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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Ombre Embroidered Necklace

I love the ombre trend we've been seeing everywhere lately. It's been around in the crafting world for quite some time now and it looks like it's here to stay. There are so many great ombre pieces out there it inspired me to create my own unique take on this trend! 

- small piece of leather or faux leather if you'd prefer
- leather punch kit (I used this one)
- embroidery floss in four similar colors
- necklace or findings to make necklace

- Cut leather piece into a 3" X 2" X 2" triangle. Snip off the tips of the two angles adjacent to the longest side.
- Use punch kit to create holes. I used a ruler and made the holes 1/4 in apart. It helped me to mark the holes on the back in Sharpie  and use those marks as a guide. You will need one hole in each corner for hanging and five rows of holes for stitching as described below. Make sure the stitch in the center of the first row is centered and work from there.
        - row one: 8 holes
        - row two: 8 holes
        - row three: 6 holes
        - row four: 4 holes
        - row five: 2 holes
- Cross stitch the four rows going from darkest color to lightest color. Secure your ends.
- Attach piece to necklace. You can either steal the chain off of a necklace you don't wear anymore (which I do quite often lol) or you can build your own necklace. If building your own necklace, you will need two jump rings, 17 inches of chain (two 8 1/2 in pieces), and a spring ring or lobster clasp to close.

Enjoy your new necklace and be ready for lots of compliments!

P.S. If you'd rather purchase the finish product instead of making your own, I have them available in my Etsy shop!

P.S.S. If you decide to make your own necklace, I'd love to see the finished product! You can tag me on Instagram or share it on Facebook.

Linked to: The MakersOff the Hook Monday

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Handcrafted Birthday

Today is my 24th birthday! This is going to be a BIG year for me. A REALLY big year. I'm going to be graduating with my Master's degree in May, getting married two weeks later, and hopefully finding a "big girl" job! This year is going to be full of changes. I'm very excited about all of these changes, but I'm a bit nervous at the same time. Growing up is not easy!

In honor of my birthday, I thought I'd share with you this lovely, handmade card. It can be used for birthdays, thank-you notes, or anything you'd like really.

I love how this card uses traditional quilted hexagons in a non-tradition way. Quilting is just not for me. My sewing machine and I have a strong love/hate relationship. One of my goals this year is to buckle down and become a sewing machine pro. Anyways, I love the look of these quilted hexagons and I love how simple they are to make!

- blank card (needs to be fairly thick so that it doesn't rip when sewing on hexagons)
- scissors
- pen
- fabric scraps
- white sewing thread
- embroidery floss that matches fabric choices
- needle

- Make five hexagons. I did a hexagon tutorial here.
- Arrange hexagons on the card in the pattern or shape of your choice.
- Using three strands of embroidery floss and running stitch, attach the hexagons to your card. I chose to leave just a little blank space between each hexagon, but you can make them touch if you'd like.
- Write message onto your card!
- Optional: You may also want to cut another card in half and glue it to the inside of the front cover so that your stitching doesn't show.