First I will start off with the weekly TAST tag. This is kind of a quirky little stitch called the Drizzle stitch. It isn't a good stitch for a border or seam in my opinion. I'm not crazy about it for a tree either, but I'm committed to doing a tree with each stitch and can't quit now!
Below is a closeup of the tree. These little stitches are pretty uncontrollable, or at least they were for me.
The stitches do add great texture, maybe more suited to another subject however such as a furry lamb or something.. I'm not sure it was worth all the time I spent on it for this little tree. Only time will tell if I use this stitch again in the future
If you follow me and read a recent post, you are aware I have been having anxiety about doing some custom jewelry. My client did not like the first pieces I created. After a bit of redesigning and some resizing I presented the pieces below to her and she seemed really pleased with them, so I am thrilled to have that off my 'to do' list. Actually, the first necklace I designed did not lay right for her. I solved that by simplifying the design more, adding more weight at the bottom with a cast off section of a bracelet. The bracelets have a little more of the earthy colors added to tame the crystals a bit.
I have been working on a few more pieces for a local shop as well, including those shown below. The one directly below is created from two vintage choke necklaces joined to create one longer necklace. I am toying with another idea to add to it as well, but haven't yet made up my mind for sure.
I love the classic look and weight of black faceted crystals. Here I made a choker length (slightly longer) necklace with drops.
The necklace below is restrung from a double strand vintage necklace that was in need of repair. It will be a little longer when completed and will be a single strand. I absolutely loved the metal pieced that surround the red irridized beads. They are so unusual. The remaining beads and metal surrounds will be incorporated into another piece later on.
I love redesigning old damaged jewelry and giving it new life. I am not allowing myself to buy any more beads until I use up a bunch of what I have! Oh my gosh! My stash is almost overwhelming ~ lol. I confess...I am an addict! Do you "collect" supplies? I think I could give up almost everything in my home before I could give up my beads, fabrics, and other supplies. Where does one get help for such an addiction? Am I alone in this? Do we need a support group?