This month's challenge invites
you to let us see your gypsy nature.
Gypsies are wanderers, purveyors
of exquisite things, mysterious things, free-spirited bohemians curating the
beauty of life and sharing the wonders with you as the travel along.
So for the challenge let your
creativity run wild and free like a gypsy
I want you to create
interesting items you might imagine finding at a traditional Gypsy
You may create whatever your
gypsy heart desires, but it must....
contain at least 3 colours from
this featured colour palette
show us how your project
is inspired by this gorgeous ode to the gypsy soul!
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What do you think? Do you have the soul of gypsy?
Play along with the rules of the
challenge like with your gypsy soul and you could be the curator of some fabulous gyspy loot
too from them. Remember to submit your project at the challenge page on
I always imagined that Gypsy carts
would have loads of bright colourful and interesting accessories.
Every month I try to get out to
a little gathering of Bohemian free-spirits and neo-hippies in the province that
I live in, I thought it would be an awesome idea to wear the OCC April challenge
theme to get some extra publicity for the OCC blog as well - as it happens that
at these events there is a lot of trading and sharing and communion of creative
energy and colourful souls.
I created a collection of Gypsy
accessories in the form of a headdress, earrings and a ring.
The entire collection was
created out of odd bits and bobs I had in my collection of trim, wool, yarn,
feathers, ribbon, beads and shells I picked up here and there on my gyspy
wanderings and tradings.
To create the flowers – I cut 5
to 6 little petal shapes out of organza ribbon and threaded them, and the pulled
the thread taut so that the ends bunched together and pulled the petals into a
I stitched gorgeous rich
coloured upholstery beading onto a long headband elastic and added a few metal
belly-dancing discs for gypsy interest. This was the front of the
For the back, I
wanted it to be an effervescent effusion of colour and joy and sparkling
I used an embroidery hoop to
keep a length of fleck yarn taut and added various lenghts of interesting
embellishments to it.
I braided, knotted, drilled holes with my Dremel through
pieces of shells and mother-of-pearl that I had picked up sometime or the
I sewed on two loops to the
sides of the headband elastic where it would sit just behind my ears and two
clasps onto either end of the back part of the headband to make it easier to
attach the back part of the headband to the elastic.
For the ring – I made another
organza flower and added a few feathers to a ring base.
Finally for the earrings – I
pretty much bundled a few feathers together, tied them up with fleck thread and
did some fancy wire designs to attach it the the earwire.
That completed my project and it
was all ready and it was a hit at the “Harvest, Zuvuya” gathering.
–and here we are, gypsy camp all set up and ready to flaunt our gypsy nature.
Thanks and that’s it for now –
looking forward to seeing your gypsy creations at Our Creative Corner