In addition to Elena and Claudia, who lead the Mirrix loom company and chose me to participate in their Social Market project, I have to thank my Native American customers who do traditional beadwork using a loom, and those that make garments for dancing and ceremony. Many will come into my bead shop asking for leather, and I would turn them away, because I didn't sell it, and I knew nothing about it. But, as I seek ways to finish my loom work into jewelry, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow is about to converge on Albuquerque. Native People from around the Americas are arriving and I am blessed that many find their way to my shop. And so, I was driven out in search of leather.
I am fortunate to live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where google maps pointed me to a leather supply shop just minutes from my home and my shop. I stepped inside the store, and immediately, I wanted to wrap myself in soft tanned hides and inhale the comforting aroma. After questioning or perhaps "badgering" the sales assistant and about an hour of roaming up and down the aisles, I left with 2 complete cowhides the color of deerskin, some lace and cord, and the tools to cut, punch, and create eyelets. (Soon I will be selling cowhide strips and squares in my shop).
I perused cyberspace to get some ideas for the finishing, and I just jumped in. Here's my first attempt.
|My first piece of jewelry from the loom|
The bead work is my own pattern and woven on the Mirrix loom using S-Lon bead cord to warp and 11/0 Delica cylinder beads. The bead on the "tie" was a gift from my mom. I used Nymo thread and glovers #6 needles to sew the loom work to the leather - don't even attempt with a beading needle. I like it. But, I know, this is just the beginning! It is a nice way to close, because it is adjustable, I can manage the tie with one hand and slip the bead up to tighten. But it does loosen over the course of the day. So I will be continuing my experiments with leather and with finishing loom work.
BEAD AND WIRE HAPPY HOUR #4
Tomorrow, Friday, April 25th from 4:30-6:30, we will host our next Happy Hour event. A free bead pattern for the bracelet pictured here will be available. There will be coffee and cookies (including gluten free), and a relaxed fun atmosphere for beading and socializing. We will have our resident wire expert, Sylvia Abeyta for assistance, if you'd like to twist instead. Come join us. You can check out our newest products, including luminescent 18 mm resin flat backs in lots of colors. Perfect for bead embroidery. They look great with our new Shibori silk ribbon. Click here for a link to the free pattern supply list.
ON THE WAY
More Rose Montees (including 3 mm and 4 mm)
Plastic Banded Crystals - Neon Colors
Hope to See You Soon!!!!