The Lives Beads Live
I got an e-mail from a colleague at work not long ago:
Quick story about your jewelry….. Recently I was traveling through O’Hare airport and was asked to “step aside” after going through security. I couldn’t imagine what in the world I had on me or with me that was prompting a more intrusive search. It turned out that one of the agents noticed my necklace (one I bought from you at the Handmade for the Holidays event). She wanted to take a minute to take a closer look at it and commented that it was the most beautiful thing she’d ever seen!
Another friend called me in the middle of the music fest she was attending in North Carolina to tell me that people kept asking her about the necklace she was wearing. Some of these were evidently beaders because she wanted to know what stitches were used to make it as they kept asking her.
Of course the other side of that is when someone quizzes you about one of your pieces that they have seen and speak as though you have a slide projector in your head and can summon up the exact item. Especially when they don't speak Beadish. It made me realize anew how technical beading was, and gave me renewed sympathy for those queries I see online about how to read bead patterns and instructions.
The piece that went to the North Carolina musicfest was Carol Wilcox Well's “Ruffled Lace” necklace, which you can find here. The long lacy rope goes through the loop, about the fanciest lariat necklace I’ve ever seen. Here is my version:
I made two of these, the first time according to the directions. I did my loop differently the second time around which you see here, adding some triangular leaves and a different bezeling technique for the chatons. I broke too many needles making the original design! Let’s not discount frustration as a prime motivator for creative beading.