Thursday, June 23, 2011

Statement Jewelry

Today someone asked me where my jewelry was listed on my blog. Well I realized it is not. I did share a Slide Show of some of my creations. So today I will give some detail about the jewelry I have made. 
It all began as a project to utilize a group of mismatched beads. Somewhere I saw a large bib necklace with a variety of beads. I decided I could do that so I just started sewing beads on a piece of fabric. The designs have become more involved and elaborate but they still come from my crazy brain.

When the big statement jewelry first came out, I decided that I could do that. This was not long after Hurricane Ike. My neatly arranged and sorted beads had been washed and dumped into a container. I took that container of mixed up beads and just started sewing them on a piece of cloth. When I got the general shape I wanted, I sewed on some ribbons and a coordinating lining and I was finished.

That one sold off my neck at church.

I still sew each bead on by hand, but I have gotten better. I use and embroidery hoop to secure the cloth while sewing. On the fabric, I draw a shape for the design. I use beading thread and needles. I secure a piece of felt to the back to give the necklace some stability and shape. Then I sew on a coordinating lining.
The early necklaces had ribbon ties. Now most have beaded clasps, but some still have ties.

These necklaces got me my local TV. I sent one to Debra Duncan on "Great Day Houston".

Then later I was asked to be on the show.

That was fun. Now that I have bored you with the history, here are some of my necklaces:

Later I will show the expansion into school spirit necklaces. 

As always, my designs can be bought in Friendswood, TX at The Funky Monkey

If you see something you like, email me and we will discuss price and shipping.
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  1. Very pretty! I like the green and white pearl ones. Thanks for sharing and congrats on making it to TV!

  2. Three words: A! Ma! ZING! I would love to see this linked up to our weekly Throwback Thursday party.

  3. Oooo! My favorite necklace has the green pearls with the crackle beads. Soooo pretty! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Beautiful necklaces, Melanie! Congrats on being on Great Day Houston! Let's have some more of that.

    Have a glorious week,