Immersing yourself in freeform fancies, is a perfectly lovely way to spend the day! Have you every done this? If not, it’s something that you should consider.
I love everything about freeform! It doesn’t matter if it’s peyote, bead embroidery, collage, painting, resin, machine, or hand embroidery, it’s all good to me!
I taught a freeform peyote bracelet workshop, at BeadFX, to a wonderful, talented, group of students! Nine ladies, and one gentleman. One of the ladies, brought her husband along, so that she would end up with two bracelets. Smart lady! Of course, she picked out the beads, but I must say, his stitching was top rate!! Now, imagine persuading your husband to do this! Would it ever happen?
I love the fact that I feed off the energy of my students! The first thing I do, is pour a selection of beads on my mat, in nice tidy piles. Then I jumble them all up, much to their surprise (and sometimes, chagrin)! I love doing this, and I never, ever, re-sort beads! However, I do suspect that there’s been some sorting going on in other homes, but what goes on in your own home, stays in your own home (just like Vegas). How could I possible judge? Each environment is different! I deal quite well with chaos, but not everyone does. I love the convenience of a ready-made bead mix, jump-starting a future project!
The class runs for seven hours, and we needed every bit of that time to work on our freeform fancies. Of course, I accomplished less than everyone else, but in my own defense, I was talking, walking, demonstrating, and helping my students pick out just the right beads. I was also enabling, but after all, that’s what I seem to do best! Yes, I did buy more beads, but what’s a girl to do? Even though blue is my favourite colour, I didn’t have enough beads in that colour. If I had the right colour, I didn’t have the right shape. Then there’s the fact that I couldn’t buy blue, without buying white, with just a dash of grey. The piece still needs something else to make it sing, but I’ll deal with that another day.
All photos are of various stages of my students work! Aren’t they fabulous?
My other weekend pursuits, included laundry, shopping, and playing around with polymer clay. The addiction continues, and I’m currently enthralled with Mokume Gane (as related to polymer clay). Have I made much out of it yet? Heck no! But I’m certainly enjoying the process. I also finished off a fabric paper cuff, however its not something that I’m ready to show here yet. Fun, but quite messy!
I’m not ready to put my freeform fancies to bed yet, but then again, I’m itching to play with my latest Mokume Gane block. Also, I need to figure out what I’m going to do with all that cool looking polymer clay. You mean that I actually need to make something out of it?
Did you have any stash enhancing experiences, to jump-start your creativity, this weekend? If not, why not?