I finished my Homage to Victor Vasarely Bracelet. I am writing up the instructions for a tutorial that I will make available. But alas, there’s more to do….I am on my next experiment with this pattern, using white warp threads instead of black, and a spring time color way. I am also ordering a new product for the clasp – by Miyuki, the Japanese seed bead (and Delica) manufacturer. It fits over a row of 11/0 round beads that are added to the end for just this purpose.
We, who indulge our creativity, know that we are “never-done”. One thing leads to another, and we just can’t stop making stuff. We might be “finished for now”. But that’s about the best there is, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Here’s to letting our creative juices FLOW!
Peace, Beads, Warps and Wefts,
Julia L. Hecht
Poppyfield Bead Company
Greetings Weaving Friends!!!
Beads are an essential part of my personal healing. Over the Christmas holiday I created a weaving ritual to work through some trans-generational trauma. As a Jewish person who has never celebrated Christmas, the holiday can be overwhelming for me, and also alienating. In addition, my own family’s history in Europe was traumatic during this holiday, as waves of violence swept small Jewish villages during Christmas.
This year, I decided rather than just “get through it” I would create my own ritual to bring beauty and light to the dark negativity that visits me at this time. So I created a bead weaving on my loom from a textile pattern celebrating the Ukrainian Lemkos people who were neighbors to my mother’s family. Here is a picture of the original cross stitch pattern and the woven bracelet (in progress) that I derived from it.
While researching this pattern, I encountered so much beauty that it exposed another dimension of my people’s history and life. I know that although their clothing was of a more modest tradition, they incorporated the beauty of the Lemkos people into their own world through the embroidered aprons they themselves made and wore. I began to meditate on positive encounters between the two populations. As I, in the US, picked Japanese Delica beads onto my needle I smiled at the peace and trade and sharing of beauty between our modern nations, not so long ago at war. The same war destroyed my ancestors’ villages in Europe and took my family who remained there.
I let forgiveness rush in. I let go of the past.
As the beauty grew on my loom, I let the light grow in my heart.
May all peoples feel their connection and wholeness as strands in the gorgeous human tapestry. May we appreciate the other and share in each other’s beauty, forever and ever.
(More on the technical aspects of the bracelet in a future post)
Peace and Beads and Weaving,
Julia L. Hecht, Owner / Designer
Poppyfield Bead Company
Finally, I am happy to say I started the ‘secret project’ today. Thrilled to get it underway, but as I started a bit on the loom I realized this was quite the undertaking. I think it is going to take me longer to loom than I thought. We’ll see 😉 That being said, the design below, with your input, is the one I decided on.
As it turned out, I had made it larger originally than I ended up needing and had to ‘shave’ rows off the top and bottom. This will be what it looks like all finished. So I printed up my trusty word chart. 7 pages in total. I prefer a word chart for loom work and peyote work. It works up way faster than using the colored graph with the symbols!! The faster I go, the quicker I can do something else. That’s how I roll.
This is what I have done so far. I have to make 4 of these, so this will definitely run into a week or two. That is the only hint you get. You can guess what I am doing, if you like, but I will not confirm it 🙂
See you next week, hopefully a good chunk done by then.
As I mentioned in my last post, I was inspired to try off loom bead weaving embellishments on my loomed piece, Deco Diamonds. Here I worked on adding a border using brick stitch. I am pleased with the outcome. But honestly, it was very time consuming, and I am bored with it. So, I have put it aside for now. I feel the need for a creative jump start, and some more technical hand holding. So I found a loom bead weaving class in my local community. I will be taking it June 22nd and 29th. It requires 7 colors, and I am using Miyuki Delica beads 11/0. I plan a sampler to see how the colors work together. I know from experience, that I can be surprised and not in a good way. Going to warp….
More on my sampler next time…
Julia L. Hecht
Poppyfield Bead Company
It’s a milestone for me! I have my first piece of finished loom-woven jewelry. My “First Step” Bracelet is an original pattern that I made up while I was weaving it. There was no planning involved, other than deciding to use 11 warp threads and 11/0 Delica cylinder beads. I used S-Lon bead cord, which is rather thick, and does show. But, it proved to be very user-friendly for a brand newbie like me, as it didn’t stretch and and was very forgiving with my ignorance about proper tension. I did make another bracelet using One G thread to warp, and the beads bunched up when I took it off the loom. I understand this is a tension issue, so I need to learn more about that. I really made this bracelet up – somewhat out of thin air. I didn’t follow any instructions for finishing. Poppyfield Bead Company, my bead shop, is in the middle of “Indian Country*” which means I am privileged to see original Native American handwork in progress, as well as finished. Many of my Native American customers are happy to share their techniques with me and talk with me about the materials they like to use. This style of finishing was inspired by one of my Dine (Navajo) customers who is working for a women’s empowerment enterprise called Etkie. The pattern represents the 4 cardinal directions: North, South, East, and West…and the theme for me was taking my first step with the loom. I don’t know my way with the loom, and so the Social Market for a Mirrix program is my compass pointing me in a direction. In the end, we all have to take our own “first steps into the unknown”. Finishing this bracelet involved securing the beadwork to cowhide with craft glue and then using the whip stitch to sew the beadwork down to the leather. I used a glovers #6 needle and Nymo thread. I folded over the leather and glued it over the warp thread ends – which are sandwiched in between. I used a leather punch and then a setter to fix the eyelets. Not only does the eyelet look nicer than a plain punched hole, but it also secures the leather ends and they don’t require much stitching. I like the drawstring, but I am going to experiment with other clasp methods. Not everyone wants leather lace hanging off their bracelet. Leather work is another unknown for me. If you want to read more about my first steps with leather click here to go to my personal / professional blog @ www.poppybeads.com * Please note that I use the term “Indian Country” with respect, because that is the term used by Native American people in the media, such as press and radio and it denotes their belonging to the land.