FRIDAY FACETS – Venerated Pieces

Please tell me I am not the only one who hoards saves special pieces of fabric, beads, findings, etc. for ‘the perfect project’.

I have two things in particular that I cannot bring myself to use.

One is a length of silk. It is spiderweb like in texture, a radiant blue. A true witness to the outstanding craftsmanship of Lyonnaise silk weavers, a city famous for her silk production. I bought it a few years ago, together with many other wonderful pieces, in a small silk weaver shop hidden in one of the tiny street of Croix Rousse.

I take it out every once in a while and imagine what I could do with it. An organic pattern drawn with silver gutta would look wonderful. As would fine embroidery with metallic thread. Or embellishment with tiny gemstone beads, peridot maybe, or citrine. Just an elaborate border as not to take away from the beauty of the silk.

Then I touch its unique texture and look how the sun intensifies the color and I cannot make up my mind. I don’t want to ruin its beauty. It is so delicate and So back into the box it goes until the next time.

The second coveted piece is a set of intricate silver beads with inlays of coral and turquoise. My friend brought them for me from a trip to Thailand.

I don’t know how many times I have arranged and rearranged them on my jewelers’ tray. Combined them with other beads. Took those off again because they didn’t seem to do them justice. Temporarily strung them on silver wire. Decided which pair to use for earrings. Changed my mind yet again and experimented with a new necklace design. Held different Karen Hill Tribe toggle clasps against it to see which one would be perfect.

Each one of those beads is so unique and wonderful, it is difficult to commit to one design only.

So they also go back into their box. Until the next time I think I have the perfect design for them.

Anybody else having similar problems?


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