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Back to work!

Well folks, the summer is over and so is my vacation and my slow down, things are now moving apace!  Since I last posted, I have finished a few aprons, a pair of pants,  and a tunic.  I made out like a bandit at the McCalls $.99 out of print clearance sale.  I bought about 15 patterns, some for me and some for my niece and some for aprons to make for sale.

I also cut out a number of items which I am going to start sewing this week.   I started designing for WM Bridal, the new line I am going to add to my Etsy shop.  I registered for 2 craft shows this November at the Ottawa RA Centre in the Clark Room on November 16th and 30th.

Here are the aprons I have made so far.

 

This is what it was supposed to look like, (far right with the scalloped edge)

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Now, as you can see, what I created is completely difference from what it is supposed to look like.  This is because the scalloped edge came out looking horrible!   So after cutting off the scalloped bit, I didn’t have a very big piece left so I took the accent green and created a gathered skirt-like piece with patches from the main fabric.  The carrot patch is a secret pocket.

The other two when MUCH better!

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This one is cute, I used some sheer lacy fabric for the flounce and the ties at the back. and I am pretty happy with the results.  I can see trying the other versions on this pattern.

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This one is my favourite!  It is hard to see in the picture, but the fabric is little owls, with red linen accents.  The pattern is a retro one either from Vogue or Butterick, I can’t remember, (I will add the info later when I find the pattern).

 

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Those are the projects I have actually completed in the last month or so.  Here is what I have cut out that I am going to start sewing this week!

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A Jumper, skirt and blouse for me.  A t-shirt and blouse for my niece, and three aprons for upcoming craft shows!  That should keep my Jenome working overtime for a while.  I also ordered Simplicity 4940 for a Halloween costume for myself,

http://www.simplicity.com/p-2201-costumes.aspx

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I can’t decide between the Arwen dress and the Eowyn dress.

Now for the Jewelry items.  I haven’t been as busy with this as with the sewing.

I have started developing some items for what I am calling WM Bridal.  I started working with some sterling silver and fine crystal for some items, but also with silver plate and glass for bridal on a budget.  My own bridal set was silver plate and crystal.

Here is what I have come up with so far.   I would love some feedback, items that you like, and things that maybe could be better, or things you would like to see.

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I also did a really neat up-cycled necklace out of different chains that I got from my Uncle whose father had owned a jewelry store, combined with beads that I salvaged from some old costume jewelry my Aunt gave me from her theatre group that wasn’t being used.

I really like the effect!

 

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Well, I think that might be it for now.   I have lots of work to do this fall.  I can’t wait!

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As the year comes to a close

2013 has been a pretty good year for Wearable Miscellany. I have gone to two professional craft shows, made a couple of Etsy sales, learned some new techniques, found a couple of great new suppliers and started tweeting.

So now as the year closes, I think about what I have learned during all these experiences in 2013, what I have learned as a part-time crafter is this,

  1. Rejection happens, not everyone is going to like everything you do.  And that is ok!   Create what you like, for yourself, that way your craft never loses its joy.
  2. Inspiration comes and goes.  Sometimes you just don’t feel like making anything, and there is nothing wrong with that.  Sometimes I go down to my craft room and do nothing more than move beads around, rearrange my desk and think about what I want to make while I listen to an audio-book, and sometimes I make absolutely nothing.

Ok, now the above is just what I learned about MY personal crafting lifestyle and philosophy, so feel free to agree, disagree, or think I am bonkers, the choice is yours.  I don’t know how I would feel if creating jewelry was my full-time job, if I would worry more about creating things I think will sell, or getting more stressed when I get hit with a bad bout of crafters block.  If I am lucky, one day I will find out.

So, here comes 2014, and what resolutions have I made for myself?

  1. Get more of my pieces on Etsy
  2. continue to keep up with this blog
  3. do at least 2-3 craft shows
  4. conquer at least 2 new chain maille weaves (specifically the Romanov)

That should probably be enough to start with.

Until next time folks, check out the excellent supply organizer Santa brought me 🙂

new storage! Thank you SANTA!

 

Oh, and I made these,

hematite chain earrings 1.1 I can never seem to get enough of super dangly earrings, and I love the hematite rings. I am thinking the next pair need something Swarovski in the middle.

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These are aqua glass pearls with black bead-caps, I kinda think they need a little bit more…just not sure what.

Craft Shows, Display Cases and Frustrating Chain Maille Weaves.

First of all, today is Remembrance Day, and though my office is open today, being downtown Ottawa I made sure to visit the Cenotaph at lunch to lay my poppy on the grave of the unknown soldier.  It is a good to reflect on the sacrifices made by our service men and women throughout history and give them our thanks.

it’s been a busy few weeks.  I made it through my first craft show on November 2nd.  What a day!   it began Friday night with taking my gear over to Meghan’s house and helping her load up her car with all the displays for the booth.  She really goes all out it is very impressive!  Meghan picked me up at 6:30am and after whipping through the Tim Horton’s drive through we made it to Kanata by 7.   We found our table and then set up.  We finished well before 9am when the doors opened. Our booth looked fantastic! As for my sales, well, certainly NOT fantastic.  I sold about 5 items, so not bad for a first showing.  Still there is something really quite demoralizing about seeing people look at something you have made, something that you are proud of, that was a lot of work, and pass it over.  I suppose it must be the same for any crafter.  I tried to stay positive but it was difficult at times.  Still, there is something equally wonderful about someone picking up one of your pieces and deciding that it is exactly what they are looking for.  That is a great feeling!  When I finally arrived home at about 5pm, I made it as far as the couch before I passed out for a couple of hours.

The other thing I am rather proud of that happened in the last few weeks is that I finally mastered Half Persian 3-1 weave.  Oh, My, Freaking, Goodness but it is frustrating!  I used to know it, but somehow had forgotten and it is one of those weaves that can very easily go wrong. It is a matter of keeping a firm hold on the rings in just the right configuration until the pattern stabilizes, and even then, ring placement can be tricky.  There are lots of different videos on YouTube with different tutorials, but I did finally manage to find one that worked for me.  Either way, I am quite pleased with the results and pretty sure I can pick it up again any time.

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This coming weekend the 16th of November I will be at another local craft fair.  This time at the Trend-Arlington Community Centre, Ottawa South.  I have the table to myself this time so I have had to give a lot of thought to how I want to display my work, given that I don’t have a large number of displays already.   What I do have is a very handy husband who made me an excellent display case for earrings out of two picture frames,  that folds up with a latch and handles so I can carry it without having to load and unload the earrings.   As for displaying bracelets, I found these cube shelves that my husband had in his condo the smallest about 6 inches square and the largest, maybe 12, and I thought, hmmmm.  I also have, that I had forgotten about, a nearly identical set in dark brown, that are just a little deeper than the black ones.  So what we have decided to do is attach a number of small brass tea-cup hooks to them and then we will use temporary two-sided mounting tape to hold them in a pattern that works with the table (which will have to wait until I see it on Saturday).  This way we can display my bracelet collection!   I also found a non-decorative use for my big (although smaller than the original) silver Eiffel Tower.  It stands about two feet high and very conveniently, I can hang a whole bunch of necklaces from it using small metal “S” hooks.  So right now my dining room table has been given over to practice set up.   I will make sure I get a picture of the booth on Saturday.

Well, till next time folks.

Getting ready for my first craft show

On November 2nd I will be joining my friend Meghan at my very first craft show at All Saints High School in Kanata.  So I have been busy getting lots of fun things ready to bring.  The only other sales I have done have  been in my own house with varying success.  I am not really sure what sorts of things I should bring to the show so I have been making lots of different items.  Here are a few different examples.

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I Just Can’t Get Enough!

Of my new aluminum jump rings that is!  Since last we chatted, I have made another chain maille ball, some earrings and have experimented with a couple of new weaves.  Also incorporating some of my usual plated base metal rings and beads.

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You can’t go wrong with byzantine!

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The chain maille ball is a current favourite!

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The great thing about the aluminum is that you can make a dense weave like full Persian and it is still super light to wear.

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This weave makes great earrings as well as bracelets, but it can be frustrating to assemble at times.
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I do love the rosette look and you can’t go wrong with adding crystal to pretty much anything as in the case of the barrel weave with 6mm sapphire bicones below which makes for a rather glamorous necklace.

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As you can see, I have been very productive in the last couple of weeks.  Thursday, my friend Meghan came over for an evening of pizza and beading.  We both decided that it was a chain maille kind of event.  I still have a fair amount of the colourful anodized aluminum jump rings that I got from the Ring Lord and so I made another chain maille ball, this time in black and red.

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Now that I have a comfortable grasp  of the pattern itself, I can now play with the colour schemes some more.

I also made a few other items that night and last night as well. There was a new chain maille weave I was itching to try out called Inverted Round, I got the pattern from CGMaille.com.

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The first one is a mix of bright aluminum and a regular aluminum with a section of black worked in.

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I also had a lot of red, green and gold, so I thought, hey, something for the festive season.

The next pattern from CGMaille.com that I want to try is the Dragon Scale and the inverted Round with Captive Rings.

I also have taken a liking to making rosettes from rings, some with just three, like this cutey cute bracelet in pink, purple and lavender.

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And some with with many rings to make a dense almost ball like rosette.

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I also used one of my favourite patterns, the size 2 seed bead and 9mm jump ring, to make this fun rainbow bracelet!

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Yesterday I put another order in to the Ring Lord for more aluminum jump rings in rainbow colours which I cannot wait to get working with!

Till next time 🙂

A productive evening

I had an impromptu beading date with Meghan today, and was it ever productive.   I managed to finish the first gyroscope necklace and made another one in Brass.

I used every brass window bead I could find in the shop. To space out the 2 outer rings, I used two 4mm hematite fire polished beads. In the middle I have placed a garnet bead.  The chain is a simple combination of 9mm Black Nickel and 6mm antique brass jump rings.  I used a large brass toggle as well.

I also made a neat bunch of earrings

I also did a simple stranded necklace of teal and black glass pearls, and Meghan taught me a great trick.  If you don;t have enough bead caps, or don’t have ones that fit your beads.  A 4mm jump ring can work just fine as a spacer!

 

I also did a great byzantine bracelet for myself, which has fire polished glass beads in my bf’s birthstone, and my own. 🙂

Well, that’s it for today!  I am getting everything ready for an open house I am having next week.  If you are in the Ottawa area, message me for details!

Cheers!

2 heads are often better than one!

It has been too long since my friend Meghan came over for a tea and beading date.  Finally today we were able to do so and it’s a good thing too, because she was able to help me with a little problem I was having.

I posted a week or so ago about the antique brass bracelet that I couldn’t finish because I had run out of brass rings.  Well, not only did Meghan help me find a way to make it work, by adding more cloisonne beads, but it looks way better!

Now I have the two red cloisonne beads, but have added this fabulous White Cloisonne donut to the centre, and if you use two head pins instead of an eye pin to go through the donut, you can keep it empty in the centre without seeing the pin!   I really like the effect!

I also started a new 6-1 necklace, but I didn’t take any pictures, because I didn’t get enough of it finished for it to look like anything just yet.

I did finish 2 pairs of earrings and then get 3/4’s of another necklace done before running out of those rings (I intend to pick some up this week!).

I had fallen in love with these matte turquoise coloured fire polished glass beads and decided they would look stunning with black nickel….and they do 😉

I also found an excellent way to use these fantastic bright orange oval drops as earrings!

I mean, is there anything you can’t do with a 12 in 2 pattern?  I think not 😛

The last thing I have to share with you all today is a piece that is not quite finished, but should be by the end of the week.  I don’t remember how I came up with the idea of putting this one lampwork style bead inside two copper rings of different sizes to make a gyroscope like pendant, but it worked out quite well.

The chain is also based loosly on the 12 in 2, however, because it is just two lines it is really just 8 in 2.  In this case, 8 in 1, because using copper 6mm rings meant I could only get 1 in to the 4mm rings, not 2.

 

The other great thing about beading with a friend is that not only can you share ideas, and techniques (and in our case, baked good, tea, and pretzel M&M’s), you can also share beads!…or findings, clasps, rings…whatever you have run out of that your friend has.  Thankfully, Meghan was able to give me a couple of lobster claws that I was needing, some 9mm rings in black nickel and I was able to give her some howlite chips for some orange beads she had, and a matching nugget for a pendant!

So two heads are really better than one, and two beading stashes too!