A lot of our family and friends have been asking when we're leaving and when I say Saturday, they're shocked. They think it's in July and that's true... sort of. Mid July is when we get back. By this time next week, we'll be in Amsterdam and boarding the boat.
Thanks for the response about the necklace. I promised some more information in my replies to the comments. It was so strange that no one had commented at first but I'm glad to hear that it was a half decent first piece and that yes, I can wear it... especially since I already did. The initial pendant was quite shiny. I left the crinkled middle section alone and rubbed black paint on the outer sections. Once that dried, I covered it with clear nail polish. Toning the shine down helped integrate the pendant with the rest of the piece as did the added beads.
The finished neck cord was too big to fit through the loops at the back of the pendant so I threaded a softer cord through the holes and tied a knot at the back so the pendant would stay centered. This cording was a turned bias strip of silk dupioni over a soft-core center. Because of that, I could scrunch the fabric down to create more texture.
The third cord was ribbon wrapped around an inner core. I have no idea what the technical name for that inner core is or for the soft-core center used on the bias. They are drapery and decor supplies.
The hardest part was tying the second and third cords around the primary center one. It took quite a long time to get the two sides looking somewhat similar but not identical.
The pendant initially didn't fit in and looked like a silver chunk at the center so I started experimenting with different ways to add more detail to the rest of the necklace. I started with some silver paint on the main cord and a few beads and then...
...tied some thread tags for additional texture. It still didn't look integrated so that's when I toned down the pendant and toned up the...
... cording with more paint and shiny beads. I'm quite pleased with how the necklace turned out only when I wore it on Friday, the chain came off one end of the clasp. That smacks of cheap quality. I won't be buying those finished cords again and for my next piece...
... which will start with these seven knot buttons... I'll try making the clasp myself so it'll hold together better. I'm not sure I'll get any work done on this before I leave but the ideas are ripening.
This is the fabric sample I painted on Friday morning. I think it has a graffiti feel to it that seems to show up quite frequently in my work especially when I start playing with black. I like how the black highlights shapes but I want to be sure it doesn't dominate all my work.
This morning, I have a chiropractor appointment for some post-accident adjusting and then we're driving to Salmon Arm to look at a condo and a house. After that, we're test packing our suitcases and making a list of what we need to get - things like cold medicine and such. If you have don't forget to pack this suggestions, I'd love to hear them. Thanks.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - RTW stores for things you forget or don't have time to sew