Friday, March 30, 2012

Packaging and Chandeliers (earrings that is)

This week I worked out a new design for chandelier earrings.  This is a bit of a departure from my usual style.  Although I utilized crochet and beads in the design, there is more "hard metal" to these earrings than is seen in most of my creations.  I was pleased with how they turned out and will probably make others that are similar, using different metals -- possibly antiqued copper or brass.

The first pair I made features aqua blues -- both in the metallic thread and the glass beads.

The second pair of chandelier earrings I made used black mercerized cotton thread and clear glass beads.  The base of the "triangle" is a bit wider and  uses five drop beads, rather than the three found on the blue pair.  I also added some glass seed beads.

I have not named the earrings yet or listed them on my ArtFire site.  I just finished them up this morning and took the photos.

The first photo in each grouping show the earrings displayed on some of Gossamer Tangles new earring cards.  Since I always mention my packaging on my ArtFire site, I thought perhaps I should also provide some pictures so people can actually see what it looks like.

Fern green organza drawstring bags with
marigold Gossamer Tangles tags.  I use peach-colored
tissue paper and have organza bags in three sizes.

Business cards

I also do special packaging and gift card enclosures on request, at no extra charge.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Experiments in Bloom - color, texture, element combinations

If you've looked at the body of my designs, you've probably figured out that I am partial to flowers.  Over the last two weeks I've been working on three new designs, all of which feature a floral focal point and feature a variety of textures and fibers.  Each piece plays on combining colors in the green and red families.

These are the "blooms" in my garden of spring experiments:

Features 4 different fibers, all of which come together in the strap,
which is long enough to wear cross-body.

Back and front envelope flap worked in pink, 100% cotton.

Flower is worked in a cotton blend sequined yarn
  and the pastel rayon blend that also makes up
the front body of the purse. Stem and leaf use a very fine
baby alpaca/mohair blend.

The bag is completely lined in leafy patterned green cotton fabric.

The center of the flower features a new design element that I've
not utilized before - a vintage 1950's earring.


Very textural cotton/nylon blend ribbon yarn used to
crochet the base cuff and the center of the flower accent.

Deep green satin ribbon lining shows through the open
work squares of the cuff.

The large, loopy petals of the base of the flower are worked
using two strands of rayon embroidery thread in different colors.

Cuff closes securely with two snaps.

Green satin ribbon provides a smooth lining against the skin.


The double-layered flower features a wool/silk blend yarn in the center
and 100% silk embellished with tiny glass beads around the edge. A pink
"pearl" button with gold edge graces the center. The leaf is created from the
same cotton/nylon blend ribbon yarn used in the cuff.

This photo gives a close-up view of the variety of colors and
textures in this multi-use clip

A silver-toned clip is secured to the back of the design. I love
the clip feature because it allows this piece to be used in lots of ways.
It makes a really cute hair accent.

... or you can clip it on your bag

... or use it as a brooch on a sweater or jacket, or
to secure a scarf or shawl.

I hope to have these pieces listed for sale in my Art Fire store within the next day or so, but if you would like to purchase one and just can't wait, just email me:

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hoops and String

Well, not string exactly, but cotton embroidery thread ... or metallic yarn ... or blending filaments ... or ?  Over the last few weeks, I've been designing and creating new earrings that utilize metal hoops of various sizes for their bases.  I then crochet around the edge of the hoops, progressing to the inside of the hoop to create a particular motif or pattern.  Experimenting has been a lot of fun.  These are some of my newest ... each unique:
Crocheted Beaded Pink Green Floral Hoop Earrings

My Lucky Stars Crocheted Silver and Blue Hoop Earrings

Crocheted Beaded Purple Lavender Floral Hoop Earrings

Swirling Sunset Flowers Crocheted Hoop Earrings

Crocheted Silvery Gray Star Hoop Earrings

Crocheted Beaded Terracotta Heptagon Motif Hoop Earrings

Crocheted Beaded Spring Green Leaf Motif Earrings

Crocheted Beaded Pastel Hoop Earrings with Aqua Beads

These are wonderful warm weather earrings.  They are extremely lightweight and have an open, airy look and feel.  Many of them also pick up the seasonal colors of spring and summer.

Friday, March 9, 2012

New Discoveries in Crochet and Beading Artists

I had a great time at Leon & Lulu's Artists Market last weekend! What a cool place and what a wonderful gathering of creative Michigan artisans.  I saw so many beautiful things and met such talented people.

Crochet and beads are two of my favorite things.  At the Artiststs' Market, I met virtuoso creators in both mediums.  Jennifer Xerri of Starlily Creations creates wonderful, wearable crocheted items in a smorgasbord of colors and textures.

She created a unique and highly versatile piece called the scarflette (I loved them and had to purchase one for myself).  They can be worn around the neck in different configurations or around the head.  The flower clip is removable and each one features a vintage button or piece of jewelry in the center.  No two are alike!

Patrice Pannill of HSIA Designs was another one of the talented artists I met at Leon & Lulu's.  She does some of the most amazingly beautiful work with beads that I have ever seen!  She creates pins, pendants, cuffs, and purses.  Her work is all free form, and features a gorgeous palette of colors and textures.

I hope to be able to return to Leon & Lulu's for their next Artists' Market in June.  It was an experience worth repeating!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Reminder: Leon & Lulu's Artists' Market - March 4 and 6

Just a reminder that the day after tomorrow, Sunday, March 4, I'll be at Leon & Lulu's in Clawson from 11 am - 5 pm for their Spring Artists' Market.  The market continues on Tuesday, March 6, from 3 - 8 pm.  You can check their web page here to see a listing of artisans that will be attending.  There's food, entertainment ... and it benefits Cass Community Social Services. My sister, Camille, will be helping me out on Sunday and my husband, Dan, will be along for the fun on Tuesday. It should be a blast!

I have been busy creating several new items for the show that you won't find on my ArtFire website.  Here is a sampling of a few of the new creations.

I hope to see lots of friendly faces there!