For example, a couple of my most recent creations are cuff bracelets. The basic cuff is made from batik cotton fabric, hand sewn to a felt back in a complimentary color. The felt gives the cuff a little body. I created a loop and button closure, using wire and thread to crochet the loop and stitch it into the seam on one end. I originally thought I would machine sew these cuffs, but then I decided that the hand-stitching along the edges could actually become an intrinsic part of the overall, somewhat Bohemian, artisan feeling that I wanted these pieces to have.
Using the pattern and colors in the cotton fabric as inspiration, I crocheted embellishments for the cuffs in wire, thread, and beads. I also added hand-embroidered details.
Here are my finished pieces: The Cherry Blossom Cuff and The Leafy Fantasy Cuff.
The Cherry Blossom Cuff
|The Cherry Blossom Cuff - front/full length view.|
|The Cherry Blossom Cuff - Back view|
|The Cherry Blossom Cuff - close-up of button end|
|The Cherry Blossom Cuff - close-up of loop end. For those wondering, the circle motif that is appliqued with embroidery near the bottom edge is made from WireLace Ribbon.|
|The Cherry Blossom Cuff - close-up of mid-section.|
The Leafy Fantasy Cuff
|The Leafy Fantasy Cuff - front/ full-length view.|
|The Leafy Fantasy Cuff - back view.|
|The Leafy Fantasy Cuff - close-up view of the button end.|
|The Leafy Fantasy Cuff - close-up of mid-section.|
|The Leafy Fantasy Cuff - close-up of loop end.|
You can also take a look at one of my earlier posts, Kiss Clasp Purses with Crocheted Embellishments, showcasing some little purses I made that featured crocheted beaded embellishments.
Creating crocheted embellishments gives you a lot of freedom to play with colors and materials, and to experiment with designs and stitches, without making a big time commitment to a larger project. Go ahead and give it a try! I bet you'll find yourself adding your own imaginative flourishes to all kinds of creative projects.