Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Finding new ways to do things

Athena - in progress
A stiff neck over the last few days have meant that I have had to intersperse bead embroidery with other bead related activities and this has included sketching, making plasticine shapes and reading about new techniques. I’ve been making some beaded beads and have a foiled cabochon in mind to combine with them. I also bought some Italian leather, in several colours, as I want to try some larger neckpieces and they need to be flexible and comfortable. The old saying that ‘if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got’ is very true and some time out to reassess where my work is heading has been invaluable.

Hazel catkins
from my sketchbook
All of this means that Athena is taking longer than I anticipated. However she is looking good and the strap is shaping up beautifully. I refuse to hurry as I want to do my very best work. Another day or two is neither here nor there after a couple of weeks getting to this stage!
At least there are signs of Spring, birds singing, catkins blowing in breeze, daffodils in bud and a feeling of promise in the air of pleasures to come.

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