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21  Ports of Call Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bowiegirl1982 on: November 15, 2009 10:09:04 AM

I made this necklace for my friend for Christmas.  We work on cruise ships and I have been collecting shells and coral from all the ports we go to.  I decided to make her a necklace that had pieces from all our favourite ports on it.

I chose a shell from Samana, a curly shell from St. Kitts and a piece of coral from Aruba.  I wanted the coral to be in the middle because Aruba was our favourite ;-)

The shells already had holes in them, but the coral needed to be wire wrapped. This is the first time I have tried wire wrapping!  I like the way it came out, I wanted it to be simple and functional.  I didnt want the wire to take away from the beauty of the coral.  I considered adding a spiral, but changed my mind ;-)  I also changed my mind about the beads in this photo, they didnt sit well so I used some pearl beads instead.

I used crimp beads and beadalon to keep the shells in place

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22  Sugar Skulls Sun Dress - image heavy! in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by bowiegirl1982 on: November 15, 2009 10:00:37 AM

My friend was looking through my copy of Embroidered Effects and loved the Sugar Skulls project, so I told her if she got a skirt I would embroider it for her.  We were in Roatan, Honduras and we found the perfect little white sun dress for this embroidery so here it is.

I began by laying it out on the dress and adding some flowers to the pattern from the book to fill in some space.  I did the skulls in white.

I then moved on to the vines using a light green for the main body, then adding the leaves in dark green.

I moved on to the flowers next, limiting the colours to pastels and using the same ones spaced out around the design.

Fist skull next.  When I added the blue around the outside I was a little concerned that it was too much

But then I added the last skull and evened out the colours by using a little bit of blue here too.

Here are a few posed shots of it:

I am very happy with the way it turned out and so is she, which is the main thing!!

Bowiegirl 1982
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23  Green Ocean Earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bowiegirl1982 on: November 15, 2009 09:30:50 AM
Continuing my 'everyone is getting crafty gifts for Christmas' kick I made these earrings for my friend after seeing a necklace that she already owns.  Sorry, no process photos this time, I got really into making them and they were so quick and simple I forgot to take photos!  But here's the finished thing ;-)

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24  Aunt Gracie & Paula Bracelets - image heavy! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bowiegirl1982 on: November 13, 2009 09:32:40 AM
This Christmas Im giving everyone crafty presents.  My parents and family are getting photo books, but for my friends family I decided to make jewellery.  This is the first time I have made something for someone else, I usually only fiddle around for myself!  I wanted to make a simple bracelet out of brown pearl-like beads, then decided to space them out with cream pearl beads.  This is also the first time I have used beading wire and crimp beads, so Im pretty happy how it turned out.

I laid out how I wanted the beads to look in my beading tray.  I didnt have any clasps with me (Im on a cruise ship so getting some was a problem!) so I decided to use one of the big pearl beads and a loop of smaller beads.  This is where the crimpling came in.

I had a little trouble with one of the crimp beads as it split and the wire popped out, but I managed to put another one over the top to cover it.  I also discovered that I need to get thinner beading wire, the stuff Ive got is a bit thick for what I want to do, but it seemed to come out fine

I then took the opportunity to take a nice photo of it as if I were going to sell it, just for some practice, I like the idea of shells in my photos

I liked this bracelet so much I decided to make a second one, the same but with blue accent beads instead of cream.

I didnt quite have enough blue ones in my selection so I had to use two green ones, but I put them at the end so it worked out ok.  Also, I made this one a bit smaller as the lady who will wear it has smaller wrists.

Another photo shoot was in order.  The darker colours were hard to capture, and living in a metal box with no windows hampers my chance to take good photos.  I think it came out ok though, a bit of Photoshop later and I like it! 

Overall I am pretty happy with my first attempts at jewellery for others, I think my giftees will like them too ;-)

Bowiegirl 1982
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25  Cavazos Family Sampler in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by bowiegirl1982 on: November 13, 2009 09:24:16 AM
I stumbled across Sublime Stitching a while ago, then found the first book in a store in Halifax and had to have it!  This is my first project inspired by Jennys great stuff.  I have been sewing for a long time, its also part of my job, but I havent embroidered in quite a while so it was nice to get back to it.

I picked up a copy of Embroidered Effects and was really inspired by the Sugar Day Of The Dead Skulls project.  I decided to make a sampler for my friends family for Christmas; as they are Mexican, including the skull was perfect.

I drew out what I wanted first, incorporating symbols and colours that remind me of them.

I gradually worked through each symbol.  I didnt really know how I wanted it to look as a whole, I just chose colours and stitches that felt right as I went along.

I finished with the skull, balancing out the colours.

I want them to be able to frame this, but my friend has to get it home in his suitcase (we work on a cruise ship) so didnt want to actually frame it.  I mounted it on card and covered the raw edges with a paper backing to make it neat finished!  My first sublime stitching!  I cant wait to start my next one now ;-)

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26  It's Just A Bunch of Hocus Pocus!!! in Halloween Costumes by bowiegirl1982 on: November 02, 2009 03:22:52 PM
Here is my halloween costume for 2009!  I went as Winifred Sanders from the movie Hocus Pocus!  Two of my friends went as Sarah and Mary, I helped them out with their costumes too.

Here she is!! - I still haven't posted enough to add photos but here are links -

I made this while on a cruise ship (yeah, I work there ;-) ) so found the bits and pieces for it in a vintage store in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  I used a green polyester dress for the underdress, turning it around and using the back as the front.  I split it down the centre back and added a purple lycra section with gold ribbon bodice detailing, also made from metallic lycra.  For the jacket I used a green velvet jacket, also turned around.  The sleeves were fun on that!  I added a section of black velvet overlaid with black lace.  I then draped the sleeves with just the lace and appliqud points into it with satin.  I took the collar off of the dress, made it shorter so it started and ended at the shoulder seams and added card inside to make it stand up.  The jacket is fastened with a tiny hook and swing catch, the over the top I made a stitched frog from gold lycra and foam.  This fastens with a snap.  I also made bootie covers out of black lycra to go over my shoes and decorated the with 3D fabric paint and gold glitter, taking the design from the movie.  They fasten in the back with Velcro, sit over the toe of the shoe and are made snug with elastic.  I added non-slip pads at the front so I didnt slide on the fabric there.  I also made the earrings for this costume out of scull and crossbones pendants and added green rhinestones to the clips to match the costume.  For an on the fly costume Im pretty proud of it and I think I captured the essence of the character quite well! ;-)

Here's a close-up showing the earrings and front

Sorry - no making of photos, like I said it was kinda made on the fly so I didn't get any!
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