Monograms in wire

By Cindy Goldrick

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that I was making presents for friends and family this year and that people would be getting steel wire ornaments or broomstick lace cuffs. Well, I taught myself broomstick lace in my leftie way, but I’m not ready to move on to smaller projects yet so I decided to throw myself into what I know better — steel wire and designing on the Now That’s a Jig!

I set about creating letter ornaments for my great nieces and individualizing each letter to reflect their loves and unique personalities. I’m really happy with how they turned out. I also designed a pear for my friend Laura who loves pears and collects them as ornaments. She will never find one quite like the one I created for her! And that’s the beauty of making gifts: they are one of a kind, from your heart and mind, and are filled with the happy and loving thoughts you had about the person while you were making them. I’m going to write a poem to go with each one as well to complete the gift. 

The two sides of Laura’s pear. I used a bead and wire wrapping technique I learned from Rachel Nelson Smith a few years ago. 

This A for Adison includes dry needle felting, vintage, Japanese and Czech seed and pressed glass beads and a Swarovski crystal. Adi is only one, so I wanted her letter to be bright and colourful. 

Brenna’s B sings (lol) with the simple addition of a gorgeous raku bird. Brenna loves birds. Meanwhile, I created a C of ovals and each one is filled with felt, beads and pearls for clever Claire. 

For Claire’s twin sister Emily (they are opposites in so many ways) a very feminine pearl-wrapped E that has a dichro glass flourish. And that little firecracker Jordyn gets a J filled with sparkling silver-lined Japanese seed beads and punctuated by a sizzling Swarovski crystal. 

Finally, a couple of whimsical Hs for Hailee and Harper. Hailee loved this peacock lampwork bead when she saw it at the MA Beads booth at the GRBS Show so I got it for her. It’s wired into the round flourish at the end of her H. The other teardrop shapes are filled with wired in (28ga steel wire) three cut charlottes in peacock colours. Harper’s H features felting and bead embroidery and a big, clear flatback faceted crystal. 

I hope they love them as much as I do. I could see them hanging them year round in their rooms, as sun catchers or wall art. But even if they decide to use them as tree ornaments, I hope each year when they hang them on the tree they think of me and how much I love them. 

For inspiration on letter making on the Jig, Google Judy Menting’s Dancing Teacup Alphabet. She has templates for lovely letters and tutorials on her FB page. 

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