Friday, February 3, 2017

Soothing the Soul

This piece speaks to me on so many levels. It combines a Native American look and feel with a traveler's compass. That embodies so many of the things I love. 

The first magnetic compass was invented around 200 BC during the Chinese Han Dynasty, but not really used in its traditional navigational sense until the 11th century by the Song Dynasty. Amazing just how long ago this was invented and how advanced the civilizations that used it must have been.

The last time I took some time away to bead for the weekend with Christine, she asked if we could practice fringe. Ah fringe, how I love it. I had with me two of these leather compass focals that Melinda Orr had made. I punched several holes in both of them and we got to work. One of the many things I love about beading with Christine is that we can sit, and bead, and just be. We can talk non-stop for hours, and then we can sit quietly and bead. Both are important, and both soothe the soul.

This piece actually hangs long, not quite at waist level. And when I wear it it swings and gives a bit of a musical sound with all those brass feathers. I don't keep many of the items that I make, but this one just might make the cut. 

16 comments:

JoJo said...

You can never have too much fringe! Love it!

Shaiha said...

It's beautiful! I can see why it would be soothing especially with the little chimes.

Memories for Life said...

What a beautiful piece!

Liz E said...

That piece is pleasing to the eyes, the ears, and I'm sure also to the touch. I'd like to let my fingers play with the fringe. Mmmmmmm. I love the compass, and what it represents. It's a keeper, definitely!

BeadedTail said...

What a beautiful statement piece! I hope you keep it because it's gorgeous!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

That is indeed a beauty!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Stunning! I can hear its pretty sounds!

Sandra Cox said...

It's gorgeous! And I love the historical symbolism.

windrock studio said...

O, my fringe loving sisters ... I love thinking about you two sitting together and doing your work, talking and laughing and sharing.
This piece is truly stunning and I always enjoy wearing something that makes a tiny bit of music on its own, too. How could this not be a keeper?!!

Therese's Treasures said...

Beautiful piece, I know just what you mean I have a group of friends that we get together now and then to bead or to make cabochons, we talk and catch up, but when the beads or rocks come out it is creating time. We may ask a question or two but basically we are quietly creating and enjoying just being together. We learn from each other, it is a wonderful thing to have friends with the same interests you have whether they are close by or far away.
Therese

Bobbie said...

This is so subtle and so gorgeous - I love the little tinges of turquoise add depth. Fringe is, as you know, something I struggle with, so to see it done so beautifully is an inspiration. Yep, I'd keep this one to enjoy, too!

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Lovely fringe work and the compass speaks volumes. How nice you have a beading buddy. I have been trying to encourage my nieces in that direction but they live so far away we rarely have crafty time together. PS - If you ever decide to come out to AZ for the Tucson shows, let me know. It would be great to visit with another like-minded beader!

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow!!! Stunning!! I love fringe too! I love this piece! Truly beautiful! I love how you said that it makes a musical sound! I think you should keep it!!

Christine Altmiller said...

I loved being a part of this piece ~ the learning, the finding, the sharing, the feeling ~ You made a perfect necklace ~ wear it often and hear the music you bring to this world.

Marcela Gmd said...

Wow I love it!!!!!

Betka said...

Awsome.

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