I've been drooling over folk art and nature-inspired jewelry lately and these colors just screamed, "Make something folksy!".
Can you hear the colors screaming? No? It's just me? Hmmm...
So, here's what I came up with for my entry.
Unfortunately November has been devoid of good natural light for photos, so this is the best I could do. The detail shots are clearer.
I made all the beads except for the malachite chips, which I never would've thought of to go together with a folk art theme if they hadn't just been set on my table near enough to the other beads to make me take a second glance and consider pairing them. I love it when that happens.
This little bird is directly inspired by Heather Powers' little bird beads. I love that such a simple shape can so clearly represent a bird. However, I'm not so good at keeping things simple, so I etched designs into my little birdy. I think it adds to the folkish feel, but detracts from clarity of the fact that it is indeed supposed to be a bird.
The surrounding round beads are my first attempt at fabric-covering beads. I used a few different prints from my collection of vintage fabrics, including one that used to be the upholstery on my great aunt Ada's favorite chair. I love that I got to incorporate a little piece of her into this necklace.
I made this long bead with a feather design wrapping around it to offset the bird, and also to introduce more texture to the necklace as a whole. I wanted a good mix of different textures in this piece, which I think I achieved with the stringy seed pod beads and the smooth malachite and the torn fabric edges.
I think I'll be keeping this necklace for myself, but definitely incorporating similar parts into future items for the shop, so stay tuned.