Boy has life been hectic! But I am here, taking a quiet little minute, to spend some time with my poor neglected blog. What could be better than a peppy tea, a storm rumbling outside and some sick beats playing (loudly) (through the headphones). Life can’t get much better I would say.
I thought I’d tell you about how I’ve been making my latest craft obsession: laser-cut timber, embroidered jewellery. As a little challenge to myself, I’ve decided that I’m going to structure this post like a crochet pattern. Risky. (I chose to use a simple doily type pattern.)
1st row: Foundation chain. Close in loop.
You might remember my post about the Chook Shed Artisans. Without this beautiful concept, group of people & general incredible addition to my life, I would never have had the urge to develop further the laser-cut timber jewellery I had made last christmas as gifts (I realised just then I’ve never shared that on this blog. What a disgrace). The artisans at the Chook Shed are fearless. They make what they like and haters bedamned. Inspired by them, I thought about things I like. Among a bazillion other things, I like quilting, embroidery & laser cutting.
This is a minute sample of the laser cutting stuff I did for everyone’s christmas pressies last year. It was all nautical/ ocean life themed, mainly because I personally love fish and sea life in general. (Selfish?)
2nd row: Double crochet around.
One night, when I was lost in the internet, I stumbled upon some vintage quilt block designs. What formed in my brain next was the first layer (or round if you will) of the pattern for these beauties. Embroider! Quilt blocks! Embroider quilt blocks? Embroider quilt blocks! On timber? EMBROIDER QUILT BLOCKS ON TIMBER!
These are some of the quilt block designs I found. As you can imagine, when I saw these I knew it was love at first sight. Sings * If anything could ever feel this real forever, if anything could ever be this good again? * !
3rd row: Shell stitch in every third double crochet stitch.
In Illustrator, I placed a hole at each corner/ apex of these designs, then I sent it all off to the laser cutter. I use the ever-lovely Online Laser Cutting, in case you were wondering. So great! Highly recommend these friendly people : )
4th row: Picot stitch at the top of every shell stitch.
Now the time-consuming part. Using a tiny crochet hook (because I’m a crochet tragic and I can’t be away from a hook for very long), I weave coloured cotton thread through the strategically-placed holes in the timber. It’s a mental challenge sometimes to keep both the front and the back looking neat. Craft is the best isn’t it?! Mental challenges everywhere! Pure joy.
The results! I love these so much. I’m so happy with how they mix three of my favourite things into a cohesive item.
5th row: Finish off (aka SATISFACTION)
The best part of all of this is that I get to share these little beauts with other people. Correct! I don’t just make all of these to keep my already giant jewellery collection stocked and fat. You can buy these from me at the Chook Shed Artisan market. At the moment, this is the exclusive place to buy these. So if you want one, your choice is to come and visit the Chook Shed Artisans or go without. Harsh, but so. There are brooches, rings, and soon there will be necklaces too : )
My little spot in the Chook Shed. In this shot, you can also see some of the other laser-cut timber jewellery I’ve designed. Mostly it’s all nautical / sea life themed again. Luckily for everyone, sea life is not only interesting – it can also be cute.
and even better
The Chook Shed Artisans, in honour of the christmas season, are having a
You can come and buy handmade gifts for all your besties, and there will be free cake and tea. You seriously can’t go wrong! Because I love this endeavour so much, I made a little promo vid about it. If you want to have a little taste of what these blessed markets are like, just watch this vid : )
Happy crafting lovers xx