A few weeks ago a friend at working was chatting enthusiastically about making jewellery, and it got me thinking about having a go myself. So I tapped a few keys on ebay and some days later a lovely package of beads popped through the letterbox. Since then I've made a few bracelets (they can double up as necklaces, being long enough to wind around a wrist 2 or 3 times) and some teeny earrings.
The names of the beads are fab in themselves - Tibetan silver, cranberry glass - and I've realised that it's the putting together of colours that I love. It's the same with needlepoint, patchwork, knitting - whatever the craft, it's the combining colours and patterns that appeals.
On to books: 'The Slap' by Christos Tsiolkas has arrived and I'm about a quarter of the way through it. Am getting a bit tired of the constant swearing. It's not that I'm a prude but all the endless f-ing and frequent use of the 'c' word just gets in the way of the story for me. However, it's an interesting portrayal of modern Australia and the casual racism and misogyny of the strata of society he's writing about. Will persevere and hopefully it'll generate a good discussion at my book group.
This final picture for today is an idea I've got for a new needlepoint pattern. (Oh, I know ... I should finish all the half-completed projects before starting a new one ... but still ...) I keep a couple of notebooks in which I paste pictures cut out of magazines, flyers, postcards, just images that appeal to me. They pretty much get stuck in randomly. I liked the fishy pattern on this china plate, and was thinking of combining it with the colouring on the wooden blocks. As you can see from my scribbled pattern, designing for needlepoint requires absolutely no drawing skills whatsoever!!