|Week 5 Earring Beadalong|
Based on a Sherri Haab Design
Little did I realise just how quickly I would become involved with the Group. Through it I have met some great Friends, Hobbyists and Jewellery Designers. Its a very informative, welcoming and friendly Group.
January I committed myself to one of the beadalong challenges, which was to make 52 pairs of earrings over the coming year - supposedly one per week.
Last weekend I was fortunate to be given tickets by Doris to Gem and Bead Show at Chepstow and met up with new friends from OTTBS - a first! I'd been to bead shows previously, but to be able to go with people who shared the same passion for making jewellery was in itself bound to be an enjoyable day. Doris was promoting her beautiful jewellery and I was able to meet this lovely benefactor of tickets in person ... thank you Doris, it was a great day.
Many Thanks x
I am still not sure what pathway my jewellery making will take, and, for the minute I'm quite happy to take it at a steady pace.
|'Goodies I Bought|
Calling out to be something?
I do tend to be drawn to small beadwork and begrudgingly accept that to produce the type of pieces that appeal to me I need to concentrate on learning new techniques. These are a few of the many artists, who have inspired me.
Rachel Nelson Smith
What I have come to understand is that all of their work has a 'starting' point and that is to learn the basics; only then can you create master pieces. Unfortunately, that means potentially, producing simplistic items of jewellery because it is this that will underpin the learning and lead to your own designs.
Interestingly, OTTBS wealth of designers, puts all this into perspective and styles morph into the most outstanding results. I said, 'begrudgingly' early as my weakness is that I want to run before I can walk and make these beautiful sculptured works of art without the toil of learning involved.
I mean 'really' learning the basic stitches; the stitches that form the foundation of such work. Peyote - Double, Even and Tubular, Brickstitch, Netting, Ladder Stitch, Square Stitch, Russian Stitches like St Petersburg Chain ++, Macrame techniques, Tubular Crochet - and probably a few I've missed.
No matter what specialist jewellery is made it is very often the above finishes that form the necklace to showcase the silver pendant or lamp worked bead. So you can see that its not a case of being a 'jack of all trades' master of none because it is only if your able to vary your work that you can finish it professionally.
January Pursuits were ....
This month I have also learnt: Even and Odd Count Peyote and Sennit Knotting (macrame).
Already I am ahead of the Earring Beadalong, (due this Sat) and I will be entering this months OTBS Challenge. I have something in mind already ... you'll have to be patient!
I'm currently working on an odd-count peyote cuff ... work in progress.
I also want to learn tubular peyote this month! There is a beautiful necklace in one of Rachel Nelson-Smith's book which is a sort of goal to head towards ...
A beady welcome to:
Jane Lock who creates beautiful jewellery and admits to be a fellow beadaholique! Her blog makes for interesting reading, if you'd like to take a look.
Well, not one for long posts, that your lot for now ... look forward to our next post.
'Keep Watching, and I'll Keep Blogging'