We've Done It!
Our longstanding and loyal customer base will know that we have been punching sequins here at our London factory for generations. We are very proud of our 0% waste sequin production rates, the sequin hole creates chunky glitter and the film left around the punched sequins creates honeycomb mesh otherwise known as punchinella, but we knew we could do more.
So, we have been looking at ways to make the whole process more environmentally friendly too. For some time we have been focusing on the development of biodegradable sequins and working on many prototypes. The bio degradable sequins are made from a plant based film, which you can compost yourself with your usual household food items. We are now 100% happy with our sequin prototypes and are thrilled to announce that our first biodegradable sequins are now available to buy online!
At the moment these sequins are primarily aimed at the crafting market, being a small star with no hole and a daisy shape. We advice gentle hand washing, but we are still developing the product as we go along, and we are hoping to be able to expand into machine washable films too.
Next we are working on expanding the colours and styles available... so watch this space!
To view our first biodegradable sequins at our online shop, click here
Is sustainability important to you too? We would love to hear your thoughts on this.
I love these crystal diamanté buttons so much! They are such good quality, eye catching and amazing value for money at only £1.85 each. I couldn't wait to get creative with them and make myself this cute diamante set for Valentine's Day.
Click here to see the diamante buttons in our online shop and click here to find the diamante craft glue.
Give it a try next time you have a spare 5 minutes!
This week i had to take one of my children to an appointment where i had to wear a mask. Although I've been wearing masks regularly throughout the pandemic, this is the first time I've had to wear one in front of one of my boys. He's a little on the anxious side, so i thought if i customised my mask to make it look a little more friendly and fun, he would find it less frightening, and hopefully find the transition of me and others wearing face coverings less intimidating.
I had a root around my craft box and opted for these small crystal AB diamante. They are a great choice for this project because you can attach all the stones around the darts and seams without compromising the integrity of the mask or your design. They are also fine to be hand washed at 30, as is the mask. The glue is also perfect, it drys fast and clear, but most importantly it has a little give and stretch in it, rather than drying like a hard rock.
I'm sure you will have noticed lots of rainbows popping up in people's windows since the schools closed due to lockdown. The message behind this visual display is that "after every storm comes the sun and if you’re lucky a rainbow will emerge between the clouds". Rainbows are made up of seven different vibrant and beautiful colours and never fail to lift peoples spirits. Because of this, rainbows have long been symbols of hope and inclusiveness. The idea behind the 'rainbow windows' was that children could count the rainbows they see while they are out exercising, hoping to spot new ones each day. And as adults, we can appreciate the message behind this simple show of solidarity and hope.
So, when craft time came round again, rainbows were obviously the first thing to come to mind.
Here is my sequin film rainbow decoration, inspired by the rainbow window message. It's a cutie!
Follow the step-by-step guide below.
1) Firstly, select some rainbow coloured rolls of sequin film. I used a selection of hologram, metallic and matte finishes.
2) I drew around a small plate to create the first rainbow red layer. Then i used a compass to create the other rainbow layers, reducing each layer size by 1cm. As you can see, i sellotaped the red layer and the tape measure to the table to prevent it from sliding around. I simply stuck the layers on top of one another using double sided tape.
3) Once all the different coloured layers are stuck together, i lifted the piece off the table and cut out the very last rainbow arch, snipping through every layer in the process.
4) Next it's time to add the sequins (there's always sequins!). I used sequins from our extra sparkly hologram mixed shape pack JR02353
5) String the sequins onto cotton. I opted for coordinating coloured thread. After a bit of trial and error, i found the fastest and easiest technique is to thread the cotton through the sequin hole from front to back 2 or 3 times to anchor it into place, suspending them at intervals along the cotton. I attached them to the reverse of the rainbow with tape.
6) Next i added a glitter fabric cloud. I chose sparkly silver white JR09047 and simply stuck it to the front of the cloud with double sided tape.
My son also enjoyed pilfering the supplies and he made some fancy dress headpieces. We are all super heros now after all! We are all in this together, even if that means we have to stay apart.
Happy Crafting from Nicola and Team JR
NEWS NEWS NEWS...
As you all know, we manufacture our own sequins here at our London factory. For some time we have been focusing on ways of making our production process more sustainable. Although we have long been satisfied with our 0% waste production rates (the sequin hole creates chunky glitter and the film left around the punched sequins creates honeycomb/punchinella), we have been looking at ways to make the whole process more environmentally friendly too. So, we are so excited to be at the point where we can tell you guys that we have been working on a brand new range of plant based biodegradable sequins too!
The bio degradable sequins are made from a plant based plastic, which you can compost yourself with your usual household food items, or simply dispose of in your bin. These sequins are made from true biodegradable plastic, which will happily compost along side your cucumbers and carrot stumps! This range has been under development for a while, but we are now 100% happy with our sequin prototypes and are thrilled to announce that the biodegradable sequins are now in production! So watch this space, they will be for sale in a few months once we have stamped, photographed and catalogued them all!!
Is sustainability important to you too? We would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Hello, ghoulies and girlies!
Halloween is coming and it's a perfect excuse to get crafting. Follow these simple ten steps to make yourself your own little ghostie to celebrate the turn of the season!
Let's get started!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
And there we have it!
A quick wee ghostie brooch to put you in the mood for some Halloween crafting.
Thanks for listening!
If you have any questions, ideas, or creations of your own - feel free to send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Josy Rose has a fantastic range of ribbons suitable for all uses and all are available to order online.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with unexpected combinations of ribbons to create something really special. If you’re stuck for ideas read on and be inspired! Want to give your bedroom a new look? Why not trim plain white bed linen and curtains with blue and gingham ribbon for a fresh seaside or country look. Match them with a set of satin curtain tie backs in a wider width. Then, place a simple bow on the front of the tie back for a decoration.
Why not channel your Scottish roots with the Dress Stewart woven edge tartan ribbon, approved by the Scottish Tartans Authority this ribbon comes in red, green, and white in 5mm to 60mm widths of woven polyester.
The Grosgrain Polyester Collection is available in 6mm to 16mm widths and is ideal for dressing up towels with a grosgrain ribbon on their edge. You can also stitch the 6mm ribbon to patchwork quilts to hide the seam.
The Metallic Collection has 4mm to 60mm widths. They include a lacy fully wired delicate web trim ribbon in a metallic finish. It is great for extravagant wrapping.
The Satin Ribbon Collection comes in 3mm to 50mm widths. The ribbons are single sided and great for trimming fabrics.
The Beaded Sequin Ribbon Collection comes in 13mm to 50mm widths. They include solid and lace bands with flowers, sequins and rhinestones. They are great for making wide cuff bracelets or head bands.
The Sheer Ribbon Collection comes in 8mm to 63mm widths. The bronze organza ribbon features metallic gold stripes and is great for bow making.
The luxurious Velvet Ribbon Collection is available in 9mm to 22mm widths. The ultra soft 100% nylon velvet ribbons add touches of glamour to an item. Use velvet ribbons to trim clothes and curtains or to make rolled rosette flowers.
Josy Rose also has a special occasion ribbon section dedicated to ribbons that have been designed based on specific themes such as Christmas, birthdays, weddings, and Valentines. The ribbons come in 10mm to 40mm widths and are ideal for a variety of uses at those special times of the year.
Create your own tree template. Lay it on a sheet of A4 glitter fabric, and cut around it to make the desired shape. Make a further five sections to represent the branches of the tree.
Place three of the tree sections glitter side down. Support the sections by laying a coat hanger wire down the trunk and at the foot of each tree.
Cut the wire to the required length and stick it in place using the glue gun. Postion the other side of the tree on top, glitter side out, to create three pairs of wired glittery sections.
Glue all three trees together, along the central trunks, making a fir tree shape. Stick assorted buttons onto the tips of the stems for decoration. String beads, buttons and sequins onto thin wire to create a tinsel effect, then wrap it around the tree.
Finish, by placing a diamanté button at the tree top, and a wire hook should you want to hang the decoration up. To make the tree a table centre piece, add bigger glass beads on the feet.
Tip: Make light work of tricky and time consuming applications by simply opting for a handy glue gun. Plus, if you make a mistake, the glue can usually be picked off in one chunk, and you can try again!
Create your own festive finery this Christmas, using a glitter fabric and sparkling embellishments from JosyRose.com. Here is what you will need:
6 sheets of A4, emerald green glitter fabric (jr04955)
Buttons: heart, petal, glitter
Sequin Snowflakes, silver (jr03028)
Diamanté Flower Button (jr02000)
Glue gun (jr06941)
This ghoulish glittery mask is so easy to make!
The products you will need are:
Loosely lay the glitter fabric over the mask, feel for the eye holes & snip a cross in each socket area.
Remove the backing and press firmly onto the mask base, start from the eyes & work your way out to the edges of the mask. Fold the 4 quarters from each eye cross through the holes, onto the back of the mask. Snip a few darts into the fabric around the edge of the mask to make folding it over easier and tidier.
Attach two pieces of ribbon to the inside of the mask, one on each edge, in line with the eye sockets. Tie these around the back of your head to figure out your required length. For extra impact, you could keep these long and thread beads onto the ends!
If you find the back of the mask a little too scratchy, line it with a slightly smaller sheet of felt, cutting out oval eye holes this time.
Construct two cone shaped horns by simply twisting the fabric, gluing it in place as you go. Square the ends off with a sharp pair of scissors. Glue gun them in place, using lots of glue!
Top it off with a feather & an acrylic stone, & voila - go & have some devilish fun!
|GIVE A PLAIN TOTE A GLITZY MAKEOVER WITH THESE EASY CRYSTAL BROOCHES
Looking for a quick way to jazz up a favourite handbag? These gorgeous pieces are made with a little sequin and stone glamour. They're so simple to put together, all you really need to decide is which colourways you love the most! Here, shimmering gems have been covered with co-ordinating mesh fabric to give the finished piece that extra stand-out twinkle. Once attached, these brooches will transform any plain shoulder bag into designer-style arm candy. So, what are you waiting for?
Tip! Try using some buttons, diamante or different shaped acrylic stones for a different look.
This bracelet is inspired by spring time blooms and is guaranteed to uplift any outfit with its vibrant colours & happy vibes! Multiple layers make it appear like a complex piece, but in fact it is super simple as they simply stack on top of one another. Here is how we made it:
Measure your wrist & cut a piece of jewellery making jelly cord to length, allowing extra for tying the knot upon completion.
Thread a mixture of bugle beads, pearl seed beads, sequins & handmade clay flower beads onto the cord.
Tie a knot at the end & snip off the excess. For a more professional finish, use crimp beads. Thread both ends of the cord through the crimp so they are over lapping. Then flatten it with pliers to secure the cord. It makes working with slippy cords easier to handle & more secure.
Try and keep to a few colours to give the piece a feeling of unity. Here we have selected red, pink, orange & yellow with a hint of green.
Create some plain beaded layers too, to help the beautifully embellished layers take centre stage.
Measure your egg cup.
Select a spring coloured piece of felt and cut out two flat-ended oval shapes, leaving enough excess for snipping the seam later on.
Mark on the felt where the stitch line should appear and hand stitch the two pieces of fabric together using embroidery thread in a coordinating colour.
You should now have a hat shape. Turn this inside out so that the seam is hidden.
Stitch some gingham ribbon around the hem and then top it off with another row of sparkly strung sequin & some feature buttons.
Iron-on, glue-on or stitch an Easter themed hot-fix motif to the front and back of the cosy.
Add further detail by embellishing the fabric around the motif with embroidered cross stitches.
To finish off, thread a marabou feather through a gap in the seam stitching and glue gun into place from the inside.
Step 1: Preparation
Step 2: Cover
Step 3: Pages
Hand make something personal, unique and beautiful for Mum this Mother's Day.
Be inspired by our quality supplies here: Mother's Day Collection
Feeling Inspired by the First Rays of Sunshine & Fresh Spring Flowers Peeping Through out of the Grey? Us Too!
Channelling spring into our latest craft project, these gorgeous embellished bookmarks ooze sunshine vibes! Super quick and simple to make for either yourself, or a perfect handmade gift for any green-fingered Mum this Mother's Day.
1 - Simply cut a piece of satin ribbon to your desired length.
2 - Glue-gun or sew a small beaded circle or heart onto the end of the ribbon on each side, sandwiching the ribbon in between.
3 - Finish off with a stunning sequin & beaded applique. Above we opted for a flower, butterfly & bumble bee.
Read on to see how to create our chic bracelet using semi-precious stones and sparkly
diamanté encrusted beads.
Make the Beaded Layers:
String of Amazonite Precious Stones (Jr04843)
String of Botswana Agate Precious Stones (Jr04861)
1: Measure cord so it fits your wrist comfortably, allowing for an extra 10cm. Cut three lengths and tie a knot at one end of each piece. Add a crimp bead, then thread the cord through a 3-bar spacer.
2: Push another crimp onto the cord. Add the first set of beads, then finish the row with a diamanté. Double check the amount of beads used against the size of your wrist as you work. Repeat three times.
3: When the stringing is complete, thread the remainder of the cord back through the first crimp bead, the corresponding hole on the spacer bar, then the second crimp. To secure the beads in place, squash the crimps flat using pliers. Untie, then snip off excess cord.
Make the Bracelet Charms:
Natural Mother-of-Pearl Heart Button (Jr02026)
4: To create the feature charm, assemble a small length of chain using three jump rings. Thread a selection of pearl and diamanté beads onto 1” head pins. Trim away 1cm above the beads. Using pliers, bend the wire into a loop. Secure onto the chain at different heights, from smallest to largest to create a cluster effect.
5: Finish with a mother-of-pearl heart button, securing a pendant mount through the bottom hole using pliers. Attach to the last jump ring on the chain. Add a mother-of pearl pendant mount, then hang from the bottom hole of the 3-bar spacer.
Don’t be put off by the many types of findings, look at how shop bought jewellery is constructed and use it as a guide!
These Haberdashery filled hearts are really effective and very easy to make. They can be used as a door/wall/window hanging, or you could make a smaller version to hang on a Valentine's Day card.
Simply select some coloured malleable craft wire.
Thread the wire with buttons, ribbon roses and sequins, leaving a few gaps for some feature applique.
Tie the embellished wire into a circle.
Manipulate the embellished circle into a heart shape.
Add a small beaded tassel to the inner point of the heart, using the ribbon loop as a hanger.
Tip: Although the heart is embellished with lots of different beads and buttons, we have opted to use similar, complimentary coloured items, to give the piece a feeling of unity.
Check out our Valentines Day range, filled with heart shaped buttons, beads, motifs, ribbons
and all things romantic
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With just under one month until the big day, we have everything you need to craft something special for that someone special!
Why Not Treat Yourself?
...to a new look, a new hobby, a new wardrobe?
Be inspired by our Lucky Dip Habby Bags bursting with sparkling surprises & tactile treats!
Would you like to make these simple Christmas decorations using craft box scraps?
Here's how it's done:
I made them both following the same principles.
Firstly, make a cone shape using sequin film.
Thread a section of wire through the cone opening, leaving enough length on either side to manipulate into a hanging loop at the top and fashion into fairy legs or a tree trunk at the bottom.
Attach fringing to the inside of the wide cone opening. Double sided tape works great on sequin film. Now for the fun decorating bit!
For the fairy i over layered the cone with some sequin waste punchinella which created a cute pattern for the fairy dress. I made her a sparkly pair of shoes and matching cloak made from glitter fabric, topped with little paper hands holding a heart shaped acrylic stone. Using sequin film again, i cut out some fairy wings opting for the ethereal 'Oriental' transparent film with a subtle AB finish. Then decorated them with sequins and used a paper punch to cut out a delicate wing pattern. For the face, i snipped the top off the cone and replaced it with a smaller flesh coloured card cone. Here i used small sequins cut in half for the eyes and tiny ones for cheeks and lips. I glued it all together using a glue gun and then topped her of with a main of damson and lilac feathers!
This fairy is ready to party; I love her skinny wire legs and sparkle shoes captured mid prance!
For the tree i decorated the cone with sequins gluing the centre in place and bending the tips to make them 3D. Then i glued on some glitter fabric circles, sequins and a bow. I finished the wire with a glitter fabric plant pot at the bottom and threaded a star shaped bead through the top.
Both decorations are super cheap to make and can be embellished with any sparkles you have in your craft box. Get creative and enjoy yourself!
Here are a few snaps of them on my tree...
Merry Christmas from Team JR!