A few weekends ago I attended the Heart of Texas bead retreat. While the retreat has been going for a few years, this was my first time to go. I really wanted to take a class with Amy Katz, and it was awesome. In her class we worked on the Treasure Bracelet, pictured above. It was a lot of fun to make the different elements, and I can see how easy it would be to take the components and build a larger piece. The pearl components work up super fast, and I think a bracelet full of those would be gorgeous. HINT HINT if you are looking for something quick for holiday gifts.
A girl has to have her bling!
In our Dallas Bead Society meeting this month we worked on a Bling Ring pattern (pictures below). I loved this so much I decided to make a bracelet. Several members of our group made bangles and I knew I had to have one. I love it and I plan to make a few more in other colors.
I had so much fun making the first version of "Mind the Gap" I knew I would revisit it. What I did not expect was to revisit it so soon!
I had the fortunate to be introduced to the Safronie yarn line. I specifically feel in love with her fingering weight yarn called "Lovely." And yes, Lovely is the perfect name for it. A great bled of ultrafine superwash merino and mulberry silk, it is a dream to work with. Of course I bought a skein - or two.
Imaging my surprise when, about a week later, I ran into her again at a local yarn shop. She was there hosting a trunk show. We struck up a conversation and, before I knew it, she had shoved two lovely skeins of yarn into my arms and said, "design something amazing with it." The two skeins are called "All Magic Comes at a Price" and "Time Lord." Of course being a huge fan of the shows that inspired their names, I was hooked.
I knew I wanted to create something that would show off the drape of the yarn, yet still pick up on the modern feel of the colors. I also wanted to play with the contrast of light and dark. As I was working on the original version of Mind the Gap, I knew this would be a possibility. I'm thrilled that it turned out as I had envisioned.
Also, if you happen to be a fan of the Fibonacci Sequence, then you will enjoy this pattern as it was the driver behind the row repeats.
Here are some more pics for your viewing enjoyment.
The pattern is available in all the usual spots - this site, Etsy, Ravelry, and Craftsy.
Honestly though, I think I mentioned that I really enjoyed the silver clay class I took in January. Well, guess what, that stuff is a bit expensive. The good news is I already have most of the tools needed from my metalsmithing days. What I lack is confidence to work with such an expensive material. To help with that, I decided to start playing around with polymer clay.
I may be addicted.
There's something wonderful about squishing the clay, pounding on it, rolling it up, squeezing it - it is very relaxing. What's even more fun is my 10YO has gotten into it as well, and he's making some really cool stuff. I'ts become our "Friday thing." that we do every week.
No surprise, I've been focused on making jewelry components. I have completed many projects yet, so this shawl pin is one of the first. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and cannot wait to wear it.
I'll share more of our creations as they get ready for prime time. In the meantime we are having fun seeing what we can come up with.