Enough Nickels for EVERYONE!

Fringe has long been associated with a Western look for years from fringe shirts & gloves right up to accessories & boots.  But fringe actually had a purpose in its early days.  Fringe was incorporated in buckskin coats;  the fringe acts as a wick and helps water drain off the coat. As rain falls, website like this it runs down the fringes and helps keep the garment from becoming saturated.

It is said that the fringes also were used as a bit of camouflage to confuse the eye while walking in the bush, viagra   to alter the human shape wearing it.

Fringe is a hot fashion trend.  Check out this spread in Elle magazine for Spring 2014.  Some on this list are more ‘real-life wearable’ than others.  Here’s my orange problem popping up again.  This little beauty lives at Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

Ralph Lauren Flat Fringe Crossbody Bag, $395

Ralph Lauren Flat Fringe Crossbody Bag, $395

In the October 2010 issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine I had a couple pieces of jewelry in a fashion spread.  I completely forgot the serious fringe the model was wearing!

Cowboys & Indians Magazine October 2010

Cowboys & Indians Magazine October 2010

 

What about you love it or hate it?

-s

 
Fringe has long been associated with a Western look for years from fringe shirts & gloves right up to accessories & boots.  But fringe actually had a purpose in its early days.  Fringe was incorporated in buckskin coats;  the fringe acts as a wick and helps water drain off the coat. As rain falls, adiposity it runs down the fringes and helps keep the garment from becoming saturated.

It is said that the fringes also were used as a bit of camouflage to confuse the eye while walking in the bush, more about   to alter the human shape wearing it.

Fringe is one of the current fashion trends.  Check out this spread in Elle magazine for Spring 2014.  Some on this list are more ‘real-life wearable’ than others.  Here’s my orange problem popping up again.  This little beauty lives at Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

Ralph Lauren Flat Fringe Crossbody Bag, <a onclick=

stomach $395″ src=”http://designsbyshelagh.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/elle-fringe-ralph-lauren-bag-v-xln-200×300.jpg” width=”200″ height=”300″ /> Ralph Lauren Flat Fringe Crossbody Bag, $395

One of my favorite fringe items in my own collection was a pair of soft deer skin pair of fringe gloves that I wore for years in the winter.  At the Western Wear I used to work at, we had a little fire brander,  I branded my initials in the leather.

In the October 2010 issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine I had a couple pieces of jewelry in a fashion spread.  I completely forgot the serious fringe the model was wearing!

Cowboys & Indians Magazine October 2010

Cowboys & Indians Magazine October 2010

 

What’s your opinion on fringe?

-s

 
I guess now is as good a time as any to tell you that….. I was juried into the 2014 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase!  Its a dream of a lifetime to be included in this group of amazing, case incredibly talented artists!

I’ve burnt up my sketch book, no rx done a few massive orders of supplies & I’m on my way.  I DO NOT  want to even know how many days until it starts,  it will freak me out & I won’t have a chance of falling asleep.

Some of the work is exciting, inspiring & interesting; and some is not.  Like yesterday,  part of my day was spent drilling holes in Buffalo Nickels!  I use these nickels in my clasps on all my necklaces, and throughout my pieces more & more.  Today I’m doing what any serious coin collector would shudder – drilling holes in them!  I never tell the collectors that I buy them from that I’m going to drill holes in them & solder them to things!  These ones aren’t valuable at all to coin collectors, as the dates are worn off.

Blasphemy!

Blasphemy!

Lots of people ask me about why I use the nickels, as they’re American & I’m not!  To me, they are an iconic symbol of the West.  The Buffalo Nickel has a storied history with the identity of both the Indian & the Buffalo never to be revealed.  The nickels are actually not that hard to get a hold of,  especially if you don’t care if the date is worn off!  I do buy rolls of dated coins for cufflinks, rings & pendants.

Buffalo Nickel & Turquoise Pendant

Buffalo Nickel & Turquoise Pendant

Turquoise & Orange Spiny Oyster Shell Concho Belt

Turquoise & Orange Spiny Oyster Shell Concho Belt

Nickel Pendant with matching Rings

Nickel Pendant with matching Rings

 

I’m going to be posting every Thursday about my progress and preparation for the Western Showcase.  I hope to show all of these super cool projects I have in my head & sketch book coming to reality!

-s

 

The Western Art Show and Western Lifestyles are a destination not to be missed at the Calgary Stampede Western Oasis during the Calgary Stampede, Halls D & E are full of colorful and exciting exhibits that reflect our Western Heritage and Values.

A cool and comfortable Wine Garden, Musical Entertainment and Poetry, Culinary Demonstrations by First Class Chefs, Crafts of all kinds, Amazing Photos and Beautiful Artwork to admire and purchase, Western Oasis is a must-see on your Stampede Schedule

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