The "Rosie Posy" pendant I'll be teaching on Saturday is an original design that I'm really excited about. It's a fun and unusual way to use the Knifty Knitter small flower loom (only about $4) with fine-gauge wire plus your favorite small beads and pearls.
This actually ties into my previous post about sources of inspiration.
Last winter, I was shopping with my mom at our local WalMart store (where I routinely buy tons of birdseed and squirrel food for the critters), and she wanted to check out the yarn in the craft section, so I went along with her. That's where I found the Knifty Knitter flower loom. It's a small round loom originally intended for making decorative raffia flowers. Hmm... not sure who would want to do that! But I picked it up anyway, and my creative brain started ticking away.
It wasn't much of a stretch, really, to think of using sterling silver or copper wire instead of raffia to make a metal-based flower with the loom. But I also devised a creative way to use my wire-working and forging skills to turn the petals into real, lifelike shapes. Adding tiny bead dangles made from garnets and pearls to the center of the flower turned it into a very pretty work of art. I also devised a way to turn the completed flower into a pendant.
From there, I again turned to my wire-wrapping and forging skills to create a beautiful neck wire twined and wrapped with more pearls and garnets; a chain around the back with a handmade clasp completes the necklace.
Needless to say, this is an intermediate- to advanced-level workshop! But for those of you who are in this area and looking for a brand-new design to test your skills, I encourage you to enroll. You can call Brea Bead Works at 714 671-9976 for more information.
I'd love to see you in the workshop! You can find a supply list here.