Teneriffe Lace Earrings created for Gina B Silkworks

Today I am sharing some quick to make Teneriffe Lace earrings that I made ready for Gina’s Lace show on Hochanda TV tomorrow at mid day (29th Oct on Freeview Channel 85 or watch catch up online via their website.

 

AW Loom 3 ER

Materials:

· Black crochet cotton no.12

· Teneriffe Lace Starter Kit Loom 3 (Gina B Silkworks)

· Fabric glue (optional)

· Silver plated earring findings

· Rolls Fabrifix Spray (roller blind fabric stiffener and protector spray)

· Baking parchment

How to do it:

Note: Gina’s starter kit provides general instructions for stretching the web, darning the centre, reverse backstitch and knotting etc.

1. Web (16): stretch the web on the smallest circle to create 16 edge loops (i.e. total of 32 threads crossing the central section).

2. Centre DD for 2 rows: Double darn the centre to neaten up the crossing threads etc. On the second row offset the threads darned in the first row (as in weaving).

3. Revs (2) for 4 rows: Reverse backstitch over 2 threads. Ensure that the threads from adjacent ‘loops’ are grouped together to form the outer ‘petal’ loops. Note: The side facing you is the back of the work.

4. K 2e for 1 row: Knot 2 threads together to secure groups of threads creating the long scalloped edge loops that make the petals. Fasten off and add a small dab of fabric glue if desired to seal the fastening knot.

5. Remove from the loom and spray both sides with stiffening spray. I laid my lace onto a bit of baking parchment to do this (so not stick). Note: Use this spray in a well ventilated area as the solvent is quite smelly. I like to use this spray as it both stiffens and protects the piece from moisture. It also dries very quickly (within a couple of minutes). Alternatively you could use diluted clear drying PVA glue or Transparent Powertex fabric hardener, but these are more messy and take a while to dry. Gina also produces a lovely Kanzashi Starch that could be used neat or diluted on the lace (great choice for pieces used as linens etc.).

Note: The hardest part to get right is the Teneriffe Lace Knot which holds it all together. Get this wrong and your lace won’t hold together properly when you remove it from the loom. Should this happen, don’t despair, do what I did with my first lace attempts and glue it to a card or a mixed media canvas.

There is a great beginners video from Gina to help with this.

I hope that you like the lace earrings. They are fairly quick to make and are ideal if you are a beginner and feel a little daunted with making the larger medallions. Teneriffe Lace is definitely a ‘slow craft’ akin to knitting or cross stitch, don’t expect quick results. Take your time and enjoy the process xxxx.

Simple Feather Jewellery created with stamps from Chocolate Baroque

Good morning. Today I am sharing a couple of jewellery pieces created with the ‘I Shall Be Your Wings’ stamp set from Chocolate Baroque.

AW Feather Earrings

My first project is a pair of sparkly feather earrings and presentation card.

Materials

  • I Shall Be Your Wings stamp set
  • Decorative card blank approx. 16 X 11cm (white inkable card)
  • Inkpads: Archival (Jet Black) and dye based multi-coloured (Kaleidoscope Caribbean Sea)
  • Stickles (Crystal) and cerise pink glitter glue (Pinflair – suitable for multi surfaces)
  • Alcohol ink pen (pale pink)
  • Organza ribbon and ready-made ribbon rose (pink)
  • Set of silver plated earring hooks and fine cord end crimps
  • Angelina Fibre mix (greens and blues) and Angelina Film
  • Faux gems (green) and Gemtac glue
  • Domestic or craft iron (warm setting) and baking parchment
  • Jewellery making pliers (flat or snipe nosed)

Making the presentation card

  1. The card blank was coloured by blending multi-coloured ink in from the edges with a sponge. The surface was then lightly spritzed with water and blotted with tissue to create texture.
  2. The feathers were then stamped with rainbow ink and the sentiment with Archival. A little clear glitter glue was added for sparkle. The sentiment was coloured with alcohol ink pen.
  3. Two small holes were punched to hold earrings. Finished with ribbon and fabric rose.

 

Making the Earrings

  1. The feather stamp was inked with Archival ink. A sandwich of Angelina Film and Fibres (2 sheets of film with fibre between) was laid onto the inked stamp. This was covered with a sheet of baking parchment and a warm iron was pressed down onto the sandwich to fuse. When cool the fused sparkly sheet was peeled away from the stamp surface and the feathers cut out.
  2. Small crimps were used to attach the feathers to earring hooks.
  3. Faux gems were glued in place with Gemtac glue (formulated for sticking gems or beads to fabrics) and extra sparkle added with cerise glitter glue.

 

AW Feather pendant 2

My second project is a pretty feather pendant on a long chain.

Materials

  • I Shall Be Your Wings stamp set
  • Semi translucent shrink plastic
  • Archival Inkpad (Jet Black)
  • Alcohol markers (green and pink)
  • Pebeo Gilding Wax (Silver)
  • Heat gun and non-stick mat
  • Recycled necklace chain and Celtic pendant dropper (from my stash)
  • Silver plated jump rings
  • Jewellery making pliers (flat or snipe nosed)

Making the feather pendant

  1. The feathers were stamped onto shrink plastic with Archival Ink and cut out. A small hole was punched into the tops for hanging. The backs were coloured with alcohol ink pens.
  2. The feathers were then shrunk using a heat gun.
  3. The colouring on the feather backs looked a bit messy. Being a longer pendant the back is likely to show so I coated the backs with silver gilding wax to finish.
  4. The feathers were then added to the decorative pendant dropper using jump rings and the pendant hung on a long chain.

 

I really enjoyed making these simple jewellery pieces. Happy stamping, Anne x.

Teneriffe Lace samples ready for the show on Create & Craft TV today

Only another hour to go before Gina Barrett’s show on Create & Craft TV (11am Freeview Channel 23 – or watch online from their website).

 

Here are the samples that I made using the flower and butterfly looms. I will blog more details of how they were done soon xxx

AW Butterly Lace Earrings

AW Lace Necklace 3

AW Lace pincushion 1