Sunday, October 28, 2012

With France In Mind

 I've been making quite a few beads because I got into a juried art show that happens over Thanksgiving weekend. I attended this show last year, and I really liked it. It's very relaxed and focused on local artists.

I've spent a lot of time expanding the color combination in my Big Beads series. This one reminds me of the linens you get in Provance:

Here's the way it looks as a full necklace:

I can't describe how endlessly fascinating I find these beads. Playing around with colors is just so much fun. I once wrote that I love knitting because it's like holding pure color in my hands. It's the same with polymer clay.

I am learning a lot about color from working the clay. Who knew that you could make a great orange by adding a little bit of blue? I used to think that color theory was simple, that mixing colors was straightforward. Boy, was I ever wrong!

Making the jewelry is the fun part. A this point, I need to hold off on that and look at selling the stuff. In addition to the art show, I'm trying to get serious about my Etsy store. There is no point in making so much stuff if I don't start actually selling it!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Same Girl, New Home

Welcome to my new home!

I think this one's going to work. I've struggled for the last few years to maintain one blog for knitting and a second one for my polymer clay beads. Maybe I'm just lazy, but I can't do two. Besides, I've been experimenting with a number of other artistic pursuits and I didn't have a good place to share about them.

I do promise to keep knitting as a main attraction. I've found such a wonderful community of knitters, and I am looking forward to catching up with those friends.

So, where was I? My beloved Uncle Sheldon died; my father fell and managed to do some serious damage to both knees; and work has been unusually demanding. It didn't help that I came down with one of those killer colds shortly after school started. The fact that I wasn't happy about having two blogs slowed my blogging momentum, too.

My current project is featured in the photo. Can anyone guess what viral pattern it is? There's a stash-busting (for me) prize waiting to go into the mail!