If you're in the UK, take a look at the latest May 2014 issue of Reloved Magazine! There is not 1, not 2, but 3 (yup, three!) projects straight from my book. If you're in the US, check out your Barnes & Noble in a few weeks - some locations carry international magazines, and I've noticed that Reloved is one of the more common ones that many locations seem to stock. Regardless of where you are, you can also purchase the digital edition at PocketMags.com, the Reloved iTunes app or Apple Newstand/Google Play.
Pictured above is the Beaded Circle Necklace, modeled by friend Samantha in the Meatpacking District. The Beaded Circle Necklace was made using the most ordinary of materials - key chain rings! I wrapped wire and metallic beads around each ring to create an edgy statement necklace.
UK readers will also find a special code to purchase the book at a discounted price from LaurenceKing.com.
Rain Blanken here, your DIY Fashion expert over atAbout.comandrainblanken.com. Kirsten and I often cross paths on social media, where fashion and craft inspiration abounds. When she challenged me to craft a New York Minute with the theme ‘flowers’, I had the perfect project in mind.
No matter how many times I do business in Manhattan, I always feel like a wild hillbilly given free-reign of the city. Sometimes I just want to kick off my shoes and run barefoot down 5thAvenue… hey, it doesn’t happen; I’m just saying that I have theurgeto. In that spirit, I created this rose pin, a bit of country-mouse-meets-city-mouse.
What You’ll Need:
·Lace or sheer material
·Needle & thread
·Small bead or jewel (optional)
Cut a 1 ½” strip of burlap. It should be at least 12” long for this size of rose. If you aren’t sure where to find burlap, look in the potato or even the coffee section of your grocer. Mine is a coffee bag!
Lay a strip of contrasting material on top of the burlap. This is actually some glitter green mesh leftover from a mermaid costume. Save those scraps! Make a tight knot at the end of your strips.
Fold the strips at a right angle to create a point. Fold them again about 1” from the first point. Repeat this folding pattern, spacing your points out more and more as you go around. Be carefully not to simply curl or twist… your really want straight folds to create the rose dimensions.
Starting at the back of your rose, stitch through the layers with a needle & thread. This is where the knot comes in handy; stitch through to anchor the folds to the back of the knot to secure them.
Cut a round piece of felt to make a backing for your rose. Glue on the felt, and then a pin back. Add a jewel to the center of the rose, if you like.
If crafting is anything, it’s a safe way to channel my insanity. Now I’m all set to hoot & holler in the city without breaking any health & safety codes. Thanks so much, Kirsten, for challenging me to get crafty.