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Tangled Up In Blue

 

TangledUpInBlue

 

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!

 

My Creative Space …

I have some new supplies in antiqued copper and brass that I’ve been playing with, including some lovely filigree flowers and heart lockets. 

I’ve made my first necklace with one of the filigree flowers, for which I worked a Swarovski rivoli for its centre.  I have half a dozen flowers in different colours so I matched the crystals to the colour of the flower.

I’ve also been busy taking new photos of some of my existing work and the new packaging.

   

   

   

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Joanne.

My Creative Space – Beaded Beads

I love beaded beads!  I love the fact that what at first glance appears to be a simple bead, shows it’s true beauty on close inspection.  I nearly always wear a crystal beaded bead on leather myself, I find it goes perfectly with whatever I’m wearing, whether it’s out to dinner or even to the beach.   In fact I love it so much I put one up for a giveaway and I’m hoping that the winner will love it too! ;)

Today I’m making a more elegant version of these beads, with an inner row of light grey Swarovski pearls instead of crystals.   I recently made a bracelet as a gift, featuring one of these beads.   I’m planning on making more in this range for my shop.

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Thank you for your votes! :)

A big ‘thank you’ to all who voted for my ‘Devouring The Sun’ beadwoven necklace in the Etsy Beadweavers June Challenge

This was my first attempt at a Beadweavers Challenge and I’m thrilled to have received enough votes to  place 2nd!! :D

The inspiration and process behind this work may be found here.

Click here to see the winning entry and all the runners-up.

Devouring The Sun

Beading An Eclipse part 2

In my Creative Space last Thursday evening I blogged about the beginnings of my entry to the Etsy Beadweavers June Challenge.  I worked like mad to get it ready in time because I only started it on that day and it had to be submitted by the 5th of June.  I realised late on Thursday that the 5th was actually Saturday not Friday so thankfully I had a few extra hours to work on it! :D

Even though I promised myself that I wouldn’t be undoing any work, that is precisely what I did to the first rivoli.  On looking again at the rivoli I showed in my blogpost on Thursday I thought it would look better with a slightly larger and more rounded black area, to show a bigger shadow of the  moon on the sun. 

 

It’s a small difference, but to me it was worth the work, I’m happier with the amended version!

I needed three rivoli, showing the sun in different stages of the eclipse.

Each Swarovski rivoli is captured in tiny beads before being embellished with more Swarovski crystals. The innermost beads are tiny 15/0 and the needle has to be really thin to go through the beads with more than one thread pass.

I tried to encompass the entire experience of a solar eclipse in this necklace.   The challenge was to  “try to remember one Phenomenon that amazed you the most and transfer it to amazing beaded jewelry”.

I mentally went back to 11th August 1999, the first and only time I witnessed a total eclipse of the sun.   It started at just before 11.30am and lasted almost 3 hours in all.  For the most part there wasn’t much to see, but the day grew increasingly grey and drab.  Then as the moon covered more and more of the sun, the sounds around us changed, the birds sensed a change and at the moment the moon covered the sun completely we were plunged in near darkness and we could even see major stars and planets in the sky.  The strangest thing was the irrational momentary fear that gripped me, even though I knew exactly what was happening it was as though some instinct was taking over.  At that moment I was awed by the whole event.

The dark sky and stars are depicted in the neckband, which is beadwoven in black seed beads with a scattering of Czech glass beads.  The bail connecting the rivoli crystals to the neckband was worked in black seed beads of different sizes.

The finished necklace, completely handmade one bead at a time with Swarovski crystals, Japanese seed beads, Czech Glass Beads, Fireline high strength thread, a lot of thought in the design and care in the execution. 

The voting is open between the 9th and the 15th June 2010.  Head over to the Beadweavers Blog to see all the entries and cast your vote!   Voting is open to everyone.  See the entries by clicking on the links below the mosaic, then vote for your favourite by choosing from the list on the right hand side on the blog and clicking on Vote.  If you’d like to vote for this necklace please select No.25! :)
 

‘Devouring The Sun’ is available here.

My Creative Space – Beading an Eclipse

I’m trying to capture a Solar Eclipse in beads today.  I’m working on my challenge entry for the Etsy Beadweavers’ June challenge, which has the theme ‘Phenomenon’. 

I had a very late idea about what my entry would be about because I was initially stumped, then I remembered a really amazing natural phenomenon I had witnessed a few years back, a total solar eclipse, and tried to remember all the little details that made up that experience. 

I needed to order some beads, which arrived today and I finally got started.  Now I’m working like mad to finish it in time …. by TOMORROW!!!!  Aaaaaargh!!!!!! :o

I’ve just finished bezelling a Swarovski rivoli with tiny beads, depicting the shadow of the moon creeping up onto the sun.  I’ve still got lots of work to do, and I’m hoping that I’ll be happy enough with the result so I can submit it for the challenge.  It’s not the first time I’ve undone my work when something’s not quite right and started again, but I really don’t have time for that with this one!

Back to work … and fingers crossed! ;)

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