Yes, it was a week where many not normal things took place. lol ! We had company all week so very little in the way of arts and crafts was accomplished.
I wasn't able to get anything done on the beading loom but I did get the C-Lon thread I ordered in a few colors. I look forward to giving one of the colors a try this coming week - it won't be black or white - I think. :) I did open the plastic bag to have a feel of the thread and it feels quite soft and silky. I did purchase it from a shop I was familiar with but also did some shopping to see if the colors came in any bigger of a roll. And of course they do. If I were to do this professionally and all the time I'd go for the largest spools but because I won't be doing this professionally and only for fun, the 40 yard bobbins are fine - for me - for now. lol ! I also found there are other threads out there for working with seed beads but I haven't seen much mention of them. For example, Firemountain carries a line of something called Silkon thread which is a bonded nylon and comes in 3 weights. The #1 lightweight for beading. I have no idea if this is a good thread to use with the loom but there's only one way TO find out. lol ! Next time I place an order, I'll get a bobbin or two. :)
I did manage to do a few crafty things this past week. I actually got to play at my torch for a couple hours early one morning ! It was in the 60's a few early mornings so got to make beads once. :) It was like I had never torched before. lol ! Was a bit shakey so kept it very simple as you can see in the photo below. Just a few frit beads and a basic focal bead with LOTS of silver foil and intense black. I LOVE how intense black, silver foil and dark ivory react with each other ! LOVE the veining ! The 5 matching beads are very simple with a base of black, silver foil melted in and a rare frit added on top. Another very reactive frit which can end up blue, white or yellow but is white in the un-melted form. Fun to play with.
I was also able to put together a kumihimo flat braid which will be in my Etsy shop later today. I LOVE how it turned out. See photo below. I used a different pattern this time and it has a "wave" to it. On the sides. I used satin cord and a yarn with pretty silver sparkles through out. This would be stunning in a handfasting ceremony or even in a necklace with a pink crystal hanging from the middle or some other gorgeous gemstone or cabochon. This braid I finished up yesterday but before that one, I had worked on another one in purple with a different yarn. Well, as it always happens, when you loose track of where you are and/or you don't pay complete attention to what you are doing, mistakes happen very easily. Yikes ! Sure enough, even though I was able to backtrack and get most of the mistake out, I missed a few passes and continued on. Oh well, it'll go in the big plastic bag with all the other mistaken braids done over the years ! lol ! Thankfully, the one in the photo is perfect. lol !
Today will be a very long day. Was up way too early (4:00 am) and could not get back to sleep. Yawn. Not sure how this day will go. lol !
Thanks so much for coming by ! I hope you come back again soon to see what's happening. I hope you are having a safe holiday weekend !