Favorite Tools: Webbedware

Today's installment of Tools on Tuesday features Courtney Webb of Webbedware. Courtney makes cuff bracelets and (coming soon to her shop) necklaces. Courtney's trademark is the use of textiles or other fiber in her designs.

Courtney's collection of "tiny tools" --- mini versions of standard hardware store stock -- enable her to achieve a level of craftsmanship that would be impossible otherwise. More specifically, her tiny ruler, tiny drill bits, tiny file and tiny scissors allow her to make precise cuts of leather for her cuff bracelets, teeny holes in shapes to attach to jump rings and chains for her soon-to-be-introduced dove and butterfly necklaces, and smooth edges on said shapes. They are her favorite tools not only because they're easy to use and perfect for the job, but also because "they're so darn cute!"

Now, to illustrate:

First, using the tiny ruler to measure and precisely cut the leather for cuff bracelets. The bracelets are metal, and the leather goes on the inside as a liner so that the cuff is comfortable to wear.

Next, using a tiny drill bit to make holes in the shapes for attaching to chains and jump rings. The hole has to be drilled in exactly the right spot for the shape to hang properly. As you can see, the shapes are so dainty that there's not a lot of room for error---nor really for the hole itself! Talk about precision!

And then, using the tiny file to smooth out the edges of the metal shapes before fusing the fabric to them.

Followed by trimming the excess fabric off of the metal shapes using the tiny scissors. Once the fabric is in place Courtney coats the pieces with acrylic to enhance the color of the fabric and to preserve its condition.

Put it all together with a dash of style and you get Courtney's distinctive couture-inspired accessories. Nice work, Courtney!

Until next time --

Black Friday Sale - A Peek at a Few Participating Shops

More than 30 of the independent designers, artists, artisans and crafters from The {NewNew} are participating in this terrific event that runs through Monday 11/29/10. Over the next few days we'll be featuring items from each shop to give you a sample of the amazing items available.
Groundsel makes some of the most lovely bags
I have seen. This one is a wristlet made from an
upcycled men's herringbone suit. The removable sage
green microsuede bow makes it extra festive. $50
These wire earrings from Meliannaa
are the perfect bauble to decorate her ears this
holiday season. $12
All I want for Christmas is a cuff from webbedware!
This is just one of the wonderful cuffs available
priced from $39 - $39
Kipi's altered book paintings make perfect gifts
for just about anyone. Priced from $25 - $43
Festive handblown glass earrings from SDVDesigns. These beautiful earrings will dress up any outfit. $25
Reindeer schmeindeer, this holiday it's all about the Moose!
Just one of the fun kids designs from
Felt It. $20
You'll want to get yourself a whole forest of these
wonderful little felt trees from
The Honey Pie Tree.
Use them to trim gifts, decorate your tree, or as the
perfect little stocking stuffer. $8
Don't forget kitty! These jewel toned felt balls from KittyJones
are the best cat toys ever. You'll have as much fun watching
them toss and bat them around as they will playing with them. $7
Be sure to check out all the other shops with great Black Friday / Cyber Monday specials: