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Crystal Spiral and Fringe Necklace

Here it is! My first creation for 2014, made especially for the Etsy Beadweavers January challenge.

 

Handmade beadwoven necklace with crystals and fringe by Joanne Zammit gr8jewellery

Handmade beadwoven necklace with crystals and fringe

This was a kind of double challenge for me, the first being that I challenged myself to learn the Dutch Spiral to incorporate it in this necklace and second and not least was that it had to be done amidst the million other things going on at Christmastime!

I experimented with the spiral first, trying out different sized beads and number of beads in the ‘bridge’ that circles on the outside of the spiral.  I liked the effect of tiny beads in the bridge, which gave an airy feel to the spiral and allowed the spiral core to show through.

An image of what I wanted my finished necklace to look like was forming in my head and I set about creating it.  I used the Dutch Spriral as a feature on the sides, mirroring the spiral around the neck. Where the Dutch Spiral ends, I continued with odd-count peyote spiral around the back. The central part is tubular peyote from which hangs a fringe. I wanted a beadwoven Swarovski rivoli to hang separately in front of the fringe, so I left the top part of the fringe plain as a backdrop for this.

All entries for the challenge may be seen on the Etsy Beadweavers team blog.  Please view all entries and vote for your favourite by the 15th January 2014 at the link below

http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/2014/01/voting-for-january-2014-rising-star.html

Tangled Up In Blue

 

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I created the necklace “Tangled Up In Blue” for the Etsy Beadweavers September 2013 Challenge having the theme “My Favorite Song.” 

Trying to pinpoint one specific song as my favourite was a challenge in itself as there are so many I love and never tire of listening to.  The songwriting genius of Bob Dylan came out tops though,  and I chose to bead the touching “Tangled Up In Blue”.

Originally released in 1975 on the album Blood On The Tracks, “Tangled Up In Blue” has been performed many many times and Dylan often changes the lyrics, however the story remains the same: the complexity of relationships and love.  My favourite version, which has slightly different lyrics to the original, is found in The Bootleg Series Volume 2.   Poetry in music, absolutely wonderful!


TANGLED UP IN BLUE
Bob Dylan

Early one mornin’ the sun was shinin’,
he was lyin’ in bed
Wond’rin’ if she’d changed at all
If her hair was still red.
Her folks they said their lives together
Sure was gonna be rough
They never did like Mama’s homemade dress
Papa’s bankbook wasn’t big enough.
And he was standin’ on the side of the road
Rain fallin’ on his shoes
Heading out for the old East Coast
Lord knows he’s paid some dues gettin’ through,
Tangled up in blue.

She was married when they first met,
Soon to be divorced.
He helped her out of a jam, I guess,
But he used a little too much force.
They drove that car as far as they could
Abandoned it out West
Split up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing it was best.
She turned around to look at him
As he was walkin’ away
she said: “This can’t be the end
We’ll meet on another day, on the avenue,”
Tangled up in blue.

He had a job in the old north woods
Working as a cook for a spell
But he never did like it all that much
And one day the ax just fell.
Well, he drifted down to L.A.
Where he reckoned to try his luck
Workin’ for a while on an airplane plant,
Loading cargo onto a truck
But all the while he was alone
The past was close behind,
He seen a lot of women
But she never escaped his mind, and he just grew
Tangled up in blue.

She was workin’ in a topless place
And I stopped in for a beer,
I just kept looking’ at the side of her face
In the spotlight so clear.
And later on, as the crowd thinned out
I’s about to do the same,
She was standing there in back of my chair
Said to me, “What’s your name?”
I muttered somethin’ underneath my breath,
She studied the lines on my face.
I must admit I felt a little uneasy
When she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe,
Tangled up in blue.

She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe
“I thought you’d never say hello,” she said
“You look like the silent type.”
Then she opened up a book of poems
And handed it to me
Written by an Italian poet
From the thirteenth century.
And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin’ coal
Pourin’ off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you,
Tangled up in blue.

He was always in a hurry,
too busy or too stoned,
And everything that she ever planned,
just a-had to be postponed.
She thought they were successful,
She thought they were blessed,
with objects and material things,
but I never was impressed.
And when it all came crashing down,
I became withdrawn,
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin’ on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue.

So now I’m goin’ back again,
I got to get to her somehow.
All the people we used to know
They’re an illusion to me now.
Some are mathematicians
Some are doctors’ wives.
Don’t know how it all got started,
I don’t know what they’re doin’ with their lives.
But me, I’m still on the road
Headin’ for another joint
We always did feel the same,
We just saw it from a different point of view,
Tangled up in blue.

 

 

I created my necklace by first making a core around which I built up layers of blue strands in different seed beads, Czech glass beads and Swarovski crystals.  The blue is predominantly cobalt with a few strands in slightly dlifferent shades and also hints of violet.

The clasp is a beadwoven toggle clasp made from the same Toho permanent finish galvanised silver seed beads as the core with the addition of firepolised beads in the loop and a Swarovski heart on the toggle end.  

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Work in progress. Beading the Ndebele core in Toho permanet finish galvanised silver seed beads.

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Beadwoven toggle clasp with Czech firepolished beads.

Work in progress.  Starting to build up the blue strands. Weaving in and out of the Ndebele core.

Work in progress. Starting to build up the blue strands. Weaving in and out of the Ndebele core.

Beadwoven toggle clasp with Swarovski heart.

Beadwoven toggle clasp with Swarovski heart.

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Voting for this challenge is open until 15th September 2013.
Please visit http://www.etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com to view all entries and vote for your favourite!

 

Felted Magic Surprise

I received the gift from my secret swap partner on the Etsy European Street Team a few days ago, and on opening the package I was literally overjoyed to find the most perfect gift I could possibly have wished for …

… an incredibly beautiful felted wrap from Inger in my absolutely favourite colours!

I have loved Inger’s work for ages.  A free spirit who lives in Norway, she dyes her own wool and makes the most wonderful felted creations, often with silk fibres mixed in.  Seeing her work through photos could never have prepared me for what I held in my hands though … warm, super soft and light.   A mixture of greens blended into each other on one side of the shawl in cotton wool softness, and on the other side she had applied purple flowers with yellow lined stems and scatterings of shiny yellow fibres playing across the surface.  The shawl got “Oooohs” and “Aaaahs” from all the members of my family, with my eldest describing it as “camouflage” and my youngest as “looking like a forest”.

I finally managed a photo-shoot yesterday.  The weather was fine and hubby not at work since it was Sunday so he could take the photos while I showed off my new shawl :) 

Thank you so much Inger, I LOVE IT! :D

Thanks also to Judit,  our Winter Swap Fairy, for organising our swap once again! :)

See more of Inger’s work here, here and here.

Curious about other members’ swaps?  Check out our Flickr group here.

Monday Moodboard – It Rained Last Night …

… well THAT’s an understatement!  Bucketfuls of rain came pouring down, lightening bolts split the sky open and just when you thought it was all over, it would start again.

The Civil Protection Department issued several warnings for people to stay at home this morning as several roads were flooded, some of them literally turned into fast flowing rivers.  In some areas rubble walls broken and debris lay scattered on the roads.  

Uncommon sights seen due to the heavy downpours included cars being carried by the water down a valley and coffins floating away after an undertaker’s shop was flooded.

Unsurprisingly, it’s a very wet and stormy moodboard today:

Mystic Tree – 8×12 Inch Fine Art Photography Print by MatkirschPhoto

Sous l’orage – under the storm digital art Print by matilou

Blue Fibers Yarn Ribbon Pack – at least 20 metres – donated by CardsAndCraft

tiny paper boat …… ltd. edition 6/10 by matchstickgirl

More Monday Moodboards on fleurfatale’s blog.

Monday Moodboard – Trees on the European Street Team

Exciting news from Frances J Melhop who has managed to raise enough funds to travel from New Zealand to Italy for her residency.  Full steam ahead now to help enable her project.  Click on the link below to help her along:

 

I’ve searched for trees from the European Street Team for my moodboard today.  Here are some of my favourites:

Wood Log – Cream Leather Diary by artreasury

Canvas print – Olive Tree by GogoKorogiannou

Tree – Premo clay handmade cabochon by Lindecise

THE TREE OF HAPPINESS print by gufobardo

More Monday Moodboards prepared by and featuring members of the European Street Team on Etsy may be found on FleurFatale’s blog.

Happy week to all! :)

Joanne.

Monday Moodboard – 27.Sep.10

Back to EuropeForCharity for my picks this week:

Once Upon A Time – 6×6 fine art photograph – donated by stephmel
A day at the lake fine art photography 8×10 – donated by sunshineartdesign
Plein Vent digital art print – donated by matilou
Everything Stops for Tea – Signed Fine Art Photograph – donated by starrybluesky

Visit EuropeForCharity to see these and many other items donated by artists and crafters from the Etsy European Street Team for humanitarian relief. 

More Monday Moodboards prepared by and featuring members of the European Street Team on Etsy may be found on FleurFatale’s blog.

Happy week to all! :)

Joanne.

Monday Moodboard – 20.Sep.2010

Shopping can be such fun, especially when you’re sitting comfortably at home and really helping someone out when you’re doing it! :)

I bought some really lovely embroidered buttons handmade by Deep Indigo and donated to the Europe For Charity shop last week, and over the weekend I bought two wonderful prints from an amazing photographer who has just been awarded an artist’s residency with the MIRA foundation in Puglia Italy.

It’s a dream come true for Frances J Melhop, already voted among the top 200 photographers worldwide, but a dream that she needs help to turn into reality, because unless she manages to raise enough money to fly from Earthquake-hit New Zealand to Italy by the end of this week, the dream will slip right through her fingers.

In an effort to rapidly raise funds for her project she is offering a Buy-One-Get-One-Free on images of equivalent value in both her shops.  Check out her blogpost for more details and go shopping for something really special at Matchstickgirl and Enchanted Pond.
All featured works from Matchstickgirl and Enchanted Pond.
This is a limited time offer and will only be running until Sunday 26 september 2010.
More Monday Moodboards here.

Monday Moodboard – 13.Sep.10

Once again my picks for the Monday Moodboard are all from the EuropeForCharity shop on Etsy.  Lots of beautiful, diverse items to choose from.  Have fun shopping and we donate all proceeds (less Etsy fees) to charity.  Please visit the shop for full details!

Orange iPhone cozy donated by pomella

Handmade Fabric Bird Brooch donated by BlueTerracotta

Button Set of 3 donated by TwoTreesBelgium

Modular messenger II donated by bayanhippo 

Visit EuropeForCharity to see these and many other items donated by artists and crafters from the Etsy European Street Team for humanitarian relief. 

More Monday Moodboards prepared by and featuring members of the European Street Team on Etsy may be found on FleurFatale’s blog.

 I wish you all a happy week! :)

Monday Moodboard – 06.Sep.2010

More and more artists and crafters from all over Europe are donating items to the Europe For Charity shop on Etsy.  Check out the new link to the charity shop in my sidebar on the right just below my ArtFire shop window, and here’s another selection for my Moodboard today:

MONI drawstring pouch donated by loddelina

Purple pinback buttons donated by SoleDeVita

Yarn, Cord, Silk, Mixed Media donated by sassalynne

‘Housework can’t kill you’ Domino pendant donated by taylorrain1

More Monday Moodboards prepared by and featuring members of the European Street Team on Etsy may be found on FleurFatale’s blog.

Monday Moodboard – 30.Aug.2010

I’ve just donated to the brand new EuropeForCharity shop set up by Baahar this weekend, featuring items for sale from artists and crafters of the Etsy European Street Team.  Proceeds will be used for relief whenever a humanitarian crisis emerges.

Find all this and more in EuropeForCharity!

More Monday Moodboards prepared by and featuring members of the European Street Team on Etsy may be found on FleurFatale’s blog.