Sunday, December 5, 2010

Welcome to Helmar's Huge Holiday Hop!

 Welcome To My Blog!

There are no snow flakes falling here in FLORIDA but it is beginning to feel like Christmas. Welcome to the Helmar USA/ Australia  HUGE Holiday HOP!

I am anxious to see all of the wonderful projects that the ladies have  put together this time to share with each of you. Be sure and register on each site for more opportunities to win some great prizes.

You are currently at My site Gayle Martin jgwm.blogspot.com. I will give you direction at the bottom of the page on how to go to the next blog on the Helmar Huge Holiday Hop.  So relax look around and follow the directions at the bottom when you are ready to move on
Along with that you should have a great understanding of all of the fabulous products that Helmar has to offer you for all of your crafting needs. They great part is you can win some of those great products and try them out for your self. It is truly a wonderful thing to be able to used the right product for your projects and not just used what you have on hand.

I have been on a jewelry making spree and decided to share some easy techniques with you to make your own flowers. They can be adapted to used on jewelry, hair bows, barrettes, head bands, pins, bracelets, package decorations or what ever your little heart desires.

I have been using old silk clothing that I pick up at my local Goodwill or salvage centers. Some are made from ribbons, Duiponi silk fabric,  or sheer organza. You can adapt the project to use what you have on hand. This is a great project for a beginning sewing project.


This is a sample of some of the ribbons and fabrics I used


These are samples of silk fabric and old silk clothing that have been used. This is an excellent beginning project for young children to learn to sew on and can even be used as a large group project.




I purchased old skirts, dresses etc from salvage, and washed them. I then tore them in to strips about 1 inch wide by 6 inches long. ( You can vary the sizes and create different width flowers) I have added  sewn a running stitch down one side of the fabric.  So that you can more easily see it I used a  heavy white thread  on the sample in the photo. When you create your  flower you will need to use a matching thread. Create a running stitch down the side and sheer the fabric tight  to create a circle.  ( you are pushing the gathered fabric down the gathering thread towards the knot.) You can then sew the ends together and make sure you stitch it tight so it will not pull apart. You want the gathering to remain tight together to form the flower. you will be glueing this edge together I will instructions later. The outer  edge will be frayed  so  it will give you a soft feathery edge for your flower.
 With the wired ribbon cut your length of ribbon  and then  pull the wire from each end just a little. This will  allow you to have some thing to hold on to as you work. Bend the wire ends under so that you will not pull out the other side as you work. Tighten the ribbon down  as you pull the wire out of the end until it starts to create a circle. You may be able to see what I am talking about in the photo  at the left. the red ribbon is wired.  You  can  pull the wire out of the other side of the ribbon when you finish making you flower.














I used Helmar Fray Stop on the center of the flower to secure all of the loose edges and prevent the raw edges fron fraying in the center. 

You can use any embellish t in the center with  of the flower that you like. I have used round or flat buttons, beads and jewels and adhered them. The easiest way to attach them is by using Helmar Gemstone Glue.

My favorite adhesive is Helmar 450 Quick Dry when attaching all of the other elements and pieces to the jewerly.



 
 While I used Helmar Fray Stop on the middle seam and left the outer edge frayed to create a feathery look  for the flower.
Below are other example of ways I have used the basic shape in other projects.  I have incorporated some other flower designs in some of the pieces that I will  show you how to make at a later time.

I have used this same ribbon and fabric design in several other projects.  Take a look at them an incorportate them in your own projects.
















If you are ready to move to Next blog in the Helmar Huge Holiday Hop-this is the link that you will need to follow to get there. Aymee Gandy
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If you need to go Back to the previous blog follow this link to get there.
Alicia Barry
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  If you did not start at the beginning of  the Helmar Huge Holiday Hop  go back to  Helmar USA  and begin there. Folloow this link to start at the beginning HelmarUSA/Australia you will be able to  see all of the projects and great prizes.

Thank you for visiting with us this weekend. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Gayle Martin
Helmar USA Design Team


122 comments:

Denise said...

We don't ever have snow here either in So Cal. Always l loved the the weather here :) Your designs rock! I'd think about buying them, but I have a hard time remembering my wedding ring. We are pretty laid back. Which is not to say not serious. Been married to my husband 11 years. Happily, he's okay with flip flops :)

scrapaholicaef said...

Goodness girl these are fantastic I am going to give them a whirl!!!! Hugs Alesia Fowler

Lisa K said...

Yep - they are beautiful - I just stitched some similar to this to my daughters Christmas hair bow...I should go back and use my helmars!!

Leeann Pearce said...

OH Gayle...I LOVE these.... and i really want to make some too... you have inspire me too!

StampinCathy said...

WOW! Love your projects and what great gifts these would make.

Lydell said...

Oh wow, gayle. I am also inspired. What lovely gift ideas!!!!! Very special!

Colleen said...

I love making these kind of flowers, thanks so much for showing different ways of using them. Merry Christmas even if you don't have any snow.

Ange Connolly said...

What gorgeous gifts they would make!

Leah said...

oooohhhh, these are so adorable... off to make some now. I knew I was saving all that ribbon for something!

Janet said...

WOW! Those are beautiful!!!! Loving all the wonderful ideas!

creative patti said...

I just love all your creations. Great job.

... said...

beautiful, I've never known before.
from as little as beautiful flowers.
wonderful!

Cathy Gill said...

Delightful deminsion to the necklace. Love it.

csparky61 said...

The ribbon flowers are so cute. I have my son's upcoming wedding and we are making everything ourselves, I am sure your idea will come in very handy.Thanks for sharing your talent and inspiring my creativity.

ruth said...

Fun jewelry ideas!

ScrappyGirl said...

such a great idea... perfect gift!

scrappin_in_AK said...

wonderful pieces - would make awesome gifts

Tonya said...

I loved all the detail of your directions! Thank you!

floridagirl said...

another Floridagirl here - no snow :(
beautiful jewelry creations!!

Kristina said...

Beautiful flowers, thatnks for all the tips.
Hugs,
Kristina

Nancy said...

What a cute idea. And a good way to use up scraps. :D

Sophia said...

What a cute project, love all the details...

...Tara... said...

these are just GORGEOUS!!

marilyn said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful necklaces--LOVE them!

MrsETaylor said...

I think I need this piece Gayle. Truly beautiful and so very clever. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy Holidays

cinmfoster said...

We got 8" of snow by Saturday morning, so how about I send a snowball or two your way? Love your project and tutorial. My neice would love this so I'll be giving this a try.

Tracy Pea said...

These are just beautiful!

sandee said...

We are having a little snow here in Tenn. ..I am orginally from Florida so I just LOVE the snow!!

Perfectly Unperfect Cards said...

we have over a foot and a half of snow, you girls can have it. Your creations are very cool. Thanks for sharing.

Nancy B said...

Very pretty, another great gift idea!

kathlee said...

AWESOME flowers. Will defiantly be back.TFS!!Happy Holidays to you and yours!
kathlee154@gmail.com
http://kathleessnippitsncricuts.blogspot.com

Pammejo said...

love the flowers

Cowgirlpal said...

Hop Hop Hop! Fun Fun Fun! Thank you!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

What wonderful projects!!!

Elliott said...

No snow here either. Great news for me because I hate snow. Thanks for sharing this project.

luv2scrapinmt said...

How cool - very different!

Tanya said...

This is really gorgeous! I usually make paper projects, but I think I could do something like this, thank you!!

Jean said...

Just love these. So pretty!

Mjmarmo@comcast.net

JPScraps said...

Beautiful!

Monica said...

Good ole Florida! That's neat what you made. So colorful filled with different textures.

fairyrocks said...

Love your flowers, Love Helmar glues

dahlhousedesigns said...

Thanks for the fabulous tutorial! I need to try these.

lisa arana

silvia said...

Gorgeous flowers!!

margie c said...

Wow, what beautiful pieces! I would definitely wear these, I love flowers, especially on my headbands and necklaces! Love them :)
hugs, margie

debpaint16 said...

I love the fact that these are so easy to make & how you found all of your silk!! It has been snowing here in OH & should have much more between now & Wed. I think I would much rather be in FL with you!! lol Thanks for the great tutorial!!
debpaint16@aol.com

Michelle said...

I'm in FL too... so no snow! But these cute bows will put my daughter in a festive mood! Thanks!
Michelle D.

Erika M. said...

Wow I'm so loving what you created as well as really enjoying the blog hop!

Melodie said...

Your jewelry is really nice!
Scrapthis@aol.com

Donna said...

I love to make different flowers--thanks for more ideas!

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

Thanks for the tutorial. Love the flowers.

mrich2500 said...

Lovely!

stampjourney said...

Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Cheryl said...

Lovely idea and to use those flowers on necklaces - awesome!

Shirley said...

beautiful necklaces!

EstherT said...

Those are adorable - my daughter is going to love them added to her stuff. She's a real girly-girl!

Mirja said...

wow...those flowers are sooo pretty..thanks for the tutorial

doris said...

Great tips! Thank you! :-D

Casey said...

Really great project! I'm glad to see projects that are not just using paper-even though I love paper crafting!

Lisa said...

Wowza!!!! These are fabulous!

Kim said...

Love them!!

ntsisterz said...

I like the fact that you combined recycling and crafting for your project.

Sherry said...

Your projects are so beautiful. Some of the scrapbooking jewlery is really bad, but yours is very vintage and elegant. I love it!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

Your flowers are gorgeous Gayle!!! I love that got the fabrics from a 2nd hand store. What a great idea. I didn't realize there was glue to stop fray. I need to go on a buying spree for adhesive.

Teri A said...

We have snow and it has been snowing all day we only have about 5 inches so far but I am starting to worry here my son is at work and he may not get home they never plowed yet
Anyway love what you showed us thanks
Teri
teri.barefoot@gmail.com

scrapinmo said...

your flowers are beautiful! I needed the bow tying instructions!

Lisa J said...

Wow such detail on a cheap way to create your own BEAUTIFUL flowers such as yours!

TFS!!
tjsgal at gmail dot com

alex'smom said...

well I guess I need this stuff...u enabler you! ty ...great ideas..so very pretty!

cher

hilly77 at comcast dot net

Sarah said...

sooooo pretty!!

anazelia said...

that is so awesome. I am in awe of jewelry designers.

Southernbelle said...

These are gorgeous!

Gail said...

We've got SNOW!
Thanks for showing us how to make the flowers!
Very vintagy!

NanaBeth said...

Gayle these are beautiful and will make great Christmas gifts. As we are so fond of saying in this neck of the woods-I'm just up the road a piece-in Valdosta!Exciting to know there is such fantastic talent this close!

Patricia said...

We usually have snow here by now but today it is 7 degrees Celcius and raining. Weird! Anyways, your jewelery is beautiful!

Kim K. said...

Cute project- had no idea that Helmar had fray protection product!
Thanks for sharing!

ShoppingTamii said...

these are so cute!

Cassie_lu said...

Those are amazing flowers and looks great as a piece of jewlery.

Erika said...

OMG!! These are just gorgeous. Love them.

McStamper said...

What neat ideas - I am going to try it. thanks.

Carol said...

Beautiful project!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007@gmail.com

LynneForsythe said...

AAAAAAAHHHHH!!! girl those are some COOOL necklaces!! hhhmmm

Lori said...

Just beautiful! What a wonderful idea!

BishopsMommie said...

beautiful jewerly..wow !!

Bogner's said...

I love that you used old fabric for your flowers. I never knew about the fray stop...what a great product! Thanks for sharing!

Simply AJ said...

Gayle, what beautiful jewlery! Great instructions on making the flowers. Very Impressive projects! Thank you for sharing. AJ aj_822@yahoo.com

Jodi said...

How pretty!!

Mary Jean said...

so beautiful! I would love to be able to make something like this!

Elizabeth said...

Cute projects. Love the flowers.

Nitasha said...

these are just beautiful!

Shawna said...

These are really great!TFS!

cowchipper said...

great project, thanks for sharing!

Debc06 said...

great idea

Kathy said...

Beautiful flowers and necklaces! Thanks for sharing!
kmgillon at yahoo dot com

whatspeaks2myheart said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful jewelry projects and what a fantastic way to recycle! TFS Paula

Cindy said...

Hey Gayle! Love the flowers...I'm new to Helmar...got to find some of it. Hope all is well. Take care and thanks for sharing your talent.

Cindy R

Sherry's Creations said...

this is really cool!!!

Anna said...

You make it look so easy. They are Awesome!!! Just awesome.
annadowdy at gmail dot com

Vic said...

Love your flowers! Thanks for sharing.

iamvictorias at gmail dot com

Angela R said...

Wow, that necless is so pretty! I want one! We don't have snow here in Jersey yet either!

Michelle H. said...

We have Summer time weather here too!
I live in south Texas!!
Very pretty & creative projects!!
Love them!!

Jennifer and Amy said...

these are beautiful!!!

Charity said...

Love those flowers on the multi-chain necklace at the beginning. Thanks for the directions. Can't wait to do this.

jenni said...

Amazing flowers, I love that you get the fabric from thrift stores! I never thought about doing that, Thanks so much for the great inspiration!
jpshirley@ymail.com

Darrell said...

very interesting ideas.

zendalina said...

great ideas. good designing

ScrapbookMary said...

Snow in Indiana! About 4 inches...and COLD! It's a heavy wet snow, so the snow is just perched on the tree tops and looks beautiful, especially if a deer or brightly colored bird stops by in the field.......I love your flowers! Looks like I'll be searching for fabric at the thrift stores, now! Love, love the Goodwill these days!Thank you for the ideas! I'm going to make these flowers for headbands and barrets for my granddaughters! hop, hop, hop.....Merry Christmas, Mary

Peg said...

Love them, your jewellery is gorgeous!

Penny said...

I love making fabric flowers. Your directions are great.

Lori said...

very unique. thanks for sharing!

Diana said...

The jewelry is absolutely beautiful

Ola said...

We have snow here! And it's freezing!!!

These are gorgeous!

Thank you so much for sharing!!!

~Ola
okj83 at live dot com

jonaks said...

gorgeous necklace. loved your flowers!

connie said...

I love the headbands. thanks for the tutorial.

marla said...

Wow what a clever idea!! I love the idea of recycling things into other uses!!

Minta's Creations said...

These are just really pretty.
Minta

mintab@gmail.com

http://mintascreations.blogspot.com/

Lindzie said...

Cute flowers. Like how you can use the no fray to help the project from well, fraying :)

Larajc said...

these are so wonderful! i want to make some!

Tina said...

Your jewlery is so incredibly gorgeous Gayle!! I just love it all!!! Thanks for sharing it with us!! I'm on your christmas list, right? ((WINK))

beadz said...

Can't wait to try this technique - I love making any kind of flowers.
hugs,
Gini

Patti said...

beautiful work...I have to start trying some of this type of work

The Trash Collector said...

love your projects!!!

Nicole Brenna said...

Amazing and we have snow a lot of snow... since October....

ellen s. said...

oh this is so FAB! love it