So, two options. Give up on the goal I set for myself to participate every month or break my cardinal rule of #don'tbeadtired (because it only ever leads to errors, broken beads, crappy designs and frustration). Then I thought, "surely I can rally and finish ONE pair of earrings that are already halfway complete."
I should have known. There's a reason I made this rule for myself!
I was ONE KNOT away from a finished, perfect pair of earrings and yep, I managed to completely screw it up. And here's one thing about knotting on waxed linen cord...unpicking that knot is a BITCH!
So, back to my two options. Give up or post my earlier attempt at designing for this challenge which...while finished...is not my favorite thing I've ever made. There's something off about it and I'm not exactly sure what it is, but in the spirit of keeping up with my participation goal AND my technique experimentataion goals, I decided to go ahead.
Here's the inspiration picture - gorgeous zig zag nerite seashells.
And here's what I came up with. I'd already been playing around with linen cord techniques for an upcoming blog hop next week so I thought it would be fun to just adapt the color scheme to this challenge. I am happy with the cord part. The tops are white shell rings and I used 4 ply black waxed linen cord to tie half-hitch knots around the rings and after every 3 knots, I slid on a pink Miyuki glass teardrop bead.
As I said above, this is not my favorite pair of what I came up with - it's an earlier attempt and the cord work is fine, but something is not right with the balance of the bottom beads. Now that I'm looking at the photos, I think it might be the size proportion and the placement of the dots - they are kind of like wonky eyes looking at you.
The second pair really came out much better...until I ruined them by messing up the last knot on the bottom...so frustrating! Still, I am learning to overcome two of the things that are my biggest obstacles when it comes to trying new techniques: fear of wasting materials (because I have wasted YARDS of cording over the last couple of weeks LOL) and fear of imperfect results (because here I am posting a less-than-desirable result for the world to see).
Cheers to personal growth LOL! Hopefully, next month will be less about growth and more about good design.
Here's the link to the rest of the participants.