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delishknits
« on: July 05, 2007 11:22:03 AM »

This tiara has been in my mind for quite the while. I designed it with a fairy princess in mind. I thank you so much for offering this up as a challenge, it got me off my seat to do it! It combines several of my loves - fiber, precious gems, fairies and nature.





Forest lichen fairy tiara

I started with a walk in our glass forest and found a young sugar maple bough in its decline that I snipped off. I softened and shaped the bough to fit, letting the end of the bough curl out a bit naturally.

Using silver wire, I wrapped the bough's overlap and curl to provide stability and shape.

I built up branches, little buds and blossoms from the sugar maple circlet using silver wire, cranberry pearls, faceted crystals and white pearls.




I blended several different colors of wool and a splash of angel hair sparkly to get this woody lichen color, and spun it up into a thick and thin single of lichen fairy yarn. The yarn was given a vanilla lavender bath - the best smell in the world!

I took the yarn and split it evenly on each side, tying each strand on its own then wrapped them around the remaining wood, leaving a small tassel in the back. this part keeps it very soft on the head - nothing like headaches from your tiara Wink



Another strand I wove in and around the jeweled parts, as if they grew out and around the lichen fairy yarn.

Anyhow, I guess that's it for process...I think it looks best it askew, as I think any fairy princess would, as she's so busy with her duties there is no time for tiara maintenance.

Thanks again for the challenge, I'm jazzed to make more!


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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2007 11:34:25 AM »

You + The Tiara look amazing!
It looks really cute and soft
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I really like it
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2007 11:34:37 AM »

Oooh, that is lovely!  The softness and casual-ness of the tiara makes it perfect for everyday wear, while still clearly demonstrating your royalty.  The jeweled branchlets are so pretty, and the handspun yarn is the perfect color.  I can tell you put a lot of work into it!  Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2007 12:02:46 PM »

you truly look the part of a forest princess fairy. Very nice.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007 05:23:22 PM »

This is so "Earth Mother": I love it!
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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2007 05:37:08 PM »

Not only is this beautiful but its tactile... I want to touch it!

I love the color you used in it too, its got to be one of my favorites!

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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2007 10:08:08 PM »

This is really cool, and imaginative, it makes me want to design a costume to go with it...
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2007 11:14:51 PM »

It's really pretty, I love it. The curly bit looks really good.
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2007 06:19:39 AM »

Well, you do look like a pixie princess! Smiley
Very nice!
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delishknits
« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2007 02:01:43 PM »

thank you so much for all your kind sentiments, I very much appreciate them!
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