I can't begin to explain the lessons learned and the friends we made.
But, I will try to do so, with each picture I share here, in the caption.
Since all patterns were gifted, to each student, as their personal OOAK cuff, they were able to make the decision whether or not to allow their pattern to be sold, should another student want it. All but two were up for sale, and many many many went out the door, along with the necessary bead colors, for this
ONE DAY PATTERN SALE.
Each Student was handed a "Bead Legend" and a "Word Chart"...not knowing what they will be weaving, only seeing the colors. It seemed there were faster weavers this day, then in any other class I taught. Everyone wanted to see the picture come to life.
Below, is the other side of the room, knowing they are a bit behind the rest...but determined to hang those beads on the warps!
Emily asked me, first thing in the morning, "Erin. Would you mind helping me create a golf themed cuff pattern." Of course, as I always kid, "No way!" As she gathered more rows on the warps...she laughed out loud...."It is GOLF!!"
Also shown, the original pattern created, for her.
She wove faster than I have ever seen.....at warp speed!
to sit ontop of the stems/leaves this frog is holding.
Bees have been included in Jewelry designs, for centuries.
I thought this the best offering to Avie, as her skills and design concepts mimic a bee gathering glorious pieces, from a garden,
then recreating something special....honey.
For Avie, she gathers beads and recreates gorgeous wearable bead art.
She has such an extensive collection that it will passed on for exhibits one day.
We had fun waiting, for her to see this Koi Fish Pattern come to life.
She too was unsure, of this pattern, for many rows.
This "Asian Floral Motif" is perfect, hoping she'll add more embroidered accents.
Her "Munchkin", a Pomeranian, will be completed,
with sparkles surrounding the portrait.
Yarn and Knitting Needles were part of how Anna first met everyone at Bead Soup.
But when you see the final piece, as in the pattern sample above,
it shares what drove me to create in four colors.
Some students were unable to make the class, due to a snow storm or illness and another was working to swap out colors. I hope these pattern find them all well!
This class offered more lessons, than I have ever been able to share in past classes. The Students experienced the thrill, of watching a pattern come to life, from the perspective, of a Designer, setting out on their first trial. They calculated the beads needed and we discussed many options for edging and accents. We are now discussing a class offering a 'hands on tutorial', of how I create patterns, for the loom. There is no date set, but I think it is already sold out!
One final thought. I feel I have given each one a canvas to work so they may add their personal creativity. I am also suggesting they name their final piece, which is not something many students need to do. I am looking forward to see all the final cuffs!