Saturday, August 2, 2014

Haberdashery Blog Hop

What exactly does Haberdashery mean?
In this blog hop, the participants are to design a piece of jewelry inspired by sewing. 
Sewing notions include cloth, thread, yarn, trims, button, zippers, etc.  I found a fun fiber
 pack from my scrapbooking days that I used for my necklace inspiration.
The 10 separate fibers were separated into a group of 8 and I used my Kumihimo disc
to make a 12" rope.  I am a ceramic bead artist, so with clay I made 2 cones to hide
the ends of the rope.  I also made the focal hibiscus pendant.
I thought it looked neat to leave the loose fiber ends overflowing the top of the
ceramic cones.  I used a piece of 20g antique copper wire to attach the rope to the
chain pieces that end with a chunky toggle.  In the middle of the rope, I used thread
and sewed the pendant onto the rope.  I put a piece of wire on the back of the pendant like
a button shank so it would lay flat.  It took me 2 tries to get it in the middle!

Thank you to our blog hostess, Melissa Trudinger, for coming up with this unique
and fun hop!  Please check out what all the participants have come up with!  If you'd
like to see more of my ceramic beads, please visit
Melissa Trudinger                                 

Ann Schroeder                                       

Tammy Adams                                      

Amanda Wacasey                                 

Dolores Raml                                          

Divya N                                                   

Michelle McCarthy                               
DiYana Brooks                                       

Robin Kae Reed                                     

Andrea Glick                                          

Karin Grosset Grange                           

Mitzie Crider                                          

Janine Lucas                                            <-- font="" on="" post="" sunday="" will="">

Rosantia Petkova                                 

Susan Kennedy                                      

Leithleach Alainn Seodra      

Kathleen Breeding                                

Shiraz Biggie                                          

Chris Eisenberg                                     
Heather Richter                                    

Lennis Carrier                                        

Rebecca Anderson                               

Jenny Kyrlach                                         

Rita Toltec Jewels                                

Mischelle Fanucci                                 

Karen Mitchell                                       

Carol Briody                                           

Karla Morgan                                        

Carolyn Lawson                                    

Lori Anderson                                        
Jami Shipp                                              

Lili Krist                                                   

Evelyn Shelby                                         

Raissa de Guzman                                

Niky Sayers                                            

Keren Panthaki                                      


  1. Great work! I love that you used fiber from your scrapbooking days. Wonderful texture.

    1. Thanks, Ann! That's why we never throw anything away, right?! Lol

  2. it looks super cool and fuzzy, could you add another bigger picture maybe so that the piece can easily be seen

    1. Thanks! I cheated the first set of photos and used my phone. I retook the pics and reloaded them so you can blow them up. :)

  3. That is really unique and a statement piece. I like the colors.

  4. It sounds like you had lots of fun creating for this challenge. I would love to see a close up of the cones you made and how you attached the fabric ends.

    1. Hi, Tammy - I retook the pictures and reloaded them so they can be blown up. I also included a close up of the cones. I took a piece of 20g wire and wrapped it around the rope multiple times then used a wire wrapped loop to attach the chain piece. That's hidden under the cones. Thanks!

  5. That's a unique piece! I love the contrast between the fuzziness ogf the fibers and the smoothness of the ceramic.

  6. What a clever idea to use scrapbooking fibers with your kumihimo disc! The result has such a wonderful texture, and I like how it looks paired with the ceramics. Very nicely done! :)

  7. Great idea! I love the look of the eyelash fibers in the kumihimo braid, and your ceramic pieces go so very well with the fibers. I'll be checking out your shop for ceramic bead cones.

    1. Thanks so much, Louise! I designed these for this necklace special. I would be happy to custom make the cones for you at any time!

  8. That is one fantastic necklace. I love those ceramic cones.

  9. love how your kumihimo braid makes the fibers fuzzy yet still neat if that makes sence! Great necklace

  10. What a beautiful necklace! Love your kumihimo braid and your handmade ceramic cones and pendant. Well, love it all.

  11. Beautiful necklace, love the Fun Fir yarn you added and your focal is gorgeous.

  12. I commented on this yesterday and I guess it did not register!! Anyhow...I LOVE this necklace!!! It has wonderful texture and movement and I love the ends and the clasp!!! Just a Wonderful Design!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  13. Lovely necklace. I love the contrasting textures between the Kumihimo and the ceramics.

  14. I love Kumihimo! What a great necklace out of the fiber & beautiful clay pieces! :)

  15. This is stunning Michelle! You've really showcased your ceramics beautifully with that gorgeous fibre necklace! Thanks for joining in with my blog hop!

  16. Oh neat! The ceramic cones are perfect for that! I would have just gone "deer in the headlights" at that point. Pretty!

  17. The eye-lash (or similar) yarn is such a great idea for kumihimo with thin fiber, it adds volume and dimension. The focal is beautiful and I love the soft colors you have chosen!

  18. Fabric truely can give something more into jewelry design. And yours is gorgeous example *lovely*

  19. What a pretty necklace - so light and fluffy - really cute.