Saturday, August 17, 2013

Sequinspiration: Sequin Collars!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

Can you believe it? There's only a week left to sign up for Sequintastic September!

To show you how much fun it is to work with sequins, and to inspire you to join us in this challenge, here are a few of my sequin collars.

Here's the first one I ever made. This is the first time you're seeing it because it was a devil to photograph! I love black sequins, but the camera... has mixed feelings. I guess there's no accounting for taste.

Overall, I love how it came out, but my edge beads were too close together in a few places, making it kind of wavy. That's why this piece is part of my personal collection and not for sale -- or maybe I'm too much of a perfectionist?

Here's a piece you might recognize... with a new and improved photo! It was my first time doing netting on the edge of an embroidered piece, and even though I haven't done a lot of netting since then, I really love the effect. I can think of all kinds of variations to try.

Here's another one you might have seen before. My fall sequin necklace, which I wore to Meet The Teachers at Bead and Button this year. I keep telling myself I'm going to make a pair of earrings to match, but so far, it hasn't happened. I tried once, but the design was a bit of a fail. I do have another design in mind, though....

And in case you missed it before, here's my very favorite collar. Complete with an itty bitty heart. I'm thinking about making the heart detachable so it can be worn as a pendant. I'm sure it would love a chance to take center stage.

The name of this piece is Mysterious Morning Sea, but sometimes I jokingly call it Fearful Symmetry. I wanted the two sides of the necklace to match, but the idea of doing the same design twice made my novelty-obsessed mind spazz out! So I made the pattern the same (more or less) on each side and then did whatever I wanted for the colors.

I could see more pieces like this one in the future. That is, as long as the Fearful Symmetry is kept to a minimum. I can already feel my brain starting to spazz again.

And that concludes this week's sequinspiration! Now it's your turn: do you have some sequinspiration to share? Post a link in the comments! I'd love to see it.

(And if you need some more sequinspiration, here are two more posts from last year.)

Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and most of all, thanks for spreading the word about Sequintastic September! I have an extraordinary group of people signed up so far, and I'd love to see more names on that list.

Sequintastically yours,



  1. NOW I'm starting to get inspired!

  2. Wow, these are wonderful and I am inspired too. Did you use the tambour beading technique or just embroidery needle technique?

  3. They're all beautiful although Mysterious Morning Sea is still my favorite, too.

  4. Love your sequintastic creation and so glad that I decided to join your challenge.

  5. Thanks for the inspiration! Given me a few ideas! Just need to sketch them out now and order some sequins!!

  6. Just spotted this today and thought of you: How to make edible sequins. ;)

    Your collars are beautiful, by the way! They were and are great inspiration for anyone who hasn't yet entered the world of sequins.

    Haven't got anywhere with my Sequintastic September piece(s) yet due to the other two challenges I have to finish first, but have chosen the sequins I want to use. Bronze and ivory flowers. Now I just have to figure out what to do with them...

  7. Okay, I'm in! If it's not too late to join the challenge. I even bought some sequins while at Joann's this weekend. Not so fancy as what you use, but it's something. :)

    Maybe I'll even finish up my snow queen necklace!


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