find out about the projects.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

New samples

These are just the cutest sewing project I have come across. Everyone knows I like a spot of history but it's mainly ancient history. These, however, are reproductions of Victorian pincushions. They are new kits from Gina-B Silkwork and would make stunning Christmas decorations for the tree. Card templates, fabric, beads and pins to name a few of the items you will find in the kits. They make up really quickly too which was a surprise. I had to wrestle my Mum to get them back after I showed her. I should just get her a kit and she could make her own.