was 8 years old, I learned to crochet - a potholder out of
yarn first, then a doily out of thread. I was mesmerized by
the idea of creating something beautiful. And thus began my
creative journey. Since then I have tried many crafts. Some
were fads whose popularity (and availability of supplies)
came and went. Many are traditional crafts and variations
on them. All are self-taught. Among my favorites: crochet;
counted cross-stitch; Christmas ornaments and decorations;
and quilling, the most artistically satisfying of them all.
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customer asked if I could make the "stained glass"
earrings smaller - of course
The larger dangles are 2" long
(3" with the hooks). The shorter ones are 1.1"
long (2.1" with the hooks).
in my Etsy
shop or by clicking here
for the larger ones, and here
for the smaller.
next week, I will be sharing pictures and links for
Christmas items - many from last year will be relisted
along with variations and new items.
Teardrop Earring Redux
on green earrings are one of the most popular in my Etsy
shop. Because I'm embarking on my holiday selling season,
I decided to make them in red
also. Both are for sale in my Etsy
shop - and keep an eye on my shop over the next couple
maonths - many items from last year will be relisted and a
lot of new items added - this is fun!
making last week's copper earrings, I was inspired to make
some leaves with Fall colors - chestnut, oak and maple leaves.
Then I made another pair of earrings in the same seasonal
use the Husking technique, wrapped to achieve a leaf shape.
Instructions and photos follow. Notes:
> glue the beginning of each color to
previous color at the
> form loops by wrapping the strip around
placed as specified
> put a tiny drop of glue at the bottom
strip as it
wraps around the bottom pin
glue the end of each color near the bottom
> trim off the excess paper
quarter-inch graph paper, place pins 1.5 inches apart
(6 blocks, 7 lines). Wrap once with brown
quilling strip (1/8").
two loops on each side with bright
yellow, placing the pins close to the center
strip and at 1.4" and 1.3" down from the top pin.
three loops on each side with orange,
placing the pins close to the center strip at 1-1/4",
1-1/8" and 1".
two loops on each side with rust,
placing the pins close to the center strip at 7/8"
two loops on each side with brown,
placing the pins close to the center strip and at 5/8"
the pins from the borwn and rust loops, then wrap entire
design twice with copper-metallic-edge-on-copper.
Fold a 3" copper-metallic-edge-on-copper strip in half
and glue together. Insert into the brown center strip.
Add copper findings.
paper = new design. These gilt-edged papers really
lend themselves to the lacy filigree of the beehive
technique. This time I created the "frame"
with small, thick circles. A stunning result,
don't you think!?
of earrings is for sale in my Etsy
I started using hand-applied-gilt-edge papers, there
was one color I liked but had no creative idea for:
metallic-copper edging on copper-color paper. The
other day, I was in the craft store replenishing
my stock of jewelry findings (earrring hooks and
studs, jump/connecting rings, necklace chains, etc.)
in the usual gold-tone and silver-tone, when I saw
copper-tone findings. Of course, I immediately mentally
connected them with the copper paper I had at home.
Water Lilies vs Lotus Blossoms
| The book
I mentioned last time (Alli Bartkowski's Quilled
Flowers) also includes patterns for 2 of my favorite flowers,
Water Lilies and Lotus Blossoms. Often confused, this pair of
plants are botanically diverse. Visually, there are 2 noticeable
differences between them:
Lilies can be many different colors - mine is in shades of
yellow. Lotus Blossoms are usually pink, as is the one I made
using off-center tear drops.