Whenever I turn on the news, it seems like there’s more and more violence happening in the world. I always feel so helpless in the face of all of the sadness and suffering going on. What can I do to help? I am one person, living a quiet, middle-aged life in my little corner of this world.
I thought about this as I beaded the triangles for this necklace, one by one. As I got into the meditative rhythm of adding one bead at a time, I found myself moving to a deeper place, a silent place, and I started to send out positive thoughts and prayers for healing. On the path of those thoughts and prayers, this necklace was born. I call it Prayers for Peace.
I was inspired to create these beaded triangles when I received my copy of the wonderful Contemporary Geometric Beadwork by the fabulous Kate McKinnon and her beady tribe.
I started out with an exploration of colors and patterns.
I then moved on to the creation of a more organized beaded piece – a necklace.
I chose a warm color and a cool color to represent the energies of light and dark and the healthy balance of these energies. Like yin and yang.
The biggest challenge with this piece came after I had beaded all of the triangles. Now how do I connect them together to form a necklace? I thought about this for awhile and had come up with several options when one day I experienced a serendipitous moment whiling creating some headpins with silver wire. How about if I use a headpin as a sort of hinge attachment? And it worked. Most excellent.
Using the same headpins, I then created some chain links and a triangle shaped clasp link.
I’m really enjoying my foray into the geometric beady world these days. Stay tuned for further adventures as I explore beading a cuff with “horns and wings”. Think Klingon warrior and the colors of tea!
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
Wow.. I shared on FB.
Thanks so much, my dear friend!
Love it, Karen !!! Such a marvelous way to arrange those dimensional triangles, and the connections are so clever, although I can’t quite figure out if they are joined together or terminated with a loop in the back………..
Thanks Dora! Yes, the headpins are terminated with a small loop that sits flush with the back.
WoooooooooooW, Karen!!! I love your beading…. and love love your post sentiments! So wonderful that you put together prayers for peace. The necklace is lovely.
Thanks Tricia! So nice to hear from you, hope all is well!
This is really nice, I can’t even imagine amounts of patience required to do something like that!
Thanks! It is a time consuming process but a very rewarding one! 🙂
Hello, I found your beautiful necklace – what a job you did! The story that comes with it is also great.
Thanks so much Franziska for your lovely feedback!