Have you ever noticed, that the combination of leather, beads and fibre, is a match made in heaven? I’m personally drawn to the look, despite the thoughts of the runway divas!
Leather, an enduring fashion trend, is actually more than just that. It’s something that refreshes the memories of your past. Do you drool, when you think about the letter jacket worn by your first crush? I found leather pants to be a little more daring, but very attractive on the right person. I remember buying my very first leather coat. It was a navy-blue trench coat, knee length, and very, very soft. I purchased it early in my employment years, and it served me well, through a series of Vancouver winters (the mild ones, not like this year’s). Like fine wine, it aged wonderfully! In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I never owned leather pants!
(The first four images are my own BeadFX “Inspirations”, and the next three, courtesy of Google Images (photo credit given to AliExpress).
A combination, full of timeworn perfection, especially when you add sparkles, stones, chain and lace, for an edgier look.
Leather cording (the round, shoelace type), is very easy to work with. Large hole beads + metal ends/findings/components + Super New Glue + a clasp = a super simple necklace or bracelet. If that’s not enough, then think about adding sari silk ribbon, wrapped with a little wire. If you doubt that’s a trend, then pick up a copy of either Belle Armoire Jewelery, or Jewelery Affaire magazines. They’re chock full of romantic, edgy, jewellery combinations!
I’ve owned a Vintaj Big Kick machine (the same as the Sizzix Big Shot, but a different colour). Originally purchased for paper crafting, and metal embossing, but it will soon be used (by me) for leather and fabric purposes. Did you know that BeadFX, not only carries the machines, but also materials, accessories, and dies (cutting tools)? We’ve offered classes in the past, but I don’t know when the next one is scheduled. Hey! I just noticed that I haven’t included any projects that include fibre. What if you combined this luscious silk string, with leather, and pearls? That would certainly work!
The weather is getting better, and it’s time to dig my leather coats (I own two) out of the back of the closet. Leather is high on my agenda, and I plan to pair it with stones, pearls and fibre, in the very near future. What about you?