Saturday, 2 August 2014

Haberdashery Hop

As a fashion designer I love using a lot of fabric and sewing supplies (mostly leftover from my apparel design projects) in my jewelry. Regulars at this blog would know how much button jewelry and zipper accessories I have done over the years; so when Melissa Trudinger of Bead Recipes gave a call for a haberdashery blog up I was very excited to sign up. 
But then life interfered with its own set of plans, I had an interview for which I redid my portfolio, attended the lampworking workshop, created pieces for a shoot and was travelling for a week while trying to launch my new collection so I didnt have any time to create the masterpieces I had in mind. 
So here are a couple of quick fix things that I made for the hop. By the way if you are wondering Haberdashery means items sold in a haberdasher's store like buttons, zippers - basically a sewing supplies store. I have never heard it before this hop and was glad to learn about it.


 

The first is a cuff bracelet inspired by vintage romance. I have never done a vintage looking piece before so it was quite new to me.  The upper transparent wired ribbon has been lined by a beige satin ribbon and folded simply in the ends to finish the bracelet with a simple clasp. The wire in the ribbon helps retain not just the shape, but also the excess ribbon. It sounds like a genius idea now but I thought of it simply as I did not have end clamp of that size - Yes! Necessity indeed is the mother of invention. The focal is a plastic shank button I have been hoarding for the past 10 -15 years and it has some lovely golden flecks on it. I wire wrapped it to the ribbons to set it and embellished it with a looped pearl chain to hide the wire.



After making it, I felt that it was very simple and not fit for a hop, but I really didnt have the time to sew anything fabulous together. So as I was putting this cuff away with a heavy heart, my eyes fell on these fabric beads I created for another project but never completely used them. So I decided to turn this UFO into a wearable beauty - A cluster bead fabric bracelet.


 
There are 4 types of fabrics used here - Brown and ochre -Artificial Tussar, Mustard - Jute silk, Light pink - tissue and neon pink - Chenille Georgette. Did you notice how shiny some of the beads are ? That is because I made them with pearls inside instead of the regular plastic beads used in making fabric beads. I stitched up the individual beds with sewing thread and attached a simple clasp with jump rings as I personally dont prefer complicated clasps. I finally added a MOP button as a charm just for fun. The result bracelet is fun, chunky and extremely light.
I dont normally make bracelets and the very few I make are very experimental so I either keep or gift them - I guess I will keep this one.

Thats it for now guys, Hopefully tomorrow being sunday I would find some time to hop and visit all the wonderful bead bloggers and see their beautiful creations. Do join me in my journey
I hope you Find it interesting
Cheers




List of other participants

Melissa Trudinger                                           http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com
Ann Schroeder                                                 http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com
Tammy Adams                                                http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html
Amanda Wacasey                                           http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com
Dolores Raml                                                   http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com 
Michelle McCarthy                                         http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com
DiYana Brooks                                                 http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/
Robin Kae Reed                                               http://willowdragon.blogspot.com
Andrea Glick                                                    http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/
Karin Grosset Grange                                     http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr
Mitzie Crider                                                    http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com
Janine Lucas                                                    http://www.esfera.me/travel/blog/travel-stories
Rosantia Petkova                                           http://bairozan.blogspot.com/
Susan Kennedy                                                http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Leithleach Alainn Seodra                http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/
Kathleen Breeding                                          http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/
Shiraz Biggie                                                    http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com
Chris Eisenberg                                               http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com
Heather Richter                                              http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/
Lennis Carrier                                                  http://www.windbent.net/
Rebecca Anderson                                         http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com
Jenny Kyrlach                                                   http://anafiassa.blogspot.com
Rita Toltec Jewels                                          http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com
Mischelle Fanucci                                           http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com
Karen Mitchell                                                 http://overthemoon-design.com
Carol Briody                                                     http://Cbriody.blogspot.com
Karla Morgan                                                  http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com
Carolyn Lawson                                              http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com
Lori Anderson                                                  http://www.prettythingsblog.com/
Lili Krist                                                             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/
Laney Mead                                                     http://laney-izzybeads.blogspot.co.uk/
Evelyn Shelby                                                   http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/
Raissa de Guzman                                          http://www.abloro.com
Niky Sayers                                                      http://silverniknats.blogspot.co.uk
Keren Panthaki                                                http://vasdea.wordpress.com

37 comments:

  1. Well, I do like your first cuff, but yes I have to admit I absolutely love your clustered beads and fabric bracelet, it is stunning, I love the colors and the textures, and it's so original. Very inspiring!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, the first style is very new to me as I specialise in kitsch so it was kinda like walking around in the dark, but the fabric bead is something I have been doing for ages, so I am happy that I came out alright

      Delete
  2. Oh, clever to use a wired ribbon to make your first bracelet! And I love your fabric wrapped beads, they make such a pretty, romantic bracelet! Thank you for joining in my blog hop!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Both are really lovely but for me that cluster bead fabric bracelet is just amazing! Love how well the colours go together, the simple clasp goes so well with the design and that button is just the perfect finnishing touch!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Niky, I happened to have those fabric beads and just put them together :D I am just glad that they go with one another

      Delete
  4. I completely understand how life can get in the way of plans. I also had far more ideas than time to design for this hop. What you found time to create is wonderful and I hope you come back to your other ideas and share them. I wouldn't have thought to use wired ribbon (of which I have lots) but now I will be thinking of it for next time. The fabric beads are gorgeous and the bracelet is so much fun.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I have also been hoarding this wired ribbon for many years now and finally found a use for it. I would love to do more zipper and button jewelry soon

      Delete
  5. That's awesome that you use fibers and buttons regularly in your designs. I love what you made for the hop!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for taking time to browse, have a great day

      Delete
  6. I love both bracelets. If this is what you do with little time, wow! I think the cuff is so elegant and would really be a stand out piece with a simple outfit. The fabric bead bracelet is spectacular. I really love it from the color combination right down to the button charm.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haaa...it was possible in a short time as I had made the beads a couple of months before for another project which never took off. I guess these beads were destined to be made into this bracelet.

      Delete
  7. I love how you've created very elegant polished work and then say it's not acceptable for a blog hop. LOL. I would wear all of those.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Love the vintage style cuff Divya...great use of fabric beads in clusters.. like the colors too:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lovely work! I really like both of your bracelets--you are very talented! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. Beautiful pieces! You have really inspired me to take a second look at my quilting fabric stash! I really love the second bracelet, and was wondering if you know of an on-line tutorial on how to make those beads? Or perhaps you would be so kind as to offer a tutorial for purchase?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Louise, I have been making beads like this for many years, so I dont know about online tutorials for the same. I could tell you how to make them or if you want a step by step for the full bracelet, I could make an pdf for you in a week's time. please mail me if interested

      Delete
  11. Both of your pieces are so beautiful! I love how you crafted the first bracelet..so clever! The 2nd bracelet is stunning!..those fabric beads are jaw-dropping! The sweet little button was such a perfect addition!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Carol, I believe in making simple and quick pieces that are wearable

      Delete
  12. Oh wow. I love your first bracelet, very classic and beautiful. And your second piece, just wow! The color combination is not exactly my style, but I love the fabric beads and just the way you put it all together. What a great job.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks - The color combo isnt exactly my style either - but that is what challenges like these achieve - they make you think out of your comfort zone and try something new

      Delete
  13. Even though you said the first bracelet is a quick one, the focal seems very elaborate and it looks beautiful altogether! And I really like the second cuff - I love the look of fabric bead clusters and that both sides are ombre in different nuances!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Some times designs come to mind quickly and the execution just falls in place and at other times it simply doesnt work out. I was fortunate with the first cuff - things just fell in place in a matter of few minutes

      Delete
  14. Love your cuffs, especially the wired ribbon beads. The colors are so great together.

    ReplyDelete
  15. I thought both of your designs were fabulous. 1 was simple and stunning the other more intricate and fun! Great Job on both!!! Have a Blessed Day!!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I never would have guessed from just looking that the cuff is made from wired ribbon, I thought it was embossed metal!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Its a combination of 2 ribbons - the wired one is lined by a flesh tone ribbon so that only the gold edging is visible when worn

      Delete
  17. I LOVE that cluster bead bracelet....both the style, texture and fabulous colour mix! It is just my cup of tea and definitely fits this challenge.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I would also really appreciate a tutorial on the fabric bead bracelet. I'm sure many folks here would love to buy it. Such a great idea!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am planning to make a tutorial, I'll put it up soon

      Delete
  19. Divyan, your bracelets are exquisite & unique. I was curious how you got the first cuff of ribbon to hold the focal. It seems like it would be too heavy for it. It is such a great idea! I love the colors in the second bracelet!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Firstly the bracelet is a combination of 2 ribbons - the wired one is lined by a flesh tone ribbon. The focal is a plastic shank button that I have wire wrapped it to the ribbons to set it (like a ring)and glued a looped seed pearl chain around it to hide the wire.

      Delete
  20. What do you mean, not worthy? They're all innovative and lovely. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haaa...I just felt that the first one was too simple compared to what people normally do for blog hops

      Delete
  21. Beautiful bracelets . You really have transformed left over fabric and ribbons into lovely creations ! :)

    ReplyDelete
  22. Such adorable creations Divya...loved the bracelet

    ReplyDelete
  23. It is stunning!
    I don't know why I love the 'fur' looks on your cuff bracelet. The colors are so matching. And I love that pom pom pearl fabric wrap idea.

    ReplyDelete
  24. How pretty your pieces are. Love the fabric bracelet - gorgeous colours. Considering you had no time you created some lovely bracelets.

    ReplyDelete

So what do you think ? I love hearing from you and will do my best to reply to all comments, by email or in the post itself, if you are no-reply blogger. Comments with URLs will be deleted

Get widget

I party at

Grab a button

Jewels of Sayuri

Copyright

Creative Commons License
Tutorials listed under Sayuri TM by Divya N are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Jewelry designs of Divya N (for Sayuri) are copyrightedMore