This months design challenge was set for us by Cathy Spivey-Mendola and featured Amulet bags – you can read Cathy’s original post here if you missed it. I got rather carried away with my makes this month because I love the theme and also because I’ve been unwell for a good part of the month and these were something I could make from my nest on the sofa. I had loads of ideas for making amulets from all sorts of things but in the end I was a bit limited by being incapacitated so I concentrated on two main materials. As there are rather a lot of pieces here I’ll try and keep my words to minimum and let the amulets speak for themselves…
First up is slubbed silk. I had a selection of silk remnants I bought ages ago from Ebay which I though might look good especially lined with toning cotton batik.
‘Moon God’ features a Green Girl charm with sterling silver flower charm and accent beads along with a handmade cord.
‘Tree of Life’ also features a Green Girl beads and this one has a knotted and beaded multi-strand cord.
‘Celestial’ features my own bronze moon and star and a simple Marsha Neal silk cord.
And finally for the silks ‘Naturalist’ again features some of my own bronze pieces.
Once these were done I decided to move onto some fine soft leather I had in my stash.
This first piece is a lovely rich red leather and I couldn’t resist a bit of toning fringing and a simple leather cord.
I was keen to use one of my bronze goddesses for this challenge this next one is certainly one of my favourites with beaded edges and brass beads on a simple leather cord.
This one features a looped closure with a rustic hand made wooden bead.
I also had some pieces of thicker leather that still had the shape of the natural hides and I managed incorporate some of these shapes in the flaps of a couple more bags…
This one is hand stitched and for the closure I’ve used a ceramic feather charm by Terri Del-Signore. Bead fringing and multi-strand cords give it a bit of a Native Indian feel.
And last but by no means least, also hand- stitched this one is is embellished with leaf charms by Karen Totten and just a couple of earthy beads on a simple cord.
So there you go – amulets obviously inspire me! I’pretty sure they’ve inspired a lot of other people too so if yo’d like to see how just use the links below to join our blog hop.