So I've never really posted my work here before, because I'm pretty shy about telling people in general that I do creative things. I've only been making jewelry for about a year now, anyhow. However, no time like the present right??
Here you go! I work mostly with glass, chain and some gemstones. As you can see, I kinda like natural materials, texture and chunk a LOT!
Sorry, this photo in particular is quite busy:
This one in particular is probably my favorite:
As you can see, my designs are pretty simple in construction, but I'd like to think they are kind of unique looking.
I feel like the white is getting lost in the light wood color. Also, if I make it brighter, the white really gets lost even further, but as it is, I feel the picture is really too dark. Black seemed like the other obvious choice, but would it overpower the wood beads and then the rich brown color would also be lost? Possibly red? But would that make the picture have an overall too red tint? I'm really new to the crafting for profit realm and have no photographic skill whatsoever. Obviously everything can be edited, but I'd like to minimize the amount of time correcting my mistakes because I'm not that great with photoshop.
Well, after spending many weeks trying to raise funds to do some singing, I can finally focus on making some pretty stuff!! I'm spending this evening with a Grimbergen and my supplies! I've been learning some new skills lately, and I think hope my awesome partner is gonna love it!!! I'm starting to get nervous though as I look through craftster about my projects. Some of you guys are so talented!!
I agree with the previous posters! Buying fabric online is awesome!! It doesn't TOTALLY beat going in and feeling stuff for yourself at the fabric store, but you can certainly score some great finds on the net. Because the selection where I live of high quality fashion fabric is EXTREMELY limited where I live, I've taken to finding stuff on the internet for my projects. Because I have access to a bigger selection, I can get more unique and exotic prints than I could in my city. Plus, my store carries very few eco fabrics like hemp and bamboo, which are much easier to find at eco-friendly retailers on the net. Most places give a pretty detailed description of the fabric, or at least good enough to know what to expect. You can figure out from the weight and fabric content, as well as the type of fabric, what the fabric what kind of project the fabric is appropriate for, and often they will tell you in the description what the fabric is best suited to. I've ordered online a lot and been really happy with what I've received. Basically, if you know what you want and you know what it should look and behave like because you've seen it or used it before and you know from experience (or your pattern) that it's appropriate for your project and you see some that you like on the internet, you're probably in pretty good shape. You don't have to go to a store and physically touch and see the exact fabric you want to know whether or not silk charmeuse is going to work for the dress you're making, and it'd probably be pretty hard to track a specific fabric you found on the net down that way anyway. The biggest source of disappointment might be if you want the absolute EXACT shade of green you saw on your computer, or if you couldn't see the detail of the fabric as well from the picture on the net. If you're worried that a print is too big or too small for the project, see if the website has a measurement of the size of the print indicated or more often has a coin pictured along side the print for sizing purposes. Internet retailers tend to have pretty good shipping and return policies too if you find you can't live with what you bought. Almost all (although I've yet to find one that doesn't) of them offer swatches so you can actually see and touch what you're buying ahead of time if you feel it's absolutely necessary.
As for sites, I've only ever ordered from fabric.com and ebay, although I'll probably order from several others very soon. Fabric.com has some good staples, and pretty good sales sometimes. I bought some awesome dark wash denim there a while back and several GORGEOUS prints that I just fell in love with. I found I pretty much got exactly what was described and what I expected. Fabrics were also the approximate weight that was indicated, so I had a good idea of what was sturdy enough to be a bottomweight and what wasn't. With ebay, it's trickier because you don't know if you're seller has any idea what they are actually selling or not. I bought some purple brushed denim and the selvage had no info as to where it came from. It's pretty obvious it's cotton and could easily be machine washed, but what if it were a silk or some other fabric that might be washable or not? You take a risk in that case if the seller doesn't tell you the care instructions, like you might get on a regular internet retailer. It's a lot like buying fabric from the thrift store or a garage sale. Plus you run the risk also of buying what you think might be silk charmeuse, only to find out when you receive it that it is actually polyester because the seller couldn't tell the difference. It's a crapshoot, but some really cool vintage fabrics and notions can ONLY be found on places like ebay.
P.S. Someone else mentioned Fashion Fabrics Club. I took a look at this site, and they have a huge selection, a good return policy and are having what looks to be a KILLER sale! I'd highly advise checking this one out!
Ask to see their selection of Vinyl. Oil cloth will be thinner than the other vinyl fabrics with a fuzzy backing. Typically, you'll find the best selection in a place that has a good stock of home decor fabric, but most places will have at least a modest selection. I've even found it before at Wal-mart (for LSU tablecloths!). The previous poster who said they might not know what it's called was totally right. Also, I've seen oil cloth that comes in weird widths (I purchased some recently that was about 24" in width), so make sure you check to see what your patterns specifies and measure correctly.
Oil Cloth International has a huge selection of Oil Cloth. They don't do retail sales off their website, but the site says they can put you in touch with a retailer for you to buy from if you send them an email. Let us know what they say if you contact them, because they have some gorgeous prints that I'd be interesting in finding also. www.oilcloth.com