Since I have restricted my knitting and crocheting to the three big projects – because I really want to finish them, my fiber life got a bit monotonous. So I found a way to bend the rules without braking them. After all, they are my rules, and if they are bend a bit who is going to notice.
So instead of starting more new and exciting fiber projects, I have started (and finished) a few beading projects. I think the act of creation, of making something itself is wonderfully intoxicating. It gives me a feeling of power and a sense of satisfaction – often regardless if the project turned out or not.
At different times I am inspired by different things – a new baby is always a creativity catalyst. After our move to Israel I have been continuously inspired by the beautiful nature of this country. I am also inspired by people I love, like a friend for whom I am making the “Ample Shawl“. So having successfully bent the rules till they squeak – here are some of my latest necklaces.
This necklace “My Hills” was inspired by the view from my window. When I look out I see a huge piece of a very blue sky and hills. It is made from Moroccan agate, Czech pressed glass beads and hand made copper Bali beads with the large focal Cloisonne bead.
My friend Shulamis gave me a simple garnet necklace before she left for Israel a few years ago. I love garnets and I enjoyed wearing it until the clasp broke. Of course, it was impossible to pick up all the beads. A few days ago I restrung the necklace thinking about the wonderful friend, who gave it to me. The “Many Hearts” necklace is made from garnet chips, Czech glass seed beads, handmade lampwork heart beads and a handmade silver bead.
When I was a child I was always taught that the blue went best with silver. I am still changing a lot of my old color blocks, so in rebellion to that old dictum I paired the blue beads with copper! The “Shell Game” necklace is made with blue mother of pearl beads, Czech seed beads, handmade copper Bali beads ans a small Cloisonne bead, used as a pendant.
And now I am back to knitting the “Ample Shawl“.