|Bracelet started in yesterdays class|
Since it's a freeform class, everyone gets to decide what type of project they want to make; they all chose to start on bracelets. With six hours of class time, I warned that they'd likely be able to complete a smaller project like a pair of earrings or pendant, but would only get a good start on a larger project like a bracelet. My dream is to one day teach this as a two-day workshop. The first day we'd cover the basic technique and structure, the second would give us time to look at all the various nuances of finishing a piece. The design work that you don't really get to until you're well into the project.
|Lamp worked bead by StudioJuls|
Besides the bracelet I started in class, I have a pendant/brooch that's somewhere in the mid-stage of construction. It's designed to show adding a focal bead, building alternate bead paths with bridges, and softening the blunt ends of the peyote stitch. The focal bead is by Julianna Cannon of StudioJuls. I stung it with size 8 beads to either side, solving one of the potential problems of incorporating lampworked beads into seed beading. Their larger center holes tend to swallow the smaller size 11s whole. The colors for this piece are drawn entirely from the focal. While in the final design the blue/green/lavender will dominate, I'm drawing some darker lines first with the dark chocolaty, matte beads for contrast, though for some reason they look much lighter in the photograph. Hmm...
Today and tomorrow, I'm focusing on earrings - two more days of my earring challenge and I'm so far behind it's just sad. Can I complete 31 designs in 31 days? It's not looking good, but we'll give it a shot. Then, come February, I think it will be time for focus on several UFOs, including these three.
I love your work!!! And I think a workshop class would be fabulous. That's the sort of thing I want to do eventually, too.
Would you ever consider teaching at the Bead and Button Show? Because if you did, I'd totally take your class. I'd be the first to sign up. :)
I don't know if you will meet your challenge, but it is a good one.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed this post. One of these days I am going to have to try freeform peyote. I really like the way it turns out. On the other hand I really like having a plan. Your posts are tempting me.
I'm rooting for you on the earring project! Love your colorways on today's post projects. The teals and reds are captivating, but I'm really in love with the red/coral and brown/bronze bracelet.ReplyDelete
Oh Karen, I love that bracelet! The ruffles are just captivating, so I'm going to vote for one more next to the squares. I really like what you're doing with the Julsbead, what a great idea. I've had the same problem with chocolate browns showing up lighter. So thrilled for the ladies to get one on one time with you in the class!ReplyDelete
Thank you Sarah! You've just given me one of the greatest compliments I could ever wish for! I would love to teach at the Bead and Button show - wouldn't that be grand!ReplyDelete
KJ - definitely go for it! Freeform is so much fun, and you can have a plan going in - color combinations, ideas for color movement, ideas for texture. But then you let the work have the last word as you stitch.
Thank you all! And more ruffles will be coming up, just as soon as I see how many earrings I can come up with today.
I love Love LOVE the Red Ruffles Bracelet! If I saw that in a store I would have to touch it and try it on! I cannot wait to finish reading the book and trying my had at freeform. This post has really inspired me. Gorgeous!
Did you do the 31 earrings?! I am eager to try one month and see if I can make it happen.