Thursday, 21 February 2013

My Suffragette Moment...

Suffragette earrings
I do love a good period drama and lately have been enjoying the 'Mr Selfridge' series.  I particularly liked the storyline about Suffragettes (my husband swears I would have been one) and I guess it kind of captured my imagination.  

They used to have their own flag/banner colours of Purple, White & Green and quite often would wear subtle little pieces of jewellery made in Suffrage colours which inspired me to make my own 'Suffragette tribute' earrings and I've written up a little tutorial for you.
Suffragette Tribute Earrings

Tools & Materials
8mm Glass Pearls (2 x purple, 2 x white, 2 x green), 6 x Eye Pins, 5mm Jump Rings, Earring Findings plus Round Nose, Chain Nose, Flat Nose & Cutter Pliers.
(all findings are gold plated)

Follow these steps...

Thread each glass pearl bead onto an eye pin
Make a small loop on the top of each pin with round nose pliers 
Next, begin to coil up the pin with flat nose pliers

Coil it up right to the bottom of the bead
Do this on all the eye pins and separate out in to two groups (1 of each colour)
Connect the following numbers of jump rings together and connect to the bottom of an earring finding (as shown) 1 x 10, 1 x 7, 1 x 5
All you need to do now is add the wired beads to the jump ring 'chains' with purple on the longest (10 links) , then white (7 links), then green (5 links).

Earrings fit for a Suffragette?
Whilst watching TV I normally sit doing something... quite often some sort of simple crochet and, at the moment,  I am making up a load of cushion covers.  They are mainly going to be granny squares in all sorts of colours so, of course, while I'm having a 'Suffragette Moment' I couldn't resist making one up in their colours too....
I am sure not too many people will realise why or what that particular cushion is for but I shall know and it will make me smile :-)
Happy Making!


  1. I love these earrings! Wish I'd seen these to make before the Suffrage March from Lands' End. Did you get to see the play Oxygen too? It was brilliant! :)

    1. I am glad you like these (and apologies again for somehow managing to delete your other comment!) I didnt get to see the play but I got a glimpse of what it may have been like from the small skits & songs on the day - I bet it was fab!