|My pretty, let me show you it
||[Mar. 12th, 2010|09:32 am]
Here is a picture of the first piece of jewelry I have ever made:|
It is from a class that I took last weekend (oh, earthenwood, Maria Rypan said for me to tell you, "hi!") and one in which I immediately was a troublemaker (how surprising is that?) because the instructor had kitted out the beads and we had a choice of which kit to choose. When she got to me, I held up two kits. "I want to use the small beads from this one, and the big beads from this one. Is that okay?" To her extreme credit, she said yes and let me raid the kits for the look I wanted.
The class was in a terrific local bead shop, and a lot of the women there knew each other, so it was cozy and chatty. But the pattern for the neck band was just tricky enough that if you were chatting, keeping count was a real challenge. So since I was new and was mostly listening instead of talking, I quickly pulled ahead of the crowd. Which the shop owner noticed. She complimented me on my design choice of the colors, to which I said that it came from quilting, since I'd never beaded anything before. Then they ALL wanted to talk to me - seriously, this was the first piece of jewelry I'd made? I explained that I'd used beads on quilts, but had not made jewelry.
Of course, this put me off my count and I had to pull out several rows.
But eventually I finished the neck band and got started on the swags. I was quite smug to be one of only two people who got to the swags before the end of the class time, and sad that I had an appointment and couldn't stay for their First Friday evening. I got home from my appointment and raced through the rest of the swags.
Now I have to revise my first sentence in this post, because, really? This is the second piece of jewelry I've completed. I finished it last Friday evening, held it up, and noticed it was a little lopsided. I'd messed up the swags from the second row down. Oh, well, I told myself. No one will ever notice. I put it in a drawer.
But you know how that little voice in your head tells you the truth? The truth was, I was never going to wear that slightly lopsided necklace. And that was a waste of my time and the beads. So last night I took it apart up to the first row of swags and restrung it the right way. NOW it is something I can be proud of.
And wear, as soon as I put a clasp on - the one that came with the kit is icky.