Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Granny Square Brooch

As a lover of granny squares I always try to find other uses for these cuties aside from their enthroned function of blanket makers, so this is not a first.

This is what I made using a puff granny pattern. A kind of a cone shaped brooch although the pattern was a square. But, I didn't make it a full square. I left one side off and instead I alternated the pattern to make a kind of a crown to it.

With some pearls added it does have a royal glam:)
I made a crochet circle for the back, so along with the lovely shape and pattern, it also gained fullness.

This brooch is part of {my never ending in growth} Treasure Box Jewelry Collection which will soon eventually see the light of day!
I would love to have you stop by on Friday for a new crochet pattern. See you on Friday!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Eliza Inspiration - Copper and Felt Jewelry

Good morning all!
We woke up to a snowing morning! I was as happy as a child! I don't know about you, but for me it is a great source of inspiration. Talking about inspiration, I have a story to tell you about a retired psychologist who designs magical  wire wrapped and felt jewelry. Her name is Elizabeta Kostova and she revealed her inspiration during our little talk.

A word or two about you Eliza - when did the love towards this kind of jewelry develop and did you first start working with wire or felt?

My beginning in jewelry design was not at all accidental- just something I would use to fill my free time with. With me, it was out of a great, strong love, a passion for art since I was a little child. I loved painting - especially aquarelle, which I moved to a next level - painting on silk. Then there was a period I made icons. About 7-8 years ago I discovered the wool as an extraordinary material that can be blended with silk and other natural fabric and transformed into wondrous and unpredictable creations.However, the processing of wool is quite laborious and I also paint the wool myself.

Making felt brooches I needed pins for them and I tried making them out of copper wire. For me, the copper was another novelty and an extraordinary discovery and I am still exploring its possibilities. Especially its characteristic to change the color and get patinated. For several years, I have been simultaneously making copper wire and felt jewelry. My focus now is to combine felt jewelry that can be incorporated into a wire frame.

Is the making  of copper jewelry difficult?
I have been making this kind of jewelry using copper wire taken mainly out of electric cables and copper plates. It takes time to shape the wire and combine it with semi-precious stones or crystals; afterwards it is patinated and protected from  atmospheric influences. It is a several phases process and I try hard to make the final result radiate beauty and be unrepeatable.

Have you visited classes for metal / felt jewelry design?
No. My primary source of knowledge was and still is the internet. When it comes to the technical part, I also repeatedly consult other craftsmen and I try to learn and implement their suggestions.  

Where do you draw inspiration from? What kind of beads / stones do you like to use in your jewelry the most?
I love to research a lot and history of art is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. However, the greatest inspiration comes from the colors in nature, the colors of the rainbow, the sky, the colors of the semi-precious stones and crystals.
As a psychologist, I was intrigued to find out what kind of emotions do certain colors awake and what is the meaning of affinity or aversion towards a certain color and what it means for the person. As a psychologist I was also interested in the creative process and loved to view the world through the eyes of the creative people, the artists and not get stuck in the labyrinths of analysis. I strongly believe that every man has a potential to create, and sometimes it takes time and effort to be able to find the right thing. I also believe that in order a man to evolve as an artist or a designer, he should first evolve as a human being.

Creating something out of our vision by using our hands is a great gift and we should cherish it and use it to beautify the world.

Some of the pieces shown here are from her latest collection and they will be available soon in her shop.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Crochet Flower Motif - free pattern

I don't know about you guys, but I just blinked, and lo and behold it is Friday. Where has this whole week gone?
What I have prepared for you as a weekend project and my this one's as easy as it is cute, is this lovely flower motif. Maybe you who stick with me since ancient times remember the tubes I made eons ago. Well, I kept some for myself and decided to dress one up.
So this is the pattern for the flower motif. It can be made in (maybe less) than 10 minutes - it is so easy. I used sport cotton yarn and my beloved 1.9mm hook.
Let's go with the Flower Motif Pattern. Although I use the term round - this regards half rounds. Just saying.
Ch 6 and join to make a ring. (pic 1)
Round 1:
In ring, ch3 (counts as the first dc) next dc18 - there should be a total of 19 dcs. (pic 2)
Round 2:
Ch3, sk the 1st st, dc in the next two st. Ch3, sk 1 and repeat (making 3 dcs - pics 3+4+5). Repeat the pattern to the end of round.
Round 3:
Ch 3 and dc2tog (pic6), ch 4, sc on chain, ch4 more (pic 7), repeat pattern from beginning (pic 8).
Round 4:
Ch 5, sc in chain. Repeat this pattern for the whole round.  
You can attach a metal chain to it and make it into a lovely pendant necklace. As I said before, I used one of my tubes - if you want to make it, the pattern for it is here.
I sewed it at the center and added seed beads to outline the motif. Didn't want the tube bare, so I sewed some of the seed beads along with tiny wooden tubes / cylinder beads in a scattered like pattern to make it more attractive. Needless to say I am quite happy how it turned out.

Hope you make something with the motif.
Happy weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pixie Nook - A Charming Cottage for an Unforgettable Holiday

While searching for holiday places on the internet, keeping the wanderlust flame alive, I came by this amazing site I've actually found about recently, and what immediately caught my eyes was this breathtaking cottage that seems to be out of a fairy tale. I fell in love. Incurably. Understandably, I had to share it with you guys!

The name of the cottage is Pixie Nook and it is located in Warlaggen, Cornwall, the UK.
Nested among rich greenery on a street  bend, this cozy looking stone cottage does not immediately reveal what magic you are greeted inside.

But once upon entering it, you find yourself in another world!

The rich use of color inside as contrast to the white washed stone walls animates and invigorates one's mind. Materials and textures are masterfully combined and used - from velvety and richly embroidered pillows and throws, to cedar hot tub outdoors and lintel fireplace, this place spreads invigorating, positive energy. 



Imagine walking in the garden and enjoying coffee in the morning, having a picnic in the verdant garden, a cozy night in front of the fireplace or even better- having a late night splash in the hot-water tub.

Dream holiday wishes....hope this one comes true....


Monday, January 9, 2017

Inspiration Monday: Anna Gordon - A Contemporary Jeweler


I was first attracted by Anna's Gordon one of a kind Origami brooches and fascinated by the design and play of different materials. She has been a jeweler since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1994 and her jewelry is predominantly made of precious materials including oxidized silver, 18 k gold and platinum.
Where she finds inspiration for her work?
"I am constantly influenced by my surroundings.  Sometimes it is considered, and other times these influences only become recognizable on completion of a piece.  These include nature or architectural detail, as well as everyday objects found around my home and workshop.  Each idea is sketched, and although I use a lot of geometric shapes in my work, I make each piece by hand in order to retain the spontaneity of the drawings."
Read more about her work and inspiration here.
See more of her contemporary pieces here.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Crochet Butterfly - free pattern

Happy Friday all!
Here's an easy and fast weekend project - a small crochet butterfly.
For the butterfly I used embroidery floss and a 1.7 mm hook.
For the body cut a 1.50m of floss and double it.  
Chain 9.
Row 1: sl st in the 2nd ch from hook, then hdc (7) across. Cut floss, tie a knot and weave it through the body.
For the wings:
Insert floss in the 3 st of the body and ch3. In the next st, dc1, tr2. In the next st, tr1, dc1, ch 3 and sl st. Sl st in the next st and ch 3. In the next st dc2 and hdc1, ch2 and sl st (all in the same stitch).

Ch 1 and (going below the body) insert the floss in the same  st of the opposite side and work the above pattern backwards.
It can be used as applique for decoration or to make hairpins / hair combs with it. Enjoy it!