So I thought I'd ask for some opinions on the different designs to see if I'm heading towards a positive outcome or if I'm wasting my time.
|Dutch Spiral on knitting needle|
It all got started when I took a class on making Dutch Spiral beads. Then I showed the finished bead it to a friend who thought it would make a cool shawl pin by placing it on a knitting needle.
|Herbivore by Stephen West|
Then I read an article in a beading magazine on flat peyote stitch and had to try this......
In the magazine they had hooked several of these triangles
together and made a bracelet. So I thought why not try just making one and turn it into a shawl pin.
Then I thought if I can do a triangle could I do a square? This was out of my comfort zone since there were no directions but I thought... what do I have to lose? The square is a little wonky (not so stable) but hopefully someone will like that the corners point a little outward when worn. This is why I'm asking your opinions! Should I just stay with the triangle?
These designs turned out to be very light weight so they can be worn on any weight yarn. One goal accomplished.
Then I had another friend say she really liked the Dutch Spiral bead a lot but the knitting needle was to long for her to wear comfortably. Because of the weight of the finished bead, you really need the length of the needle to counter balance the shawl pin. So for the last couple of weeks I've been trying to figure something out for her.
Yesterday I decided was the day to sit down and try to tackle this issue. I've never worked with wire so this turned out to be quite an exercise in patience. Silly girl, why do I think I can just do this stuff with no help or training? Now I can really appreciate the talent a jewelry maker has when working with wire. After many failed attempts this is what I came up with.
Pretty basic, but it didn't take me long to realize I also might need to take a class in working with wire! Since this only took me about 3 hours to make...what's a little time when your creating, I thought I'd give another style a try.
This one didn't take me as long because I made so many mistakes on the first one
at least I learned what not to do.
away...... I decided it might need a little decoration on the wire.
So I tried this....
I didn't want to take away from the Dutch spiral so I just twisted some wire along with 3 silver beads.
Now I'm not sure it was even worth the effort. Should I go with bigger wire and beads... leave well enough alone...?.I'm driving myself crazy with all the possibilities.
That's why I decided to make this my Fiber Arts Friday post. Who better to ask than fellow artists?
So if you have the time to weigh in on these questions, I sure would like to hear your opinions.
Happy Fiber Arts Friday....hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day and I'd just like to thank all who have served our country!!!!!