I have been striving to combine my love of creating with fiber, polymer clay and jewelry. This is one of a series of couture jewelry sets I have been creating. I started by creating a pattern for the shape of the bib necklace and cutting it out with medium weight stabilizer and two fabrics pieces; one for the front and one for the lining. I used a soft on the skin floral print flannel. Next I cut out the wool leaves from a huge wool coat I purchased at the Salvation Army store and felted in my washing machine. The leaves were then hand needle felted with little bits of brighter green roving and veins were added using free motion stitching with variegated thread. I zig zag stitched around some of the edges to give them a shaded appearance. They were then machine stitched onto the bib necklace with only the front piece of fabric on the stabilizer.(I learned from my mistakes this is important so that all the beading stitches are hidden by the back lining which is applied last.)
This is when the fun really begins. I created the flower by cutting out circles of green organza and melting the edges with a tea candle. The other flowers were made with a polyester satin and a yo you flower maker. Purchased felted ball beads in different sizes and earthy colors were then hand beaded and used to make the flower centers and embellish around the leaves. I added finishing touches like dew drops with some clear miyuki tear drop glass beads, the tassels made with seed beads and some of my hand made polymer clay beads. When all the embellishing was complete the back lining was hand stitched on – I couched yarn and a hand dyed specialty thread over the edges all the way around. This was so fun for me to make that I decided to make a matchiing cuff.
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