Beads and silk and bling and stuff

It’s been a good while since I’ve felt motivated enough to write a blog post, what with this and that going on in the world (!!!)…but I’m still here, and I can see the light flickering dimly in the distance at the end of an unpleasantly long tunnel.

I’ve decided to take a break from my sewing machines and indulge myself in making necklaces. I have 3,920,333 beads at my disposal (collected over the years) and another 2,982,847 that I’ve just bought. I incorporate fabric and ribbon, with some visible hand-stitching, and have also started experimenting with handmade beads.

I listen to Sam Harris podcasts or an audiobook (currently Malcolm Gladwell reading his latest book, Talking to Strangers) while I’m busy with my needle and thread. I find it all very relaxing – now all I need to do is find a way of selling these makes. I’ve started with a give-away on Instagram, let’s see how that goes :)

17 thoughts on “Beads and silk and bling and stuff

  1. katechiconi

    Oh, now that is luscious! I want it, waaaaaah! It’s just that I stand no chance of owning it, not being on FB or IG, with no plans to start. As a matter of interest, how much would you charge for something similar….?

  2. cedar51

    yes the world doesn’t seem to moving as fast as one hoped – all of us setting our minds that once the NY rolled around, we would ALL be back to a more normal world. Although I’m over the ditch, in NZ where life is fairly normal, I personally have been falling behind big time with my “making” because of other health issues.

    love how you are trying to compete with me on “bead stash numbers” :-)

  3. Gail

    Stunningly gorgeous, Jill, you are such a super star, especially being able to count as high as 3,920,333. Hope the count included the few beads that escaped into dark corners. Sure these will sell well, they are a work of art, so beautiful and unique.

  4. Linne

    Lovely work, Jill! I sent you a message (on Insta, I think). I do know the giveaway is for SA only. (although I live near Salmon Arm here and often shorthand that to SA 😉 I still have some of the silk scarves I tie-dyed when staying with my Mum back around 2013 or ’14 or so . . . Have been wracking my brain, trying to think of some use I could make of them for myself. I want to keep them; they are all I have left from that endeavour. But I know sunlight destroys silk, so was reduced to thinking of wall hangings for my eventual walls . . . Will you mind if I make something similar for myself? I won’t sell them and it will be a while. I’m busy just now and for some time to come.

    In any case, I just love yours! I bet they sell like hotcakes . . .

    Glad you are having fun; it’s not so easy these days . . . I’m working on the second blanket kit my friend in Pennsylvania and her husband sent to me. And making them some Fair Isle style socks as a gift in return . . .

    Love and Light to you, Jill. ~ Linne


    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Hi Linne, I’ve just double-checked and there’s no message from you on my ig account, so I’m glad you responded here :)
      I would be delighted to know I’d actually managed to inspire someone to make something! – please sell them or do anything with them you’d like x. I’m happy to send you measurements if you need them but you probably don’t. Each one is different anyway, so my main thing is to make sure it goes over the head easily with no need for closures of any kind.
      Hot cakes, huh? Will keep you posted :)
      Lots of love, stay warm, happy crocheting

  5. insearchofitall

    They are beautiful, Jill. I hope you find a market for them soon. I never wear jewelry anymore. I miss getting dressed up to go somewhere. I’m listening to music as I read and write here. It’s calming the frayed nerves from too much confinement. I listened to a book in the middle of the night. Sigh. Hang in there. I think we will come to an end of the insanity soon.

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Thanks, Marlene. I seem to have got a bit hooked on making the beads themselves now (not all of them, of course) so – well, let me just say that my desk/work area looks like a large troop of vervet monkeys have been foraging for their favourite fruit…

      1. insearchofitall

        I’ve always wanted a studio away from my house because my creative endeavors leave my house looking like a tornado hit. Fabric, paints, threads, cutting tables, Ironing boards and other misc take a lot of room. I’m grateful that the pandemic means no one wants to come inside right now. ;) License plate frame on my car reads “A creative mind is never tidy”. :) Just enjoy the creative mess. ;)

  6. nanacathy2

    As we now have the SA variant of you know what in the UK, do we count as being in SA? It is wonderful and I reckon will sell like hot cakes in due course. You do have a lot of beads….

    1. Nice Piece of Work Post author

      Ah Cathy, that’s a good question!! But I’ve just read an article about a different strain of virus that has mutated in the UK – E484K is apparently also not to be messed with. I guess you’ll get some of the kind that was first picked up here and we’ll get some of your special brand.
      As it happens, I have friends who are returning to London (covid-19 permitting) at the beginning of March so, in fact, I could have included UK residents in the giveaway – but that wouldn’t have been fair to my Australian and American pals!
      I hope you and your family are all doing well xx


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