Sometimes the only choice is to weave
I have been meaning to write this post since last Sunday but time and internet issues (yes, little biting animals finally made their way through our Comcast cable and suddenly no internet!) stood in my way. Here goes . . .
My stepson and his girlfriend (Amanda) visited us last weekend. Didge (stepson) and Rick (husband) were going to work on revamping the sailboat cushions. Oh what fun (thank goodness for Didge!). I realized immediately that if I didn’t do something quickly, Amanda would get sucked into this fun task. Amanda is a fan of my jewelry. It’s become a standard gift item for her and she’s always appreciated it. So I thought: hmmmmm, since I am going to be working on weaving kit designs today might as well ask Amanda if she would like to try her hand at bead weaving.
Smart girl. She didn’t hesitate. “Sure!”
One never knows what to expect. Amanda has never expressed interest in weaving before and I’ve never seen her do anything similar. Like she doesn’t haul around a bag of knitting or needlepoint or bead crochet, etc. (as I do). It turns out she’s never explored any of those things. So this new experience could be a total bust, somewhat successful or wildly successful. I had no idea. All I knew was: 1) I like Amanda’s company so in any case it would fun; 2) I was exempting her from holding foam while my husband sliced through it with an electric carving knife.
Meet Amanda. See that look on her face. She had that look all day. That absorbed, nothing else exists in this world, I am loving this, I don’t even mind making mistakes, I am not leaving this seat unless I absolutely have to . . . .look.
I started Amanda off with something hard: a strip of 11/0 Delica beads. This was the subject of my last post: a strip of beadwork to be attached to a leather cuff. That was what I had Amanda weave. I gave her a selection of about fifty colors from which to choose. And then I gave her some ideas for geometric shapes. I showed her how to weave beads. I did set up her loom (with the no warps kit) and got her first row going. But other than that, I sat across the table, chatted with her and did my own thing.
We has started fairly late in the day, so she just got to finish weaving the piece. More pictures:
And that’s the finished piece! Amazing. Total success. I didn’t think Amanda even stood up once before completing this piece.
The next day we attached the beadwork to the cuff. I don’t know why I don’t have any photos of that! “So Amanda, want to weave something else today?”
Surprise, surprise! She did. Next piece was the crystal and bead wrap bracelet. Well guess what? It’s a lot easier than the first piece to weave. She just zoomed through that like a pro. You can see her finished cuff in the foreground (not a great picture, sorry).
And here is the finished piece. Please excuse my lousy photography. It was a very grey day and I was just being sloppy. Never-the-less, the piece was gorgeous.
And guess what Amanda wants for her birthday? More Claudia-made jewelry? Of course not. You know what Amanda wants!