theres a new bead store in Courtenay on 6th street. Its called shipwrecked on 6th, great selection of beads, lots of jewellery, soy candles, and she does lessons. the owner encourages people to stop in when ever they have time, and she will give lessons whenever. its open 7 days a week, starting at 10, closing time is unlisted.
price wise compared to eagle rock and gem, shipwrecked has better quality beads for less. and a better selection imo.
so i had this costume planned for halloween, a sky pirate and i was thinking that i could have a boned collar attached to my coat, one that would stand up and i could attach 'scale mail' to for an armoured look.
and then i have this ball i have to go to, and i thought that it would be cool if i had an elizabethian ruff style collared capelet to go over my dress, which is very simple and elegant.
so i started thinking about how i could go about doing it, and i was lookign through my stash and i made a prototype.
it has four boned points and can be bent into a few different shapes, but the one shown is the one i like best. the one i wear to the ball will be in black and white and beaded (hopefully mohair for the yarn) and have a capelet. i made the boning myself, out of 16 g wire and duct tape
and i did a variation of the loops scarf i love it so much, its warm and fuzzy and can be worn a billion different ways.
So i was at the park the other day, a nice sprawling garden park in town that happens to be home to a decently sized herd of deer. On our way to the car we came across a large patch of soft and fluffy fiber, just hanging out on the ground. The weather here is very springy, so the wild things are shedding. I scooped the fiber up in a plastic bag and brought it home. I cleaned it with a flea/tick doggy shampoo and its now drying.
moving it into the water i was pretty amazed at how clean it was, compared to the raw wool i've been working with, no dead bugs, very little VM, and omg soft.
I was thinking i'd use it as junk fiber, for felting projects, but now i'm thinking i could try and spin it up.
I know you can make yarn from dog fur and cat fur, but has anyone ever heard of making yarn from deer fur and fluff?
i just moved(house to house), and on loading day (when i had to sit and watch other people move our stuff and generally be bored and annoyed all day), we got to the house before the movers, so i immediately ran down to my yarn stash to see what i could find to make anything! then remembered my friend was leaving for good, so i decided to make her a scarf. i had 1 ball of bulky pink plied with black thread, and a ball and a half of black eyelash yarn left over from various projects (a scarf and hat set for my daughter, and a 'fur coat' for one of her princess dolls)
so then i made this
its about 4 inches wide, and 3 and half feet long. the eyelash yarn makes it totally cuddly (i thought twice about giving it away, but i have more eyelash yarn left overs and more bulky yarn left overs so i'll do one for me later) and the zig zaggy bits look very cool. (i don't know what the actual technique is called, my books are still in boxes) i gave it to her the night before last and she loves it! pink and black stripes are her favs.
i wanted something a little bit steam punk-y as i want to work my belly dance costume into my halloween costume and the theme my husband wants this year is steam punk.
i used the corduroy i have stashed for my halloween costume (it'll be a under bust corset, spats and a hat) to make a basic rounded scarf.
then i got out my chains. i used a antiqued silver chain, a smaller sterling chain, a tiny antiqued gold chain, and a tiny silver chain.
I pinned the scarf on my handy duct tape dress form and started pinning the chains to the scarf. I did it layer by layer, and then i joined the chains together. i made 3 jingly dangles out of extra chain, tiny metal coins, heart charms and some scrapbooking chandelier charms i got at the dollar store
then i sewed the chains to the scarf, adding little heart charms to cover most of the messy messy stitching.
then i had to run off to my belly dance class. so i waited till i got home to take pictures
the charms all jangle, i've got 4 sets now, and the ones i use for class are very subdued, but everyone else has the fancy fancy coin belts, so i can't even hear mine.
i'm definitly gonna play with the bra design. (though my husband loves the wardrobe malfunction lol) i'm already addicted to the costume making and i have some ideas. i might head down to the dance store and look at the belly dancing tops they have and see if i can get some ideas for pattern making.