Twisted Fabric Earrings – Tutorial

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.
Earring Hook.
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

Blouses

I love a good blouse, there is something so grown up and chic about them. Apparently they originate from peasant dress which doesn’t quite fit with my lady of the manor blouse and pearls idea.

However the Victorians brought separates to woman’s wardrobes and a skirt and blouse became  acceptable  day wear.

From there on in designers and dress makers have conjured variations of this ladies shirt,embellishing with lace, embroidery and beading, The collars have rounded into a 60’s Peter Pan style, sharpened for the 70’s disco look and at times softened  into a kitten bow. Button front or back but I would say usually with a sleeve cuff. The variations are endless. To me the difference between what I consider a ladies shirt or a blouse is that a blouse has a touch of femininity.

My favourite way to wear a blouse is with a good pair of jeans, heels for the evening, pumps or trainers for day. Now I know this is not fashion rocket science but it works and you know what they say, If it ain’t broke…

And any of the following vintage finds available from Freda and Me would rock this look.