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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Hammered Leaf Earrings with tute (pic heavy) on: April 17, 2011 11:10:16 AM
I made these earrings for the Fill a Jewelry Box Swap. Christy/TheManicCrafter my swap partner wanted to make these for friends, so I created this tute. There's probably a better way of making them but this was the way I made them. They were trial and error as the first time I tried this idea was for the swap, so hopefully this tute makes sense.


1mm/18 gauge wire
0.04mm/26 gauge wire
Two 4mm Beads
8 Chip Beads

Round Nose Pliers,
Flat Nose Pliers,
Wire Cutters,
Chain Nose Pliers,
Ball Pein Hammer
Jeweller's Block/Anvil

1. Cut two 6" pieces of 1mm silver wire. Take up one of the pieces and make a loop with the round nose pliers, wrap around twice to secure it.

2. Take the flat nose pliers and make a bend below the loop, leaving enough space for a further two wraps.

3. Measure two inches down from the top of the loop, curve wire around and make bend with flat nose pliers to create leaf shape.

4. Curve wire around from bend to the top and wrap end of wire around twice. Cut off any excess. Secure in place with chain nose pliers.

5. Repeat for the other earring.

6. Hammer the leaf shapes on the jeweller's block or anvil.

7. Cut two pieces of 0.04mm wire.

8. Take one of the pieces and make a loop and wrap around the base of the leaf shape so it's secure.

9. Wrap again, then add first chip bead. Carry on until there are four beads wrapped along one side of the leaf. Secure wire at top of loop by wrapping it around. You can add more or less than four beads, depending on your own preference, if you add more you will need to cut a longer piece of 0.04mm wire.

10. Cut two 1.5" pieces of 0.04mm wire. Wire wrap one 4mm bead to the top of the leaf.

11. Add an earwire.

12. Repeat to make other earring.

You could also make a matching necklace.

Hope this makes sense. Thank you for looking.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Antlered Man and his Penguin on: April 10, 2011 11:04:16 AM
These are a couple of embroideries of one of my best friends. He can always make me laugh, so I thought I'd make him something that would at least raise a smile.

His nickname is Moose, hence the antlers in the piece. This is mainly stitched in long and short stitch but the hat is arrowhead, and there's also some backstitch and satin stitch too.

He has a love of penguins, so I thought I'd stitch something to show that. Again this is mostly long and short stitch, with satin and backstitch.

Thanks for looking.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bundled Up Against the Cold on: February 12, 2011 06:25:55 AM
I made this for a friend's Christmas present, but because of the slowness of the post between the UK and Canada she only recently received it. I drew up a pattern from a photograph of her and is only the second portrait I've made of someone I know. I found it difficult to make it look like her to begin with but after a couple of attempts I got there.

The coat is long and short stitch as is the hair, with the hood in seed stitch. The actual hood of the coat is fluffy so I tried a couple of different ideas to create that effect, in the end the closest I could get was seed stitch. The scarf is arrowhead stitch, as I'd only done this on aida fabric before it did go slightly wrong on an openweave fabric. The rest of the piece was stitched in backstitch and satin stitch.

The hood was a white shade mixed with beige to add warmth and the main part of the coat was white with a very pale mint green. I was slightly sick of white when I'd finished it.

The back seemed to have a personality all of it's own. Thank you for looking.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ketchup Pop Art on: January 27, 2011 07:51:30 AM
I made this for a friend who likes pop art and also seems to have ketchup with every meal.

It's worked in long and short stitch, with some backstitch and satin stitch. As I didn't want the soft texture of embroidery floss it's stitched in cotton machine thread, except for the green and gold sections. I wanted a bit of a departure from my usual style and from stitching figures, so decided on this.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / All in a Flap on: January 01, 2010 04:26:54 PM
I stitched this for a friend's birthday, I'm not entirely sure if it's her thing as we don't know each other that well but our boyfriends are best mates and are organising a joint birthday party for us. I know she wants to be a costume designer so I picked a flapper (anyone who has seen any of my other embroideries wouldn't find this surprising). The beaded headband is something I've wanted to try for a while and this felt like the perfect opportunity.

It took about two weeks from the drawing stage. I stitched the background about three times, I'm still not entirely sure it's right.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Button Girl on: September 03, 2009 11:31:39 AM
I started this piece about four months ago, got a bit annoyed with it (mainly for not being able to decide on the colours) then picked it up last week and decided to finish it.

I backstitched the outline in black, the facial features are satin stitch (i love that stitch) and the hair in long and short stitch. The necklace is also satin stitch with the middle part couched. The background cross stitched in silk thread, with a strand of blue and purple. It took forever but the texture really works against the hair.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Couching on the couch on: February 08, 2009 06:02:58 AM
I haven't posted any embroidery for ages so thought it was about time I did! I was snowed in yesterday so got stitching on this.

The hat is couched, the face satin stitch and backstitch and a mixture of backstitch and split stitch on the hair.

The pattern on the hat is an art deco one I came across on a handbag. I altered the colours to make it look more modern but I think her essence is still deco. I drew the picture for the hand embroidered patch swap over a year ago and recently came across it again.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Wearing lips on: October 13, 2008 02:25:25 PM
The pattern may be slighty familiar, it's the same one I drew for a pirate cushion a few months back. Here she is again...minus the hat.

I finished stitching the top and thought, 'do I like that green?' Still not sure.

The background at first was just machine stitched but it looked boring so I handstitched the pattern.

I might fill the hair in a bit more. Hope you like her.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Flowery Necklace on: October 04, 2008 02:08:23 PM
I drew this pattern last year for a swap and recently found it again. I love it when that happens. I altered the necklace to make it more striking.

The background is machine stitched but everything else is by hand. I'm going to frame it once I decide how.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Leather Leaf Necklace on: September 03, 2008 12:19:38 PM
As it's now September I was feeling inspired by autumn and made this:

I cut the leaf shape, then stitched some detailing in gold embroidery floss to make it look more interesting. Then added a charm and bead.
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