Friday, October 15, 2010

Fabric and Beads ... a perfect combination!

 Integrating fabric with jewelry is so hot ... and, boy, have I been enjoying it.  I started my college "career" as an apparel design major.  Fabric was my first love.  I used to have a bumper sticker that said, "The person who dies with the most fabric wins!"  That was me ...  

This bracelet incorporates pastel plaid dupioni silk, variegated cording from Japan and, of course, my torch-fired enamel beads.  These are my favorite beads because their ridges give the bead a striped appearance after a couple of coats of enamel.

Starting from the bottom, the enamel colors are: Lichen, Aquamarine, White with Woodrow Red transparent on top, Foxglove with Geranium on top, Marigold, and White with Nile Green on top.  All are Thompson Enamels and can be found at my website

I'm also going to be listing bias strips of dupioni silk at my website.  Look for it next week.  I love the amazing colors of dupioni.  I'll also give a little more explanation of what it is and why it looks so luxurious.  So visit next week!

Spice Drops

Spice Drops (detail)

A Shannon LeVart link to hold the whole thing together!



Decorative knotting of Japanese coiled fiber.

Calliope is another bracelet with a more open style.  Japanese-inspired block printed fabric is tied in triple knots so that it takes on the shape of a bead.  I'm especially proud of the sterling oval link in the front because I soldered it, which is no small feat.  I must approach the soldering bench with complete calm and relaxation, which is not my natural state.  But sometimes things accidentally work in your favor.

Calliope


Calliope Earrings with lampworked head pin baubles made by yours truly, New Jade beads, and fabric.


How lucky are we when we can represent our varied interests in assorted media to come up with a single creation?  It's a blessing, actually!




13 comments:

Laura Twiford said...

Wow! Between the fabric and sewing, the pottery, enamels and jewelry we really could be great friends! :)

steufel said...

Yes, fabric rules!

stregata said...

Love them all! The Calliope earrings are fantastic. Barbara - what are those flat beads in the Calliope bracelet? Are they turquoise?

mairedodd said...

beautiful everything barbara - you are so talented and versatile!

Malin de Koning said...

I LOOOOOOOOVE!

TesoriTrovati said...

Love it. The colors work so well with your beads. And I would love to know more about that knotting technique. Thank you for sharing your inspiration. Enjoy the day! Erin

Dale said...

fabulous work! Your Calliope set is fantastic, i think it will make somebody one hell of a happy girl :)

romantic decay said...

beautiful work, but the earrings. . . . way cool!

Work Of Our Hands said...

great stuff as usual! I would love to lear enameling, but alas I'm in Africa :)

Lori said...

Gorgeous! I agree with the fabric concept - it adds a wonderful layer of texture to the piece. LOVE the earrings.

Cindy said...

Barbara, your jewelry is just gorgeous...and I love how you tend to add a bit of fabric here and there not only for visual interest, but also for a wonderful tactile element. I'm a big fan of the silk ribbon as well!

Janet said...

Just wonderful Barbara! I wish so that I was closer to take your classes! I love your earrings too!

Happy Mango Beads said...

Great post Barbara! I love fabric, fabric beads, and fabric w/beads. Your Calliope bracelet and earrings are especially cool!