Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fabric Bead Jewelry by Gilgulim

By on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8 Comments

Israeli artisan, Hagar Arnon Elbaz of Gilgulim on Etsy creates soft OOAK (one of a kind) fabric jewelry. What she does is to "roll beads to create alternative jewels out of metamorphosized materials". She uses recycled as well as new fabrics. Early in her jewelry making, she also used a lot of secondhand neckties.

She doesn't quite know why she is so fond of textiles.  Among the possible reasons she came up with were her childhood visits to her grandmother's house where the cupboards were filled with lace, buttons, nightgowns, wedding linen brought all the way from Germany in the late 1930's.  She also mentioned she was a premature baby born during a harsh winter whose parents placed her in a shoebox lined with cotton wool. Whatever the many reasons, Hagar grew up to be a textile designer.

Once her older children left home, Hagar decided to to devote her extra time into developing her own unique brand of fabric bead jewelry. It took a couple of years before she could leave her day job and create fulltime.
Hagar says she collects or buys  fabric from all over the world.  She does not use any glue.  After the fabrics are washed, ironed and cut into strips, she rolls them up into beads and hand stitches as invisibly as possible. The results are colorful, comfortable and modern.

Hat tip to Heather O'Cain of BluKat Design for the find.

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  1. Wow, this post is like magic beans to the brain! I can almost feel creative ideas sprouting form my head!

    What fantastic pieces! I particularly love the top necklace. (Off to etsy to add to my Christmas list!)

  2. I agree she is truly amazing with fabric!

  3. Wow! It is such a delightful list! Thank you so much for your featuring my jewelry as well as my story! I am happy!

    If any of you wish to know more about me, my story and my jewelry you may find me here:



  4. Oh I agree with Laura, the pieces in her etsy shop are very beautiful and so inspiring. Great Find!!

  5. She's very imaginative. My favorites are her earrings - so pretty. Especially love the pair of gorgeous fuchsia flowers. The other other pair remind me of sea shells - sort of. :) Also am inspired by her use of the ribbon or strap crimp that she uses in those dotted fabic earrings - again very imaginative.

  6. I think the blue earrings are my favourite.

    What is so great about Hagar's designs is that you could wear them with any outfit!

    Her fantastic knots on the first necklace hit me right away too!

    Another great Artist!

  7. These are some of the most inspiring fabric jewelry examples I ever came across!