Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!
In this post, I shared my first experiments in freeform peyote stitch, inspired by the wonderful Karen Williams. In this post, I explored the technique a little further, trying out a multistrand necklace and some beaded buttons.
Today I'm going to share my latest freeform creations and talk about a part of the creative process that can be frustrating -- that phase where we're not sure if we like what we've made.
Here's another multistrand piece, completely different from the one I made in blues and greens. As I was working on it, I wasn't sure how I liked it. I loved the colors -- I always love black and red together -- but I wasn't sure about the shape. Was it too crazy?
Because I'm stubborn, I kept working on it in between other projects. And I'm so glad I did! On the display bust, the shape is just the right amount of crazy to be interesting and wearable at the same time.
That was a nice surprise! I'm hoping that the same thing will happen with this bracelet, which I made using my favorite oceany bead soup mix:
I love the colors. I love the play and improvisation in the beadwork. And I'm crazy about the freshwater pearls and faceted glass beads! One thing I'm not sure about is the shape. Again, I'm worried that it'll be too crazy and lumpy for a bracelet.
But I'll keep working on it in between other projects! I'm stubborn, as I said before, but I also know that I can't really judge a project until it's finished. So I'll keep adding beads and trying to cinch in the corners of this piece so it's more circular. And if that doesn't work? Maybe I'll turn it into a beaded bag or basket. There's no rule that says a piece can't become something else completely.
But what if I finish a project and I'm still not sure what I think about it? I am so excited about the colors of these freeform rings. I also love that I created rings! And the little sequin I sewed to the ring on the left is adorable.
Still, there's the shape issue. The sequin ring doesn't quite fit my finger, and it would have if I'd made it less elaborate. The ring on the right is a better fit, and part of me loves how different it is from any of the other rings I've made. But it's not that comfortable to wear because of all that texture, and I don't know if it's because rings make my fingers itch in general, or because it needs to be simpler.
So I'll let these rings sit. And I'll look at them again later, once I've had some distance. And if I don't like them? I'll have to realize that they weren't a waste of beading time. Because making things that don't quite work is an essential part of the creative process as well as the learning process!
As artists, we're also creativity scientists. We try a lot of different things, we test out hypotheses, we push our boundaries. We do this because the very best way to learn and improve is by doing. As I've said before, something that seems like a failure is actually a stepping stone to an even greater success.
Now it's your turn: Do have have a project, or projects, that you're unsure of? Tell me about it, and even better, show me! I love links to other people's work.
Thanks for reading, thanks for commenting, and have a sequintastic day! <3