Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Saving The Day

Sometimes dry cleaners ruin the bead embroidery.
My client bought her dress in UK but since it was sample dress she decided to clean it before the big day. Dress is made in China, but very beautiful. Heavy due to all glass beads. Not sure how the embroidery was made - is it some machine who created it or human slave.
Anyway, it came back like this disaster

Now hour by hour I'm trying to reembroider it. It has taken 12 hours already and seems like long way ahead. Take a look on how it looks after the re-embroidery

Well, there is lesson to learn.. Be careful with dry cleaning, if Your dress is embroidered!

Finished print embroidery

And staring another one with a fur collar

Monday, December 12, 2016

On my table..

Sorry for being lost again,
Here is what's on my table right now>> new version of crystal and bead embroideries on print

I will add more photos when the print will be finished, meanwhile here is one brooch  from the unfinished 50 brooch project :) Now it is totally clear that I'm not gonna make it this year..

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Epaulet that lights up

Another one brooch thing that even lights up, but can be worn without switching on as well.
Was dreaming about it a long time, now finally it is realized. Crazy!

All the batteries are hidden under the crystals. Lights don't warm up, shine bright more than 14 hours. I was testing them and run out of patience. Long enough to cover the festival or party.

It even doubles as wireless interior lighting and could be pretty sweet party decoration that looks like explosion of icicles.

I will count it as number 7

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Technically it is a brooch..

Technically it is a brooch.. Large oversize fur brooch.
Even two of them, so I count them as number 5 and 6.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Mirror corset

Got a little distraction from my brooch project again.
Hundreds of little hand sawn acrylic mirror pieces combined in this puzzle.
Remembered times when I was studying the art of jewelry and had to saw metals through the night to complete the tasks.
Mirrors are covered with white tulle and spaces filled with glass bead embroidery.  I love the milky effect that tulle creates.
Lined with white velvet.
Available on Etsy

Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

Brooch # 2

Remember my brooch challenge?
Second is done, 48 to go! 

Teal and light blue color threads to mach clear crystal and light turquoise Swarovski crystals.

Friday, October 7, 2016

50 brooch challenge

I've counted working days till New Years eve and it is 60! Full 60 working days till 2017..

Since I'm in some stubborn middle age crisis situation right now I decided to challenge myself with a task that keeps me busy. The aim is to create 50 brooches till Christmas. They don't have to be super fancy, but I have to use materials that I have in my studio, destash and long forgotten treasures.
This will allow not only clear the shelves but hopefully let me decide which direction go further.
I've also promised not to punish myself very hard if I don't get the number 50 by the end of the Year. At least I'll have a bunch of Christmas presents for my family females.

So here is the first brooch from the series. Green and pink Swarovski opals surrounded by beads and french knots

If You are interested in my progress, You are welcome to return here for updates, as well as join the challenge with Your ideas!
Happy crafting Ladies!

Friday, September 30, 2016

How to reanimate the long forgotten project

It happens time to time that something sticks in Your closet for a while. Kind of well made, kind of beautiful. And You wonder why it doesn't sell? Not talking about unfinished projects, I have a lot of them too, but this time it is more about finished and polished pieces. I think lot of us etsy sellers can relate to this question. You try to change photos in the listing, try to make new ones to show the piece better. And then You feel that this is enough. Not gonna relist it anymore. Let it perish in the forgotten box at the top of the closet.

Well here is my long forgotten piece. Created in 2012.


Found it and decided to reanimate. 
Took the fringe off.
Added more lace.
Added a bit of sparkles.
Added the fabric rose.
Added the tassels.
Added the lining.
Took the photos.
Listed on etsy again ... The cycle repeats. Hopefully with better luck this time.