Wire & Pants

April 28, 2017   /   byMyrna  / Categories :  Feeds
During the morning hour yesterday, I attempted to work on the bag only I kept making silly measuring errors so it was more stop than go. Hopefully this morning I'll have better luck. For the rest of the day, I concentrated on...

... finishing up the three assignments from my first workshop - Wire Weaving Bracelets: Basics and Beyond  with Sarah Thompson. It's very well done and I feel I learned a lot - as in....

... what to do and what not to do. My wrap improved with each project and I anticipate it'll keep going int hat direction. My curls and turns need more work. I'll learn to do by doing. I seem to be quite good at tucking under the ends. There was only one "catchy" one when I scrubbed off the liver of sulfer patina. I made it a little on the strong side so the first two were quite dark and the third (the most complicated) I dunked quick in and out.

These two were relatively straight forward. Assignment one on the left is about learning the weave and shaping the bracelet. Assignment two on the right is about creating texture, layers, and movement. 

My version of assignment three seemed to get quite ornate and it was disappointing that the finish rubbed off the beads. If you look back earlier you can see that they had a brass and copper finish which looked much better than the clear glass HOWEVER... the beads cover my "learning curves" one of which is to use a flatter focal bead.

The next workshop I'm taking is Start Wire Weaving: Cabachon Pendants with Dawn Horner. In my jewelry supplies I have a large blue stone that will do for learning. I'm doing my best work possible with these projects and quality wire but not my best stones and beads. I'll work up to them.

As a teacher, I know that the assignments are designed to teach skills from beginner to more advanced however, as a student, I often skip over them to what I really want to do. In this case, I'm doing all the assignments in each workshop so I can practice, so I can learn to do by doing, and so I can develop solid working skills.

I'm sorry these pictures are so dark. Hopefully they are better than nothing. It was grey and stormy yesterday and not good for taking pictures. I finished the linen souvenir pants and paired it with a black t-shirt and the purple cardigan I refashioned a few weeks ago. The outfit received compliments yesterday which was rather nice.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - one workshop, growing confidence

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Look, you can actually see the bottom of my black and white sports bra. The top of the pants go way above my ribs. And the seam allowances are 3/8” on this pattern. Even if you took that into account, the height on these is crazy.
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So then I had an ah-ha moment. Maybe it’s NOT the pattern. Maybe I need to make a larger size? And pull them down more?? Maybe my hips are not letting the fabric settle down where it should be? So I loosened the pins holding the CF together and ended up with the weirdest low, pointy crotch ever. No, it’s not me. It’s definitely the pattern. When it is pulled up to rib-ville, the crotch curve actually fits okay. At least, it really felt like that is where it is supposed to be.
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On the plus side, I used crappy muslin fabric and didn’t spend too much time on this.
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