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Tassels, The Ultimate Furniture Jewelry

I have always loved tassels, and my home is filled with these lovely adornments. Here are a few of the unique tassels that I created for classes or just myself.

Persephone’s Bell

This floral tassel definitely belongs in a fairy tale. The top of the tassel is a dyed gourd; the tassel itself is made from wire ribbon formed into gorgeous fuchsias. Wire leaves and silk flowers are also made to enhance the piece. Beads and charms and ribbon worked leaves complete the tassel, adding a silk cord to hang from your fairy garden trellis.

Morning Glory Tassel

The Morning Glory Tassel showcases the many different types of ribbons that I carry in my store. The tassel top was made from a cardboard tube covered with vintage jacquard ribbon. The top was then embellished with hand made flowers and ribbons from the French Wire Ribbon section. The tassel fringes are made from the Hanah Silk Ribbons, 7mm silk ribbon, gauze ribbon and novelty yarns.

Cotillion Tassel

cotillion tassel, ribbonwork, ribbon flowers, ribbon, beads

A very feminine addition to any space inhabited by a woman, perhaps hung on her boudoir mirror or sewing room. The base of the tassel is covered with a small bit of tapestry fabric that is adorned with velvet ribbons and charms. Jacquard ribbons and silk cords are stitched with beads and more ribbon and dangle from the base. These dangles are encrusted with beads and charms. The stem of the silk cord becomes a very stylized fuchsia made from French wire ribbon.

Parisian Couture Tassel

Ribbons and beads are combined to create a magical, colorful, embroidered and festooned tassel. French jacquard ribbon is stitched onto a base with embroidery and beads, which is used for the tassel top. The fringe is a luscious array of Hanah silk bias ribbons combined with beads.

Floral Pastoral Tassel

Floral Pastoral Tassel showcases the many different types of ribbon and their versatility. The tassel top was made from machine stitched cotton paper, reinforced with Timtex, stitched by machine and formed into the shape. The tassel top was then embellished with hand made flowers and ribbons from the Crazy Quilt Ribbon section and our French Wire Ribbon section. The lace and some of the ribbons were hand dyed using the Color Hue dyes. The tassel fringes are made from the Hanah Silk Ribbons. A sprinkling of silk ribbon embroidery and glass beads were added for extra sparkle.

Hope that your home is filled with treasures too!

Enjoy~ Christen

Textured and Treated Reticule

This is a new class that I just finished teaching at Joggles, it is called the Textured and Treated Reticule. This was a three-week course to make this four sided purse, though some students opted to make a wall hanging.

machine stitched fabricIn Lesson 1 a portion of the fabric was manipulated with a product called Texture Magic, and another portion was stitched with twin-needle machine embroidery.

cords and trendrils

In Lesson 2 novelty yarns were applied by machine, andĀ  Kreinik’s Fine Braid #8 was used in the bobbin. Machine made metallic vines and tendrils were made with Sulky metallic threads, then were and added to the base. Finally hand stitched rayon cord and hand-made twisted cords made from novelty yarns were added for more texture.

bead embroidery

In Lesson 3 fabric yo-yos were made and stitched to the surface; shisha mirrors were embroidered around the mirrors. Hand embroidery using YLI’s Candlelight threads and Kreinik’s Fine Braid #8 was stitched in a variety of raised and textured techniques. Buttons and charms and bead embroidery are added to finish the embellishments.

Happy Stitching ~ Christen

Magic Web part 2

Magic Web is a class that I teach for Joggles.com. This is the examples from the second and final day of class.
solvy fabric heartThis was the original example for the Magic Web class. The fabric and yarns were sandwiched together using Solvy, a water soluble stabilizer and lots and lots of machine stitching. The heart shape was then cut out, and embellished with shisha mirrors (my own technique); buttons and beads. Then the piece was attached to a baking, and then more embellishment was attached to the edges, and dangles of beads and charms added to the bottom of the brooch.

solvy fabric heartThis is a sample that I made in class, using the same design as the first heart. I added more mirrors, and fewer buttons so there was more room for beading around the mirrors, and adding in smaller sections of beads.

solvy fabric heartThis is another sample from the class. Here the design is similar to the first brooch, with one mirror and several buttons. I added a cord around the edge, then added in the dangles. I like the soft coloring of this brooch, and the copper dangles.

Enjoy, Christen

Summer Sweet Scents: TTM Nature Challenge

Summer Sweet Scents

Summer Sweet Scents

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week: Nature. I chose a sweet little girl holding her puppy, and placed her in a field of butterflies, paper roses, shell buttons, and other treasures.

Great prompt, thanks again ladies for all the work that you do to keep these challenges, challenging!

Enjoy- Christen

Friday’s Favorites: Mother of Pearl part 2

necklace made from vintage and new mother of pearl buttons

Enchanted Butterflies

Friday’s Favorites is continuing this month with Mother of pearl. This week I want to show you jewelry that I have made with MOP buttons, charms and beads.

Enchanted Butterflies is an adaptation of my “Entwined Treasures” pattern. The base is created by entwining and stitching silk cords, into a base. This base is then embellished with buttons and charms, and the beads are attached with the peyote stitch.

ribbon bracelets stitched with vintage mother of pearl buttons

Mother of Pearl Button Bracelets

Button bracelets have been around for many decades. You may have one of those cuff bracelets that your mom made with an elastic crochet or stretchy gimp base that is encrusted with vintage buttons and beads.
These two bracelets here are a take-off on those original bracelets.
I chose to use a ribbon for the base (because I don’t like the elastic), using a button for the closure. The top bracelet, which is a sample of my “Klimpt Kollage Kuff” pattern, is encrusted with buttons, while the buttons are stitched in a design on the bottom bracelet.

vintage tie neckpiece

Hopscotch

The neck-piece here is made from the tie that my dad wore at his wedding. The buttons are vintage carved Mother of pearl with celluloid discs.
The pin base is a wide ribbon, encrusted with Mother of pearl buttons and buckles, celluloid buttons, and roses that I made from gimp and vintage zippers.

necklace strand made from amethyst and mother of pearl buttons

Pearl's Delight

This necklace incorporates small mother of pearl buttons with beads, strung on #10 Soft Flex.. The beads are amethyst, fresh water pearls, mother of pearl and seed beads. This necklace and the bracelets below were created to wear with “Pearl’s Delight” jacket ensemble, that is covered in vintage lace and vintage Mother of pearl buttons.

bracelets made from mother of pearl buttons

Mother of Pearl Bracelets

These bracelets are all made from vintage Mother of pearl buttons. The top and bottom bracelets are samples from my “Bohemian Button Bracelet” pattern, these are strung on Soft Flex as the necklace above. The middle bracelet is a sample of my “Button Bracelet” pattern using the peyote stitch.

mother of pearl buttons

Vintage at Heart

These are two pins that I made using vintage Mother of pearl buttons. The pin on the left is made from muslin fabric and is covered with buttons. The pin to the right is made from silk fabric with a piece of vintage lace, the buttons are all carved.

Vintage Mother of pearl buttons are still around in some abundance, what will you make with them?
Enjoy what you do, it’s good for you! Christen

The Castle Door: ABAA Key Challenge

The Castle Door

The Castle Door

This month over at Rosie and Linda’s Awfully Big Art Adventure the challenge was to use a key, it could be an old key, a new key or a key that you made. Great challenge, everyone who enters always has an interesting view on the challenge, take a look when you get a chance.

I thought of an image of an old castle door that had been weathered, with a big door knocker, a brass knob and big hinges. I searched Ebay and found this large old key that is used for the hanger here; I also found a few old skeleton keys to add in here and there with my newer keys and heart shaped locks. The base is machine pieced and machine quilted. TheĀ  charms, keys and buttons are attached with embroidery floss

Enjoy- Chrisetn

Through the Fairie’s Window: TTM Challenge

Through the Fairies Window

Through the Fairie's Window

The challenge this week over at The Three Muses was to use a window in your work. Please stop by and see the rest of the entries, they are always creative and wonderfully varied!

I started with a cardboard box from my face lotion which I had taken out the clear cellophane window. I gathered three greeting cards and cut, painted and cropped until I got the right length for each image. I glued these onto the box along with bits of vintage lace. I then added a clear glaze which crazed wonderfully (but I don’t think that it was supposed to!). The box is 6-1/2″ tall x 3-1/2″ wide x 1-3/8″ deep.

I added a vine of fabric leaves along the edges; a vintage celluloid pin of pink roses; vintage paper roses which are peaking out of the inside of the box and the top of the box; vintage painted glass leaves; mother of pearl butterfly charms; gold dragonfly charms; plastic fairy charms; a glass lady bug; and handmade flowers made from vintage ruffled ribbon.

Through the Fairie’s Window

Peering through the garden’s window
Amongst the roses and the garden vine,

I see you are already waiting there for me
Fairy fare dear friend of mine.

Who is looking through your window and asking you to play? Enjoy your day! Christen

Gothic Gardens: MMM challenge

Gothic Gardens

Gothic Gardens

This week’s challenge for Mixed Media Monday was to Make Something Round. There are always wonderful entries, take a look when you get a chance.

I started with an old embroidery hoop and painted it black. I then took leftover scraps from an embroidered metallic scarf, and stitched these onto crinoline to stabilize the fabric. I stitched vintage bits of lace down in the center of this, and this was glued to the bottom edge of the hoop.

The outer edges are covered with ruched velvet ribbon. This was glued down to the top edge of the hoop. I glued vintage and new millinery leaves to the edge, then the flowers, trim and the vintage buttons. I added additional buttons to the center along with butterflies and dragonfly charms.

Happy day, round and round it goes, where it will stop no one knows! Christen

Ocean Rivers Bracelet 2: free form peyote

Spanish Moss

Spanish Moss

The bracelet above is the second sample of my Ocean Rivers Bracelet. The stitching technique is one that I developed using free-form peyote stitch on fabric.

Happy stitching, enjoy! Christen

Junky Funky Flowers: Mixed Media Monday

Junky Funky Flowers

Junky Funky Flowers by Kevin and Christen Brown

This is my entry for Mixed Media Monday’s Charming Junk challenge.

I have been collecting pieces of this and that on “our walks” for years, and my husband dutifully will put these treasures in the pockets of his shorts until we get home, no matter how dirty or messy they may be. What a good guy!

He even carried the wood and metal umbrella that we now use in the garden, adorned with ribbons, to ward off the birds. He did draw the line with the crumpled rumpled bumper that I found, we had to come back with the truck for that.

It will take a trip around the neighborhood to collect enough bottle caps for one flower. My husband crimped the edges of each bottle cap, then poked a hole in the center with a nail and a hammer. I attached them with artistic wire and size 6 seed beads. Each one is backed with cardboard.

bottle cap flowers

bottle cap flowers

I stuck three vines of vintage glass leaves into the pot, that had belonged to Kevin’s grandmother. A few fuzzy bees also were included to fly around the flowers because they were kinda cute.

The tall vine is made from vintage stamen painted yellow and red. These are attached to a florist wire with millinery leaves along with vintage mercury beads left over from a Christmas garland. The shorter curved vines also have gold mercury glass beads, vintage nubby flowers and millinery leaves.

paper covered pot

paper covered pot

The flower pot was an old tin can that held stewed tomato’s. I bent it at the edges to form the sides, and for the first few days I left it this way. I had originally glued the hanger, which is a top from a soda pop can (also found on a walk), to the back of the tin can.

Kevin the Holder of Precious Junk

Kevin the Holder of Precious Junk

But alas, disaster struck when the glue didn’t stick and the whole thing fell off the nail on the wall!

So…. I decided to finish the pot with an old paper wrapper leftover from a raw sugar package. This I folded, trimmed and glued to form the correct shape. The hanger is now securely glued to the back of the pot with additional bits of paper and cardboard for stability.

Whew, all is right with the world, it is now much more secure and it looks better with the brown paper!

Happy treasure hunting, enjoy what you do and the time that you have to do it! Christen

PS: This challenge was postponed a week, due to Diane’s illness, (she is on the mend thankfully!), so I had a little extra time… I put together some of the more eclectic “finds” and created this pin of my “Junk man”!