This November has been unseasonably warm in Toronto (not that I’m complaining). Before the cold weather comes in, I took advantage of the weather to collect some leaves for a batch of resin jewellery (yes, we’re still making it!) and to get some FO shots of a hat that I actually finished some time ago, and promptly forgot about. The November evening light was magical.
The hat is the sockhead hat by Kelly McClure (Bohoknits). 8500 Ravelers can’t be wrong, right? This hat was an amazing, relaxing knit, totally mindless. It’s great for showing off beautiful yarns, I think I’ll need to work one up in ‘Kim’s Barn’ for myself.
It’s worked up in Madelinetosh sock yarn, in the colour ‘Whiskey Barrel’. It’s a perfect, tonal brown/grey with tiny hits of deep blue that are like treats when you come across one in your knitting.
The slouch is just right :)
For those of you who wondered whether resin jewellery had permanently taken a back seat to hand dyed yarn, we’ve definitely got plans for the winter. Plans that involve autumn leaves and sterling silver.
It is our hope to have both a batch of jewellery and a batch of handprinted yarns on our Etsy site soon enough that we can guarantee delivery before Christmas (to Canadian and US customers, at least).
Stay tuned for updates on both! We are also setting up our studio, and it’s just about ready to go. We’ve only been back in town a week, talk about hitting the ground running.
In all that craziness it’s nice to go for a walk on a leaf hunt. And just look at those colours! Inspiration is everywhere :)
Now that Tito and I are less than a month from the wedding, we were seriously hedging about whether or not to do another Etsy update beforehand, or wait until we get back.
We compromised ;) We’re going to do a small Etsy update (60 skeins) so that we’re able to manage dyeing/fulfillment before things really get down to the wire. We had two reasons for deciding to go ahead:
- We’re not back from honeymoon until the end of October, so the next Etsy update wouldn’t be until a large one scheduled for mid-November (the Christmas one!).
- It’s harvest season here in Southern Ontario, and that means inspiration abounds. Just take a look at this mood board I’ve put together, showcasing some of the pics I’ve taken in the past week!
The Terra Cotta Reserve is a pretty significant place to us; we were hiking in the reserve when I first thought that it would be great to use actual leaves and flowers in jewelry, we’ve done tons of great photography there, and Tito and I will even be doing our wedding photos there. Terra Cotta was a natural choice for my next colourway, ‘Autumn in Terra Cotta’.
The Rideau Locks colourway is based off a photo taken in the picturesque village of Merrickville, Ontario. Where the Rideau runs past the town, there are still beautiful old hand-cranked canal locks. The night we stayed there, we were coming back from dinner when I saw the beautiful blue hour light over the canal; I had to run back to our room to grab the camera!
There are 4 more colourways to reveal :) Stay tuned!
The last of the Brickworks pieces is a familiar site, but one I never get tired of. This is my signature ‘I ♥ Autumn’ design, using white birch back and deep red sumach leaves.
The piece is contained in a copper bezel, antiqued by hand. I love those little spots of copper green, sometimes a little touch of steampunk is just what’s needed.
The birch bark and sumach are separated by a few millimetres of resin, so the heart has a sweet little shadow under it. The entire thing is coated with a final resin coat that cured to a perfect finish.
Look for this puppy and other goodies in my Etsy sale starting this Sunday! I’m only making a few pieces, and only holding the sale for one week, so check early to make sure you snag your favourites ;)
My second brickworks piece for the Etsy Holiday Sale is a similar treatment to yesterdays beauty, but minus the steampunk factor. Instead of being contained in an antique copper bezel this one is in a large, round, silver plated bezel.
The Queen Anne’s lace is separated from the maple leaf base by a layer of resin a few millimetres thick, to give that shadowbox effect.
The piece cured to a gorgeous, high shine. Something about resin really pops colours, so the reds in the leaf came through beautifully.
The bezel is oversized – it will come on a 16″ silver plated snake chain, but it’s really built for a bold, silver choker, or overlong silver chain.
This and many other goodies will be featured in my upcoming Etsy sale, starting Sunday November 24th at noon!
Yesterday was a massive resin-fest at the house. I was up to my elbows in the stuff literally all day and I’ve got to say, the results are lovely :) Every day this week I’ll show off some of the pieces created yesterday, all of which are going to be on sale on my Etsy page, starting at noon on Sunday November 24th. The sale will run for exactly one week, until noon the following Sunday.
I will also be featuring a contest giveaway for a very special piece I’ve been working on, details on the piece, and how to win it, coming soon! Here are some of yesterdays pieces – the ‘three sisters’.
The Three Sisters were special because, believe it or not, they all come from one, massive maple leaf. I couldn’t believe how many colour variations were present in that one gorgeous leaf, so I divided it into three silver plated bezels.
Here they are with the resin 12 hours cured – the colours are so bright and saturated and the resin cured to a glossy, mirror shine.
The three sisters will be part of the holiday sale starting on Sunday, and will include a 16 inch, silver plated snake chain. More goodies coming soon!
I found these gorgeous wooden bezels at an Etsy store called Art Base. Right from the moment they arrived I was delighted – even the wrapping is lovely, and contains a sweet, handwritten note. It’s the little things.
The bezels themselves are a delight to work with – the craftsmanship is amazing, the edges are perfect, and there is no rough detail to cause the resin to misbehave.
It was so hard to decide what to make with them, but I finally settled on 3 ideas. This one contains the seedpods of a bursting heart plant.
And this one features a sumach leaf – the colour and detail really compliment the dark wood.
This last one is a pendant version of the ‘I ♥ Autumn Ring’ from my Resin Jewelry book.
They have such a lovely, natural looks to them. Wooden bezels, seeds, sumach and birch bark. What could be more autumnal? I will definitely be ordering more!