Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Hebridean Jewels.

At last I've made something I feel I can show. (Although the pictures are not too good, you can click on them for more detail)
Cuffs using a background of Genuine Handwoven Harris Tweed, combined with beautiful hand-dyed silk velvet



(Forgive the ropey state of the 'models' arm just look at the product!)

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and lined with 'vintage ' fabrics, Laura Ashley here.



I've been using Harris Tweed with my dyed silk velvet for quite a while now. It all started when I was given some as a gift from the Isle of Harris. I'd had it a few years and I suddenly hit upon combining it with silk and velvet. I made a few brooches from the one piece I had and they were received well.



So I got in touch with the Harris Tweed Authority who gave me the names and addresses of 4 handweavers, two of whom replied to my letters and were prepared to sell me small amounts of their wondrous product.
In this brooch I have added some little matt beads.





This pink one is much more beautiful in reality than the picture shows

and its lined with an old Liberty Tana Lawn


They fasten with velcro

so are adjustable in size.

The velvet glows like jewels against the wool.

The little purple beads on the dark one may even be amethyst..they were in a very old tiny 'Potassium permanganate ' tin from Boots in an inherited 'stash'.

The Harris Tweed is so lovely on this scale because you can really appreciate the blend of colours that go into it to make the overall pattern.
These two older brooches are the same background fabric with different velvets .

And I really enjoyed making these loopy flowers last year

I sold them for £8 each.(I still have a few left if you are interested.)
And if you would like to see more there are some bags here and a pile of brooches here.
I have listed the cuffs and a brooch on Folksy
Thank you all for your feedback on the gift tags.
They have been featured on Cuteable
Thank you Lynsey.

28 comments:

Mary said...

That silk velvet is so gorgeous! I love the way it looks against the tweed. Beautiful -- as always.

Kayla coo said...

Lovely with the tweed fabrics Jackie.

Heloise said...

Lovely combination of fabrics. Just wondered if you have used any tweed from Linton Tweeds, they have an amazing collection of fabrics.

'fancypicnic' said...

I could scream, these are SOOO gorgeous!

Gina said...

The combination of the Harris Tweed with the jewel colours of the silk velvet is gorgeous. Love them!

Chris' Shady Grove said...

I love the look of the Harris Tweed against the velvets and embroidery. So perfect for the coming season! You have been very productive. I've had a hard time finishing projects lately. Every time the weather is nice I'm outside to take advantage of what's left before the snow comes. We have a harsh winter predicted again this year. Guess I better invest in those snow shoes soon!

Kursten said...

gorgeous texture relationship between the velvet and the tweed. all warm and fuzzy.

jude said...

hey sorry. i just posted with my son's email account, that was me, jude from spirit cloth. duh.

hens teeth said...

You are one mighty fine clever lady!

Daisie said...

I really love the cuffs, the pinky purpley one is my fave! The loopy flowers are brill too, I make knit-wit flowers that are similar.
xxx

Threadspider said...

silk velvet, tweed and vintage cottons. Simply gorgeous.

Sandy said...

What great cuffs and brooches. They are lovely.

Maureen said...

Beautiful work as usual, love the brooches.

Kitty said...

All gorgeous. Absolutely wonderful. x

karen said...

I love these cuffs Jackie, gorgeous.

MaryPoppins said...

They are gorgeous, well done you :)
lovely to meet you x

Vicki W said...

You should be pleased - these are beautiful!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I love that pink one! So much.

Linda said...

You chose the perfect title for this post Jackie - they are all fabulous. I love all those different fabrics and your embroidery is just stunning.
Love Linda

Clothmatters said...

I enjoyed visiting your lovely blog and viewing your brooches. Adorable!

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Beautiful work. Love the way you use your fabrics and colours : )

Ro Bruhn said...

Ah, the memories, I remember as a child in England I had a Harris Tweed coat, it never wore out. I love what you've created with it, especially the rich, rusty coloured cuff

Shelley at Mermaids Purse said...

The colour/fabric combinations in the cuffs are beautiful!

Wabbit said...

I love how the tweed makes the velvet look just like a precious jewel. Wonderful idea, Jackie!

Dot said...

Oh - these cuff bracelets are stunning! I wish I could touch them throuhg the screen. Beutiful combination of fabrics too.

green phoenix said...

Jackie,
I love the circle brooch with the green amd gold (matte beads and the heart ones).Are they for sale or gone?

green phoenix said...

Jackie,

I like the round greenish one the best but the heart ones are lovely also, personal preferance I suppose!I could just imagine myself wearing the circle one more.
All lovely though!If you are making more at any point let me know and I'll bags one, esp in that colourway.

Elizabeth Golden said...

Stunning!



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