A steampunk event in Leeds called for a new outfit (yes I know, any excuse for new items…..) It was my first venture into the world of Steampunk so I wasn’t quite sure how I should dress. I went for a grey ruffled shirt with a black bustle pencil skirt and black boots (all from my usual wardrobe). I decided the cheapest way to make this more Steampunky was to add a few accessories (crocheted of course) to make my look a little bit more antique. The first accessory was my flower headband (pattern here). Followed by a crochet gothic necklace (one I had made and photographed previously)
Gothic crochet necklace
I finished the outfit off by making a new corsage from black lace, a sparkly button and a grey flower I had crocheted. I think it turned out rather well and its really simple to do (instructions below). I’ve discovered the beauty of combining different textures in my art. Crochet and lace just go so well together like chocolate and caramel….
Whilst at the event I discovered a wonderful Steampunk short-story book – Tales from the Asylum and got a signed copy. It’s produced by an independent UK publisher (I think) that describes itself as “by Steampunks, for Steampunks”. This really appealed to my love of dark gothic horror with the bonus of supporting local writers. The short tales that dip into different themes and visions seemed a fun intro to Steampunk novels as I could read snipets from different authors viewpoints without committing to reading a lengthily novel. It is set within the dark decaying walls of an old fashioned asylum. Each of the story’s tells a tale of one of the special inmates and they are linked together by the wardens footsteps and laminations as he journeys from cell to cell through the asylum. This all makes great bedtime reading. Available from the publisher or in the UK via Amazon link.
What you need:
Cut the lace and fabric so that it is a little larger in size than your crochet flower and scrunch/fold to form a flower shape then add a few stitches to hold the shape.
Place the crochet flower over the lace.
Sew on the button to hold all the layers together.
Push the safety pin through the back to turn this into a brooch.
Corsage – I think it looked quite Steampunk from what I know of the style!