Czech beads and softflex wire!
I just received some softflex wire samples to play with. I have been meaning to jump into this activity for a long time but was recently inspired by the rest of the “toys” for which I am waiting. I ordered a bunch of Czech beads: duos, cute little flat squares with two holes, beads half that size with two holes, weird triangles . . . all with finishes to die for. Or at least they looked that way on my monitor.
Oh . . . a blog without pictures. Sorry. The beads are on a FedEx truck somewhere and although the wire has arrived I think I will wait until the whole pile of fun stuff is here for me to explore.
My ideas: Using the softflex wire with the no warps to weave in kit and then mixing the Czech beads with seed beads what kind of wonderful loomed piece can I create? The idea is to explore the realm of off-loom looks with on-loom technique. This is different from making a piece on the loom and then embellishing it off the loom (which is another thing I love and HINT HINT there will be blogs about that, not from me, in the future). I want to bend the on-loom rules and get those beads going in a some fascinating and new directions. I might even consider stringing some beads on the warp. I am thinking that the wire will lend itself to be molded a bit and that I will be able to break out of the straight lines that is the tropism of loomed work. In other words, the default is a grid and I am wondering how much we can break out of that grid working with a loom.
I also want to play with hand-painted silk and the new beads and maybe with the softflex wire as well. The theme is to let the warp show. And the goal is to create a piece that is beautiful and solid. Or a bunch of pieces.
I’ll be back when that package arrives.