Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal

Global Chic Tapestry Cord Necklace by Carmi Cimicata and Nancy Donaldson

Global Chic Tapestry and Crystal Necklace for John Bead by CHA Designer Member: Carmi Cimicata

This week we are participating in a special blog hop with nearly 60 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) members from around the world who are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show 75th anniversary.

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Welcome to the John Bead blog if you are a new reader.  Our blog hop showcase will feature a unique new stringing material we recently released called Global Chic Tapestry Cord.  This wonderful cotton cord is filled with fiber allowing designers to sew it with ease.

Global Chic Tapestry Cord

I asked CHA designer Nancy Donaldson to play with the cord during a session in my studio.  She pinned the cord into marvelous shapes and twists.  She could see many wonderful designs from the moment she began to manipulate the cord.

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A few strategic stitches with a needle and thread held her curves in place permanently.

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Our unique findings sets at John Bead include these endcaps.  Two tapestry cords can be glued snugly into the cap and the ends look professionally finished now.

Hot Fix Crystals

When the necklace was secure it was time to bring out some crystals.  John Bead has a very large assortment of hot fix crystals.  These gems have a special glue on their backside that need to be heated before the crystal is applied.

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Some locations on my necklace allowed for a bigger crystal.  In other areas I wanted just a tiny glittery highlight.

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I used a Hot Fix Applicator which comes with different tips to apply different sized crystals.

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The crystals catch the light when you wear this necklace.  I love the contrast between the cotton fiber cord and the glittery crystal.

The entire Global Chic collection will be presented at the CHA show in January.  Stop by our booth to see it and our other finished jewelry samples.

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Nearly 60 CHA members from around the world are coming together to help us celebrate the CHA MEGA Show’s 75th anniversary for a whole week – Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.  You’ll have plenty of chances to enter to win the $500 Visa gift card each day of the hop, on any of the participating blogs. Everyone is eligible to win, whether you’re in the U.S. or international.  Learn more and enter to win $500 by reading more here.

Their are just three entry options to win our $500+ Visa gift card:

1.  Leave a comment on your blog (mandatory) answering the question – “What is your favorite “can’t live without” craft supply or tool?”

2.  Tweet about the giveaway  (tweet text includes #CHAshow hashtag; can tweet daily for extra entries)
3.  Answer a multiple-choice poll about how often you “cre8time” for crafting  (double entry value)

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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!