Friday, June 08, 2012

A Happy Accident

Finally! Some beadwork of my own that I can show you!

Despite my lack of posts about beading, I have been doing quite a lot of beadwork in the last couple of weeks, but I can't post pictures of most of it. But finally, this morning, a happy accident that I can share with you!

This morning, we were all awake early. Colden came into our room around 4:30 with his favorite flowery pillow, plunked it down between us, and declared, "I want to snuggle in bed with you!", which was followed shortly by, "Mommy, I'm thirsty!"

We finally all got up around 6, and Colden asked for his waffle with blueberry jam, butter, and syrup. (Hungry boy!) While he ate, I sat down and cut apart two strands of the two-holed pearls that I got from Whimbeads back in February at the Tucson shows.

I have been turning over this idea for a pearl collar in my head for weeks now. I wanted to mix them with some of those cool Twin beads to make a collar reminiscent of traditional wedding jewelry from Inida. But it turns out that trying to engineer a pearl collar from two types of two-holed beads at 6:30 a.m. was slightly more difficult than I thought. When I started in on the second layer of netting, the collar started to make a sharp turn.

At first, I tore it all apart because it wasn't what I had envisioned for the collar. But then while I was in the shower, I thought, hey, why not? That's a fun component. I'll bet I could link up a bunch of these for a spectacular collar or even a chunky bracelet!

So now I'm at the point where I'm trying to figure out exactly how I did it, and how to do it again, but easier. When I *do* figure it out, I'll be putting a bunch of them together and writing up instructions for sale in my Etsy shop.

I'm on the hunt right now for a good iPad app for adding professional-looking thread paths to my beading patterns. I've already got the iPad and the stylus, and I have the photo editing software. I just need to find a way to connect my iPad to Adobe so I can make it all happen!

One thing on my shopping list for today is more Fireline. I'm going through it at an alarming rate, and if I'm going to be doing some serious beading down at York Beads next weekend, I'm going to have to grab a couple spools today.

One more deadline today, and then I should have a couple more pieces of beadwork that I can actually share with folks on the blog and on Facebook!


Kristen said...

And I will be totally waiting for that pattern!!! I love Happy accidents!

Therese's Treasures said...

Neat looking component looking forward to seeing what you come up with.