Fabric Jewelry Love and Accessories by Sophie
Back in 2015, my wonderful, super creative and talented friend Sherry MacFarlane (of Sherry MacFarlane Fashion Designs) had agreed to let me tag along to her fashion show. It took place in April 2015 and not only did I get to tag along, she asked me to collaborate. Whoa! She graciously allowed me to design and create the accessories accompanying her beautiful clothing. Needless to say, I was over the moon and one grateful creative girl!
We became friends – so did our dogs!
I met Sherry in art school way back when when she was studying Fashion Design and I was dabbling in Textiles. We immediately clicked. We’re both passionate about art and design – it’s been the topic of many a conversations over the years (usually over a glass of wine or two). Sherry lives in a different city than me, in this cute little house in the country side with her dog Elie (who is adorable and quickly became one of Bernie’s BFF’s). She is one of the most talented people I know and I was honoured (and still am) she considered little old me as a collaborator for the fashion show.
Get on with the Fabric Jewelry already…
You’re probably wondering why the title of this post included Fabric Jewelry, right? Well, sit tight.
While I was doing research and brainstorming ideas for accessories for her line, I fell in love with a certain type – fabric jewelry – but really had no idea how to go about it. When I googled it and searched it on Pinterest – I was really impressed with what people were doing with this medium. Sharing this new-found jewelry discovery with all of you is the right thing to do and I know you’ll appreciate it as much as I did.
Post fashion show
After the examples of fabric jewelry, I’ll also share with you a few shots of the accessories I created for Sherry’s line. I guess I ended created a sort of fabric jewelry and accessories but I mostly used bead embroidery and crochet more than anything really.
The show went incredibly well – it was such a great experience for me and such an amazing learning adventure too. Since then, Sherry has gone on to show her lines at various fashion shows around Canada, including at Vancouver Fashion Week in 2016! So, God knows where she’ll end up next – I just hope she takes me ;).
Please excuse the poor photography. It was one of my first times using my new DSLR and I wasn’t very successful at it. Face palm!
FABRIC JEWELRY SHOWCASE:
SOL MARSICO’S FABRIC JEWELRY:
First found this gem at Fibercopia (if you like textile designs, check it out) then, I found the artist’s blog. Instantly, I fell in love with her designs. It’s so much more than jewelry – it’s more sculptural than anything. Bonus: sculptures you can wear around your neck. This particular design has the folded / pleated look but she also has other ways she manipulates the fabric to form her jewelry. Definitely work a check out.
Speaking of structural – look at this one! I love everything about it! I believe this piece is canvas painted with acrylic. The artist Mariana Acosta seems to cross the accessory line (it’s a very fine one lol) between necklace and scarf. But I personally think it works really well.
FIBER ARTIST, SUMMER MOORE:
I have a sweet spot in my heart for weaving and I love using it in modern ways (check out Branch Weaving 101 – you’ll love it!) Traditional loom weaving is awesome too but there’s something about using a traditional craft in a modern way that really makes me weirdly happy. So, when I saw these goodies on Pinterest I had to investigate. The pictures for this handwoven jewelry live on The Jungalow’s site (which is an amazing bohemian inspired blog that I instantly fell in love with – if you like anything boho, you NEED to check this site out!). Turns out these woven designs are part of a line called LESH by photographer turned fiber-artist, Summer Moore. Show this textile artist some much deserved love and visit her beautiful site here.
DANIELA SPAGNOLI’S FABRIC JEWELRY:
Last but not least, my favourite example (tough competition, phew!). If I had wanted my jewelry for the fashion show to turn out perfectly, it would have been exactly like this. The designer’s name is Daniela Spagnoli and I found this photo on Recylart. The artist’s website is Arter Ego (in Italian). After this post went live she contacted me to thank me for posting her necklace amongst other amazing artists but I believe she deserves a spot amongst them. “I’m quite proud of that necklace as it was the winner of “Recyclart” contest that year, and now it belongs to a very nice lady who bought it one year ago.” Bravo Daniela!
FASHION SHOW ACCESSORIES:
As you can see on the sketch – I sort of drew in with a black marker what I thought my accessories would look like. They turned out to be completely different. They didn’t even come close. I guess that’s what happens with the creative process…the best laid plans and all that.
Anyways, in the end this is what I was able to produce. I’m pretty happy with it but I looking back I think I would do pretty much everything different lol.
ASYMMETRICAL CROCHETED BEADS NECKLACE:
I used crochet techniques to create almost every element of this necklace. The beads and the metal hoops were crocheted while the fabric-covered beads are just that – covered in fabric. I made each element separately then joined them with a pre-made chain using my trusty round-nosed pliers. The fabric-covered beads were made with one long continuous thin piece of fabric. A dab of glue on the inside for both ends and it’s done.
CROCHET COVERED CLUTCH:
Both the clutch and the crochet cover are handmade. I made the clutch first out of fake leather following a very simple clutch design that I found on the internet. Then, I inserted a piece of sturdy design board to keep its shape before I sewed it up. The cover was crocheted separately and sewed to the front of the clutch.
BEAD EMBROIDERY DANGLE EARRINGS:
I made these by first cutting a large circle out of thin plastic and covering it with my circular bead embroidery design that I had pre-made.
(Sorry for the poor quality picture)
LARGE BEAD EMBROIDERY CLUTCH:
The clutch was made using the same process as the small clutch but I just made it bigger and changed the design of the opening flap. I embroidered the bead design on a piece of felt which was the exact measurement of the flap then sewed the felt onto the flap.
This is my favourite and it took the most time but I loved every minute of it.
BEAD EMBROIDERY CUFF BRACELET:
The bead embroidery was done on a piece of felt first. I somewhat replicated the pattern in the main fabric used in the line. Once the embroidery was completed, the felt was placed on a pre-cut plastic shaped as the cuff and sewn on. A clasp was added to keep both ends of the bracelet together.
And that is it my friends for this very long post. I hope you enjoyed the collection of fabric jewelry and the accessories designed by moi. Maybe in the future i will post tutorials for the techniques that I used to create them if I find that there is enough of an interest.