by Tamara Summers.
(Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)
This is the last collection I did in 2014. Actually, the first piece, the pair of green earrings, was done 3 years ago around Christmas, and I’ve never done anything with them, either put them out for sale or wear them myself.
I had recently bought a package of very colourful skeins of Egyptian cotton thread on sale, some of which were variegated. In the spirit of the season, I decided to thread-wrap a pair of dark green vintage enamel hoops.
After the initial wrapping, I went back over top and added small beads and crystals, for sparkle. I really liked how they turned out, I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them.
Truth be told, they’re a little too big for me, or I probably would have kept them! 🙂 This Christmas, I came across 3 vintage acrylic bracelets in my stash that I have never been inspired to do anything with before.
For some reason, I thought they would be a nice size for thread-wrapping. The idea of doing a very colourful, sparkly, jewel-toned collection of thread-wrapped jewellery was inspiring to me, because of the holiday season we were in I think. I decided to make a green one first to match my earrings.
I also had some pairs of plain metal earrings from various sources, and decided to make them usable or sellable by thread-wrapping them as well. When I did the pink bracelet, I was wishing that I had some silver metallic thread to add in.
The next day I was in a store, in the crafts department, and found a package of different coloured “sparkle threads”! They were perfect for adding the extra layer of interest and sparkle that I wanted. I even added a few shiny sequins, just for fun. 🙂
I only did one necklace, a blue one. It just sort of evolved. I made the pendant first, adding in some hydrangea petals. Then I decided to see how it would work out if I thread-wrapped some memory wire to hang it from.
I actually wore that necklace to church because it matched my top, and I wanted to see what kind of response to it I would receive. It definitely got attention, and compliments. People were intrigued with the thread-wrapping.
I do really like the way this collection turned out, but I also found that the threads were so fine that it was hard on my eyes. We also learn about ourselves when we try new techniques. Me, who gets frustrated very quickly when wire-wrapping, would spend hours wrapping little threads around things. 🙂 I guess it’s just a matter of the medium being used.
Pink Pearls and Potpourri