Tatty Devine Sequin Necklace Workshop

I recently signed up for another jewellery-making workshop with Tatty Devine: this time to make a sequin necklace. I made my way to the Brick Lane store on Saturday morning. Last time I was here, it was during the evening and we were offered wine and nibbles; now, we got cups of tea and chocolate brownies, perfect to cheer us up after the rather dreadful weather outside.

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The first step was to choose our sequins. This was incredibly difficult as there were so many lovely colours to choose from. Eventually I went for a rainbow effect, and chose a gold chain to add a bit of bling.

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Next, it was time to assemble the necklace. After doing several of these workshops I have just about got the hang of attaching jump rings to pieces of perspex, but I still found it slightly tricky.

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Once this was done, it was time to cut and attach the chain, before placing the necklace inside a Tatty Devine box to take home. I’m looking forward to wearing my necklace over Christmas!

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Tatty Devine Parakeet Necklace Workshop

For my birthday in July I got some money from my auntie and I decided to spend it on a jewellery-making workshop at Tatty Devine. I really enjoyed the previous workshop I took part in – a charm bracelet, which I made last year – and this one appealed to me because it involved making a parakeet necklace.

The red multi parakeet has been on my wishlist for months, but it’s near-impossible to get hold of one these days. However, the jewel-toned colours of this unique workshop design are gorgeous too. I signed up for the Wednesday evening workshop at the end of August.

The workshop was held at Tatty Devine’s Brick Lane store, so I headed there after work. I got there in plenty of time and was able to admire their relatively new workshop space.

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I was offered a glass of rosé while I waited for the others to arrive. As they all trooped in we sat down and began to lay out our parakeet pieces on the handy template.

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We then had to peel a little of the protective film off each piece to ensure the parts were facing the right way – obviously I’d managed to get some of mine the wrong way round so this step was much needed!

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To turn our feathers into a beautiful parakeet, we then needed to use two pairs of pliers to open up a jump ring, slide one, then two feathers onto it (making sure they were the right way around), before closing the jump ring. On the advice of the lovely Tatty staff I put together one wing, then another, before joining them up to the parakeet body.

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After my parakeet was complete, it was time to attach the chain. I chose a silver chain, and as instructed, cut it in half, fixed jump rings to either end, and attached the chain to the parakeet.

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I had a lovely time putting my parakeet together; it was tricky but I think I got the hang of it fairly quickly. It definitely helped that I had done a workshop before, and I really enjoyed chatting to other Tatty fans. I drank a couple of glasses of wine too – slowly, though – wine and pliers don’t really mix! I took my parakeet home in a Tatty Devine box to keep it safe.

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Interested in a Tatty Devine workshop? Workshop dates are announced frequently and you can make all sorts of interesting things. You can find details at tattydevine.com/workshops.

Tatty Devine: the ones that got away

Last Tatty Devine post for a while, honest! In the last few years TD have released so many amazing designs. Naturally enough, but to my sorrow, I’ve missed out on a few that I really wanted.

I adore penguins so squealed with delight when I saw the Happy Penguin Necklace. However, it didn’t stay around for very long – sob!

Happy Penguin Necklace

Update: I managed to get hold of the Happy Penguin Necklace! Joy!

There have been a few parakeets around, but the smaller version of the Red Multi Parakeet Necklace is my favourite. Just look at those colours!

Parakeet Necklace

I wasn’t particularly attracted to the Scallop Shells Necklace when it first came out. However, it started to grow on me and I decided I really wanted it – just as it went out of stock. I have the earrings, but would love the necklace too.

Scallop Shells Necklace

I have the matching earrings and brooch: I just need the Head in the Clouds Collar Necklace to complete the set.

Head in the Clouds Collar Necklace

This gorgeous Glitter Bat Necklace was on my radar for a while, but for some reason I never got around to trying to buy it until it was too late.

Glitter Bat Necklace

I actually ordered these Midnight Mystic Star Earrings in the sale, but I got an email saying that they were out of stock – gutted!

Midnight Mystic Star Earrings

This Flower Garland Necklace is so bright and colourful.

Flower Garland Necklace

Finally, I’m kicking myself for not ordering a Name Necklace in Shimmer while I had the chance. Before I could get around to it, they ran out of the shimmer perspex.

Name Necklace S/S13 – Shimmer

Tatty Devine: making a statement

On my Tatty Devine wishlist there are several statement pieces which I would love to have.

At the top of my list is the Giant Dinosaur Necklace in gold mirror. He was inspired by the dino at the Natural History Museum.

Giant Dinosaur Necklace – Gold

I already have the small lobster necklace in pink (from the Isabella Blow exhibition at Somerset House) but I would love this colourful Giant Lobster Necklace.

Giant Lobster Necklace – Black

Tatty have just brought back the orange Tiger Necklace, but I think I prefer the white pearl version.

Tiger Necklace

I completely adore the Sequin Party Statement Necklace. It would be brilliant at a Christmas party.

Sequin Party Statement Necklace

Finally, there is the Midsummer Blooms Statement Necklace. I could never afford this, and even if I could I doubt if I’d actually buy it (I’d probably smash it or something), but I can certainly look and admire this thing of beauty.

Midsummer Blooms Statement Necklace

Tatty Devine – classic wishlist

I’m a tad obsessed with the jewellery brand Tatty Devine. They make gorgeous, unusual jewellery, mostly in perspex. I’ve been lucky enough to acquire quite a few of their pieces, but there are still several bits from their classic range that I fancy.

This Aarrg​hhhh Neck​lace pretty much sums up Monday morning.

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Aarrghhhh Necklace

This cheerful Bunting Necklace would brighten up a summer outfit.

Bunting Necklace

I got the Arctic Fox Brooch at Christmas and would love to get hold of his honey-coloured Fox Brooch friend.

Fox Brooch

As a Northerner, this Angel of the North Necklace would be perfect for me.

Angel of the North Necklace

I love this Cat Bangle, which would go well with the Cat Ring I already have.

Cat Bangle

The colours on the Fallen Leaves Triple Pendant are gorgeous.

Fallen Leaves Triple Pendant

I’m a bit of a magpie myself, with my love of shiny things, so these Magpie Earrings would be ideal.

Magpie Earrings

I have a thing about red glitter, and the Glitter Heart Necklace would go well with the matching brooch I have.

Glitter Heart Necklace

The Willow Pattern Pendant is quite understated but it’s grown on me a lot recently. I think it would go well with vintage-style outfits.

Willow Pattern Pendant

The Anchor Necklace comes in red, blue and cream, but I think the blue is my favourite.

Blue Anchor Necklace

Finally, I’ve been eyeing up the Tatty Devine/Rob Ryan collaboration pieces for a while. One of my favourites is this lovely little bird.

Let Me Tell You Something Necklace

Do you have a Tatty Devine wishlist? What are your favourite pieces?

Tatty Devine Charm Bracelet Workshop

I love Tatty Devine and I’ve wanted to go to one of their jewellery-making workshops for ages. I signed up for a Charm Bracelet Workshop at their store on Brick Lane, and went along one Sunday morning.

To make the bracelet, we could choose a silver or gold chain – I chose silver. We then had the task of choosing ten charms to add to it. I had lots of trouble choosing charms as there were so many lovely ones and I just couldn’t decide. In the end I went for a mixture of styles and colours, though several others there chose a theme for their bracelet – one woman went for a gold chain with gold and tortoiseshell charms, which looked really lovely.

The next bit was adding the charms to the bracelet. We used pliers to open the charm rings, thread the charm and add the ring to the bracelet. This was fiddly, but easier than I’d expected. The shop staff who were helping us were really helpful and friendly and they tightened all our charms for us to stop them falling off!

I was very pleased with my finished product and I hope I get the chance to go to another workshop in the future.

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Tatty Devine Lucky Dip Weekend

I am a bit obsessed with the jewellery brand Tatty Devine, a British company who make unique and quirky products, often from Perspex. Over the Easter weekend I had my first experience of their Lucky Dip Weekend – an event where you buy a box for a certain price and get a surprise mix of jewellery from past collections. It’s a bit of a lottery but that’s part of the fun!

I received mine on Friday and I was super excited.

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I chose a Sunglasses Box costing £50. I’d been after a pair of Tatty Devine Eyelash Sunglasses for ages and they normally cost £125, so I figured that even if I hated everything else, I would have got a bargain.

I was super happy to receive the sunglasses in black: they also come in tortoiseshell, but I prefer the black ones.

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The other items of jewellery were an interesting mix. My favourite was the anchor necklace. I have been thinking about purchasing a blue anchor necklace for a while, but now I have this striped one, I don’t need to bother!

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I also love the orange flower necklace. Orange isn’t my usual colour but it’s bright and cheerful and will look good in the summer.

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The only item I’m not sure about is the pair of earrings. I don’t know what collection they are from – perhaps an Egyptian-themed one? I might try and swap them as round earrings are not really me.

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Overall though, I am very happy with my box!

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Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore – Embankment Galleries, Somerset House

I spent Sunday morning checking out a few of the exhibitions at Somerset House. I was just in time to catch Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore, as this was the exhibition’s last day.

Isabella Blow at Somerset House

Isabella Delves Broughton was born into aristocracy in the 1950s. However, despite her seemingly privileged family and upbringing she had in many ways a difficult childhood. Her young brother drowned at the age of two, and the cash-strapped family lived in a cottage on the family estate as they couldn’t afford to live in the house itself. After leaving school, she worked at various jobs before moving to America; she ended up working for magazines including Vogue and Tatler. She married Detmar Blow in 1989, wearing a headdress by Philip Treacy – one of the first to recognise his talent. She also discovered Alexander McQueen, as well as the models Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant.

Blow loved fashion and had a highly individual and unusual style. This exhibition, after an initial exploration of her early life, showcased some of her unusual outfits and accessories, including several hats by Treacy and clothes by McQueen. I particularly loved the hats and hair accessories – I’m not sure how wearable they would be, but they were so amazing to look at that I didn’t care. I especially loved the castle house, and the ship headdress made of feathers. Blow wore her own clothes frequently and with love: scratches, cigarette marks and tears reveal the person behind the amazing clothes. I’ve always seen high fashion as rather out of reach, but this exhibition made it human.

The exhibition focused on Blow’s life, career and relationship to fashion, and doesn’t say much about the fact that she sadly committed suicide in 2007, aged only 48. On the one hand, it seems to gloss over the truth of her life; on the other, I would imagine her friends and loved ones would rather focus on the happy times of her life than on her death. I’d never heard of Isabella Blow before seeing this exhibition advertised, but I wish I had – she sounds like she was an amazing lady.

Pink lobster necklace from Tatty Devine

On my way out, I purchased this little beauty from the gift shop. I had my eye on the large, crystal-studded version, but that was £180. This was only £40 and it was the last one left – clearly, it was fate! I am something of a Tatty Devine obsessive and this pink lobster is exclusive to this exhibition so I was very happy to snap it up (pun not intended).