Tuesday, March 25, 2008

changing domain names

Hello all, this is just a brief note to let you know that I'm switching my current domain name from www.thecreativebride.blogspot, to it's brand new one: www.thecreativebrideblog.com

There may be a couple of days where you can't reach the blog, but never fear - I'll be back as soon as I can!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Artsy bloggers round-up

Delightful spool knitted goodies- Kittycat bookmark

This week, Noreen has designed a couple of really fun treasures- it all began with a spool knitted kitty cat bookmark, which lead to a springtime bunny. Who knows where it will all end?

Layers Upon Layers
Want to try collage? Here’s an easy way to put those background papers and textured bits and bobs to use!

Make A Museum Store Quality Decoupage Plate
Eileen at The Artful Crafter gives step-by-step directions for decoupage under glass with a couple of unique twists.

Miracle of the Egg
A mixed media piece in celebration of the amazing egg.

Sisters on Sojourn Website Update
Check out what the Sisters have for visual journal keepers

Student Makes Quilt Depicting Slavery & the Underground Railroad
Youngsters can learn much by making quilts in connection with their classes. One 5th grader designed a very interesting project.

The Creative Bride
Complete the embroidered flower brooch that we started last week, using this tutorial

Make easy embroidered felt Easter eggs
Use your sewing machine to create easy, charming embroidered felt easter eggs with Tangled Thread.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday photo inspiration

TomCarrie.Wedding.073, originally uploaded by Tyrven.

I love bubbles at weddings... in fact - I had bubbles at my wedding! It's a fun, light-hearted way to involve your guests in the ceremony. Just make sure to buy stain-free bubbles!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

tutorial: embroidered flower brooches - part two

Ready to finish up your flower brooch? Here's the first set of instructions if you missed them :-)

Just a reminder, this is an original, copyright pattern that I've put a lot of time & energy into creating. Please don't copy the post - but feel free to send the link to people !

Lay the smaller flower centre on top of the bigger bottom one and tack together using running stitches:
I decided to use buttons as the centre of my flower brooch, but you could also use beads as well. Use a needle & thread with four strands of thread (or two strands of heavy-duty hand sewing thread) Begin randomly sewing buttons (or beads) onto the centre of the flower, building up layers as you go. I used several different styles of buttons, both clear & ivory. If you look closely you can even see a little cupid button!

Sew a pin back (or hair clip) onto the back of the brooch and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

tutorial: embroidered flower brooches - part one

As promised, here's part one of the tutorial to create an embroidered flower brooch. I asked you last time to have these supplies - ready to go?

The first step is to draw a flower shape onto a piece of plain paper. I went with an uneven flower - nothing fancy:
Trace the flower onto your netting and fold it over so you have two layers of netting. Don't cut the flower out yet! Using a zig-zag stitch, stitch all the way around the flower, just slightly to the inside of the pen line.

Okay, now you can cut the flower out!

Now we need to stabilize the edges:
Sew a length of yarn or cord around the edge of the flower, using a zig-zag stitch. I'm using a mohair yarn with little picots on the edges:
I sewed into the centre of the flower, just to give it a little definition. Here's how it looks out from underneath the sewing machine:
I then stitched another cord across each petal, to mimic the central "ribs" that some flowers have. This also stabilizes the brooch as well. Again, just use a zig-zag stitch to stitch the cord down. I'm using a soft, twisted satin cord:
I wanted to add a little bit more glitz to the brooch, so I went over the edges with a metallic machine embroidery thread, again - just zig-zag. I used a silver thread over the central ribs of the flower.

You've got the first layer of the brooch done!
Now repeat the same steps over again, just with a slightly smaller flower - that's the inside of the brooch. I'll show you how to connect everything - but that's for tomorrow :-)

Monday, March 17, 2008

De-Stash Your Studio challenge

I've decided to start my Earth Day celebrations a little early this year... and by not buying any fabric until April 22nd!

You can read all the details or join me in the challenge on my fiber art blog :-)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

short & sweet Saturday links

I am a devoted fan of Etsy (in fact, you can see my shop here) so I was so excited to see their "Handmade Wedding" series!

Artsy bloggers round-up

I just recently joined the Artsy Bloggers Round-Up (you can visit my other blog by clicking on the link for Tangled Thread) and wanted to share the links with you all!

Crocheted Comfort Bear by Noreen Crone-Findlay
Noreen Crone-Findlay designed a charming little Comfie Bear and has uploaded the pattern to hankering for yarn.

Knitted Elspeth Doll by Noreen Crone-Findlay
Elspeth is an enchanting doll designed by Noreen Crone-Findlay. She’s uploaded the pattern to hankeringforyarn.com

Layers Upon Layers
Use a lot of texture when you create a geometric collage, and it will never be boring!

Look at Eileen’s New Toy!
Eileen discovers the Scor-it Board to make professional quality hinge folds by hand in all kinds of papercraft projects.

Quilting With a St. Patrick’s Day Influence
Discover the many quilt and fabric art patterns with a connection to St. Patrick’s Day and the Irish.

Tangled Thread is playing with bleach
Tangled Thread is creating one-of-a-kind printed fabric using bleach gel pens

Embroidered flower brooches from The Creative Bride
The Creative Bride is getting ready to make a floral brooch using thread, beads & netting.

Visual Delights
If you don’t keep a visual journal you will want to once you’ve seen this website.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday photo inspiration

ellens butterfly bliss, originally uploaded by nicola loves candy.

I'm such a sucker for butterflies...

Friday photo inspiration

ring pillow, originally uploaded by Marjorie from Illnois.

What a gorgeous way to bless a marriage! Such a lucky niece to have been given this hand-embroidered ring-bearer's pillow.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

tutorial: make an embroidered flower brooch

It's been awhile since I posted a tutorial for you lovely ladies, so here's how I make embroidered flower brooches! They would make a beautiful accessory for your wedding day, either pinned on your bodice, into your train or bustle or even as a hair clip.

To make this project you'll need:

  • Craft or crinoline netting (I'm using white, slightly sparkly netting)
  • Matching or contrasting beads for the center of the flower
  • Sewing machine thread (feel free to use metallic thread too!)
  • Decorative cord or yarn
  • Scissors, needles, pen, brooch pin or hair clip
And not shown, but also neccessary... a sewing machine capable of free-motion embroidery. As long as you can drop the feed dogs on your machine - you can do it!

You'll get the full how-to on Monday - so stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

make your own wedding favor boxes & bags

I just found this site and am utterly enchanted! It's called The Toy Maker, and features the paper art of Marilyn Scott-Waters. Definitely worth a look :-)

What really captured my attention was this little paper bag:
It's a free, PDF download to create your own flower bag. I think that these would make lovely wedding favors - think about all the different ways to decorate them... and then all the things you could put inside....

Monday, March 10, 2008

want to win a charm from Twisted Silver?

Sorry for the slow posting over the past few days! I've been helping my family move and haven't had two spare seconds for my computer...

Anyhow - I'm hosting a contest on one of my other blogs, Her Accessories, to win this cute little charm from Twisted Silver:
If you'd like to enter, click this link and follow the instructions. But hurry because it's only on until March 20th!

Friday, March 7, 2008

Friday photo inspiration

M√łyfrid & Gaute, originally uploaded by supermarion.

Or if your tastes run to red boots...

Friday photo inspiration

IMG_6630, originally uploaded by bitogoth.

Now those are some seriously kick-ass boots to get married in!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

a guestbook with Scottish flair

I wanted to create a unique guest book for my brother & his fiancee when they got married last year. They were going with a Scottish theme for the wedding (the men were all in kilts) and so I got to snag a little bit of the family tartan!

I felt that covering the entire guestbook in the tartan would be over the top (of course, the fact that it costs $200 per metre didn't help either!) I ended up using an embellished white taffeta with a strip of the tartan over top. To make it that much more Scottish I also found a lovely kilt pin with the clan crest on it, and pinned it onto the book. The tartan is topped off with a strip of white grosgrain ribbon that I embroidered with their names & the date of their wedding.

They loved it and it got filled up with good wishes, poems and dreams at their reception.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

10 reasons to have a creative wedding

  1. Because you want to create a unique wedding.
  2. It's a great way to save money.
  3. You want to be more involved in your wedding (and not just turn it over to a planner or someone else).
  4. Because you love to make things.
  5. You & your fiance want to express your own distinct style.
  6. You don't want to do the big, white, poofy princess wedding gown.
  7. You do want the big, white, poofy, princess wedding gown - but you want to make it yourself!
  8. It's an easier way to create an eco-sensitive (or insert your special desires here) wedding by being creative.
  9. Your fiance is not a standard suit or tux kind of guy (or gal).
  10. And just because it's a great way to create a memorable wedding!

Monday, March 3, 2008

want to win a copy of "Cake Art"?

She Knows Parties is giving away this amazing looking book "Cake Art"! It's from the Culinary Institute of America and should be a great addition to a creative bride's collection :-)

You can check out all the details & enter here.

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