Thursday, 21 March 2013

Evening sky kumihimo necklace

As usual at the end of a bead embroidery project, my beading desk needs a tidy. I've set aside today to put things away, refocus, reflect and plan and sketch a new piece. I also need to do a bit of husband spoiling as I have been spending alot of time with my beads lately wearing my 'concentration face'. We'll go for a stroll and I'll make a proper roast with all the trimmings.

For the new kumihimo necklace something in the colours of the evening sky is coming into view in my imagination. Soft muted colours mainly, with perhaps a hint of warmer orange.

Time for a bit of 'shopping from the stash' as it is known in the crafting world. This consists of taking a little basket and filling it with lovely beads and threads from my collection that will go into the new piece. The beading desk certainly won't be tidy for long and I'll put my concentration face on again - but that's just the way I like it!

Very fine wire - used to bind a fishing fly.

This new piece will involve trying out a new technique, as I'm going to include some fine wire to add some extra texture to the necklace and help it to retain a circlet shape. When I say thin I mean really thin, as this is the kind of wire used by fly fishermen to make little fishing flies.

I finished my latest bead embroidered neckpiece yesterday afternoon and I'm really happy with it. It sits on the neck well, as the strap has a nice curve to it. The strap was inspired by some ladder-like patterns I saw when looking at some Aztec textile designs and I'm glad I was bold with the colour scheme.

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