Sometimes I get so used to doing things in a particular way I forget to explore deeper into the depths of my bead drawers. The other day, I wanted to make a porcelain ring necklace, but was running woefully short of large sterling silver rings, and turned to something I haven't used in ages -- waxed linen.
I have this lovely array of colors because I've taken two classes with Stephanie Sersich and learned her Spiny Knotted Bracelet and Necklace techniques. I've made a few, like this:
But after a while got sidetracked and put the waxed linen away for beading wire and went back to my regularly scheduled programming.
Today, however, I wanted to make something different, and pulled out the deep red thread.
I've fallen in love with long necklaces, so I just kept knotting and knotting red and then turquoise ceramic beads, some corrugated vintage brass beads, a keyhole ceramic pendant, and a length of sturdy brass chain, and came up with this.
There's a bit of off-white linen ribbon tied below the keyhole as well. If you want a keyhole piece like this one, visit Kylie Parry's store by clicking here.
And that's what was on my bead table today.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.