I was “sew” thrilled to have gotten an invitation to work on one of the projects from Caroline and Sarah’s book “Just For You”!! We met “virtually” when I discovered their awesome blog, SewCanShe and I reached out to Caroline to invite her to review a girl’s sewing book I wrote and launched back this Spring (“Girl’s Guide To DIY Fashion“) – – Caroline was so generous and did a review of the book with her daughter – – what a treat and it was really specially because Caroline’s daughter, Chloe did a video – that was the best part!! (see the post here)
So of course I jumped on the chance to work with them and be part of the “Sewlebrity Sewalong” – – and the best part was the project I was assigned – – “Fabric-Covered Beads Necklace With Corsage” on page 63.
Actually before I started Pins & Needles a number of years ago I had my own handmade jewelry business so it actually worked out perfectly since I had some of the supplies on hand and even got to go through my collection of beads – – more on that in a minute…
I really love the concept of Just For You…it really resonated with me. As an owner of a creative business I often sadly don’t make time to do projects and or experiment for myself – I am either working with my students and P&N community teaching or making samples for the shop, but the idea to really take a break and “MAKE” something for myself I have realized is essential in order to stay connected to how much joy and excitement there is around sewing and making things!!! So THANK YOU to Caroline and Sarah not only for inviting me to be part of this, but for pushing me to take some “creative time” for myself!! It was such a great exercise and reminder.
So back to the project…it was designed by Sachiko Aldous who is from Japan and blogs at Tea Rose Home – make sure to check out her blog – it is worth it.
I made sure to read through the entire project how-to before getting started and then collected all my materials – since there were a lot of different materials and tools I kept things pretty organized and as I mentioned from my days of owning a jewelry business I had some of the supplies.
I love that this project merges fabric and beading…you make your own fabric beads by covering some basic round plain wood beads. I decided to use some really beautiful real turquoise beads I had and paired them with one of my favorite Liberty of London Tana Lawn prints. I had some extra scraps of for the beads.
For the corsage I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture – I went for a bright shade of lime (they called it Limeade) and a deep navy – – I thought the colors really complimented the Liberty print – – and since you make a small and large corsage I decided to two colors instead of one.
The necklace mixed so many different skills which kept it interesting and the directions were totally clear and easy to follow. Once I got started it moved pretty quickly and I was already thinking about the next one I would be making!! It is also a great gift idea.
I dedicated a summer Friday afternoon to making my necklace and it was perfect timing since I planned my weekend outfit around – – I love that this necklace is so versatile – you can go dressy or keep it casual.
I really enjoyed making this project and have thought of a few of my clients and students that I feel this book would be perfect for – so “Just For You” has been added to the Pins & Needles “must-read” list!!!
I also dog eared some other projects in the book I plan to make this summer – – next on my list the “Quilting Bee Dress” on page 27 (March).
Make sure to get a copy of this book and make sure to check out my blog “Start Stitching” and if you are ever in New York City come and say hello in person – pop by Pins & Needles!
Thank you again Caroline and Sarah for inviting me to be part of the Sewlebrity Sew Along!