Sunday, September 30, 2012

Reasons to Wear an Acorn Bead!

It's fall and time to make glass acorn beads.  I love the look and the legends.  Here are a few.  I'm heading to my torch.  Keep an eye on my shop for even more acorns!

The acorn has also been considered to be magical for centuries. The Roman Goddess Diana is very often shown wearing a string of acorns around her neck. The Norse God Thor is said to have taken shelter under an oak tree from a thunderstorm. This led to the belief that if one places an acorn on their windowsill, the house will be protected from lightening strikes.

There is an old legend in Great Britain that the acorn can deter aging. All one has to do is carry an acorn somewhere on their person. This is thought to keep that person young forever. This probably has something to do with the fact that oak trees have a very long life.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bead Embroidery

This is almost a blast from the past.  Except I 'semi' finished this cuff yesterday. It's not totally finished yet, needing the edge work done.   I used to do all kinds of bead embroidery, especially around pieces of fused glass.  Pins, pendants, and cuffs.  But life changes, and other interests in jewelry making came to the forefront.  Whenever I see a bead embroidered cuff, it just looks so beautiful.  I like the swirls one can create using the same color of bead to add a new dimension to the look of the bracelet.  

This is a blast from the past for more than one reason.  It's what I 'used' to do, ages ago, it seems, and I started this piece probably 4 or 5 years ago. Once in a while I would work on it and every time I saw a bead embroidered cuff, I'd thinkof how beautiful they are, and of this one,  half finished in a little container. 

Yesterday I decided to finish it.  Working on it, I remembered 'why' bead embroidery is so fun.  It is a 'soothing' activity.  It was raining outside, the dog was at my feet, and I stitched and planned the next cuff to make.  The next cuff will feature some of my lampwork discs.  Bright?  Earthy?  I don't know yet.  But I do know there 'is' a next one.