Friday, June 29, 2012

Crocheted Posies - Hair Embellishments for the Youngest Members of the Wedding Party

All four of my nieces will participate in Betsy's wedding.  Lauren will be a bridesmaid, Claire and Josie will be junior bridesmaids, and Jaylin will be the flower girl.  Betsy is close to all of her cousins and I am so happy that they can all be part of the celebration.

This week, I started work on the flower hair clips that will be worn by the junior bridesmaids and the flower girl.  Their dresses will all be clover green with plum sashes.  They'll be wearing metallic gold shoes.  Mums and Dahlias in shades of purple will be prominently featured in the wedding flowers, and so, in thinking about the design for the girls' floral hair clips, I wanted to use a type of flower that mirrored the full, multi-layered, small petal look of those flowers.

For the main layers of petals, I used a nylon fiber in variegated shades of purple combined with a metallic purple filament.  I added seed beads in deep berry shades and topaz with an iridescent purple sheen. This portion of the flower was crocheted using a multitude of loops formed from chain stitches.

The center petal layers of the flower I crocheted in a combination of metallic gold thread and metallic purple braided thread.  Again, a multitude of small loops were worked to give a full, fluffy appearance.

Finally, I crocheted a single leaf from clover green nylon thread combined with a metallic green braided thread.

While I have not yet attached the clip to the back of the flower (it will be invisible under the floral piece), you can see the finished flower and leaf in the photos below:

I hope the girls enjoy wearing them!  Perhaps they can even get some use from them after the wedding.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Voila! Wedding Necklace Designs Complete!

Finally! Today I can share photos of the finished bride's necklace I created for my daughter, Betsy.  First, though, take a look at the necklace in progress.  These are individual photos of each of the five strands that make up the bride's necklace:

As with the bridesmaids' necklaces, each strand is crocheted using a different type of fiber or wire, and different types of beads, arranged in unique patterns, are featured in each piece.  Swarovski crystals provide sparkle.   Below is a photo of the five strands laid together.

Betsy came over to look at the finished strands.  I was so relieved -- she loved them!  So now I've added the findings and completed the necklace.  Voila!  The finished piece:

Betsy's Wedding Necklace

In last Friday's post, I featured photos of the strands from the bridesmaids' necklaces.  Here is a photo of a completed bridesmaid necklace.

Betsy's Bridesmaids' Necklace

These necklaces are both based on my "weedy" necklace designs, some of which are featured in my ArtFire Studio and Shop.  Many of the designs in my shop can be customized for weddings -- changing colors, types of beads and fibers, types of clasps --  to suit the vision of the bride for the look she wants to create.  I'm happy to accept custom orders, and based on detailed discussions of what you'd like, provide samples of materials and design ideas to ensure your vision is accomplished.

Friday, June 15, 2012

From Lake Michigan's Strandy Beaches -- Bridesmaids' Necklaces

I've missed posting here for a couple of weeks. Part of that time, we were away on vacation in the Leelanau Peninsula here in Michigan.  I agree with Good Morning America ... what a BEAUTIFUL Place.

Otter Creek Trail - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Otter Lake - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Lake Michigan - The Homestead - Glen Arbor
But now, time to get on with the wedding preparations.

As promised in my last post, I've now designed and finished one set of strands that will make up a bridesmaid's necklace.  I decided to make five strands, each unique.  Colors of purple (plum), green (clover), topaz, and gold are featured in both the beads and stringing/crochet materials used.   Below are photos of each of the five strands:

These will be placed together to form a single necklace -- what I call one of my "weedy" design necklaces.  I have not bound the strands together yet, or added the findings, but the photos below give you an idea of the finished look:

I'll be sure to post photos of the finished necklace when I attach the findings.  Now I have four more sets of strands to make!

Stay tuned for more  wedding creations!