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New Necklace

I finished this late last night. It’s made from blue tie silk and is backed with a beautiful black linen. I found close to a yard in the remnant bin at Hancock’s and decided to give my coutil a break. It has three organza flowers mounted on blue glitter vinyl and are centered with Swarovski crystals in White Opal. I strung the glass pearl beads and attached them to a vintage sterling chain, which I broke apart. The base also has three ‘necklaces’ with black contrast stitching and small White Opal Swarovski crystals. I’m using a new tie system in the back. I’ve been using a single double-faced satin ribbon looped the through both grommets, but have change it to two ribbons looped through each grommet.

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Happy Monday – Indie Love!

Woot! Poppytalk’s October Market, Indie Love, launched today. It will run through October 22. I’ll update the Look Book later this week once Jan & Earl get that beast finished!

To read more about some of the artists featured, please check out the post on Poppytalk.

Speaking of Indie Love…
I totally forgot to add this!

Limited Edition Vintage Lace Cuffs
Gorgeous French Lace Cuffs commissioned and handmade by Tamsin Howells, who fuses a piece of fabric between layers of acrylic producing a really comfortable stunning cuff. Width measured from edge to edge is approximately 3.5cm. One size fits a small to medium wrist. Limited stock available.

£40.00
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More details…

Still not listed, but here are two more detail photos!

Pearls & Flower
Pearls & Flower
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Finished!

I posted a progress shot of this a while back. My goodness it’s taken a while, but I’m finally finished! I haven’t listed this on Etsy yet, as I need to take more photos.

Pearls & Flower
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I’m looking forward to making more pieces in this style and another I’m about to finish. Stay tuned!

eta – I guess I could add that I hand strung the beads and that’s a vintage brooch in the center of the flower. It’s adorned with dark teal metallic leaves with contrasting machine stitched detailing, and ties with two double-faced satin ribbons.

Bon Weekend with the multi-tasker.

Yes, another photo of Malkie. But he makes me take pause, literally, when his paws are all over my work.

Studio Assistant.
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I thought I’d throw in a little detail shot that was previously featured on The Handmade Artist. Malkie usually lends a hand while I’m drawing patterns, either for costume projects as in the photo above, or when I draw my stitching guidelines for my products.

Details
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Bon weekend and see you next week! I hope to start the week off with a feature about our amazing friend, Kirk Burkett and his mind blowing absinthe cane!

Custom order for Mari

I just finished this custom order for a friend in England and I’m working on another order to complete an ensemble purchased a while back. I must admit that I’ve fallen hard for this piece and I hope she does as well…when she finally receives it!

For Mari
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Pelmet Tutorial

We recently finished one of our many slated projects, the pelmet for the dining room. The word pelmet is a framework used to hide curtain fittings and to help retain heat inside a room. Pelmets are frequently called top treatments, cornices or valances. However, they differ from other top treatments in that the pelmet is generally a hardened valance or a treatment built over a structure. Some people make theirs with a wooden cover more like a box, or more of a facing, like the one we made.

Pelmet Box Tutorial 1

We found this remnant silk with embroidered lotus blossoms and mom fell in love with it. It was too narrow to fit the width of the window and the piece was too short to extend the pattern side-by-side, so we picked out a few complimentary remnants. I chose to use the color on the left, as I felt the darker color would dominate the the beautiful details. I cut off the stripe at the far left, and sewed the pieces together. The bottom photo shows them sewn together, before pressing.
Pelmet Box Tutorial 2

We bought a 1′ x 10″ x 8′ piece of pine board from Lowe’s. Michael sorted through them to find the straightest one in the lot. We measured ours to be 4″ wider than the window on each side, and and made it a depth of 6″. We used bridged L brackets to attach the corner pieces. We found the last time we built them that the regular L brackets caused the sides to turn in a bit. These do not.
Pelmet Box Tutorial 3

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Looks like I need to reshoot some of the new pieces, but in the meantime, I did get one uploaded to Etsy…

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ETA: Oh hey, I like the new storefront on Etsy!

Studio Transformation

Thank you for the feature Design*Sponge!

Design*Sponge feature!

All images click through to their Flickr hosting, with several notes!

I was terrified to take on this monster after the move. I decided to keep the color of room painted by the previous owners.

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After we made some progress in the room we installed the new lights and fan, all purchased from Lowe’s.
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Then it was time to paint the magnetic chalkboard.
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New Pieces

I’ll be uploading these to Etsy this afternoon!

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