Beaded Edge Cuff

This will be my last ultra suede cuff sample for a bit.  I hope you enjoyed the earlier posts too!

I am turning the new John Bead ultra suede strips into cuffs with crystal snaps.  The Crystal Applicator allows me to add a snap closure in just seconds.  The teal cuff looks just gorgeous with the addition of the snap closure.

I decided I wanted to bead the edges of this cuff.  I marked all the holes I would need because a needle does not pass through the suede easily…it is better to have a hole already in place.  Then I wondered, what could I use to make the holes quickly?

I used my Metal Complex plier circle hole punch to make all my holes!  It was so quick and easy.  The plier was designed to make holes in metal…so ultra suede was super easy to punch through!  I used SWAROVSKI PETROL BLUE beads and Dazzle-it SILK in Navy Blue to sew them in place.

Pink Ultra Suede Cuff

This cuff would look spectacular on a sun tanned arm!  It is pretty and lightweight and ideal for summer time wardrobes.

If you are following the posts this week, I am turning the new ultra suede strips into cuffs with crystal snaps.  This the Crystal Applicator.

Some tips I can now share include the following.   ONE – I would add your crystal snaps at the start of your project.  This way you know that the closures are where they should be and that the cuff is wearable.  TWO – Use a pencil to mark the location of a floral element such as the one I am using.  I tried my cuff on and then marked the spot the flower should be attached.  THREE – Quick Grip works amazingly FAST on suede!  I removed the pin from the back of the flower so that it would be easier to glue in place.

There are new iron on crystals to work with too!  Preciosa HotFix are perfect to use with our Dazzle-It Hot Fix Applicator.  You just select the right tip to use with the matching iron-on crystal.

I created my design and then placed my tip over the crystal already in place on the suede.

This cuff looks perfect from the back and front!  The flower beaded brooches are available in eight colours.

More cuffs in the next few days!

Goat Suede and Dazzle-It Aluminum Wire

The  goat suede at John Bead has me thinking of ways to incorporate this soft stringing material into my designs.

These two goat suede colours were perfect to highlight the glass bead in this aluminum wire pendant designed by Nancy Donaldson.


I cut a point on my leather pieces so they would be easy to thread through the little hole on each side of the pendant.

The patterned pewter end caps by JBB, were ideal to finish my ends before adding the hook and loop clasp.  I love these hooks.  I chose not to add the matching clasp so I could show off a little more of the suede.

I can’t believe how quick this bracelet came together!

Goat Suede Earring

I have decided that I really do need a mannequin head in my studio so that I can photograph earrings.

This post was difficult to photograph because the earring are very long.  I need a model.

The earrings were inspired by this photograph Lilla at John Bead emailed me.

When John Bead told me that I would be working with Goat Suede I didn’t know what to expect.  Goat suede is very well known in the book binding world as the best leather to work with.  I had no idea it was so soft. And lightweight too!

Using a Dazzle-It Twisted needle I was able to pass the suede right through crimp ends.

The new crimp ends at John Bead are so decorative that I like to use them in my designs where they will be seen.

Choker/ribbon ends are the perfect way to attach these strips of suede. Three strands of goat suede cord fit perfectly.

All I had to do was decide what to add to each dangle.  I chose some crystal rhinestone beads, feathers and some necklace components.  I wonder who will wear these first?