Fabric is not just for making clothes, of course. One of my new favorite things is this little bracelet I bought from local creative Marin Mitchell at the Etsy birthday party we threw last month. I added it to a combination of baubles that I wear when I’m feeling pearly. The lovely little strand of fabric is an upholstery remnant – so clever, don’t you think? I love the burst of red it adds to the other pieces.

Inspired by Marin’s work (see her blog here), I thought I’d play around with ways to incorporate some of my fabric stash into jewelry. (I have a pretty decent collection of beads, chains, and jewelry findings I play around with from time to time, too.) Consider these ideas to be sketches of works (that could be) in progress.

The talented Marin also recently collaborated with gallery owner William Thompson to curate a show at The Satellite Gallery, our neighbor up the street. Using a basic artist’s doll as a canvas, the show featured the work of a number of Asheville artists, including Alli Good, Robb Helmkamp, Gabriel Shaffer, and Julie Armbruster and Brooke Priddy.

Make necklaces with strands of silk, simply knotting the strips together as the spirit moves you. Make them long enough to just slip over your head, or incorporate chains and use a clasp.

Use leftover rickrack, ribbon, or interesting trim and fashion into an interesting bracelet.

Make a wide cuff to show off some of your favorite remnants or leftover trim; some of these pieces are already the perfect width.

I always loved this fabric. A simple loop and button closure would make this the perfect Zen accessory.


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