When I saw Sarah post the idea of creating with sequins, I was excited to join in because the hop allowed us to create anything with sequins, not only jewelry. This sparked wonderful ideas of embroidering again as I had years ago, creating sequin embellished quilts, and giving a go at making cool sequin jewelry.
I began with a big bowl of sequin soup and three projects in mind:
1) embellish a beautiful bag gifted to my daughter for her birthday with hand embroidery and delicate, lovely AB sequins and beads
2) create a fantastic I-don't-care-if-it's-a-cliche-cause-I-know-I-look-festive-and-feel-like-a-hoot pretty sweater with an embellished Christmas tree made entirely of stacked sequins
3) create hand-sewn vintage cotton drawstring bags, embellished with sequin flowers, to hold the various colors of gemstone and bead treasures for my wonderful partner in the Pantone Fall /Winter 2012 Colors Bead Swap (the awesome Lori Anderson!! :)
And then I got the flu ....
I haven't had the flu in years, and it really knocked me down. It took a week and a half of my precious beading time. Chills, a terrible cold, and a painful cough. With it being so early in the season, I know many others have also been unexpectedly hit with the illness, and so first of all, I wish everyone well!
So I'm trying to be proud of my accomplishments, however simple. I love to quilt, and in many ways not completing my three projects (plus a sparkling surprise quilt thrown in) is a little disheartening. But I thank Sarah for the inspiration, the fun of the projects, and all the ideas. With Sarah's Sequintastic September blog hop for inspiration, it just might be a Sequintastic Holiday at my house too! Now that I've begun crafting with sequins, I'm happy to keep on sparkling up my world.
I started by creating hand-sewn bags from vintage cotton fabric: a happy, Floridan pattern in orange and pink with cute lady bugs for good luck.
I spent several nights watching "Little House on the Prairie" while sewing as if I lived in one: very s-l-o-w-l-y by hand. And while I occasionally thought about how easily and quickly I'd have sewn my vintage cotton bags using my beloved, sophisticated modern machine, I enjoyed the ritual.
I created split sides and added a wide drawstring of organza ribbon to open and close the bags easily.
The vintage cotton felt good to hold and sew, and smelled so nice and clean washed up and ironed. The rhythm of the stitch work was meditative and the bags were made with love, imperfect and yet with care. I enjoyed creating them.
The blossoms have lots of dimension, and can be easily be made larger or smaller, using various sized sequins. The seed beads make the simple flowers bloom. The sequintastic flowers could be used in so many ways: in floral motif jewelry, as hair accessories, to sparkle up clothing.
The tutorials I used to create the sequin flowers are "How to make sequin flowers Part 1" and "How to make sequin flowers Part 2" by Susi of "sillyshysushi" on youtube. I used 8mm sequins and size 6 Czech silver lined seed beads.
Thank you for sharing a Sequintastic September Saturday blog hop! Enjoy the wonderful sequin creations from all the participating artists:)
Host: Sarah... http://saturdaysequins.com
Karen W... http://baublicious.blogspot.com
Dawn Marie... http://designsbydawnmarie.blogspot.com
Rita... http://www.toltecjewels.blogspot.com < -- You are here :)
Toltec Jewels is an author by day and jewelry artist by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA in a permanent collection of mixed media art and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for both her literary and jewelry art.
She is also the creator of Jewel School Friends, a community of expert and emerging jewelry/ bead artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. JSF features jewelry designers and bead artists, and supports entrepreneurship for independent artisans. Join her at Jewel School Friends on Facebook for Beads of Courage fundraisers, blog hops and giveaways, and of course beautiful gems, beads, and jewelry by the jewelry arts community.