April 3, 2011

The best-laid plans...

I was originally planning to sew yesterday evening. I knew I wouldn't have a lot of crafty time, since I had a flute choir concert today and that meant rehearsals for the last 3 days in a row. But I figured I'd get done practice early enough that I could get some time in. But then I'd forgotten, until a gentle reminder from my mom, that I still needed to make her jewelry to go with the brocade dress for the wedding. So I did that instead.

So here it is. Glass pearls with silver spacer beads and Swarovksi crystal spacers/chandeliers.

Earrings closeup....

And a slightly better view of the crystal bits.


And then while I had the jewelry stuff out anyway, I went ahead and did another quickie and far more brainless project while I was catching up on episodes of Merlin that I missed....

Stitch counters for knitting! They're made from aluminum chainmaille rings, crackled-looking plastic beads that I just couldn't come up with a decent jewelry design for, square-shaped seed beads and wire.

You can somewhat see the coils at the bottom better in this one....anyway, I ended up making a whole bunch of them--two bakers' dozen. I gave half to my mom (since I'd goofed around with making some other ones back in the winter, and she liked them so much she'd kept them all), and kept the other half for myself.  (I'm storing them in one of the little drawstring bags I'd made for the abandoned Etsy shop, so at least sewing those weren't a complete waste of time.)


  1. really pretty jewelry set! I also love the beads on the stitch counters.

  2. They look great! I thought the stitch counters were jewellery, too... those aluminum pieces would make very interesting jewellery!

  3. Lovely! Those earrings are gorgeous.


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