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41  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Maskerade on: March 13, 2011 10:17:22 AM
My sister was invited to a maskerade themed party - she didn't want a fancy dress (too bad...), but I made her a mask of course ^^

It's made of felt and jacquard, decorated with feather and an organza flower.

42  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / So many broken hearts... on: March 11, 2011 06:44:48 AM
My newest jewelry pieces are broken (and sometimes repaired ^^) hearts made of polymer clay and some metal parts.
I really enjoy working with polymer clay, texture and paint  Grin

All of them together:

And some single shots:

43  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Dress form brooches on: March 10, 2011 02:29:29 AM
I can't believe I haven't posted those brooches yet... I made them a while (about a month, maybe?) ago and I think they turned out so cute ^^

They're made of felt (2 layers), fabric scraps and some wire.

44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffle collars on: March 04, 2011 12:36:35 PM
My latest obsession are ruffle collars. I wanted to have one that's quite plain (black cotton fabric, minimum lace) but still dramatic. After a few tries I ended of with this and I really like how it turned out:

But let's start at the beginning. I drafted a pattern and wanted to test it first - but I hate cutting fabric just for testing a pattern, it seems like such a waste. That's why I chose an interesting fabric, (roughly) serged the edged with zig-zag stitch and decorated the finished piece with some striped fabric.
Although the pattern didn't quite look like I wanted it the collar is cute and wearable I think ^^

After that I changed the pattern a bit, the next test was done with black cotton fabric. This time I used a serger for the edges, but they don't look much neater than the zig-zag ones  Grin
As you can probably see this is the final pattern - I used it again to make the last version of the collar with neat edges =)

The next collars were done a few days before.
The first one is made of organza with little velvet polka dots. It can be closed with satin ribbon in front or back.

This one turned out a bit too small:

The last two were made of tulle, lace, organza... a lot of fabric scraps I had in my stash, actually. I simply cut and gathered irregular stripes, I think they look gorgeous =)

45  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk, Gothic and Polymer Clay on: March 01, 2011 12:05:51 AM
I love combining polymer clay (painted to look old and "used") with metal parts to create jewelry. Here are some of my latest pieces. Some are without polymer clay parts, though  Grin

For this brooch I combined a heart with a cameo and filigree:

This brooch features a polymer clay cabochon in a pretty setting and a beetle:

Heart + vintage gears:

Two necklaces. I love the one with the gear, although it seems that a lot of people are annoyed by stereotype "Steampunk" jewelry with gears. I still love the look of gears and I think I'll continue to use them ^^

I love this set =) The clock piece is one of my favorite motives at the moment and cameos are the love of my live anyway ^^

The last piece is a cameo necklace:
46  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wall Organizer on: February 26, 2011 02:26:20 PM
I made this wall organizer for a craft swap - the complete gift is filled with 21 little trinkets to clebrate the beginning of spring. It works like an advent calender - starting on March 1st and ending on March 21st ^^

I dyed the fabrics used for this with coffe and black tea, most of the lace is recycled and so are the buttons and metal pieces.

47  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet necklaces on: February 26, 2011 11:30:12 AM
I've seen crochet necklaces before - usually very pretty crochet charms made of fine yarn.
I only had this thick, offwhite yarn and I think the technique I used is called 'freestyle crochet' - I started with a circle and made the rest up as I went along. I wanted the shape to look wild and organic, but still balanced enough to make necklace.
After it was done I added some buttons and pearls plus lace and a lock charm for the 2nd necklace - didn't it turn out cute?

Those are actually the first crochet projects I've made since I learned to crochet (back in school, we had to make crochet flowers for a dress and I hated it xD). Maybe I'll make some more and even use a decent pattern then... and buy black yarn first. Offwhite is pretty, but I prefer black for myself ^^
48  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Brooch on: February 16, 2011 01:45:39 PM
My newest jewelry piece =)
Usually I collect some new pieces until I make a thread here, but I love this brooch so much that I think it deserves its own thread  Grin

I layered/combined different brass pieces and black glass beads.
49  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / More bracelets on: February 13, 2011 06:57:29 AM
Here are some new fabric bracelets I've made - you can find the first bunch and a tutorial here.

50  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Bracelets + TUTORIAL on: January 30, 2011 04:07:26 AM
After making some bib necklaces out of felt that I covered with fabric scraps I kinda fell for jewelry made of fabric.

My latest projects are bracelets made of felt, covered with fabrics scraps again and decorated with charms, beads, lace, ruffles....

Edit: Here's the tutorial =)
You'll need:
- felt
- fabric scraps
- iron-on adhesive (I used "Vliesofix")
- press studs or other closure
- decoration

The width of your bracelet is optional, mine are 4cm wide. For the length you need your wrist measurement+2cm for the closure.
The shape is up to you, I made the ends a bit smaller and round.
Prepare your shape on paper, cut it out and cut a rectangle from your fabric shape that fits the bracelet's size:

Cut the same rectangle from your iron-on adhesive and press it onto the left side of your fabric.

Peel off the paper from the adhesive, place you fabric rectangle onto the felt (the glue side facing the felt, of course) and press.
Use your paper pattern to cut out the bracelet from your fabric-and-felt-sandwich.

To combine the two layers (the adhesive won't last forever) and stop the fabric from fraying use a zig zag stitch to sew around the whole bracelet.
If you use a small stitch length (<1) and a pretty large stitch width you'll get a pretty border with hardly any fabric showing (or none at all)

Now it's time to decorate the bracelet - you can use whatever you like =)
For this bracelet I used a lace heart and a little bead.

Sew your press stud to the ends of the bracelet:

And you're done =)

You can skip the iron-on adhesive if you don't have or want to buy any, it's possible to pin the fabric to the felt. The adhesive makes it much easier, though.
You can also use simple buttons, hooks&eyes or decorative lacing as a closure, make the bracelet shorter and add chain...

Please note that this tutorial is for private use only. Make those bracelets for yourself, as gifts, for swaps, but please DON'T SELL THEM. Thanks  Grin
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