I've been looking forward to this theme since then - Choose your favorite historical time period. The time period I chose has resonated with me on many levels, for quite a long time. Between being a theater student, studying Shakespeare out of necessity, costume history, and loving jewelry/textiles/embellishment, this time period is a natural fit for me. So when did I choose?
|Inspiration from Pinterest|
|Ruff evolution - image found on Pinterest|
So, yes, I made a beaded ruff. I've wanted to do this for YEARS!!! But besides wanting to interpret one of the iconic clothing pieces of the period, I also tried to include several other fashion trends that I feel are representative of the period. Layers of work, pearls and gold, leather, embroidery and beads in general, portraits/cameo/miniatures, and the richness/luster of the colors I associate with all of these things.
When I stitched the base, I ran out of the coppery gold twin I was using, so it ended up a bit shorter than I was intending. This actually worked out great though - it gave me a chance to include leather as the underside of the cuff, and makes a nice flat section for when you're working at a desk all day! There are 3 colors of twins over all: the coppery gold of the base, the lemony gold of the first netting row, and a slightly greenish gold of the second netting row. I used twins mostly because I needed the boost in time they make - because twins add more height to each row, you end up progressing in height quicker. Remember how I started the project yesterday morning? Yeah...any time saving option was important...
Along with all of the twins, I used pearly lustered 11/0's, and then in the final peyote row a gilt-lined opal 15/0. The last 3 rows of peyote stitch added some stability and refinement of the overall piece. Once the beadwork section was done, I stitched it to two short pieces of leather, stitched two vintage glass pearl cameo buttons to one side, and cut buttonholes in the other side. Done! What do you think?
Please check out what everyone else has been up to - I'm excited to see which historical period inspired all my creative friends! Thanks for joining us on this blog hop challenge journey this year! Stay tuned in January...we might have something new in the works...
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If you've enjoyed this Beading Back in Time hop, you can find previous ones here: Pre-Human Edition, Early Human Editionand Early Civilization Edition.