Tuesday, January 13, 2015

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

When it comes time to put away all the Christmas decorations, I always get a little bummed to pack all of the things that made our apartment feel so festive. (And the tree always smells so good!) This year I've decided to make decorations for each season to keep the apartment cheerful all year. When I received these geometric ornaments from For the Makers, I thought they were the perfect winter decoration.

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

All of the supplies came from For the Makers' geometric ornament kit except for the wire. I found that it was a lot easier to use the wire instead of thread to make the ornaments faster.
DIY Winter Ornament Garland

After making a few of these geometric ornaments I started getting really interested in other projects similar to this one. I found that there is this beautiful Finnish Christmas tradition called himmeli where people make geometric ornaments to hang around the house and on the tree. Definitely will be making a larger himmeli ornament soon.

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

To make the ornaments yourself, you can get the tutorial over on For the Makers!

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

DIY Winter Ornament Garland

To make the hooks that hold the ornaments to the garland, I twisted a tiny piece of wire into a fish hook shape.
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
DIY Winter Ornament Garland
Displayed on the door next to a beachy Polaroid, I think it might be possible to get through a New York City January and February. :)



Friday, December 12, 2014

DIY Necklace With Beads From a Parisian Shop

paris-drogerie-necklace
When Sean and I went to Paris a couple months ago, one of the most helpful things for our trip was a little book a coworker gave me to borrow. It's called Paris: Made by Hand and it features 50 little shops with handmade, vintage, and found goods. When I was flipping through the book on the plane ride to Paris, there was one shop that stuck out to me in the book and we went there first.

My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

That shop was La Droguerie, a bead + yarn + trimmings shop in the 1st Arrondissement. Once a butcher's shop, La Droguerie now has walls and walls of colorful yarn, tinkly beads, and beautiful trimmings. I bought a little collection of purple glass beads, some feathers, a felt flower, and some plastic beads.

My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

(Sean waited outside. ;P)
My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

When I got home to NYC, I started working on the necklace. I've never made a necklace in this style so it was a bit of a test run for me. First, I stretched a double layer of silk over an embroidery hoop. Then I took one of my roommate's necklaces and traced a shape I love with pencil on the silk. After that I took a bit of cord I got in a For the Makers box and stitched the cord to the outline. (This is a bit tedious but it adds a nice outline to the necklace and it keeps you in the lines as you're stitching beads.)
My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

Next I stitched an additional outline of tube beads next to the cording and added the center element of the necklace.
My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

Then I started to construct the skeleton of the necklace's design. The tube beads were great for adding a design and the seed beads were great for filling in.
My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

After that I took the silk off of the embroidery hoop, cut an inch around the design and then folded it under and stitched it to the front. (With that process I also secured some of the outer beads.) Then I stitched the ties to the corners and added another layer of silk to the back to hide all of my knots and stitches. I made concentric stitches to secure the extra backing.
My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

About a month ago Sean and I went to Dia: Beacon, an art museum in upstate NY. I photographed the necklace there in the Richard Serra sculptures.
My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop

If you've got plans to visit Paris, definitely get a copy of Paris: Made by Hand... And Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. I'm still reading the Hemingway book but every time I open it I get reminded about the clinking of cafe dishes, the feel of walking on cobblestone streets, and the excitement of walking into a dark colorful bead shop full of the most perfect trimmings. Besides New York, I've never fallen in love with a city as quickly as I did with Paris, but both of these books were big players in the process. :)
My Necklace With Beads from a Parisian Shop






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