A kind friend recently donated two beautiful African print swatch books to the cause which is “Freda and Me”. How I oohed and aaghed at the beautiful prints that touch my heart due to my African birthplace. Of course I tingled throughout with the creative possibilities before me, the countless ideas for making. In the end I decided to start with something I had already worked a little on and develop it further, so the twisted brooches I’d already devised (see here) have inspired the twisted fabric earring. The African prints are exuberant and a delight to work with but any smallish print or plain fabric can be used.
Materials/Tools you Require.
A small piece of fabric light to medium weight, not silky.
Needle and Thread.
1. cut 2 strips of fabric approx 25cm x 4cm. They do not need to be perfectly neat, rough edges don’t matter.
2. Tie a small knot in the end of each strip.
3. Take one of the strips and twist the fabric from the knot up until the piece is twisted too the end. It should not be twisted too tight or too loose, see picture below. Once the piece is twisted start step 4. directly.4. Now coil the twisted fabric around the knot and hold in place with a pin. Repeat step 3 & 4 with the second strip.
5. Select which is the front side of the earring. Using a needle and thread stitch through the circle to hold the twisted fabric in place. It can be very difficult to push the needle all the way through the centre of the fabric so I tend to use small stitches on the reverse of the circle, trying to conceal the stitches as best as possible. Ensure all layers of the circle are secure.
6. Once both circles are stitched place them side by side and decide which way you want them to hang and then stitch the earring hook at the top.
7. Finished, there you have a pair of twisted fabric earrings. If you make the strips longer then the circle will obviously be bigger and thicker fabrics will also effect the size of the earring.
Of course if you do not have the inclination to make your own I have a selection for sale here
This new found skill has me all in a flutter with ideas, I’ve already blogged about becoming hooked. I started crocheting a circular cushion, shown above and suddenly I could see all sorts of possibilities. The first round of stitches … Continue reading →
My mum asked me to find a piece of embroidery I had from my grandma, Freda. It is a piece she had been working on but not finished before she died. I took up the challenge to continue the work but have to confess that I lost interest, then forgot about, then adopted two children. So it has sat in a draw for some years until the other week when my mum mentioned it.
My mum, like her mum and now myself included, find it difficult to sit in an evening without occupying our hands. Crocheting, sewing, knitting, needlepoint, or any assortment of crafty activity will do. So the piece in question has been shown the light of day again and offered another chance to reach it’s final destination as an embroidered tablecloth. My mum intends to start the work again.
Mum thinks that grandma may have received the piece for a special birthday, around the 1970’s maybe her 60th. I still have the paper stencils which would have been carefully ironed onto the fabric to guide the embroider and some of the embroidery silks. I have however used some for other projects, so an improvisation of new colours will need to be thought out. The stitches used are fairly simple, blanket, back, bullion knots and french knots, however the task is time consuming and requires plenty of patience.
I am excited to see that this piece is to be worked on again and hope that I will also get to improve my contribution. I will keep you informed.
For my first post I thought I’d share some of the lovely things I’ve made over the last couple of years.
This clutch is made from some curtain fabric that came from my grandmas house. It’s an original 50’s print fabric and I love the design so much I have cushions on my sofa in the same fabric. This was one of the first bags I made and I included a little matching purse. The gold buttons come form a year I did working for Jaeger during my degree, maybe keep that a secret.
I love old linens and these beautifully crocheted pieces I imagine as vase mats or on an old fashion dressing tables. These days people don’t have much use for them and I find lots in charity shops and at markets. I hand appliqued the pieces to an organic linen to make a couple of cushions, finished with vintage buttons on the reverse. There is still one left in my Etsy shop.
This necklace is made from a crocheted flower which I beaded and sequined. All the materials I use are up cycled, remnant pieces of wool, old necklaces for the beads and sparkly tops for the sequins. I love the idea of making something beautiful from peoples unwanted items. I’ve made lots of these over the last couple of years, people seem to have liked them, this one is still in my Etsy shop.
This was a bag I loved and was very sorry to see go when I sold it. I was filled with delight when I found a bag of old zips in a charity shop. I hand stiched them all on because it gives a cleaner higher quality finish. The lining is an Aboriginal print fabric. I think I still have some left I’ll maybe do another.
Finally this corsage, made from bits of material, up cycled beads and a vintage button.
More of the things I make are shared on my Pintrest Page and items for sale you’ll find at Etsy .