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Aurora, Ontario, Canada
I am a lover of all things created, history, travel, art and literature. I spend my time with family and friends, working hard and creating things, pretty much in that order. My passion is to make beautiful things to wear, mostly accessories, jewelry, belts, clutches, hair adornments, brooches etc. I create mostly using fabric , fibres, metals, jewels, pins, chain, clips, buttons and more. I have a shop on Etsy.com which I sometimes have a little trouble maintaining depending on the time of year and how busy I am. Check out my Etsy Shop www.etsy.com/shop/dressedtothe9s or click on the box on the left to go directly there.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A New Necklace: Bib Style!

I've been working this weekend on some things for my Etsy shop. It's nice to have 3 days off so I can get caught up with that (It's family day in Canada). I find that it can take just as long to do the photography for any given item as it does to make the item itself.
I had this idea in my head for using some of the faux leather and suede that I have in my designer fabric books (I'm going to have to take a picture for you of all the books I have in my studio closet so you can laugh).
So the necklace shape dictated itself by the pattern on the piece of faux leather I used.

I cut out the shape for the base of the necklace and installed two grommets. Next thing I did was prepare my florets. I used as the base of the flower a circle of faux suede that I clipped to make petals and then singed them with a lighter around the edges. I also cut out three circles of a satiny crinkle fabric and then 9 circles from some organza that I also burned the edges of. Last but not least I found 3 peachy/orange rhinestones to embellish the centres of the flowers.

I put everything together to see how it looked and then cut some black ribbon for a tie.

The last thing to do was to sew it all together (each flower in its place) and secure the ribbon.

Finally I get to put it on and take some pictures for my Etsy store.
It is so easy to make some of these things and very gratifying. Bib necklaces are very popular right now and look especially good with something strapless so they become a focal point.