This month on the Art Elements Blog we were given a Theme Challenge by the lovely and incredibly talented Cathy Spivey Mendola. Her theme for March was amulet bags. We were to create a little pouch or secret keeper to hold tiny treasures or words. View Cathy’s original post with more details here
As luck would have it, I recently went on a trip to an embroidery exhibition to meet team mate Lesley and returned home with all sorts of fabric goodies, so I had a root through to see what I could come up with.
I bought some gorgeous inspiration packs with odds and ends of coloured threads, wool and fabrics, and decided to create something in felt and wool. The curly threads in the pack reminded me of pea pods, so with some green felt, I sewed a little pea pod complete with curly tendrils.
The spots were created with ‘O’ beads and tiny seeds, and a little bit of wool with pine cone ends created a tie closure.
Some soutache cord (which I’ve used for everything other than soutache) finished the design off for wearing. I haven’t decided what secrets it will keep yet… maybe a crystal or another tiny treasure?
I did intend on making more as I really enjoyed working on a smaller design, but time got away from me this month. I hope to make more in the future though.
Big thanks to Cathy for her wonderful inspiration, and if you’d like to see what she and the rest of the team made, follow the links below 🙂