The process of creating a new micro macrame piece is, for me at least, messy. And it involves dragging out a lot of potential bits and parts before narrowing it down to the finalists. Last week's color challenge involved black and white - actually more gray and shades of gray with bits of bluish gray, but for the sake of simplicity, we'll call it black and white. So I went to my handy dandy supply closet stash and came up with this bead and cord palette:
Then I study the applicants for a while and wait for inspiration... Aha! There's usually a moment where something from the pile strikes me or reminds me of something I've been meaning to try. And then I'm off. This week it was the large rectangular pendant - I think it's Magensite. I liked the weight of it and my plan was to surround it with a macrame bezel and suspend it from an intricate necklace to make a real statement piece.
When I reached this point, I was seriously doubting the wisdom of my plan. I'd spent one entire evening doing the bezel, and I'm still not crazy about it. I think my technique would work better on a stone without corners, so maybe I'll attempt it again on something round. Maybe. Then I spent another afternoon/evening getting started on the straps. Again, I seriously underestimated the time involved in this undertaking:) I considered putting it into the UFO (unfinished objects for those of you who don't know craft-speak) pile, but I just couldn't, so I pressed on.
Ta Da!!! I feel like there should be a chorus singing in the background as I present this. It's not perfect, but then again, none of my work is. I'm always finding something - a knot just a bit out of line, I bead that I should have culled, a place where the tension isn't as even as I'd like. But I've come to the conclusion that imperfection is unavoidable and perfection is unattainable and that's part of the charm of handmade.