... this one of the bead I used for the tabs on each side of the zipper. The last time she was visiting, my friend Rosmarie brought some beads that a friend of hers was sending to a new home and she hoped I could use them. How fun to use two right away. They were in a partially constructed necklace that I took apart.
Refashioning my own creations - never mind someone else's - has become a regular part of my routine. Twenty years ago, this would never have occurred to me and if it had, I'd have viewed it more as a failure than as a mysterious journey of creativity. Now I casually deconstruct things because I know the next project is most likely going to be even more interesting.
The cardigan I talked about in the last posting was back in balls shortly after and I'm almost done re-knitting it into a different style, minus the dolmen sleeves, thus with less fabric under the arm, and therefore far more flattering. Every once in a while I'm tempted by a dolmen sleeve thinking that some other aspect of the garment will make up for that excess. It never does. In this case, the large collar and the underarm excess was overwhelming me. I need to remember that. Under the ball of yarn in the earlier image is the grey knit fabric that I'm sewing the dress to go with out of.
These are two more knitting projects that were found and finished. Both fit me but I'm not sure I'll keep either. Right now, they are in the to-be-gifted box for quick gifts when needed. Things I don't need, or have too much of, or made in a colour that's not me, or that I don't want or chose not to refashion for some reason go in that because because not everything gets refashioned although...
... just about anything is up for grabs. The bracelet above is one of Nicole Hanna's tutorials. I made it a few weeks ago when I was working through several tutorials to learn how she thought through the wire weaving process. One thing I learned is that we each have our own way of bending and curving the wire that feels and looks natural as opposed to feeling and looking like you're trying to copy someone by pulling it into their curve. I showed my daughter several of the tutorials I'd done and she said that she preferred my original pieces to any class sample or tutorial pieces. That's nice to hear.
Class samples are not something I'd wear, give away, or sell so I'm re-fashioning most of them by using them as the starting point for a new piece. It gives me something to respond to and build forward from. With the bracelet, I squashed it into a flatter shape and then added more details and a chain.
The finished piece looks nothing like the original which is fun. I wore it to an artist's talk at a local studio last week and the studio owner was admiring it and then said this is obviously one of Val's pieces to which I replied no, it's one of mine. She said she was impressed... which is nice... but the take-a-way for me was that I need to get my work out there more so I'm known for what I do. I'm just starting to develop an 18" x 18" textile wall piece for a member's exhibit at the art gallery in January. That's one way.
One of the interesting aspects of creating this pendant was balance the design visually as well as physically so that it would hang from the neck evenly. I seem to have figured it out because I haven't had to adjust it when I'm wearing it. I'm working on another piece now that will have the same issue. Practice helps.
I also finished up a green and two grey scarves that went in the to-be-gifted box. And I've been reading through the pattern for this Wakame Pullover from Berroco. It may be next on my knitting list. I really like the asymmetrical shaping, it's simplicity, and how it looks with those fabulous trousers. I'd like to sew some of those too.
Talk soon - Myrna
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