On Saturday, our first workshop was by Charlotte Lyons. We made this extremely useful and groovy chatelaine. With as much embroidering as I do, I think I’ll have this thing on all of the time.
We made the little strawberry pin cushion from tie-dyed velvet and added little beads for seeds. Seed beads…how can I be SO funny? My little charm reads: There is a fountain. That is one of my favorite hymns and Heather gave me that hymn sheet during our soldering class, so I used it in this class, too.
Here we are!
Oops! It looks like Joan’s chatelaine is in motion. But, then, again, Joan is usually in motion. She even taught Emily, who we enjoyed visiting with at our table, how to crochet a chain to add to her chatelaine. Go, Joan! Go, Emily!
The first two workshops that Joan and I attended were held by Kaari Meng. I learned a LOT about closing jump rings and, especially, about turning a loop. Improving these two skills impacts my enjoyment of jewelry making in a sky’s-the-limit way. First, we made a bracelet.
I LOVE this bracelet! See that grape cluster? Yep, I made it. I turned every one of those little loops!
Then, I made this necklace:
Do you see that one big bead? And those two little beads? And those two tiny beads sandwiching that pinkish bead? I made each of those units. Yesiree. By the time I was done turning loops for 2-1/2 hours to make that necklace, I considered myself an expert!
And I LOVE the end result. Plus, we had such a great time meeting people at our table and chatting the morning away as we beaded and looped. What fun!
My fourth swap was “charming” (oh, I’m SO funny). I made this bracelet for the very sweet Nora:
In her survey, she shared a special memory, so I created my “presentation box” based on that:
I think she liked it! (I hope so!)
And I got this perfect-for-me bracelet from the thoughtful Sheila, who really took my survey to heart (oh, how can I be so funny?)!
And look how well it goes with this other bracelet! And who made that bracelet? Well, you’ll have to find out tomorrow….
Yesterday was my mom’s birthday, a special gift-giving occasion. So, oh, was I excited when I saw my Silver Bella pal, Lynn’s, inspirational blog post a couple of weeks ago. The wheels started turning and they turned out this:
Based on Lynn’s awesome idea, I first made a collage featuring my Grama Coffman’s photo. Then, with Clara’s awesome help, I scannned the collage and printed it out on ink-jet Shrinky Dinks paper (oh, how I adore Shrinky Dinks paper!), then baked it to get a little medallion.
Isn’t that little medallion so fun?
I had such fun making the collage. When I think of my grama, I think of cabbage roses. So, I got one of her old throw pillows, scanned it, cut out a couple of flowers from it and included them in the collage.
One of my favorite parts of the collage is the embroidered part. I copied my grama’s penmanship when she signed a letter to my mom and then embroidered it.
With my primitive jewelry-making skills, I attached the pendant to a chain, added a little rose charm near the pendant and then started lengthening the chain with beads. I was so excited about incorporating some beads from Bead For Life that mom and I had purchased when I was visiting them last summer.
I was totally tickled with the final result. And I think Mom was, too.
And just to complete the ensemble, crafting Charlotte make Grammy a coordinating bracelet:
Happy Birthday, Mom!