Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Poesies and Bowsies - New Crocheted Hair Accessories

You may have noticed that I haven't posted in a while.  You're about to see why.  I've been working on some new crocheted items in preparation for the Berkley Art Bash, coming up on June 14.  I had a great time last year and I am really looking forward to another fun day of sun, sales, food, art and music.

Last year, my son, Tony, shared space with me and sold his children's books.  This year, he and Emily Zelasko, the artist who has created the illustrations for his most recent children's book, Viper Girl Kicks Canadian Robottom, and for his comic book series, Rainbow Sprinkle Slime, will be sharing a booth together.  They will be in space #12 and I am in #11.

Originally, I was going to post photos of all the new creations I've been making for the Berkley Art Bash, but after taking all the photos, I felt like it would be overwhelming to do it all at once.  So, for today, I'm just going to share photos of the new hair accessories (or as I like to call them "hair ornaments") I've made.

Hair Ties/Pony Tail Elastics with Crocheted Flowers

I love this smooth, colorful elastic -- it holds hair well, doesn't snag in your hair, and looks great!  I purchased it from Hair Craft Supply on Etsy.

Most of the crocheted flowers that I used for these hair ties are based on patterns from Caitlin Sainio's 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet.

Bow Clips and Hair Pins

I am hoping to make more bows in various styles before the Art Bash.  This is a sampling.  All are crocheted using cotton embroidery thread.

Crocheted Flower and Tulle Pins/Clips

These are very versatile.  You can wear them as hair clips, or they can be worn as brooches, or clipped or pinned to scarves or bags.

I hope to post some of my other creations for the Art Bash soon.  If you have any questions about these hair accessories, please just ask by leaving a comment.  I'm happy to provide additional information.

If you live in the Metro Detroit area, you should try to pay a visit to the Berkley Art Bash on June 14th.  Really, I can't say enough good things about this art fair -- it's a nice size and has a wonderful selection of art and artists.  If you do go,  be sure to stop by my booth and say hello.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Springing into the Wedding Season: A Crocheted Bracelet and a Custom Garter

Today I just wanted to share a couple of custom wedding items that I've had the pleasure of creating in recent weeks.  They were both made for Emily, the daughter of my very dear friend, Peggy, who is getting married in early May.  I felt very honored that they asked me to do these special pieces.

The first item I made was a garter for the bride.  Peggy had a wonderful idea:  She wanted me to use materials from her own old wedding gown to create Emily's garter.  She also asked me to incorporate a treasured, gold cross that her own mother had given to her (Emily's grandmother) and that she had worn around her neck for many years.  What a great way to bring together symbols of love and pass them on to her daughter.

I ended up using some of the lace from Peggy's wedding gown, as well as some fabric from her veiled hat to make the flowers.  The wedding colors are pale yellow and gray, so I chose yellow crystal pearls for the center of the flowers and crocheted the flower leaves using gray satin ribbon embellished with tiny silver gray glass seed beads and silver metallic thread.  Ivory satin ribbon with pale yellow geometric flowers encases the elastic.

Emily talked with me and gave me details about what she wanted as design elements in her bridal bracelet.  She wanted several strands, each unique, and she wanted them done in ivory, pearl, crystal, and silver.  She liked a hammered, sterling silver heart clasp that I had in my stash, and she wanted a mix of textures -- fiber, wire, and beads.  

These are the individual strands.  One (far left) is actually crocheted using a very thin strip of ivory tulle fabric.  The strand that is third from the right is a garland of tiny crocheted flowers done in iridescent pearl thread, with crystal beads for centers.

And here is Emily's completed bridal bracelet:

Emily just asked me to make one more item -- a bracelet for her flower girl. I have to say, I really love creating jewelry and accessories for weddings.  It was a joy to create these pieces!