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Christmas Clutch

31 Dec

My fourth Christmas gift is this clutch I made for my friend Simona. It wasn’t an easy task and it took me quite a while to finish it.

For the first time I used a magnetic snap but that was easier than I expected. I also added this big fuchsia button for an extra accent.



Detail, inside

Detail, inside

Christmas Westies

30 Dec

The Christmas gift parade continues with these two plushes I made for my friends’ sons: the grey one, with button eyes, is for Paola‘s son Pietro, who is grown-up enough for not eating its eyes; while the white one is for another friend’s son, who is famous for eating… well, anything! In this case I opted for felted stitched eyes because I didn’t want to be held responsible for any accident!…. you never know!



The White Westie with black felted eyes

The White Westie with black felted eyes

The Grey Westie with blue button eyes for Pietro

The Grey Westie with blue button eyes for Pietro

Too many fish in the sea

29 Apr

Here are a couple of little fish I made during last weekend.

I really don’t know what I’ll make of them. Perhaps they’ll become key-rings or something else.

At the moment they’re hanging from a knob…

cute fish

cute fish

two fish

two fish

Kanzashi brooch

15 Apr

My friend Paola – yes! it’s always her! – spoke me about Kanzashi flowers last Friday and told me that they didn’t look too difficult to make. So, I surfed the net for a tutorial (there’s plenty of them) and gave it a try during the weekend. Basically they are made using this technique called Tsumami which, in my opinion, is closely related to Origami…

I used some remnants of a white/cream coloured acrylic fabric – which I don’t think is particularly nice – that I thought were perfect for a prototype.

Since it didn’t come out too bad I decided to finish it with a red wooden single holed button and a red half crystal bead on top of it. I fixed the button and the crystal with some hot glue (another first time for me) and stitched a safety pin on the back to make it into a brooch. 🙂

Doesn’t it look like the Japanese flag? 🙂

Kanzashi flower

Kanzashi flower

Kanzashi flower back

Kanzashi flower back


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