Our entire family was here for the Easter weekend which was wonderful. With living in different cities and varied work schedules, it can be hard to find a weekend that works for all of us but I definitely want at least one a year. Christmas is difficult with winter travel but Easter may be entirely possible. It's something to discuss.
We had an Easter egg hunt with the boys - meaning my adult boys and my grandsons. The piles of three were for the adults and were not as easy to find and the piles of two were for the small boys and were much easier to find. It was a very chocolate weekend.
I sewed two pairs of black and white pajama pants and hate both of them. They're woven and it seems I much prefer knit pajama pants so I'll take these apart and use the fabric for bags and sew new ones from a knit. - - - - The rolls are 2 1/2" strips of a cotton/polyester blend that is either purple or dark blue on one side and grey on the other. I prepped the strips for the two bedside rugs that my friend Rosmarie is weaving for my bedroom. She'll also include a colourful yarn in the weft. I used the rotary cutter to cut the strips and yes, polyester dulls the blade very quickly. I was asked but I don't remember cutting polyester before so I wasn't sure.
Everyone left before the couch and the - unbelievably heavy - and still unfinished - thrift store table were taken back down to the studio so I slid the couch into the kitchen where I could sit and watch the pond and the morning sun and the table into the corner of the living room to use as a wire weaving station. My order of wire and tools came on Wednesday so I'm redoing the workshop and practicing the samples again with the correct supplies. I'm really enjoying learning this new art form and...
... earlier this week, I went to a friend's to learn about creating polymer clay shapes free-form. I'm hoping to combine polymer and wire wrapping in some way. My friend doesn't bother with different colours of clay or with rolling and sanding the pieces she makes. She simply forms them by hand, bakes them, and then paints them with acrylic paint.
It's interesting to look at the pieces in my photo as opposed to looking at them in-person. In the photo, I can see fluff and rougher details than I'd want in a finished piece so I imagine if I think polymer will work with the wire, I'll be sanding off some of those edges although the thing that attracted me to try again with polymer was the less labour intensive approach so I'll need to find a happy medium. I can also see now how these free-form shapes could have a textile piece adhered to them whereas before I was overthinking the idea.
The quote at the start of this post was from yesterday's journal time. It reminded me not to cling too tightly to how I think a thing should be done and to instead let it evolve. When I first started wanting to make textile jewelry, I wanted it to be all fabric and now I see that if I'll shift my desire from textile jewelry to making jewelry - and in particular statement necklaces - and pull into that journey whatever it is that I know and can learn and that works, it'll be far more enjoyable. I'm making progress and - having learned to like the mystery of the unknown - it's not such an uncomfortable place.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - family & fun