Jewellery all sewn up!
20 March 2014
We in the MJ office love the Great British Sewing Bee! We can't get enough of it, and it's got us reminiscing about the first thing we ever sewed, our sewing machine mishaps and, of course... jewellery! There's a huge array of sewn jewellery available to make and to wear, so we thought we'd share some of our faves.
photo: Great British Sewing Bee
We love mixed media pieces (check out our whole issue devoted to mixed media, which will go on sale 3rd April) and sewing is a great way to combine different elements. This fun and vibrant necklace from Cat Rabbit Plush uses felt pieces stitched together.
For something a little bit different, this Ma Magasin cross stitched piece is very sweet (should I say 'tweet'?!). I love the imaginative design for a modern look, using traditional techniques.
We've had plenty of stitched projects in the magazine, too, showing you step-by-step how to create unique jewellery. This ribbon cuff by Claire Wolfe was featured in issue 64 of the mag
Another stitching technique that has taken the jewellery world by storm is soutache. This showstopping piece by Agata Stankiewicz was featured in issue 53 of Making Jewellery. She shows you exactly how to make this soutache necklace.
Coming up in the next issue of Making Jewellery (on sale 3rd April) is this beaded fabric necklace by Sophie Robertson. Learn how to cover beads with fabric for a very wearable necklace.
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Sneak peek inside Making Jewellery issue 65
5 March 2014
This month we're celebrating the best of British, with 48 projects inspired by what we love best about our country. All the projects are beautiful and hugely imaginative, so I really struggled to pick out some to give you a little taster at what's inside. This is definitely a fun-filled issue, with so many projects that are a treat to make, and to wear. It's going to be a busy month!
I think my favourite project of the issue is Linzi Alford's Country Charm piece, which has woodland creatures made out of shrink plastic that peek out, as if from behind a hedgerow. It brings back memories of Beatrix Potter and Farthing Wood, and of course lovely woodland walks--definitely one of my favourite parts of British life.
Still on the woodland walk theme (and shrink plastic, too, while we're at it) is Su Pennick's Bluebell Wood necklace. She has creatively cut, coloured and scuplted the plastic into three-dimensional shapes, and we've got her template in the mag so you can recreate it yourself.
Joan Gordon has also been inspired by nature this spring, but has opted for more aquatic creatures. Her Nature's Wonderland necklace evokes a garden pond or springtime pool, with silver clay encasing a piece of sea glass.
Creating animal jewellery in a somewhat... ahem... different way is Tansy Wilson, with her Fish and Chips Necklace. She has cut out and suspended a fish bone shape into a stunning, and quirky, piece. It makes me feel hungry!
Just as iconic, and equally fun, is Lynn Allingham's Red Arrows design, which soars along... well, along your neckline. Again, we've got the full template in the mag so you can recreate this surprisingly simple piece exactly. We love the crystals made to look like a trail of smoke!
If metalwork is more your thing, Clair Wolfe's Copper Skyline Necklace showcases London's most famous buildings in a clever silhouette. She shows you how to pierce out and texture the shape, and even how to make your own scene.
On a smaller scale is James Ferris, with his ever-popular wirework. He shows you how you can become Lord of the Wirework Rings this month with these beautiful wire-wrapped rings.
And what could be more British than the weather? Julia Rai has captured Britain's ever-changing skies with her All-Weather Bracelet. Each seasonal charm is made with metal clay, using different techniques, as she shows you how to cut, texture and colour them.
We've got much more inside, too, including plenty more projects, top tips on how to improve your jewellery making and run your jewellery business, interviews with top jewellers, and plenty of giveaway goodies to win (click here for a sneak peek at what they are!)