Peacock Finery

Way back in February, I bought a lovely floral bib-style necklace on Etsy, which is much admired when I wear it.  Admirers usually ask if I made it myself, and it slightly embarrasses me to admit that I didn’t. The embarrassment is due to the feeling that I certainly could have.  Yesterday I decided that the time had come to have a go myself.

Here is what I started with: some thick felt from my stash, 1 meter each of five different ribbons and 2 metres of a thinner Grosgrain ribbon to be used for the neck ties as well as in the flowers.  I picked up the ribbons at Spotlight for $13.77 to give you an idea of cost, if you want to try making one yourself.

There are many, many tutorials online for making floral flowers.  I looked at quite a few, and then dived in and tried it, (there was no one particular tutorial to send you to) using the materials I had on hand.  I was out of my comfort zone, using heaps of glue to make the flowers, which felt very strange, (oh a pun).  I used that tacky, stringy, clear craft glue to glue the ribbons to the felt backing as I twisted and turned them.  After the glue was dry, I cut the excess felt backing away from around the roses.

Sewing (as opposed to gluing) the beads and tiny buttons on to the centres of the roses felt more natural (there is that pun again – Dad would be proud).  It was great to be able to bust out the tiny button stars for a little dash of whimsy.  I also sewed the ribbon ties on, after applying fray-stopper on the ends.

I would love to show it on me, but I will have to wait for better light, and another grown-up to take the photo.  I am taking a class with Kellie (Don’t look Now) tomorrow, at our Guild’s Symposium, so I plan to wear it and someone can take a snap for me.  I am really looking forward to the class – I have not seen Kellie for ages, and apart from being very talented, she is really lovely.

This project was really fun, and easy to finish in an afternoon.  Are you going to give it a try?

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