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11  Upcycled Purple Plaid Boots - image heavy in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bowiegirl1982 on: April 11, 2010 08:42:06 AM

I found this tutorial on UrbanThreads.com about how to make a pair of boots out of a knit sweater and ballet flats. http://www.urbanthreads.com/pages?id=508

I wanna do that!!  Instead of a knit sweater I used an old robe made out of fleece, so I had to adapt the process a little....

I had to widen the sleeves at the top to make them fit my calf as there wasn't as much stretch in the fabric. 

Also, I wanted them to be purple and the dressing gown was cream and blue.... I tried dying them but the fabric didn't take the colour so I painted them!  I used watered down acrylic paint and painted the cuff while it was flat, but the boots after they had been constructed.

I hand embroidered the star on the cuff, which too ages but looks just how I wanted it to.  I added big black buttons for that almost Uggs look!

So here are my knee-high purple plaid boots!  I love them and hope you do too!!!

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12  Mermaid's Revenge Choker in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bowiegirl1982 on: April 11, 2010 08:31:35 AM

I was rummaging through pieces of coral and shells I had collected in Aruba when I found this.  A piece of coral with odd colours that inspired me to do something odd with it.  I created the choker band out of pink metallic fabric machine embroidered with a scalloped design.  I then played around with pink coated wire and made swirling links to attach the coral to the band.  The choker closes with a pearl and loop made from knotted thread. 

I think this choker is fit for any rambunctious mermaid making her way in the world!
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13  Oyster Bay Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bowiegirl1982 on: April 11, 2010 08:26:43 AM

I found this little shell in Aruba and loved its strange colours.  It inspired me to juxtapose materials when making it into the centrepiece of a necklace.  I experimented with wire-wrapping, making looped links to hold the shell along with wrapped pearls from Germany in harmonising colours.  I then lengthened the necklace with sea grass coloured hemp.

I think this piece is delicate and subtle, emphasising the bold colours of the shell itself.  Let me know what you think!

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14  Yule Stockings.... better late than never! in Needlework: Completed Projects by bowiegirl1982 on: April 11, 2010 08:23:42 AM

Now I know this is probably a bit late, but they were made on time.... I've only just got round to posting it!

For Christmas/Yule I embroidered a set of stockings for myself and my best friend to cheer us up over Christmas.  We were working on a cruise ship so away from our families and little bit of tradition made us happy.

Hope you like them too!
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15  Theatre Tie in Needlework: Completed Projects by bowiegirl1982 on: April 11, 2010 08:20:09 AM

For Christmas, along with my other crafts for family and friends, I made my best friend Scott this tie.  He needed one to wear on the cruise ship we work on and hadnt brought one with him.  I decided to design him a little musical theatre logo as he is a singer and put it on a classy black tie that would go with many of his outfits.

He liked it so much he wore it in our Christmas show!  I hope you guys like it too.

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16  How I learned to do French Knots... in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by bowiegirl1982 on: April 11, 2010 08:16:10 AM

I was looking at Jenny's Flickr account the other day and found this great French knots sampler.  I had never been able to do a French knot until I read Jennys instructions for one in Sublime Stitching, so thought this would be a great chance to show off my skills! 

I in fact do adore french knots now!!  Thanks Jenny!!!!
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17  Winter Garden Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bowiegirl1982 on: April 11, 2010 08:11:54 AM

After reading an article in Bell Armoire Jewelry by Cherie FitzSimons-Orr about her Vignette necklaces, I was inspired to make a twisted wire necklace of my own.  I had some white and silver wire and was motivated to use a white and diamante flower earring I picked up in Bar Harbour, Maine.  With a winter colour palette and a frosted flower I made my Winter Garden necklace.  I enjoyed making it so much I want to produce a seasons set, one for spring, summer and fall as well.  It will be an ongoing project as I collect together the beads and accent pieces to make them.  So keep an eye out.  But for now, enjoy my winter offering!

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18  Beachcomber Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bowiegirl1982 on: April 11, 2010 08:08:02 AM

I found this piece of worn shell in St. Kitts.  It conveniently already had a hole in the top, which made me automatically believe it had to be made into a necklace.  I used the pre-existing hole to create a wire shank and added a swirl to tie the piece in with my other work. 

I gathered together pale hemp cord, wooden and glass beads.  I used five strands of hemp to make the main cord, threading the wooden beads from Miami on all five strands.  I threaded the glass beads from New York onto a single strand so they nestled between the others partially hidden.

I like the dramatic affect of this necklace the central piece is chunky and bold, while the hemp is finer, hiding the smaller, more delicate glass beads.

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19  Tiger Fish Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bowiegirl1982 on: April 06, 2010 03:44:32 PM

While in Burmuda last summer, I visited the Aquarium, Museum and Zoo.  I also visited the summer event Harbour Nights where locals played music, offered food and sold their wares.  There was a lot of hand made jewellery there and I picked up a lot of good ideas. 

On the way back to the cruise ship I work on by ferry I designed a bracelet around one of the fish I saw, the Tiger Fish with its brown and white stripes.  I found an ethnic style centrepiece and used a tri-band fastening so I could have three stripes working their way around the bracelet. 

The glass beads and fastening are all from New York.

I think my jewellery making skills are really coming along!

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20  Deep Blue Sea Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bowiegirl1982 on: March 31, 2010 01:00:49 PM

I found this chunk of shell in Aruba and loved its negative space and bleached colour.  Rather than combining it with just pale beads I opted to use it as a base to showcase brighter colours like the blue of the sea where I found it.

The shell is wire-wrapped with blue coated wire.  It is accompanied by wooden beads from Miami, Florida and glass beads from New York and Germany.  The harmonising sea grass coloured hemp and blue green beads bring the power of the ocean to this piece.

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