The excitement of wearing a
handmade garment for the first time! You all know the excitement to
which I am referring. We catch a glimpse of a beautiful pattern and fall
in love, carefully choosing the perfect yarn in just the right color.
Then if you are like me you might tweak the pattern just a little to
achieve the perfect fit. After that comes hours of crocheting and days
of dreaming about not only how the finished garment will look but also
how you will look in it.
I will freely admit that I carefully
plan the first outfit I will with wear my new crocheted project, from
the perfect shirt to the ideal pair of shoes. And you can't forget
jewelry. Jewelry can set the mood, elevating your crochet even farther
with its elegance or adding a playful edginess. The perfect set of
earrings can lend that little extra pop to an ensemble, and an
eye-catching necklace works wonders to draw attention to a crocheted
About a week ago the idea of
creating jewelry to compliment crocheted projects started swirling
around the office (the beading team, which is responsible for Beadwork
and Stringing, is just down the hall from the Interweave
Crochet office). I've always wanted to learn how to create my own
jewelry and the idea of creating jewelry to compliment my crochet work
has me truly intrigued.
The easiest place to begin learning
to make jewelry is with Stringing magazine. The projects in Stringing
don't require complicated seed stitch patterns and are easily
accessible to beginners. The patterns are short, most not much more
than a column. After multiple page crochet projects these projects look
even more inviting. As I browse through photos in past and current
issues, I quickly noticed they also make a wonderfully bold statement.
A plan began to form. So we brought
together our favorite projects from Interweave Crochet Fall 2010
and Stringing Winter 2010 and we had our own little photo
shoot, pairing the projects to show them off. Four excited coworkers
and I had a blast in the photo studio. We quickly fell in love with the
jewelry, admiring their uniqueness. I think the earring I'm wearing
might have to be my first stringing project.
Pick up a copy of Stringing and start creating your own
jewelry. Soon you will find earring, bracelet, and necklace supplies
happily coexisting with fiber in your craft room and closet.
|P.S. Visit my blog for more fun photos from our impromptu photo shoot.