Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cuff Love

October was full of travel.  I always take some type of handwork along when I fly. After visiting the Gilded Lily in Fullerton, CA, which I mentioned here, I made a little kit to work on. 

First, I visited The Wool Lady in Temecula, CA and bought some felted wool and beautiful embroidery threads. There was no plan or pattern, I just decided to "wing" it. That was quite a challenge for me. I've worked on this project sporadically just trying to design as I go. I The color combination of these three ribbons with the added Victorian buttons was inspiring and a interesting beginning. I tried different things, like old pieces of jewelry and beads. I tried different stitches. One thing I learned is that velvet is not the best material to embroider. Simplicity was key.  

I thought the linear element of the ribbons needed the contrast of a flowing vine design.
Of course I didn't plan on the closure until after I had finished the edges.  I looked and looked for brass snaps.  Evidently you can only buy HUGE ones in the United States.  I purchased the perfect size on Etsy from a woman in Turkey.  I finally received them yesterday and they were perfect. Then at the last minute I added a few beads.  I love the final result and even put together a new outfit out of my closet to coordinate with it.  That was a fun surprise!  

You can't see my shoes, they were the cutest part. 


  1. the cutest part is your smiles!! LOVE your cuff so very much!

  2. So cute! I'm very impressed! And, what a great picture of you and hubby! You both look so happy. :-)

  3. Beautiful creation! I love embroidered things.

  4. What a great project!

  5. Love the fabrics and colours you've used to create your cuffs.
    Beautiful ♥


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