The minute I opened my first box of supplies from Gwen Lafluer Studios, I fell in love with a small red medallion that was stitched to a piece of black velvet. I had no idea what the red starburst design symbolized, but I immediately envisioned it as a choker necklace, and sketched the design in my "Idea Journal." I only had one medallion, so I ordered a couple more, then got to work. I learned that they are vintage embroidered star patches, made by the Hmong tribes in Thailand.The question was, what should I pair with the star medallions? Flat pearls? Red buttons? Swarovski crystals?
|Using small, sharp scissors, excess fabric was trimmed from the Humong Star Medallion|
|The medallions and beads were "auditioned" for spacing and arrangement before being stitched to the velvet ribbon|
|After the medallions were hand stitched to the ribbon, the rubber beads were pinned in place|
|Close-up of beads being sewn on to ribbon|
|The necklace is nearly complete|
|The finished necklace, adjustable to any neck size|
I had been saving a small brown cardboard box for a few months. One of the people that I trade small art with had sent me some ATCs and ephemera in the box. I had been storing some Irresistible India gold trim with black squares and pearls in the box, along with some other supplies, and realized that somehow the color of the cardboard went beautifully with Gwen's sheer trim.
|The area under the sari trim would be left natural, and the rest of the box painted black|
|Clips held the sari trim in place until the heavy matte gel dried|
When the ribbon and trim had dried and the box was almost done, I added the finishing touch: flat bottomed pearls. I attached them to the velvet ribbon with a glue gun.
|Top view of the finished gift box|
|Top and side view of the finished sari trim gift box|
Like the trim and medallions I used? The good news is that there will be a big Cyber Monday Sale on the Gwen Lafleur Studios website...just in time to create some special items for holiday gift-giving! Or, take a look at Gwen's original mixed media and jewelry creations, they are just gorgeous! You may also want to check out what the other Artist Tribe members have created by going to Gwen's blog, or click here to see all the Artist Tribe projects.