Monday, 28 November 2011

Bah Humbug Challenge 46

The lovely people at Bah Humbug are asking for fabric this week for their challenge and as I recently discovered Kanzashi flowers I hope that this brooch which I made will be acceptable - it would make a lovely Christmas gift for someone.  This type of flower was used traditionally as hair ornament by Japanese women and were made in fine silk. This one was made using some scraps of batik patchwork fabric which I just happened to have and it is about 3 inches across - they are relatively simple to make with not much stitching involved.
At the weekend I attended a workshop to learn how to make jewellery using chain maille techniques and promised a friend that I would post a picture.  Basically chain mail was originally a type of fabric made from metal links to protect the body from arrows and the like so maybe this will count as fabric too for the challenge??  At the workshop the aim was to teach us some different ways of linking jump rings to form various patterns so I came away with some short lengths of patterned chain which will eventually be made into bracelets (if I can remember the intricate way they were linked).  However we did get to make a pair of ear rings and here they are.


  1. pretty flower Val - but really like your chain mail idea!

  2. It's always so interesting to see other ways of crafting & I do love your jewellery. Those earrings look amazing. Sounds as if you had a wonderful day out too. Have a good week. Love your Batik effect too.
    Paula (PEP)

  3. A gorgeous broach Val, and lovely earrings. Looking forward to seeing the bracelet when you've finished it.

    Sue x

  4. Your flower is gorgeous and would indeed make a beautiful gift for someone. Love the dingly-dangly earrings too ... what a clever clogs you are. Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

    Max's Craft Creations
    Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

  5. Lovely earrings and wow! a gorgeous flower

  6. That flower is amazing Val I love it! The chain mail sounds really interesting and the earrings are lovely:)
    Val x

  7. Your flower is the colour.
    Great chain male earrings too....and Max is right you are a very clever talented lady....


  8. wow what amazing stuff. I love the flower and those earrings are really cool. look forward to seeing the bracelet.
    Ann xxx
    Bah! Humbug! DT

  9. Love the flower Val...... also the earrings which seem to be really popular at the moment. Both would make great gifts.

  10. The flower is just great


  11. A really different idea, the flower is really cute.

    Guest Designer
    Bah! Humbug!

  12. Hi Val ,love your flower brooch and those lovely earing. Your so clever. Hugs x ChrisB

  13. Very pretty flower brooch, and just love the earrings. Looking forward to seeing the bracelet, too.

  14. These are gorgeous Val - very impressive!