Battle of the Beadsmith, that is.
I've been working on my piece for the Battle of the Beadsmith this last week, while I was on vacation from work.
I've been swinging back and forth on my opinion of this new
design that I'm creating for the Battle of the Beadsmith. At first, I
was absolutely giddy with delight when my experiments worked out. (And
I'd love to show you some of those experiments, but alas, I have to keep
this whole thing a secret until after July 10!) Then I sat down and
started to create the actual piece, and as I worked, a whole slew of
little self-doubts kept creeping to the surface.
No, this is never going to work, I thought. Oh, hush, it's a
brilliant idea! No, really, this is STUPID. How are you going to finish
this? It'll never work. Your spacing is all wrong! Yeah, but I've never
seen anything like this before - what if it's the first of its kind?
And so on, and so forth...
Now, here's the thing. This "battle" is supposed to be bloodless,
right? But after spending all of last week working on my new piece for
this competition, I am now wearing bandages on three out of five fingers
on my right hand. To construct this piece, I've been calling upon my
mediocre shaped peyote stitch skills, and trying to keep my beading
thread tension consistent has resulted in several cuts across my fingers
where the thread repeatedly rubs against my skin. Ouch, ouch, ouch.
I'm dying to share the inspiration behind this piece, the
techniques that I'm using, and my initial experiments that led me to
create it. But alas, I'll have to save all those for future blogs after
I've turned in my submission and the Battle begins!
Meanwhile, today is a grey, wet, cold Monday morning. I had last
week off from work, and I kept telling myself that I'd get things done
during that week, but no. The week just flew past, and here we are
again, Monday morning, back at work, with a ginormous to-do list. Could
be worse, I know, but my fingers are itching to get back to the beads
If you're so inclined, head on over to the Battle of the Beadsmith group on Facebook and join so you can watch the fun!