I am still making gradual progress on small quilts, but I confess that I’ve become distracted by…beads!
I returned earlier this month from a trip to Italy, where I found myself fascinated with the glass beads from Murano, an island off Venice. I stopped there very briefly and toured a glass maker. I even acquired some lovely necklaces… But I wanted to relive the experience back home with a few beautiful imports, trying my hand at creating jewelry combining large Venetian glass beads and tiny seed beads (also Murano glass). I like the mix of the dramatic and the delicate.
Here’s my first experiment, which was inspired by a design found on the website Venetian Bead Shop. I call it my Sea Earth Sky Bracelet:
The big round bead reminds me of the Earth…. It contains some gold foil inside a bed of aqua; the gold is land, the aqua the sea. I really love the square beads surrounding it. The shape fascinates me. Plus they are fun to play with if you get bored. Just turn them over and around a few times, admiring all the shades of blue…
I also visited a local bead shop, Natural Expressions in Los Gatos, CA. That inspired me to create this Evil Eye Bracelet:
This one I made using a handy bead design board:
Very fun. And much quicker than my fabric art. I see more beads in my future!