What I’m Learning This Fall — Wire Weaving
by Barbara MacDougall.
(Woodstock, Ontario, Canada)
I’ve been drooling over Debbie Benninger’s work for a year or more now, ever since I met her when she bought some turquoise cabs from me. She won several Fire Mountain prizes recently. I bought some of her tuts and a book, also got Sarah Thompson’s Craftsy tut and book… Let’s just say, sometimes what I’m doing works, most times it’s a complete disaster.
My biggest bad habit is making pointless twiddles to finish off wires so I end up with a big clump of nothing. Watched Nicole Hanna tuts the other day to try to sort that out.
My method of working is to pick a new weave style and start weaving, then pick out the bead, then see what happens — let it become more free form than controlled.
The trick is to not cut the base wires too short to begin with, or leave them too long and end up overworking the piece. With care, the wire weaving is very forgiving: you can wrap, unwrap and rewrap it.
Barbara MacDougall Fine Turquoise