Being the super indecisive person that I am, and I blame my Zodiac sign of Libra for that, I need help and I am reaching out to all of you 🙂
I can’t give you all the details, but I have a (what I believe to be) fantastic project for this awesome Mirrix Experience. It is going to be a bit of a large project, but when you see what I am doing, you will totally understand. I am SO excited to get this started I can’t even tell you! I may not get to it until June. I have a lot of other things on my plate and will be doing smaller Mirrix projects in the meantime. So, until I can order all the beads I am going to need for this, you have time to vote (2-4 weeks).
Below are three options I have laid out. Please vote for your favorite one. Do not take into consideration that I will have to purchase more colors for one or the other, I don’t care about that. You can click on the images to enlarge them for a better looksie. Please vote by leaving a comment on this blog entry.
I decided to start my Mirrix work with a ‘pendant’ design. As I have been working it up, it has turned into an amulet in my mind. I wanted to do something different and have no idea how I came up with ‘Ex Libris’ as a potential design. I grew up surrounded by books and remember these gorgeous book plates in so many books. Their designs are very intricate. Wikipedia‘s definition of ‘Ex Libris’:
Ex Libris is a Latin phrase, meaning literally, “from the books”. It is often used to indicate ownership of a book, as in “from the books of…” or from the library of…
Ex Libris may also refer to: A bookplate, which is also sometimes known as an ex libris
Bookplates typically bear a name, motto, device, coat-of-arms, crest, badge, or any motif that relates to the owner of the book, or is requested by him from the artist or designer. The name of the owner usually follows an inscription such as “from the books of…” or “from the library of…”, or in Latin, ex libris…. Bookplates are important evidence for the provenance of books.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to fit something super intricate on a 3″ x 4″ grid. So after thinking hard, I came up with an idea. I only have 20 rows of 58 done right now. I did a basic checkerboard edge and it has a crow/raven on it, my Native Zodiac Totem. You can see the graph partially behind what work I have done so far. Yes, I took the word chart backwards, so it is getting worked up backwards 🙂 I did it in soft colors to keep some authenticity. If I have enough room underneath this piece on the loom, I am going to do up a second piece. I hate to waste too much thread. then I will take them both off at the same time. See you soon with more work and more photos!
Hi Everyone! I am Christina Neit (aka Good Quill Hunting and sometimes fondly referred to as ‘Quilly’) and a previous ‘Social Market for a Mirrix’ winner, 2010 and one of this year’s Designers of the Year for Beadwork magazine. I am so happy to have been selected to do this again! I had such a great time learning the ‘Big Sister’ loom last time. This time I opted for “Little Guy’ and it is just as incredible, only slightly smaller.
I have some new ideas I would like to try out this time around. I may make another piece over that I made last time and really loved (and sold right after I made it) and I have a piece (split loom necklace) I started many years ago on an old loom I had before the Mirrix loom. In moving from Maine to Colorado almost 4 years ago, the bottom threads on the loom were cut, so as a result, I have to start it completely over, which is fine because now I can put it on the Mirrix, I even have all the beads and the pattern has not been lost 🙂 So those are some starting points until I get in my grove again.
I have some old videos from last time on YouTube and that is where you will find all the new ones I am going to be doing. Hopefully much better than the last ones I did! LOL I am also considering doing a Google Hangout or a Hangout ‘On Air’, we shall see and I will most certainly let you know in advance.
I hope I am able to inspire you and bring you new ideas. Cheers to Claudia and Elena for having the most awesome loom there is!