It was great to see that “Jewellery” was the subject for the 2020 first quarter challenge. I love making felted jewellery, whether that’s pendants, bangles or brooches.
This choker style necklace is wet felted Superfine Merino. It came about because I’d got some small offcuts of a very thin felt left over from a collar. Rather than throw them out (perish the thought!) I had the idea of sewing each one down the long edge, to form tubes, and then use them as “beads”, threading them onto a felted cord. To keep everything in place and avoid them slipping on the cord I attached small beads, sewing right through front to back.
The only problem is that when I try to wear it the cord slips around and ends up with the fastener at the front…..obviously the heaviest part finding its way to the lowest position! Fortunately the cord is long enough for me to correct this so I’m going to have to cut the fastener off, slide another “bead” on and join the cord under it.
Another drawback with wet felted Necklace cords (or at least with mine!) is that, no matter how hard I full them, they do tend to go fluffy quite quickly. To get around this I’ve started wrapping my cords with a machine zigzag stitch. I’m finding that this makes them much more durable and also the stitching gives another dimension to the pendant/necklace.
This challenge also came at the same time as I was working on some ideas for quick and easy mixed media jewellery. These next three pieces are a great way of using up small scraps of paper and fabrics plus any embellishments you might have lurking in the back of a drawer!
The rectangular pendant was made from heat distressed Tyvek which I’d first painted with metallic acrylics. I’ve embellished it with pink, purple and mustard colonial knots and a few bronze seed beads and strung it onto a rubber cord.
The next pendant was made from tiny scraps of polyester velour fabric, backed with Bondaweb and ironed onto a painted, pelmet vilene background. I’ve added beads, metal washers and a couple of “danglies” from a broken necklace. The cords are two lengths of knitting wool which have been machine wrapped using the zigzag stitch.
This larger pendant is my favourite. I’ve kept it very simple using a dark grey cotton velvet furnishing fabric on a pelmet vilene background. I’ve sewn on brown craft paper, scrunched and painted with black acrylic to give it a leathery look, and added a metal trim, wooden bead and two smaller metal beads. The back is also covered in the leathery craft paper. Again the cords are simply wrapped knitting yarn but these are much longer than they look in the photo so the pendant hangs below the bust line.
Although we are living in strange times with social distancing and having to isolate, as long as we can maintain our motivation and continue to feed our creativity we will be doing ok! Stay safe and have fun!