Lithia Park here in Ashland is a busy place. Every morning there are walkers along the paths, people exercising on the grassy spaces, and children in the playground. Everyone is friendly and seems so happy to be out and about in the sunshine.
In contrast, the Starbucks is quite small and crowded with a few tables close together - not great - so yesterday, I took my coffee and journal to the park and wrote at a table alongside the creek. The area reminds me of a space about an hour from home where my family camped a lot during the summers. It's peaceful, calm, beautiful.
In the afternoon I had a fabric bead and button workshop. I picked up a shirt at the thrift store for $4.00 that had the most amazing buttons - totally worth more than $4.00. They're a heavy metal. The shirt they were attached to feels like raw silk but doesn't tear so it must be a blend of some kind. I cut it into equal strips and...
... spent the evening tying knots. These can be used either as buttons or beads. How wide and long the strip is and how thick the fabric is all contribute to the finished size of the knot.
Before you tuck the ends in, they look a lot like candy kisses. I ended up with twenty-nine in total as well as remnants that can be rolled into beads. I'm intending to do series work in the year ahead and there are many ways to work in series. One is to use the same starting point. I'm not sure how many pieces I can make from this one shirt but it'll be fun to explore.
There's a find line between crafty/tacky and some degree of sophistication. If I'm going to make jewelry, I want the primary ingredient to be fabric and I definitely do NOT want to make crafty/tacky pieces. Diane's necklace above has the kind of look I'm aiming for. It makes a (positive) statement and statement necklaces are my thing.
Isn't this a fun fabric? I have no idea what I'll do with it but I had to have a yard when I saw it at the local store - across from the movie theater. After the workshop, I went to see the documentary Iris about Iris Apfel. Right up until the previews started, I was the only person in the theater and then two other women came in and the three of us watched it together. So strange. It's not a film that just anyone would enjoy but an interesting biography of one woman's life and her passion for fashion, fabric, accessories, and individuality and an encouragement to be our own unique selves.
Today, the plan is to journal in the park and then go for a bike ride. There's a company that rents bikes and a series of easy riding trails. I loved riding a bike when I was younger but haven't been on one in over twenty years. I've been thinking about getting a bike again and this seems like a great way to give it a try.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - encouraged about the potential of fabric jewelry, looking forward to the next class on Friday