Haby Blog Hop Reveal

When Melissa Trudinger (https://www.etsy.com/shop/BohoBirdJewellery) offered to host a blog hop focusing on jewelry design using components from the haberdashery department–buttons, ribbons, lace, etc–I jumped at the chance, since I have a plethora of such things just sitting here unused. Apparently, my brain didn’t engage with the fact that I can’t sew. As usual, I got an idea quickly and went with it…until I realized I needed something to sew on, and something to sew with. My husband when out and got me some needles and thread.

1ThreadIt’s a good thing he repairs his own clothes and will be able to make great use of these because I have no idea what to do with them. Wire, however, is my friend. I’m sure there is something you’re supposed to sew beads on, but since I have no idea what that is, I grabbed my wallpaper. I love using wallpaper.

At this point, I should tell you that I am in the process of packing to move. I decided to use things on my table so I wouldn’t have to put them away to pack; I have done this before with mixed results, but I like making myself use what is lying around.

2PartsI had my husband drill some holes for me while I cut out my wallpaper. My necklaces tend to be around 16-18 inches but I wanted to make a longer necklace this time. Longer necklaces tend to twist around when I walk, so I wanted the focal to be double-sided. As I was using brass and steel, I decided to paint the back of the wallpaper silver and go for a mixed metal look by adding gunmetal wire.


There was a broken necklace on my table that someone sent me (my friends know I love to recycle and re-purpose so I get some interesting things in the mail on occasion).


There was some silk sari ribbon along with a charm/pendant I had already started as well as some shell buttons from Rita (http://www.jewelschoolfriends.com/) on my desk also.


It’s at this point things went “pear shaped.” The screws I had did not match in size and didn’t fit in the nuts. Then, I had a little melt down when I realized that if I used the screws in the holes my husband drilled, I still had no way to hang the focal. D’oh!


Round two of drilling commenced and I realized that I really wanted to hammer the plates also. Once I looked at the charm I had thought to use to hang on the bottom, I remembered an amazing beaded charm (on the right below) I own made by the talented Karin Grosset Grange (https://www.etsy.com/shop/GinkgoetCoquelicot).


The charm was part of the exchange and fundraiser auction for Beads of Courage that was hosted by Jennifer Cameron (http://www.glassaddictions.com/blog/2013-art-charm-swap-reveal-and-benefit-auction-beads-courage) last year.

This Haby challenge turned out to be more difficult than I envisioned. I’m really pleased with the final product. Here is the “front”:

Front 1

Front 2

And here is the “back”:

Front 3

See that little blue dagger? That bead was in a little bag of mixed beads that Melissa sent me, so she is in my necklace not just in spirit, but literally too!

Please visit the other designers participating in the hop:


Melissa Trudinger                                           http://beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Ann Schroeder                                                 http://www.beadlove.wordpress.com

Tammy Adams                                               http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Amanda Wacasey                                           http://mandyinmystic.blogspot.com

Dolores Raml                                                   http://craftydscreations.wordpress.com

Divya N                                                           http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

Michelle McCarthy                                         http://www.fireflydesignstudio.BlogSpot.com

DiYana Brooks                                                 http://agapecreationsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Robin Kae Reed                                               http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Andrea Glick                                                   http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Karin Grosset Grange                                   http://ginkgoetcoquelicot.blogspot.fr

Mitzie Crider                                                   http://needfulluxuries.blogspot.com

Janine Lucas   (will post Sunday)


Rosantia Petkova                                           http://bairozan.blogspot.com/

Susan Kennedy                                               http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Leithleach Alainn Seodra               http://alainnjewelry.wordpress.com/

Kathleen Breeding                                         http://99bobotw.blogspot.com/

Shiraz Biggie                                                 http://secretsongdesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                               http://www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Heather Richter                                             http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com/

Lennis Carrier                                                 http://www.windbent.net/

Rebecca Anderson                                         http://www.songbeads.blogspot.com

Jenny Kyrlach                                                   http://anafiassa.blogspot.com

Rita Toltec Jewels                                         http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Mischelle Fanucci                                         http://www.micheladasmusings.blogspot.com

Karen Mitchell


Carol Briody                                                     http://Cbriody.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                                 http://TexasPepperJams.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                             http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Lori Anderson                                                 http://www.prettythingsblog.com/

Jami Shipp                                                       http://www.celebratinglifewithdamamashipp.blogspot.com

Lili Krist                                                             http://pcbylik.blogspot.com/

Evelyn Shelby                                                   http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Raissa de Guzman


Niky Sayers


Keren Panthaki




About windbent

I try to reclaim, reuse and re-love items from our past and make them modern again. I see my jewelry as a fusion of old and new, cross cultural, and spanning time periods. Because I use vintage items within my jewelry, there may be age related signs of love that make them special. Each piece will be unique or made in small batches that are similar, but still different. If I find an item I love and it doesn't want to become jewelry, I give it a new home in another art format.
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14 Responses to Haby Blog Hop Reveal

  1. mtrudinger says:

    Love reading about your process and I love your necklace, it’s such an eclectic mix of elements that somehow all go together beautifully! Clever idea using wallpaper too, would never have thought of that myself 😉 Thank you for joining in my blog hop!

  2. niky says:

    Glad to see you over came all the challenges, what a fun necklace! love how you used the buttons and the purple silk is so lovely and that pendent is very cool. I love how you showed the making of your piece!

  3. Tammy Adams says:

    I am happy you found a way to overcome your challenges as the necklace turned out great. Lots of different elements to add interest. Great idea to make the focal double-sided in case it flips around during wear.

  4. Robin Kae Reed says:

    I just bet all the fun you had with this challenge made the rest of your challenges fade for just a bit right??? it is a wonderful necklace and I love the way you explained it all!!! I think it is just gorgeous!!! Have a Blessed Day!

  5. beadlove says:

    Cool necklace! I often use things that are on my bead table as well AND have haberdashery items with no real sewing skill. It all seems to have worked out for you, though. That’s the fun part!

  6. janine Lucas says:

    Love reading your blog post. And that pendant! Wonderful and very clever.

  7. What a process! I was smiling at your ups and downs…….I knew darn well you would overcome all of the challenges. A very clever idea. I really like this piece when finally done!

  8. Carol Briody says:

    What an awesome design story! It makes your piece 100 times more special! I think it’s beautiful!

  9. Raissa says:

    Looks like a lot of work but it certainly paid off! What a unique and creative pendant 🙂

  10. I’m smitten! Wallpaper and washers?! That pendant is unique! Beautiful necklace!

  11. I absolutely love when people show their process. Outstanding work!

  12. What great piece. Reminds me of a port hole on a boat with little fish swimming along. It may not have started out well, but the finish is beautiful.

  13. CraftyHope says:

    I hate that you had so much trouble starting off, but it looks like it really all came together in the end. Nicely done! I hope the move is going well too.

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