Soft Fiber Necklaces

Silk is so much fun to dye, but every now and again i have a piece that just doesn;t turn out as i hoped.  Either the dye bleeds and muttles together, or the silk fiber just does not receive the dye evenly.  So i have a small collection of my “out-takes” and have been trying to consider what to use them for.  After a lot of research and a bit of trial and error I have been working on a new line of necklaces that utilize the silk in an artful, purposeful way.  So here goes:

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This is a soft sculptured necklace made from deep midnight blue strips of silk, seafoam blue alpaca roving, textured eyelash yarn in shades of caramel and celery, and several vintage beads, including a blue stone carved into a little elephant.  Whimsical, soft, and would definitely add to any outfit.

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Our company logo is the sunflower – so i could not resist trying my hand at a boho look sunflower soft sculpture necklace.  This one featuring outtakes of a silk scarf in tones of yellows, chartreause and a buttery sweet potato orange.  Accented with czech glass, vintage 60s lucite beads and a few green glass pearls. It is a one of a kind that would look great with a plain dress or t-shirt and jeans.

IMG_6784[1] I had to go with an animal print soft sculpture that features a leopard print cotton cut into strips, and woven with off white sari silk, golden potato freshwater pearls, shell, and vintage czech glass faceted beads.

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Bohemian inspiration, soft sculpture, lots of textures…. the inspiration for this piece was an old photo of an aunt who loved to wear off white, and accent it with colors.  I had strips of sari silk that were shades of off white, and were each quite pretty, but alone they were not enough to make the necklace pop.  Fringe of a vintage cotton yarn in a light celery, addition of specialty yarn that also echoed the celery green, but added a light caramel beige, czech glass leaves and old vintage green beads, 60s Lucite beige beads and a few golden potato freshwater pearls make it a one of a kind.

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And i am working on using silk more in its pure form…. I had a piece of silk that i had planned to be deep eggplant with hints of chartreuse, but the silk processed to look washed out. Its very soft, with striations of deeper violet and drifts of a washed out chartreuse.  So i wanted to use it in a way that would make it a scarf but with a hint of bling… Sewing small tufted flowers and accenting with czech glass and lucite flowers seemed to make this one unique.

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But from another piece of the silk I formed a necklace on wire frame.The same “yo-yo” forms were sewed onto a wire crochet form, and accented with seed beads.  The moment i posted this piece on facebook it sold.  I think it was the colors… the deeper violet pieces of silk really stand out, and the golden and purple czech beads accent it delightfully.  It was finished with a chain to drape around the neck.

I am working on a series of soft sculptured necklaces and scarves with purpose… more photos as i complete more of the projects.  But i would like to know what you think of these.  They are currently in the Spring Sense of Wonder show at the Log Cabin Gallery in Peninsula…. a wonderful place to visit, and such fun.  The gallery event is only through May 31st.  Steve and I will be there on Saturday, May 23rd if you wish to stop out.  Otherwise click the picture below to visit the log cabin gallery website.

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