Month: August 2013

Beaded Peter Pan Collar Tutorial

2013-08-18 10.13.28 HDRTurning a boring ol’ t-shirt into an embellished masterpiece is as easy as draw, outline, and fill! Let’s get to it.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED
Crew-neck or scoop neck t-shirt
Thread to match t-shirt
Thread to contrast t-shirt
Needle
Beads (I used three tubes of 6/0 e-beads in Onxy)
Fabric chalk

Before starting, I recommend giving the shirt one last machine wash. You’ll probably want to handwash your top once the collar is complete.

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Outline1. DRAW THE COLLAR
Draw an outline of your collar directly onto the t-shirt using your fabric chalk. I free-handed mine, but tracing a pattern is always an option.

Don’t be afraid to try out different sizes and shapes until you find something you like. A damp cloth will erase the outline if you want to make adjustments or completely start over. I drew a smaller collar in the beginning, but ultimately decided on something more substantial.

Once I was happy with my sketched-on collar, I used the contrasting thread to sew on an outline. I figured that as I beaded, the chalk would rub off (which totally happened). While this step might seem redundant, it will save you from re-drawing your outline over and over as you begin to sew on the beads.

2. BEAD THE OUTLINE
Your collar is outlined and your beads are assembled, so it’s time to start sewing. Pick a point to begin beading and just go for it! I doubled my thread for extra hold and sewed on one bead at a time.

Make sure your knots are nice and secure, and every so often, gently tug on the fabric to make sure that the beading will stretch. I had this nightmarish vision of pulling the t-shirt over my head, hearing a pop, then watching helplessly as beads tumbled to and bounced all over the floor. Kinda like this.

Once I had beaded around the entire collar in the front, I sewed a single row around the back of the neck. It’s totally optional, but I’m a fan of even the smallest details.

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3. FILL IN THE COLLAR
The final, but most time-consuming step is simply filling in the collar. Just as you did for the outline, sew on one bead at a time and stretch the fabric every once in a while. I took the opportunity to add a bead or two to the outline itself, creating a smoother and more polished edge.

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Like I said, it’s a very simple project and totally worth the time spent. If you use this tutorial, please send pics to folklorecraft (at) gmail (dot) com! I would be honored if you shared your creativity with me!on table

Thank you

I’ve had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback these last few weeks, and so I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your encouragement and kind words. It is hard not to be inspired when you are surrounded by so many creative people.

Really, thank YOU.

Chain Reaction

Fall’s rich colors and luxe textures demand accessories with just as much visual impact. No offense to dainty jewels, but I want pieces that bring some edge to feminine cardigans and fit-and-flair dresses. That means chains and lots of ‘em.

Three Necklaces

To indulge my inner goth kid – yes, she’s very real – I’ve whipped up three necklaces that can be worn all together or on their own. All different lengths, the three necklaces use the same antique gold chains and are complemented by translucent grey and matte burgundy beads, black grosgrain ribbon, and a deep navy embroidery floss tassel. They’re just the right mix of alt-rock and classic opulence – without the price tag.

Necklace Collage

I am especially intrigued by the thicker gold chain with the silver accent. Mixing metals, even just a little bit, adds dimension and roughens up the look.

Houndstooth Far

This particular one was inspired by a Madewell necklace that I blogged about a few weeks ago. I love unusual pieces… especially if they have tassels. If you’ve been visiting FOLKLORE recently, you’ve probably noticed that I’m on a bit of a tassel binge.

Beaded Peter Pan Collar

Close-Up On

Moving twice in 11 months will certainly prompt you re-evaluate your wardrobe. Why pack, move, and unpack something you haven’t worn in ages? Why fill your closet with clothing that’s out-of-shape, the wrong size, or just plain uninteresting? My friend Sarah, the Fröhliche Haus Frau, recently blogged about her experience downsizing for her move across the Atlantic. It’s tough and sometimes heartbreaking work, but completely necessary if you wish to maintain a polished wardrobe and your sanity. Trust me.

Plain Black Tee

Even though I’ve made a concerted effort to maintain a slimmed down closet, a few items always seem to fly under the radar. I recently discovered this black t-shirt stuffed in the back of a very neatly folded drawer. How?! Why?! Alas, I had no answers. I honestly can’t even remember the last time I wore it. Not good.

Rather than toss it into the donate pile, I decided to give the shirt one last chance. The high neckline made the tee the perfect candidate for a peter pan collar – so hot right now.* I toyed with the idea of sewing a collar, but DJ encouraged me to try something new. I went out on a limb, and by that I mean to the craft store, and took on the task of beading one instead.

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The project was surprisingly simple, albeit time consuming. I worked on the collar over the course of a few nights, but I think the results are definitely worth the time invested. Plus, what’s easier than throwing on a t-shirt with a built-in necklace?

I took some pictures along the way, too, and I’m considering putting together a tutorial. Anyone interested?

*this phrase only exists in my lexicon as a Zoolander reference

Grey Days Ahead

While the temperature is still hovering around the low 80s here in Tennessee, recent mornings have greeted us with crisp air and a hint of a Fall breeze. Just in time for back-to-school season, too! I cannot wait for the real thing, so this taste of Autumn has been a real treat.

Recently, I’ve been dreaming of layered neutral tones. They add interest to monochromatic ensembles, and play up Fall’s more vibrant hues. I am especially fond of grey and navy. Since I’m very fair-skinned, heathered charcoals and deep blues are more flattering than say stark black and white. Here is what I’m looking forward to:

grey collage1. Peggy Skirt (Plümo, £56)

2. Polka dot button-down

3. Matte grey nails (Zoya, $18)

4. Rolled cuffs, striped socks, and oxfords

5. Repurposed sari bag (Joss and Main)

6. Mixed media tassel necklace (Madewell, $38)

A Star-Studded Post

Every August, the Perseid meteor shower puts on a dazzling display. In fact, the celestial event will hit its peak this week, so it’s not too late to wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and catch a glimpse of shooting stars as they race across the Summer sky.

Like so many of us, I’ve always had a deep fascination with space. Nebulas, galaxies, constellations – the universe is a stunningly beautiful and truly curious place. While taking stock of my craft supplies this week, I realized that stars have not only worked their way in to my collection of beads and ribbons, but they have begun to influence my overall design aesthetic.

Behold!

Stars Display

I found these delightful Cära pavé star earrings at Target and I wear them constantly. Since I much prefer studs over dangling earrings or hoops, I’m thrilled when I discover a quirky post earring.

The sheer ribbon with the gold stars was an impulse buy. I’ll admit that I have no idea what I’m going to make out of it, so in the meantime I’ll just enjoy the ribbon’s delicate beauty. If you have a suggestion for a craft idea send it my way!

The beaded bracelets are a product of recent late-night downtime. DJ has just returned from his six-week Berlin adventure (see Sarahrulu’s blog post for more details ), and we’ve been enjoying quiet evenings at home. In about an hour, I created two bracelets adorned with handmade tassels, gold stars, and shimmery seed beads. The thread tassels remind me of comets! Worn alone or as a celestial pair, they’ll be perfect to toss on with a pile of bangles.

StarsCollageMaybe there will be some time for star gazing tonight… after Breaking Bad, of course.