For most of my work life I crafted and sold from a front room shop in my house. The radio was either on WGBH, a public radio station, or WUMB, a 100% folky station out of U Mass, Boston. I worked, I listened, I sang. All in concurrent equal measure. Then I moved to my new place. No retail. No interruptions. Almost complete privacy. AND the computer was right there to keep me in touch with my new etsy store. It was just a click to YouTube, another click to discover the endless crime dramas and I was in heaven. Didn't I work better? Didn't it help to be reminded of how lucky I was? Didn't I develop the ability to deliver the Miranda Rights in a way that would impress the most seasoned of cops or perps? (police slang for perpetrator)? But today I crashed into the reality that watching anything is a way of evaporating momentum and focus. So now I begin a process akin to peeling of good quality duck tape from skin. Stay tuned for progress reports.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Friday, July 8, 2016
I am working on a lace knit pocket done in pale pink linen which I will post when it is finished.
Friday, January 29, 2016
The January 15th, 2008 blog by the Yarn Harlot changed my life. I am just being truthful. The blog shows her efforts to inlay the knitted one inch leaf into the toe of The Vintage Sock, an amazing design by the amazing Lisa Grossman. I read that blog post and was drawn in by both the design of the sock and the running description of the process which actually takes up several days of postings. At that time I was a studio jeweler making the usual rings, earrings, bracelets etc. in unusual ways. I had just started doing shawl pins. The Yarn Harlot is describing the laborious, glorious process of lining up the stitches of both the toe hole and the leaf. She is sounding pretty proud until the knitting gets dropped and the slippery, straight needle falls leaving those perfect stitches to their undoing ways. Like a stone skipping on a placid pond my brain goes; slick straight needle, options, won't fall out, curvy necklace! And the cable needle necklace is born. Truthfully the first one looked like a Klingon war weapon. Since then the concept and the design have morphed beyond any projection I could have made. It also set in motion my meeting Lisa a few years later at the MA Sheep and Wool Show which was the start of a too short friendship. All this from reading that blog. Thanks Stephanie! I owe you big time.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Here are sources for materials:
Wire: Allcraft 800-6457124 www.allcraftusa.com
Allcraft stocks all kinds of wire. For my classes I use mostly bronze, which they call Nugold, copper and some nickel. I caution people not to wear nickel next to the skin as the potential for an allergy reaction. Repeated exposure can trigger a reaction. I mostly use 16 gauge, 14 gauge and 12 gauge
Wooden Discs: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShauneilSupplies
These are not shown in the above picture. The shop carries nicely finished blank wooden discs which may be drilled and decorated in unlimited directions.
Metal Shapes of All Kinds: http://www.metaliferous.com/index.php
Also not represented but a true inspirational site . There is no way to describe all the metal shapes that are just waiting to be buttons or whatever you envision. You will definitely have fun here!
Solid small felt wheels riogrande.com
In my experimenting I looked at the small hard felted buffs used with motorized hand held tool like a Foredom in a new way. These small dense discs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They have a single hold in the center that allows for attaching to a project with a bead and cotton embroidery thread. I have not gone too far down this road so I recommend taking them off to wash the garment. What is neat about them is the ability to use a sharpie for decoration.
A caveat here: Give your credit card to a trusted friend when you first get the catalog. Give yourself a few days to think. After more than forty years of making things I still find this catalog overwhelming.
I will continue to update sources as I go further down this road.
For inspiration that makes you feel like you could do interesting and usable things there is no one like Alexander Calder. If I had this past weekend to live over I would have sent a list of websites for inspiration and motivation. This one would have led the list. I followed up with a search on Pinterest using the search words: Alexander, Calder, and Jewelry. I am headed back there the minute I post this update.
Second on the list is someone completely different, Mary Lee Hu.
Where I find Calder's work motivating for it's simplicity I find Mary Lee Hu's work motivating and humbling for it's skillful use of wire.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Sunday, March 22, 2015
I am Orchid challenged. I have three that were blooming brilliantly, the state in which they were received, then never more. All my reading and asking brought me to realize that they needed air for the roots and maybe food. I happily invested $ 4.99 for the food. Then took up my crochet hook and natural jute twine and made this pouch which now hangs in the window over the sink where it can drain.