After the long, difficult winter, spring is really ready to go. We've had a gradual warming, threats of showers, and most of the bushes and trees show evidence of tiny buds! It's a fabulous thing!! And the approaching spring is inspiring my beading in many ways. I only wish I had the time to do all I want to do!
I've been making berries and leaves for more Stephanie Eddy-style projects. I really liked the magnetic pins I made around Christmas time and am working on designs for spring "pins" that feature appropriate colors of berries and leaves.
Additionally, as I think I previously mentioned I'm working a lot with pearls. I don't know why they say spring to me, but they do. The pale shades are lovely and I'm having great fun with those!
Over the weekend past I designed a wedding-style choker of clear crystals and a beige-y colored bead that looks like the shape of a pasta. If you aren't familiar with these beads, they are somewhat farfalle shaped, although personally they remind me more of a peanut in the shell with a hole drilled through the middle. They fit together in interesting ways and provide great texture. In this particular choker similar colored pearls are set periodically between the other beads and the shape of the necklace lies in a V that reaches just below the clavicle. I'm trying to find the perfect clasp for it.
Very soon some of my jewelry will be available on consignment at Heart in Hands Quilt Store in Weymouth, MA. :=)))
Hopefully new pics of this choker and a couple of other newly completed pieces will be up.
In the meantime, plans are underway for the first-ever BeadBoston...a weekend-long beading event designed for both the casual and not-so-casual beader to get to his/her hearts content for an entire weekend, share their beading obsession with like-minded others, and learn a new technique or two! More info to come over the summer!