Monday, August 6, 2012

"Red All Over"

I have gotten word that my dear friend Judy ,of Judy in the Dyes, has received her commissioned Corded Cuff. Now I feel free to post my latest creation. Judy requested a cuff in red. I made the cording using seam allowances from a red cashmere sweater and some special yarns and shining threads and gathered all of the beads with red included, as well as things that spoke of Judy, her interests and passions.

I adore creating special pieces for people who i know well or for whom I have a good idea of their likes and special interests.  I can really personalize each piece with charms and special focal beads and even bits of jewelry that may have seen better days.  I also include vintage bits- buttons especially, and I prefer using a vintage button with a shank for the loop closure. As you can see above, I work among a pile of possibilities that i have culled from my stash as I am never quite sure where the spirit of the project will take me nor what pice will be the perfect fit for a specific spot.

Each piece is completely hand stitched and lined with lovely soft Ultra Suede.

Here you can see the shank button and corded loop closure along with the vintage Czech red glass flower bead and the vintage Lucite lime green flower bead nearby. Judy is an avid gardener and I knew that I had to include lots of floral and leaf elements.
Judy also requested some turquoise to accompany the red. (Easy Easy- that just happens to be one of my current favorite color combinations as well!!) Nest to the Peace symbol above you can see a tiny millifiore face bead and just to the right of that tiny face, is a vintage red a black glass bead (Victorian I think.) there is also a deep blue and gold Victorian glass button just to the lower left of the Peace symbol.  I love finding tiny treasures to fit in to these very personal pieces!

I am thrilled to report that Judy is thrilled with her commission and it is also a perfect fit.   I hope that she gets many years of pleasure from her piece and that she is always reminded of the special friendship that we share.  ( Did I mention that we have never met?  We found each other through the blogging world and then Face Book and one of these days we are determined to meet in her lovely textile studio in Georgia for some serious textile/dye pots play time!!!)


PeggyR said...

This is beautiful!

Anna M. Branner said...

Yet another beautiful creation!

Marja. said...

this is beautiful work!!!!!

Marja. said...

great work!!!!!

Saturday Sequins said...

Wow, what a fun bracelet! I love how you combined all the different media and really put your friend's personality into it as well as your own. :)

Judys Fabrications said...

I love this vibrant cuff.Veery clever design Elizabeth.

Vicki W said...

It's realy beautiful!

Judy said...

I cannot tell you how very happy I am with my new bracelet! I could sit and look at it for hours on end, admiring all of the wonderful beads that you have chosen just for me. And it fits like a glove - as if I had sent you my wrist measurement! The addition of the ultra suede is genius - makes it so comfy! I didn't know about the cashmere until now, but do really appreciate it.
You and I share deep roots, Elizabeth, and I am so honored to be able to wear and display a beautiful piece of your art.
Thank you so very, very much!


Jeannie said...

When Judy shared her bracelet on her blog, I literally drooled. Elizabeth, you really captured the Judy I know (the same way you do) and I know that she will enjoy it for years to come. I could sit and just look at all of the beautiful trinkets and beads and work that you put into such a gorgeous piece of art.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

It's beeoootiful! How exciting to create something from all sorts of bits and pieces and see it come together! Patsy from
HeARTworks and

vrouw Hommel said...

Beautiful, i love that bracelet.


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