Saturday, September 15, 2012

A Little Something for Myself: Handmade Mother-of-the-Bride Accessories

Last Saturday we celebrated the wedding of my daughter, Betsy, to the love-of-her-life, Matt.  As those of you who've read my blog posts over the last few months know, that event has consumed much of my time and creative efforts.   In fact, it was all the wedding activity over the week leading up to the wedding that forced me to forego my weekly blog post last week.  Priorities, you know!

This week I've been playing catch-up -- trying to do the many things I put on hold to engage in wedding preparations.  I think it's going to take me a while to actually get back into a normal rhythm.

Before leaving the topic of the wedding entirely, I thought I would just share some photos of a couple of items that I made for myself to wear at the wedding.  I crocheted a shawl and a necklace to match my mother-of-the-bride dress.

The shawl was crocheted from the Celebrity Look-A- Like Shawl pattern designed by Jennifer Hansen for Stitch Diva Studios.  I decided not to add the fringe shown in the pattern because, once I finished the body of the shawl, I really liked the way the edge design looked and the way it draped.

 The yarn I used to create the shawl is made of plied silk embellished with sequins.  It is Tilli Tomas' Disco Lights in dusty purple.

The necklace I made was very simple.  It consisted of five chains crocheted in  a mauvy shade of purple mercerized cotton thread embellished at intervals with loops of a bead mix I put together using various glass seed beads, bugle beads, and faceted crystal beads in purple, lavender, smoke, and topaz shades.

 I had a wonderful experience creating all the various accessories and jewelry for Betsy's wedding.  It was challenging but rewarding.  Being able to channel my energy into doing something creative also had the added benefit of relieving the stress inherent in helping to plan a wedding.  To be able to sit down and work with beautiful beads, fibers and wire was very soothing.

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