Erin of Homemade Cards by Erin approached me a few weeks ago about creating a piece of jewelry using May Arts Ribbon to serve the dual purpose of appearing on the May Arts blog and being a Mother's Day gift.
This request didn't come totally out of the blue; Erin had heard me mention that I'd been wanting to make some jewelry with ribbon. I've had ideas floating in my head for years, and have added accents here and there to various designs, often using ribbon in place of a neck chain.
What came out of this process had nothing to do with any idea I've had before... it was totally inspired by the ribbons and simply playing with them and talking to Erin about how she saw wire fitting into the mix.
Admittedly I got a bit carried away with details... needle felting a design on the back, sewing various parts. I wanted to do more, but figured simple was best, especially in the midst of a busy week.
The best part is that the recipient declared it "unique and on trend"... yes, she received the necklace as an early Mother's Day gift because neither Erin nor I could wait to hear whether she would like it or not.
There are instructions and step by step images for the Ribbon Rose Necklace project on the May Arts blog.