I love beads- how could I NOT love beads?
The colors! the textures! the complete wonderfulness of them- sigh….
For many years, I did a lot of off loom beading- using brick stitch and peyote stitch to create pieces like this necklace:
This necklace is an homage to the Minoan Goddess of the Bees.
The blue teardrop shapes are dew drops, as the Minoan Goddess of the Bees is also known as ‘The Dewdrop Goddess’.
I love that—- dew happens when the earth is waking up and shifting from the dreamtime to the waking world.
How wonderful that there is a tiny Goddess there, guiding us back from our dreams, to our waking lives, and refreshing our spirits with dewdrops!
The red petal is a pomegranate seed, as The Minoan Goddess of the Bees is also closely aligned with the Goddess, Persephone.
Persephone was snatched from this world, and taken to the underworld, where she ate 3 pomegranate seeds. This meant that she had to return to the depths for 6 months of every year.
In Western Canada, where we live, winter reigns for at least 6 months of the year, often longer, so I resonate deeply with Persephone’s journey!
By the way, I love how the corded part of the necklace formed a figure ‘8’ – tilt it sideways, and you have infinity!
I worked the cord in peyote stitch, using tiny brass beads that a friend found in a thrift shop. Nice!!! :)
I carved her face from a tagua nut (an ecologically harvested palm nut) that is also known as vegetable ivory.
I have never done much loom beading, but that is about to change!
Every year, Claudia and Elena at Mirrix looms have a ‘social media campaign’.
They choose 2 weavers (a bead weaver and a tapestry weaver) to be part of the team, and then give them each a Mirrix loom.
Then, the weavers blog and post and tweet and fb etc about their adventures with their Mirrix looms for 4 months.
Well… I am soooooooooooooo delighted!
They picked me as one of their weavers! wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
A few weeks ago, I bought a Mirrix Joni from another Canadian weaver who hadn’t bonded with it. I am working on a series of woven tapestries and fiber arts collages and I need Joni Mirrix to be my loomie for that :D
Woots! I fell madly in love with Joni Mirrix (although I felt unworthy of her at first… will tell you more about it, later) and thought-
‘Hmmmmm… there must be a Ravelry group for Mirrix looms’.
I looked for it, and sure enough, there is! Link
I joined, and the first thing I saw was that they were having their annual Social Media networking campaign.
I sent in my application, and last night, I was doing a huge happy dance to discover that I got picked for the team!
(good thing I don’t have to catch a ball or throw one to be on the team, or else I would still be standing on the sidelines! ahem)
Oh ho! I want to fill my studio with Mirrix looms, (tapestry is slow, and I want to be doing bead weaving, toooooooo, so I am just ecstatic!)
Speaking of bead weaving, I treated myself to Claudia’s bracelet workshop on Craftsy (anyone who has seen any of my video tutorials will know that I am madly in love with bracelets!) and I am chomping at the bit to get going on a bunch of yummy woven bracelets!
Alright…. back to work on design deadlines so I get back to my weaving!
Go gently! :)
Oh! PS: if you would like to knit yourself a Minoan Goddess of the Bees, I designed one for you to knit, and can be ordered here:
Link to the doll page on my website (scroll down, waaaaaaaaay down the page to click the ‘buy now’ button)