So, the Esty BeadWeavers
monthly challenge for November was 'Caught In a Net', using a netweave beadstitch primarily in your piece.
I started out with one idea, playing off the words in the title of the challenge and rapidly got bored. That piece will be finished, just not for this challenge.
I decided to finish a piece I'd started a year or so ago and use it instead for my challenge entry piece. Finally finished it tonight, not because it was complicated, I LOVE doing the netweave stitch (and peyote and spiral rope chain and...), but I just kept getting sidetracked, as well as the individual componants of the piece took awhile to make.
I had the idea laid out in my head, then I decided that instead of trying to describe it to Mark, I'd sketch it out and show him that way. Yes, I play ideas off of my husband, yes he's biased in that everything I make, he invariably loves. But he comes up with good names for my pieces and often sees things I don't, so I use his brain that way alot.}:P
I also used the sketch to lay out the pieces and see if it would work the way I intended it to. I don't do this often enough, I think.
Sometimes using a form is easier than a flat piece of paper, so I also used my display to place the componants and see what adjustments needed to be made, if I needed more componants or not. And whether I want it to be completely flat or have some curves and waves to it.
But in the end, it all came together and you have to look several times to see all the Huichol BeadLace stars/snowflakes amid the freeform netweave.}:P For the record, there are 30 of them.
It does not lay flat, it flows, curves and is very organic in form and shape. It's not heavy, per se, but it has some slight weight to it, that lets you know it is definately there. The lampwork 'snowballs' catch the light and shimmer slightly, the clear Druks and faceted clear rondelles are crystalline pieces of ice, the iridescent clear beads reflect the light in a rainbow of colors, like bits of ice, and the cobalt roses, leaves, Druks and beads absorb the light, bringing a touch of cold to the piece, all with hints of varying shades of blues scattered throughout.Come join the 'Snow Garden Waltz'...