So you decide to ‘Do a Craft Fair’ – a personal view

Hello Friends!

In my last blog I said that I would write about my experiences ‘doing a craft fair’ and I must stress that this is a very personal view.

How many of you reading this will have tried your hand at a craft fair?  Quite a few I would imagine. It takes a lot of planning and preparation.  What goods do you sell?  Targeted at a potential market or just everything you’ve got?  How are you going to arrange your stall?

I did a craft stall at a North Norfolk craft fair on a hot August Bank Holiday weekend some years ago and didn’t sell a thing [see previous blog 8th February 2013 Art – v – Commerce…] This, I must say, put me off a bit but in September I had another go.

A bright sunny morning dawned.  It was mid September.  I packed my items (decided to take the lot in the end) and made the short trip down to the village hall.  Walking into a room full of people you don’t know is quite a daunting experience (at least it is for me!) but I’d come this far so in I went.  I had decided on quite a simple arrangement for the stall – just a pretty cloth with some height introduced by placing some cardboard boxes on the table and draping the cloth over it.  I knew there wouldn’t be any electric plugs to hand so didn’t bring any lights.  I had pinned all my brooches to a plain cream cushion and they looked very pretty. The aim was just to try and sell some jewellery and see how it went.  It didn’t take long to set up and then I sat behind my table and waited.

The stalls were part of a charity event and by 9.30 people started to come in for the tea, coffee and cakes.  But would they notice me and more importantly, my jewellery?

My experience as a receptionist has taught me quite a lot about reading body language.  When someone comes into the reception area how they hold themselves, how they speak and their general ‘mien’ can tell me a lot about how they are feeling.  It is much the same when you are trying to sell something.  With craft fairs when someone comes up to the stall it could be……….

(a) I’ll just take a look.  What’s this person selling?  Oh jewellery!  Not quite my thing … and then they drift off often without making eye contact.

(b) Casual browsers.  They come up to the stall.  Look at it.  Don’t touch anything – perhaps smile, if you’re lucky – then move on.

(c) People who are really interested!  My favourite of course!  I don’t mind if they don’t actually buy anything. I am quite happy for them to pick up the jewellery and handle it. I just want them to talk to me so that I can engage with them.

After a few of (a) and (b) I decided to be a bit more proactive.  When people came up to the stall, I smiled and said ‘hello!’ and often a brief conversation would ensue.

An elderly lady approached the stall, gave it a cursory view then remarked ‘I’ve always admired people who do this kind of thing, but it’s never been for me.  No make up, no jewellery, plain Jane, that’s me’.  I didn’t know quite how to reply to this, so just smiled politely.  She went off in the direction of the tea and cakes.

Two women came up. One, well dressed (smart casual) and festooned with gold jewellery remarked with a smile ‘Hmm, I prefer real jewellery myself.  My husband was in the trade’.  To which I just smiled and laughed (thinking inwardly, well, that depends upon what you consider jewellery to be) … anyway her friend took a different view and bought quite a lot.

A few minutes later she came back.  ‘I’ve lost one of the earrings I just bought!’ she wailed. ‘It’s because you gave her a bag with a hole in it’ added her friend (of the gold jewellery).  Well, eventually after much scrabbling about on the floor we found it and I apologised profusely, inwardly kicking myself for such a stupid mistake.  That’ll teach me to check the bags I put people’s purchases in, in future!

Overall, I did quite well.   I sold some necklaces, earrings and amazingly a few of the brooches sold, which surprised me as they are a much neglected item of jewellery.  I think this was due to the fact that I had pinned them to a cushion which helped to set them off.  One of the other stallholders bought a brooch, saying (without a trace of emotion) that it would look good on her suit when she attended her mother’s funeral.

On reflection I should have brought some work to do whilst I sat there as in the inevitable ‘lulls’ between customers I sat there looking at the clock whose hands seemed on a go slow  at times.  I was glad when it was time to pack up as after 3 hours of sitting there I’d had enough.  There were a few half price cakes left at the end and I bought some, fully intending to gorge myself when got home.  Strangely I felt tired, even though I hadn’t really been doing anything.

Putting your work which, if you’re anything like me, has a lot of yourself in it on display in front of the public, creates mixed emotions.  I always ask myself, is it good enough?  Is is appealing enough?  But, I don’t really know why I do this, as when it comes down to it you have to follow your heart when it comes to any kind of craft work, or it is not an honest piece.  What I have made, I have made and so be it.

Do I really enjoy the selling bit?  To be honest, not really.  The creating bit is much more fun.  Feeling under pressure to make things for the sole purpose of selling, is a surefire way to stifle creativity as it creates tension in me and then things don’t go right.  I give a lot of my work away to friends as presents and this gives me much more pleasure.  If I do sell, I’ll say, ‘Oh you can have it for ‘X’ amount – knowing full well that it’s probably cheap.  But then, the pricing bit is the hardest of all.  Overprice and you don’t sell.  Underprice and you could be making more.  It’s a dilemma that probably faces craftspeople all over the world.

One thing I’m sure of however ,is that all that really matters is creating a piece that you are happy with; that satisfies you in terms of creativity, finishing and quality. Otherwise, why make anything in the first place?

If you have any views, comments to make on the above please, as always, contact me at hennypenny705@gmail.com

Until next time ……….

 

Vintage crystal necklace inspired by late autumn flowers

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Hello friends!

My window faces on to my front garden where a few late autumn flowers are still blooming. They seemed almost to glow amongst the fading autumn leaves.  With winter just around the corner, the flowers that are still bravely making an effort are all the more valuable … summer’s final fling you might say.  These soft muted colours inspired me to make the crystal and flower necklace pictured below (see Picture 1).

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The techniques used in  this  necklace are linking, wrapped loops and macrame.

Materials: Length of brass chain incorporating large brass rings; small bell flowers (sourced from Beads Unlimited); Glass pearls – these from a charity shop necklace but they are readily available from bead suppliers; old crystals (taken from a necklace bought at a charity shop, but smokey crystal glass would produce the same effect); brass headpins (to attach the flowers to the chain); Macrame cord; little blue beads with fairly large holes;

Method:

1. First I took the crystals off the necklace and attached them to the large brass rings which formed part of the original necklace. See picture 2 below.

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2. Then I made up the bell flower dangles using headpins – a pearl first followed by the flower then making a wrapped loop. I found that the headpins would not go through the pearls so I used my wire cutters to sharpen them to a point by cutting obliquely – a useful tip this and a new discovery! Take care with this as the points of the head pins become sharp once they’ve been cut! See pictures 3 and 4 below. Picture 5 shows three bell flower dangles attached to a brass ring – I thought they looked better hung in a cluster than individually.

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Then I made up the necklace by cutting a length of the brass chain, finding the centre and spacing the dangles along its length.  Each dangle attached by a brass ring with the sequence: crystal on brass ring, three flower dangles on a brass ring.  See pictures 6 and 9 below.

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4. I decided to finish off the necklace with a length of macrame.  There are lots of tutorials on U Tube which can teach you this (if you don’t know already!) I like macrame as it feels soft around your neck and I didn’t want to make the necklace too heavy.  See pictures 7 and 8 below. I used soft green macrame cord and some soft blue rocaille beads with largish holes from my stash.  The necklace is finished off with a lobster clasp in brass.

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I hope the pictures have come out all right – this necklace was difficult to photograph as the colours are muted – chosen deliberately as autumn is a season full of dreamy colours.

I no longer have the necklace as it sold at a recent craft fair I did. I was pleased that someone liked it and I hope it gives them pleasure. I think I have enough materials to make another … perhaps I won’t let that one go but wear it myself.

In my next blog I’ll talk about the ‘ups and downs’ of having a stall at a craft fair …. until then happy beading!

EXOTIC NECKLACE

100_1879100_1876The hot sultry weather we had in July made me think of hot steamy exotic places and an idea started forming in my mind that I would create a necklace based on beads from exotic locations. As a starting point I had a few painted wooden beads (old favourites that had been sitting in my bead box a while) and my mother’s carved rabbit bead which she always wore round her neck on a cord. I started an internet search and came up with Earthly Adornments – a USA based company specialising in old (and new) original one off beads. Well, to say I was like a kid in a sweetshop would be to put it mildly – eventually I settled on a few beads that matched the colourways I had envisaged for my necklace.

I don’t know what it is, but receiving packages from abroad always sends a frisson of excitement up my spine .. and when I opened the package … I wasn’t disappointed!

The beads are strung on black waxed cord and although quite simple to thread, it was quite hard to get the balance right as they are a mixture of shapes and sizes. I made a simple overhand knot occasionally if I feel the necklace needed it.  I had to put the fish (exquisitely carved from fruit wood) on a piece of wire as no matter how I tried the hole was not straight enough to get the cord through.

100_1891I then had to balance the other side by putting the 3 old German glass beads also on wire (see last picture at the bottom of the page).

I finished off with a couple of large brass rings and sari ribbon with the clasp and jump ring attached to the ribbon using ribbon clamps. Although the necklace is big and chunky it is light to wear as the beauty of wood is that it is light which enables you to wear a statement piece without feeling weighed down.

I am no expert on carved wooden beads but my mother’s carved rabbit bead is either a netsuke or an ojime and was worn on a cord around the waist to act as a closure for the imro, the small wooden box which carried people’s personal possessions as Kimonos had no pockets. They are still made today (usually from boxwood) and are really lovely to collect. An internet search will reveal places where you can buy them.

I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures and that it will inspire you to make an exotic necklace of your own, perhaps incorporating some favourite beads that you have in your bead stache.

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100_1888Until next time …… take care and be happy!

 

Henrietta

FUN WITH BUTTONS

Most people have got buttons in their homes lying about somewhere.  I have always loved them and when I was little liked nothing better than rummaging through my grandmother’s button jar picking out all the unusual ones I could find.  Although I have sometimes added buttons to jewellery – for example when I make cuff bracelets out of fabric – I have never tried to make jewellery from buttons alone.  So I thought I would have a go with some very pretty little bird buttons I picked up in a shop in Cambridge.  Straight away I encountered some problems as buttons have their centre of gravity in the middle – here I’m talking about the buttons with holes in the centre not ‘shank’ buttons (which have a metal loop at the back).  This means they tend not to lie flat when you thread them and tip over so all that is visible is the edge and not the flat surface of the button which is not the effect you are trying to create.  Drawing inspiration from an article in a beading magazine which used flat shapes to make a bracelet I came up with the following method which is illustrated below.

To make my birdie bracelet you will need the following:

About 4 or 5 birdie buttons (I got these from a website called http://www.buttonmad.com/)

Some strong thread narrow enough to go through the holes (twice) This needs to be long enough to be knotted and will be used double so bear this in mind when you make your choice as to how much you use and the width of the thread

Some matching beads

A clasp and a jump ring

Method:

1. Double up your thread and place it through the jump ring.  Take the two cut ends and pass them through the loop and pull tight.  Some people might call this a ‘clove hitch’ knot – macramé experts will call this a larks head knot.

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3. Divide the thread and placing your button flat on the work surface take one thread down through the hole and the second thread up through the same hole. Repeat the procedure with the second hole in the button, i.e. one thread up and one thread down with both threads going through the same hole.  Pull tight.  Then knot the two threads together with an overhand knot.

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4. Add the spacer beads and do another overhand knot. Continue with another button and so on until your bracelet is the desired length.

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5. Finish by pulling the double thread through the loop in the clasp and making a clove hitch/larks head knot.  A little dab of glue will prevent the knot from unravelling.

Below is the finished necklace. I added a couple of extra buttons on the end as I ran out of the birdie ones!

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I hope this post will encourage you have a rummage in your button box and make a necklace or bracelet.  If you don’t have many buttons I suggest charity shops as a good source and there are also a number of websites which specialise in buttons… there is a lot of variety out there!

Until next time ….

WELCOME THE SPRING! – How to make a pressed flower necklace

It seems that Spring has already arrived at long last.  Last year, inspired by a group of celandines growing at the bottom of my garden, I made a pressed flower necklace.  This article first appeared in Beads and Beyond magazine (November 2012) but in case you missed it, details are below.

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If you are short of pressed flowers then paper or fabric flower embellishments such as are used in card making do just as well. The earrings pictured in this article have been made using little paper flowers.

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MATERIALS

Pendant:One pressed flower/flower embellishment,20 cm patinated copper wire (2cm guage),Thick paper, Modpodge glue, Glossy Accents (this is resin in a bottle which you can buy at any good craft outlet), A piece of scrap fabric, Embroidery silk or thicker 20lb hemp cord,One patinated copper bail (preferably with a jump ring attached)

Necklace: 144 cm hemp cord ((fine – 10lb),10 yellow 6 mm oblong wooden beads, 20 green 6 mm oblong wooden beads, 10 red glass 5 mm cube beads, 8 green flower beads,2 blue glass bellflower beads, 2 glass leaves, 2 antique copper 6 mm headpins, 2 small copper spacer beads, 4 patinated 5 mm copper necklace crimp ends, 42 cm patinated copper chain, 1 patinated copper clasp and jump ring 

TOOLS REQUIRED

Hobby brush, square nosed pliers, crimping pliers, chain nosed pliers, cocktail stick, sharp scissors

Step by Step Instructions

The necklace looks more complicated than it actually is. Please refer to the photographs below.

The Pendant …..

1 Glue the pressed flower/flower embellishment on to a piece of thick paper using a hobby brush to apply ModPodge and leave to dry. Paint a layer of ModPodge over the top to provide a seal.

2 Cut a piece of patinated copper wire to a length of 20 cm and form an oval around the flower, ensuring that the flower is centred within the oval. Make a wrapped loop in the wire.

3 Adhere the wire oval to the paper using ModPodge – extra glue may need to be added as there must be no gaps between the wire and the paper. Leave for 24 hours to dry thoroughly. Cut carefully around the wire oval.

4 Put a layer of Glossy Accents within the wire oval and leave to dry for 24 hours.  It will dry clear. Be careful not to shake the bottle as this encourages bubbles to form which will then appear on the pendant … that is unless you want a bubbled effect!

5 Cut a piece of scrap fabric in a matching colour and cut to the shape of the wire oval.  Glue it to the back.

6 Take three strands of embroidery silk and tape them to the work surface.  Plait them and secure the ends with a little glue.  If you intend to use hemp cord as an edging around the pendant omit this step.

7 Glue the plaited embroidery silk/thick hemp cord around the edge of the pendant so that the two ends finish at the top. A cocktail stick is perfect for edging the plaited silk/cord into place.

Now for the necklace … if you wish you can suspend the pendant upon a piece of simple ribbon or chain but if you want to go the whole hog here’s the rest of the article! 

8 Cut 4 lengths of fine hemp cord 36 cm long. Take two lengths of cord and make an overhand knot leaving a tail at the end.  Thread 3 wooden beads on to the right strand.  Take the left strand and make a knot a little way along opposite the 2nd oblong bead, thread on a cube bead and make another knot. Then bring the two threads together and make a double knot.

9.Then bring the two threads together and make a double knot. Thread on a flower bead and make another double knot.

Now take the left strand of the cord and thread on three oblong wooden beads.  Take the right strand and knot the cube bead on to the cord a little way along as before.  Double knot the two cords and thread on a flower bead, double knotting again to hold it in place.  Continue with this alternating pattern until all 4 flower beads have been threaded finishing with three oblong beads and one cube bead. Make up the second side of the necklace in the same way. Attach the copper crimps to all 4 ends using crimp pliers. Trim off any projecting cord with sharp scissors.

10. Attach pendant to the jump ring on the copper bail. Cut 42 cm of copper chain (I have used 5 mm link) and thread it through the bail.  Spread the chain out on a flat surface centering the pendant and attach one of the crimped ends of the beaded cord to the chain with a jump ring, one link away from the bail.  Do the same on the other side.

Using a jump ring, attach the other two free ends of the beaded cord to the opposite ends of the chain using a jump ring.  Both chain and beaded cord should be the same length. Attach necklace clasp to one side and a jump ring to the other side.

11. Make two bead dangles by threading a small copper bead, a bellflower bead and a glass leaf on to a copper headpin.  Make a loop in the top and attach to the bail jump ring.

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Below is a pair of earrings which I made on similar lines this time using paper flowers (see above) This time I used patterned paper as the background which provides an interesting variation.

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This jewellery takes quite a long time to make but is well worth it as the results are something individual and quite unique.  After all, what could be more unique than a flower?

A few tips about pressed flowers … which I picked up from a craft book somewhere..

Choose a dry day … damp flowers don’t press well, neither do flowers covered in early morning dew .. beautiful and romantic as they may seem.

When picking wild flowers, be responsible.  If there is only one flower growing by the wayside, leave it.  I only pick when there are lots of flowers there, and then only one or two. Put the picked flower in plastic bag immediately and press it between sheets of blotting paper as soon as you get home. A word of warning don’t use paper towels/kitchen roll as it will mark the flowers with little indentations which spoils the look of them.

That’s all for now folks!  I will write again when I have something worthwhile to say!

Inspired by Fenland Landscape – how to make brooch/pendant from scrap fabric

THE FENS are really beautiful in winter ….. especially on the rare bright frosty days when the sky is a blue dome over your head and reflected in the straight channels of the dykes below. The winter wheat is a carpet of green in the fields and little groups of snow white swans float effortlessly on the clear rippled water. Inspired by these colours I decided to use up some of my fabric scraps to make some brooches and pendants.

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Instructions/materials are set out below:

You will need:Some scraps of fabric in the colours of your choice – these can be of assorted sizes but no more than half an inch by half an inch. Even tiny scraps will add to the overall effect. I have used some tiny scraps of lace in one of the designs but it is up to you.
Some iron on interfacing such as you find in haberdashery shops
Some sequins in flower shapes. www.simplysequins.co.uk  is a good website to buy them from
A few pieces of wool/yarn or mixed fibres. I found mine at simply sequins (as above) but you need something that will give some texture to the whole design
Some metallic thread in a colour that will stand out as the thread is a feature of the design.
Some pieces of calico or other strong stiff cotton
A metal bail – for the pendant – I purchased mine from www.jillybeads.co.uk
Mod Podge glue and Epoxy glue (something strong like Araldite)
Beadalon or Flexrite wire – for the pendant
A clasp and jump ring – for the pendant
Two small metal crimping beads
Brooch bar or pin – for the brooch

Tools: an iron, an ironing blanket or ironing board, some greaseproof paper, needle, scissors, pinking shears, crimping pliers

Picture 1 below is of my scraps box, showing the mixture of fabrics I collect. I keep this handy on my work table and whenever I have anything left over I pop it in.

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My scraps box

Method

Take a mixture of scraps in your chosen colours . Here I’ve chosen mostly blue and green. Put the iron on interfacing on to an ironing blanket or ironing board. Place the scraps on the sticky side of the iron on interfacing in an interlocking pattern so as to cover the interfacing and place some greaseproof paper over the top. It can be difficult to work out which side is the sticky one especially under electric light so if in doubt test some fabric on a small piece. Then get a hot iron and press it on to the paper so that the fabric pieces bond to the interfacing. Picture 2 below shows an example of the effect you are trying to create – although the colours are different.

100_1698Cut this ironed piece into inch squares using pinking shears – the shears give the squares a nice edge
Cut pieces of calico the same size as the squares – these will form the backing
Using metallic thread sew scraps of fabric/lace/sequins/yarn on to the squares. This is the fun bit especially the sequins!
Glue the calico backing on to the finished squares.

For the brooch, glue a brooch bar on to the back – I find the epoxy glue best for this.

For the pendant – make a small hole in the centre of the square about 2 mm from the top. Put the bail pin through the hole and press together at the back. If you haven’t used a bail before look on any good bead supply website and you will see from the picture how they work.
Cut a piece of flexible metal coated wire to the desired length and suspend the pendant on the wire using the bail. At one end, thread a crimp on to the wire and pass the wire through the loop attached to the clasp and then again through the crimp pulling the crimp tight against the clasp. Crimp the wire into place. Do the same with the jump ring at the other end. Cut off any excess tail ends. If you haven’t used a crimp or crimping pliers before it’s quite easy. Crimps are little tiny metal tubes and they are threaded over wire, then pressed over it to keep it in place. Crimping pliers have two separate grooves in them. The second groove is used first to press the crimp on to the wire in a half moon shape. Then the pliers are moved and the first groove is used to press the crimp again so that it folds over itself and holds the wire in place. Pictorial instructions on how to use crimping pliers are shown in the March issue of Beads and Beyond magazine.

Alternatively if you don’t want to use crimps and wire a simple knotted cord would do just as well. I often use cord for my pendants!

The result is light and pretty jewellery – the brooch won’t make holes in your clothes like some of the heavier metal brooches do and the pendant is so light to wear that you wouldn’t know you had it on … except when you get admiring remarks from friends of course!

I sincerely hope the instructions I have given are clear, but you have any queries or if there is anything you don’t understand, please don’t hesitate to contact me on henrietta.white1@btinternet.com.

Until next time …

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In Praise of Robins

If you ask most people in the British Isles if they like robins they will say ‘yes’ – the very word robin conjures up the iconic picture of a little bird sitting on a garden spade … the gardener’s friend.

But it is the robin’s song that endears these little birds to me. They are one of the few birds that sing all winter long. Often have I leaned out of my window and, in the grey light of an early winter dawn the clear notes of the robin’s song cascade through the darkness, bringing light and hope. It is a song of piercing sweetness and so I tell myself that since these brave little birds sing …. then so can I.

Until next time ….

Art – v – Commerce – the Designer’s Dilemma

I have been designing and making jewellery for a long time and like many others try to sell my work. A few years ago, prompted by a newspaper ad, I decided to try my luck at an annual craft fair held at a popular venue on the North Norfolk coast. My family and I made the hour long trip with a car load of jewellery I had made and we set up our stall outside a friend’s coffee shop. We were glad to get this position as we thought that a lot of people would pass the stall and take a look on the way to get some refreshment. It was a blazing hot day and setting up the stall was not easy. Parking was limited and we had to lug all the stock plus the table quite a long way from the car and that was before we had even set up. Well it proved a three ‘P’ day … that’s shorthand for Pick up, Put down and Push off (and that’s putting it politely) …. Midday passed and I hadn’t sold a single thing. By mid afternoon we decided to pack up and go home.

When I got home I spread out all the jewellery on the table and took a long hard look at what I’d made … the result of many evenings sitting in front of the TV with the beads, thread and findings on a tray putting it all together. I’d made chunky necklaces with bracelets and earrings to match. I’d made delicate necklaces with bracelets and earrings to match. I had tried to please everyone and in the end pleased no one – not even myself. I was so dissatisfied with what I’d made that I took the whole lot to the charity shop.

You see I had failed to listen to that still small voice inside me which said ‘Listen to your heart. Follow your instincts. Don’t just make something because you think it will sell. Make what comes out of your imagination’.

It was a tough learning experience but now I do listen to that still small voice. If people don’t like what I make that’s fine as jewellery (and for that matter all art forms) are a matter of personal taste; but of course I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t hope that someone somewhere will look at one of my creations and think ‘Yes, I like that’ and maybe even want to buy it either for themselves or as a present for someone.

At least I know that each piece of jewellery I make is an honest piece and I put my best efforts into making it wearable and as well put together as I can make it.

I would be interested to hear whether anyone else has had a similar selling experience and how they reacted to the ‘Art – v – Commerce’ dilemma … or indeed whether, in their view, the dilemma exists at all?

Comments invited please!

Until next time ….

How to Make Hoar Frost pendant – or something similar

Below are instructions for making the fabric/bead pendant featured in my last blog. This method can be used to make a pendant in whatever colours you choose.

You will need: two squares of plain fairly strong fabric (I have used calico); Stazon ink; a stamp such as those used for card making; some sequins; some rocaille beads; some iron on interfacing; some thin cord (I have used hemp cord); some metallic thread; two lengths of fairly strong silver wire; two calotte crimps; necklace fastenings.

Method: Iron a piece of plain fabric on to some iron on interfacing (such as can be bought in haberdashery shops) placing a piece of greaseproof paper between the fabric and the iron to prevent scorching.  Cut the fabric plus interfacing into two squares approximately one inch by one inch – one for the front of the pendant, one for the back.   Stamp one of the squares (which will be the front)  with Stazon ink in your design and colour of choice;  Sew sequins on to the square that has been stamped;  Sew the two squares of fabric together using the metallic thread – blanket stitch is best.  Once the squares have been stitched together sew some rocaille beads around the edge;  Make two holes in the square a little way from the top and an equal distance from each side. Put the lengths of silver wire through the holes and make wrapped loops on each side. 

Then take the two lengths of hemp cord and put them through the two loops of wire one on each side – double. To estimate how much cord you will need measure the length of the necklace and double it.  The cord is then knotted with beads. Make one knot close to the wire loop joining the two strands of cord together. Thread 3 small beads on to the left strand of cord. Make a knot to join the two strands of cord together. Then thread 3 small beads on to the right strand of cord. Make another knot to join the two strands together. Continue until the cord is the desired length and tie a double knot at the end to join the two strands together. Cover the knot with a calotte crimp. Do the same on the other side of the necklace, again covering the end knot with a calotte crimp. Attach necklace fastenings to the two crimps.

This is a good way to use up left over scraps of fabric and also beads. The pendant is light and comfortable to wear.

If you have any questions please let me know.

Until next time …..