crochet, earrings, handmade beads, headpin, necklace, polymer clay
This month I decided to take part in the Art Jewelry Elements design challenge to make something using artisan made headpins. In an earlier post I showed the polymer clay headpins that I made to use for this challenge. I decided to make several so that I’d have scope to make something other than earrings. Therefore the first thing I made was a couple of pairs of earrings.
I bent the headpin wire into a circle and crocheted over it. I like the negative space that the circle creates. One pair of earrings had petals, and the other was just a simple circle.
Next I combined the petalled circle with the simple circle to create a necklace featuring a crocheted chain. There are a few things I’d like to do a bit differently, but it was so time-consuming to make that I’m not going to change this necklace. Perhaps one day I’ll have a go at making another version.
The yarn I used changes colour, so I decided to jumble the loops to create a patchwork contrast. I’d like to try crocheting from one end to the other to create a more subtle ombre effect. The other disappointment is that the chain links pretty much obscure the flower design. So I had a go at another pair of earrings to see if I could improve the flower shape.
I still need to think about how to link the flowers together without obscuring them to form a necklace. In the mean time I’m looking forward to seeing what the other participants have made.
Karin Grosset Grange
Cate van Alphen
AJE Team Members:
Pingback: » Headpin Challenge Reveal
Pingback: AJE Art Headpins Challenge | beadrecipes
Pingback: AJE Theme Challenge – Headpins – blueberribeads
Laney Mead said:
oh wow! I love the use of crochet and beads.
It’s a little bit addictive too 🙂
Deb Fortin said:
such a unique approach. crocheted flowers and links . a ton of work and very lovely
Karin Grosset Grange said:
Amazing headpins! And I love the creative way in which you used them, the combination of yarn, metal and polymer is really unique!
Alison Herrington said:
Wow! Just wayyy cool! I don’t think the flowers are too jumbled. The necklace has wonderful flow!
Maybe I’ve spent too long looking at it. Thanks.
Your creations are so unique!! Beautiful work!
I love your polymer clay headpins!! They’re beautiful. And I love the mix of crochet with the clay-very unexpected!
They’re fantastic! Love the full crochet necklace, what a brilliant way of interpreting the theme!
Tammy Adams said:
Your pc headpins are wonderfully intricate. And the way you combined them with crochet in your jewelry is so unique.
Whoa. Fibers. I tip my hat. Fibers elude me. Your polymer headpins, however… they are gorgeous. And almost make me want to do canes. Almost. ( I did canes once and was scarred for life. Its not my thing). I respect the cane!
Lindsay S said:
Brilliant! I love the combination of textures and colors, and such a creative use for the headpin wire. Thank you for playing along with us!
Jennifer Cameron said:
Very clever! I enjoyed reading your process and that you experimented with the crocheting on the wire, which is a completely different approach than I’ve seen before this. Thanks for participating and for reading AJE!
Mona Arnott said:
Now that’s an approach I don’t think I’ve ever seen before and you certainly were ambitious with your creations. Very nice!
Niky sayers said:
Oh my, I love what you have created! The crocheted flowers are a wonderful idea and are so unusual!
Kathy Lindemer said:
I love the necklace that you made. The soft and colorful crochet beads are beautiful and a wonderful contrast to the dark and hard headpins. Well done!
Diana Ptaszynski said:
So unique! Love the use of the crochet!
Love the crochet…I crochet..hadn’t thought to use it that way. Great job!
Just love the combo of the crochet and the headpins.
Lesley Watt said:
Great mix of materials here Cate and lovely end results.
Susan Kennedy said:
Wow, Cate, I love what you made and I’m not sure how you can crochet that tiny but wow, love the flowers! Thanks for playing along!
It just takes fine yarn and a small hook 😉 It was a fun challenge.
Pingback: Art Vessel – week 35 | Fulgorine
Pingback: » August Headpin Challenge Round-Up
Your designs are totally unique and I love the crocheted jump rings! Those pc pieces are jazzy.
Pingback: Art Jewelry Elements Blog Hop Head Pin Challenge. – Laney's Whimsy World