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.
Still not listed, but here are two more detail photos!
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.
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.
Yes, another photo of Malkie. But he makes me take pause, literally, when his paws are all over my work.
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.
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!
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!
I’ll be uploading these to Etsy this afternoon!
I read many wonderful design and decor blogs in my Google Reader. The inspiration keeps me going on the hectic days. I have to admit that was I completely unaware of the presence of Poppytalk until very recently when my friend Mari mentioned the site in a journal post. Thank you Mari, it was one of the best virtual gifts I’ve had in a while!
If I’m not the last person on the planet to know about the site, they also run a handmade virtual marketplace called Poppytalk Handmade, which is a ‘monthly online street market curated by Poppytalk to showcase, buy and sell handmade goods of emerging design talent from around the world.’. The theme for August is ‘Back to school’, and I applied for a spot a couple of weeks ago and I was accepted to participate! I’m tremendously honored to have a ‘table’ alongside so many talented artists. This market runs today through the 27th and I have the nifty badge in the right column that links to the site.
I’m almost as excited to see my piece made it on the first page of the photo montage promoting the new theme!
Thanks again Poppytalk, I’m honored you like my work! I think this .gif sums it up rather nicely…
I’m very excited that I had a customer return for a second purchase the other day. I have been thinking about ways to thank customers for repeated business, even my friends! One was to make something small, like a pin, and drop it in the box. I decided to go with a gift certificate instead. It can be given to a friend or family member and I have written the Esty member name on the back to be referenced for discount.
I hope this will be adequate in expressing my appreciation.