Whimsical and Playful

So far, I’ve only focussed on making headbands…and it occurred to me, why not bow clips as well? It’s nothing complicated to see here guys, but my main focus was color and texture.

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I’m not sure what I had in mind, just making a set that personified the whimsy and wonder of a baby girl. Each bow has a different kind of lace underlining them, and I tried to make them as girly as possible.

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The clips are alligator style and are a lovely rustic copper tone. I thought it added a much more old fashioned and vintage look vs the plain silver. I love each of them, but I have to say I’m partial to the glittery emerald green. It reminds me of Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz. Also, my favourite color is green…so..there’s that 🙂

It was all super easy and pure fun to make. I actually couldn’t sleep when I put these together, I figured well, I may as well be productive. So there I was at 4am making bows.

What do ya’ll think?

The clips are available to purchase here:

 

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She had a flower in her hair..

A while ago, I made a headband inspired by The Little Mermaid. I was looking online for a headband that showcased the beautiful magenta flower she wears in her hair in one scene of the movie. There was very little to find!

So, being me, I decided to come up with one myself.

I’ve played around with various ways to fold ribbon using different stitching techniques, but none of the techniques I learned quite fit the bill. It served as a foundation, but not much more. So, I sat at my craft desk (which is actually a dining table), in my tiny living room, working away. Much glue and much ribbon was wasted.

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Eventually, I managed to pull something off that I was quite pleased with. Each petal was individually folded and hand stitched. Small amounts of glue was used to keep the folds in place. I then simply arranged the petals as you see above, and glued them to a small round piece of felt which I had cut. The center of the flower was very easy and also kinda tricky. It is a simple knot actually…the difficulty came with fraying and keeping it “neat”. I went through, oh, maybe 5 others before I made one I was happy with.

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The band itself is a pretty thing I found at my local Hobby Lobby. The underside actually has tiny strands of elastic and so is quite flexible. The sequins are actually more stunning in person. They flicker blue, green and even purple in certain lighting.

I’m particularly proud of this piece. I think, it’s because I had to sit for hours and figure out a novel way to fold the flower petals myself.

If you’re interested in how I made them, step by step, let me know…and I’ll put together a post just for it 🙂

As always, if you would like to purchase this piece for your little one, it’s available below!

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PM me that you have come from this blog post and I’ll gift you a coupon 🙂

Until next time…

Something Bright, Something New

It’s been a tough and bizarre last couple months – incredibly trying to say the least. Which explains why I have been incognito. With all the gloom settling behind me; with no desire to look back, I’m sharing a headband that was a joy to make.

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What I had in mind for this bow was beautiful beginnings and celebrations of these beginnings. So for instance,  a couple joined in holy matrimony, a new addition to the family, a baptism.

I chose a champagne shade for the bow and overlaid it with ivory lace. I used another kind of lace for the “wings” or accents..whatever you want to call it 🙂

I kept wanting to add more beauty, more femininity without overdoing it. I pulled out my translucent lavender ribbon and crisscrossed the center. Having secured that with thread, I cinched the center with a pretty periwinkle to pull it all together.

The headband itself is made from soft fold over elastic. Here, it is in ivory with a subtle sheen. You will notice there is a pearl and rosette pattern attached – this is a lovely pre-made “wedding” craft ribbon that I found at Hobby Lobby. I thought it would be just perfect for this headband.

Hope you liked it! it sure was fun to make. You can find it at my shop following this link 🙂

View headband in Etsy shop!

Color Theory pt. 2

So, I’ve dropped the ball at keeping up with regular posts aaand I promised a pt. 2 to my last post on Color Theory. Since I laid the foundation in pt. 1, this one is going to be short and sweet!

As I had mentioned in my last post, I will be going over Analogous Colors and Color Polygons.

Analogous Colors simply put, are colors that are closely related on the color wheel and for this reason are considered to work well together.

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https://ece.uwaterloo.ca/~dwharder/Presentations/Guidelines/VisualAids/LookAndFeel/ColourScheme/

Looking at the chart above we can see how analogous colors work identically to how we assess values when we evaluate levels of light and dark in say a black and white photograph.

The picture below demonstrates:

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http://www.artistsnetwork.com/articles/art-demos-techniques/inspired-by-light-color-wheel?lid=CHarnsm010115

See how wonderfully the four analogous colors work to create realistic shadows and highlights for a sunset scene? The effect of using this technique of combining colors is a serene and harmonious.

Color Polygons

The color relationship in a polygon is quite different. They are triads based on where colors are geometrically on the color wheel.

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http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2014/04/complementary-colors-vs-analogous-colors/

You probably recognize the first example on the top left as the infamous primary colors!

The above triads are the four combinations of polygons you get from a 12 color wheel. Theory goes, that when you use a triad to create a painting, typically one color is chosen to be more dominant in order to create a well balanced and pleasing piece.

See the excellent example below:

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https://oss.adm.ntu.edu.sg/leon0179/

Pretty simple and straight forward right? I’ll be having fun giving these techniques a whirl with my ribbons!

What about you? I’d love to hear about your craft projects and how you could incorporate these techniques.

Ciao xo

 

 

 

 

 

Since I touched on Color Theory yesterday evening..

I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to go in depth (in laymen’s terms obviously) into the science behind color and how it can help you with your crafting projects.

Let’s begin with a nifty quote that explains it better than I ever could:

In the visual arts, color theory is a body of practical guidance to color mixing and the visual effects of a specific color combination. There are also definitions (or categories) of colors based on the color wheel: primarycolor, secondary color and tertiary color.

Thanks Wikipedia.

Now, we know that if we’re working with fabric that we aren’t mixing our own colors; unless you are a fabric dyer extraordinaire…(that, actually sounds like tremendous fun). But, we are consciously attempting to create visually stimulating work.

The area of color theory that I want to focus on, is the idea that we can create a certain effect by merely being strategic about color choice.

If you look at this Color Wheel below you will see the key to the right pointing out the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary colors. Basically, the story goes, that you cannot produce the primary colors by mixing colors. But that all colors are produced by using a combination of them.

 

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Fun fact: Color Theory (as far as we know) was first discussed by Leonardo Da Vinci and Sir. Isaac Newton. 

If we continue to study the color wheel, you will notice that if we drew a straight line from one color to the other side of the circle it will bump into another color. This, my friend, takes us into the world of Complimentary Colors and Harmonizing.

In color theory, color harmony refers to the property that certain aesthetically pleasing color combinations have. These combinations create pleasing contrasts and consonances that are said to be harmonious. These combinations can be of complementary colors, split-complementary colors, color triads, or analogous colors. Color harmony has been a topic of extensive study throughout history, but only since the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution has it seen extensive codification. Artists and designers make use of these harmonies in order to achieve certain moods or aesthetics.

Thank you again Wikipedia.

So, every color you see on the wheel that connects to another on the opposite side is its complement. The stark contrast between the two colors creates the strongest visual tension and therefore grabs the most attention.

Here’s an example:

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Let’s go a level deeper.

Split-Complimentary colors create a similar effect, but splits one of the true complementary colors into two similar colors. It would be like if we took that picture of the pretty buttercup with the bright blue sky and made the top half of the sky a Blue Green and the bottom half a Blue Violet.

Basically, if Blue had a baby with Green and then had another baby with Violet.

The point of this technique is to achieve color harmony by mixing things up visually. it makes things a little more interesting.

The late Vincent Van Gogh loved to do this:

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Are you feelin’ the harmony? It has a certain vibrating quality and liveliness.

“Instead of trying to exactly paint what I see before me, I make more arbitrary use of color to express myself more forcefully.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Okay, this post has gotten away from me, and I will have to post a Pt. 2.

In the next post we will explore Color Polygons and Analogous Colors.

Did you guys find this interesting? I love this stuff.

In the mean time,  I’d love to hear about your color theory experiments 🙂

Until next time..

 

 

For the love of Periwinkle

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Today’s headband features a flower that is a dreamy Periwinkle – also known as  Lavender Blue or to those who keep track of Pantone’s Color of the Year, very similar to their Serenity. I secured a small pearl to the center of the flower and placed it on a bed of two green leaves. As always, each piece was folded and stitched by hand. Usually I choose a contrasting color elastic band, but for this piece I decided to continue the soft dreamy colors and used a silvery gray.

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It is extremely difficult, if not near impossible to stitch the embellishment by machine – I’ve tried. But the end result is well worth it! It’s definitely been an exercise in dexterity.

I will be making more of these in the future, so be on the look out 🙂

 

 

Knotted Pink Bow

knotted pink bow grey band 2This headband features 12 inches of ribbon all rolled into a pretty bow. The center is secured with a white and gold celtic knot. I’ve paired it here with a soft gray elastic and the bow measures approximately 5″ across.

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The shade of pink itself is a warm Rose tone that also comes in Lavender. A timeless design that is perfect for all ages.

Follow me for updates on when this headband and others will be ready for purchasing. Thank you for dropping by 🙂

 

 

 

 

Forget Me Not

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Meet Forget-Me-Not. As the name suggests she is the lovely shade of blue reminiscent of the flower. I’ve accented the band with leaves that are a rich and deep shade of green. The center is a glittery champagne tone. As with the Rose Quartz headband, the flower and leaves are hand-made with soft ribbon. I really love this headband, the blue and gold pop in ways many other color combinations just don’t.

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To create this headband I folded and hand-stiched the ribbon (that’s right, no machine here folks!) then manipulated the resulted shape to form what you see above. Ah, don’t the colors just make you smile? or maybe it’s just me…

Rose Quartz Floral Headband

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Meet the design that started it all. This feminine rose quartz floral headband is the first of my Spring 2016 collection. If you’re looking for something that is minimalist yet still maintaining to be girly; I have an inkling you’ve found it here.

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Watch this space! It will be available to purchase very…very soon.