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:

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