It rarely happens…that I sit down and work on something for myself. I usually design and create and never see a piece again…that is why I photo everything. At this point I have made so many things I would not remember if it weren’t for the two full albums I keep on the shelf in my studio. I love every piece I make. I like to make everything different. Just to see how it looks with a different bead or size thread or new style of stitching.
But my sister-in-law is having a birthday and a big bash to boot. I never go out or anywhere and I do like to be fancy so much. So I have this fantastic dress that flatters all of my figure (and lately there is more of that) and a pair of black swede boots and black sweater with applique knitted flowers…..I needed a really striking piece of jewelry. If I am going to be closer to 40 than 30 and going out on the town with mostly 20 somethings…I need to be ready.
Hence, I created this piece that has not yet been named. It is three rows of tatting. Each has been beaded differently with hematite beads. First, 2mm seed beads, then fringe beads and last tiny Hematite seeds between the rings. All layers have graduated rings in an asymmetrical and alternating way. Silver lined glass beads and more hematite are threaded through the first two layers. Black lip shell discs and hematite tubes with corrugated silver balls dangle from the third. Huge Sterling rings tie the three layers together and Sterling chain wraps it around my neck. Truly a labor of love. This idea has been in my mind for a long time. I am so pleased that it has developed into more than I could have hoped for. It is so nice to make my own self something special and have it feel perfect for me.
Creating and designing does not deplete me. On the contrary, it fills me and makes me feel whole. The fact that my work has made it all around the world just makes me smile. I will be very proud to wear my own design tomorrow when I go out.