Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tribal-style Tabistry Armband

I've been experimenting with different weaves and came up with one that is perfect for jewelry. It's a bit tricky at first, but looks nice as a armband.

armband

armband

This was a revised version of what I posted that my daughter made for teacher a while back. I used the same brass brad fastener in the middle to change the direction of the tabs. Later I added a dangly tassel from the strings with some silver wash beads and bent tabs to resemble cowrie shells that you find on tribal armbands and hair falls. The pendant was just something I happened upon at a local dollar store.

I think it turned out surprising nice. However, it would be better if I made a second matching one for the other arm. I've got other tribal inspired items in my brain that need to be brought to life. I may work on some hair falls with the same bent tabs and beads and I'd like to design a headdress somehow for my Halloween costume.

If you don't hear from me before then, have a great St. Patty's Day!!

10 comments:

  1. cielos esto jamas lo habia visto tan cerca gracias por compartir

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  2. Yo simplemente comprendo EspaƱol poco. Pero, muchos gracias, yaneth adriana. Tengo el placer. ¡De nada!

    I only speak a little Spanish. But, thanks, yaneth adriana. It's my pleasure. You're welcome (Don't mention it)!

    Mieljolie

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  3. Do you have patterns / tutorials for sale? How can I learn to make some of these incredible items? to wear myself that is. I also wonder if you sell your finished pieces. This is one of the most inspiring websites I have EVER seen online! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Yes, Mary Anne, I have some patterns and tutorials. Plus, more in the works waiting for better pics. A tutorial cover all the basics needed for weaving tabs is in my etsy store along with a couple patterns for hats and the Turkish-style vest. The link to my store is in the left navigation of this blog. If you are looking for a particular pattern or technique that isn't listed, I'd be happy to create one given some time to do so.

    Haven't sold any tabistry items online, yet. I do plan to have some smaller items available when I get some free time. And, I'll be doing swaps again after the new year.

    Mieljolie

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  5. i would love to buy a tutorial for the belly dance belt, the tribal armband any that you would design for a tribal hair fall. Could you let me know if any of these are available yet please. Love your work!
    Penny

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  6. Hi Penny! Thanks for the purchase. Hope you enjoy making tabistry. I'd be happy to help you out with the belt, armbands and falls. I sent you a message.

    It was so strange that I woke up this morning with can tab hair falls on my mind. the daughter and I just finished some pistachio shell hair falls with some nuts we dyed with our leftover Easter egg dye. This got me thinking how I need to finish the can tab ones I started a loooong time ago. I'll get some pics of both as soon as I can.

    Mieljolie

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  7. Hi, for some reason i haven't received the message yet. I look forwaqrd to buying more tutorials! It will be so nice to make something no one else has over here. It is hard enough to buy tribal costuming in the UK, so to be able to make some unique bits will be fab!
    Not sure what has happened to the message though, was the link to the tutorial in it too?
    Cant wait to see the pics of the hair falls. I am making dreads at the moment for my hair so will be very interested in the hair falls. I adore your tribal headband and i hope i get good enough to make one like it!
    Penny

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  8. Penny, I sent you a new message just now via both email and etsy convo. Looks like both of my previous emails got stranded in a spam filter. You might check. It's a common problem. LMK, if that is what happened. This time difference of ours is not helping matters. I went to bed just before your email arrived here. :)

    Tell me about Tribal being hard to find. Bellydance things in general are hard to come by where I am. :) I manage to find bits and pieces. That's what got me into can tabs and bottle caps in the first place. :D

    You should be able to make a headband with the skills covered in the basics. If you need any help with it, I'd be happy to answer any/all questions. We played around with making can tab hair falls, yesterday. I managed to make two strands with various tab patterns. The first is kind of a sampler piece. Still kinda tedious, though. Need to finds simpler methods. I'll get some pics of them up today.

    Mieljolie

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  9. Hi Tiffany. Got the link. I must say the tutorial is fab, very clear and detailed, thank you. Can't wait to get started! I look forward to seeing more tutorials from you.
    Keep well. :)

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  10. You're very welcome, Penny. Glad you like it.

    I hope to get more available. The scatterbrain that I am has started and nearly completed a few. Just not satisfied with them, yet. My picture taking is what slows me down most. Shiny can tabs are a bear to capture.

    Mieljolie

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