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Peek inside my studio and watch me stitch with metal!

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Peek inside my studio and watch me stitch with metal!
My love of stitching goes back to childhood. As a young girl, my grandmother taught me to knit and sew.  And from this early influence, my passion ignited for textiles, texture, and the drape.  I fell in love with the look of a broken stitch, and now I use it in my jewelry to create texture and coloration. 

Keep reading to see how I incorporate stitching into a piece of beautiful finished jewelry:

First, I make the silver or gold components for the piece of jewelry. These might be squares or circles, depending on the design. While the shapes are still flat, I drill the holes that will eventually hold my fine silver or 22k gold stitches. After the holes are drilled, I form the components, transforming them from flat to curved.

I could consider the piece finished at this point, but by now, you know me, and I LOVE my stitches, and they're my signature design element!

The photo below shows pieces of jewelry before stitching.

Next, using either fine silver or 22k gold, I’ll begin to stitch.  I’m very intentional with my choices, using different thicknesses of wire, depending on the piece and the look I want to create. For some pieces, I develop a set pattern as you can see in the photo below.

Unlike stitching with thread, when I’m stitching with wire, I must be careful not to bend it too much, causing unwanted ugly creases. Too much bending can also cause the wire to break. Not fun!

This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I have to start all over again, and I’m NOT a happy girl!

I’ve designed a pattern for some of my pieces, but I can’t use a pattern for most, such as the Free Form Collection; I rely on my unique design aesthetic and stitching by eye.  If I create stitches and don’t like the pattern, I’ll take them out and start over until I’m completely satisfied with the result.

When I stitch, it’s essential that I make the stitches tight enough to hold their shape without disrupting the crisp line while also not breaking the wire. I use the pliers to pull on the wire to achieve the desired tautness. 

Next, I carefully check to ensure all the ends are smooth and the stitches are tight and secure.  It’s important to note that my stitching is a signature design element, but the stitches do not hold the pieces together. Instead, I use various soldering techniques to ensure many years of durable wearability.

You might be surprised to learn how much wire goes into a piece. It’s probably way more than you’d think. 

Let's have some fun with a guessing game!
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Guess how many feet of fine silver wire this necklace has?
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Guess how many feet of 22k gold this earring has?
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Guess how many feet of 22k gold this necklace has?


Upcoming Events:

Next week I will have a special presentation live from the studio, June 3rd, discussing inspiration for the jewelry I make. 
RSVP at
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Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 at 3:30pm & 7:30pm EST

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