September 8, 2012

Creative Chaos Design Challenge Reveal

Skye from Creative Chaos almost had me stumped with this challenge kit.  The rules: pick at least one thing from each baggie and use it to design a piece of jewelry.  Here's a closer shot of the items - remember, I had to use something from each group:
Yes, that's a brass plate that goes behind a drawer handle.  And feathers.
A couple kinds of cord.
A random assortment of coconut shell & wood thingies.
Some buttons and a die. 
 Sky did specifically say  that we could alter the items any way we wanted, so I decided to give the die & a button a little overhaul:

Decked out in rust:)
Then I had this feeling of the rusty old detritus in my Papa's shed.  Odd little bits of this and that and leftover scraps of things.  Old and dented and a bit rusty.  Shabby.  And that was my inspiration for this piece:

I made a rosette from the brown and gold cord and stitched it on to a scrap of embroidered fabric cut from an old dress.  I added the rusted button and a couple of feathers tacked down with one of the little coconut shell pieces.  I sewed on a backing and stuffed it just a bit with the rest of the feathers from Sky's kit.  I decided it needed some movement, so I added a little copper do-dad with some chain an danglies. It feels a bit gypsy-ish to me.  
 I did have a couple of setbacks.  I had wanted to use the brass plate as a bracelet focal, but it was just too heavy for me to bend.  And I really wanted to use the rusty die, but I just couldn't figure out how to attach it.  I think I should have tried drilling it before I rusted it.  I'm going to have to figure out something to do with it, though.  It's just too cool!
Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm dying to see what everyone else made with this kit:

Sandra of Skye's Creative Chaos -
Marge Beebe of RockCreekCreations -
Kristi J of CuriositiesbyK -
Tammie Everly of TTE Designs -
Sarah Goode of Pookledo -
Sherri Stokey of KnotJustMacrame - (you are here)
Paula Hisel of SimplyBeadiful -
Shawn Mills of Bent Wire Boutique -


  1. Wow, that's a brilliant necklace that you managed to come up with from that selection. Well done!

  2. So cool! You always amaze and inspire me with your art! outstanding, gifted, gorgeous!

  3. I love the rusty die! You have to share pics when you figure a way to use it! And yes, very gypsyish :) Fabulous work :)

  4. I love what you've made. I think you will have to do a post on how you rusted the die and button. If you are willing to give away your secrets...

    1. It's no secret, Marge. I did a post about it here:

  5. Lord it is truly amazing what you did with those "things" a gorgeous piece Sherri! You are something else.

  6. this is a great piece. i love that rusty dice. and the rosette was pure genius

  7. WoW, this really went above and beyond what my imagination could have even thought about this!!

  8. Awesome what you did with that assortment, just looking at it had me stumped, lol. As for your rusty die (which is way cool) maybe a wirework cage in dark annealled steel to hold it?

  9. Very Cool Sherri~ I think it turned out just great, nice work!

  10. WOW, you did an amazing and wonderful job with the assortment!

  11. Love your creativeness! The rusty die would look good in a copper wire wrap.


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