Tuesday

Torch and Needle

I began a new adventure in January... (the reason I've been so quiet)


Now eight months later I have creations that combine my hand embroidery and metalwork, my new line will be christened "Torch and Needle."


About four years ago I began thinking about the longevity of my hand embroidery as jewelry. One of my initial thoughts on creating textile jewelry pieces was that people who are allergic to metal have access to an accessory that is beautiful and unique. So I will continue to create the textile pieces as well. My first love will always be fabric, thread, lace....



After working on a piece of hand embroidery I imagine it will last and be handed down for generations. Or, if not handed down, then found as a treasure in an antique shop or estate sale...


With that thought I began brainstorming how to combine metal and hand embroidery. I came up with several ideas, but didn't have the skills to move forward on the ideas. Over the last four years I've contacted a few metal-smiths and just like everyone else they didn't have time to collaborate...



This idea continued to nag at me, so early this year I took the plunge and began taking metal classes....I LOVE IT! Thanks Jonathon and Holly!



I'm sure that I won't contain myself to combining embroidery and metal...I've seen too many cabochons that I've fallen in love with and want to use. I also love just working with metal...the designing, sawing, soldering. I also have some ideas to combine another medium, but that will have to be next years project!


I have a lot more ideas and I hope you will follow my adventure in metal... Other pieces can be found in my Etsy shop.

11 reviews:

susan sheehan said...

These are so lovely! What a great new direction.

hoganfe said...

Absolutely unique and stunning Rose!

alexkeller said...

beautiful!!!

Cait Throop said...

WOW! I love them, Rose! I'm off to see if they are in your shop!!! xo

Waterrose said...

Thanks you guys! I appreciated your feedback.

Wild Woman Jewelry said...

just beautiful!!! love the copper ones especially!

ThreeSheepStudio said...

This is amazing and lovely work.
You must be very excited to enter this new area of creativity.

June said...

What a fun new line. It looks great!

Waterrose said...

I love the copper too...which is great since silver is on the rise again! thanks so much!

Emily Spada said...

I love this new line! All the pieces are so well done and creative. I've been wanting to learn how to sew for a long time. I can’t wait to learn and start my own new line!

The Handmaden said...

Oh my, I already thought your work was stunning but these are just something else! Love your way of thinking regarding preservation, keep up the good work!

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