Here is another project inspired by my trip to Spain. I spotted something really charming in - of all places! - the gift shop of the world's oldest bullfighting ring. I know: bee-zarre!
The bullring in Ronda, Andalusia is a pretty fascinating place. No, I was not there attending a bullfight - just taking a peaceful tour thorough the museum and absorbing some history. (Although I respect other people's right to like bullfighting, I cannot like it myself).
Anyway - the gift shop. Sorry about the blurry photo, it's the only one I was able to snap. They had these earrings:
I just think they're so cool. I didn't want to copy them exactly, but hope you like this tutorial for my simplified take on them. You will need:
A bitty fabric square, an ugly bead, complementary thread. And some findings: an earwire, a headpin and a little chain.
Assemble the findings as shown, and wrap your fabric around the bead, like so:
Wrap thread around the gathered fabric, and tie it off.
You are done!
The red ones feature a Japanese wrapping cloth, from Tokyo and my lovely sis-in-law. The green/gold ones are from a dollar store Xmas table runner. With those, I used fabric circles instead of squares, for a less spiky ruffle.
I like how the translucent fabric looks - very playful and fairylike. I'm also thinking I want to try a colorful bead inside some tulle - wouldn't that be cute?
Here's a different method, which doesn't use chain, and has an embellishment on the bottom. I took these ingredients:
Poked the headpin through the center of the fabric. Then wrapped it and tied it as before.
See how the headpin and spacer turn into a decorative element? Then add your earwire, and voila!
The original earrings had some bling-y rhinestones on top. I added a small measure of bling to these green/beige ones, using a crystal bead...
On those I also trimmed the ruffle down closer to the wrapped thread, and used heavier fabric. Makes for a whole different look.
Okay, I know you all have a million fabric remnants by you. Try a little wrapping and see what you come up with!