Apr 19, 2013

Leave no Pin Standing

I will start this post with a bowling related inspiration:

Some more vintage campus and saddle shoes images here.

First when I saw the picture above I didn´t think much of it. But something made me return to it. Then I realised what it was! This 40's campus girl is wearing a bowling pin necklace! I had never seen or paid attention to such jewelry, but as I wandered about in the magical world of Ebay and Etsy I found all kinds of gorgeous and funny bowling related jewelry:

Those pieces above are all clearly made of wood except the first one. In my inspiration picture though the girl has white pins on her necklace. I wanted to copy that look and make my own striking (ha!) bowling pin necklace. To make it I used these items:

1. Bowling pin beads. (I ordered mine from here.)
2. Some plastic chain. (Mine came from Treasuretrovebeads.)
3. As many headpin needles as there are pin beads.
4. A clasp.
(5. If the hole of the pin bead is so big that a headpin needle slides right through, you need some buffer beads (the silver ones).)

Slide first a headpin needle through a buffer bead (if you need one) and then the pin bead.

Use some crafting pliers to make a hook at the end of the headpin needle.

Then slide the hook through a link of the plastic chain. Press with the pliers to make the hook into a loop. I chose to use this plastic chain as same kind of chain was much used in jewelry in the 40's.

Attach as many pin beads as you like. I used eleven beads and attached them to every fourth link. The length of the plastic chain depends on how low you want the necklace to hang.

Add the clasp and..

..you´re done!

Apr 8, 2013

Less yapping, more embroidering!

It´s finished! And by it I mean the felt embroidering I started here. Pattern of embroidering changed a bit along the way when I found a volume of an old Finnish crafting magazine (Omin käsin) from flea market. Magazines were from the year 1938 and one of them contained a great felt embroidery pattern (below). Lucky me!

To duplicate the pattern from the magazine I needed some  tissue paper. You can also use parching paper or some other see through paper.

Then I cut out the pattern and pinned it to a piece of felt. Felt is easier to cut with small and sharp scissors.

I did some "sketching" to find a place for every piece.

 When all the flowers and leaves had found their place I pinned them to the sweater. The flowers were easily attached by stitching. With every stich I slipped a yellow seed bead to the thread.

Then it was time for the leaves and stems. They are attached the same way as the flowers.

 And voilá!