In October 2010 I met with a friend who wanted me to update her vintage collection of inherited jewelry, gifts, and her own purchases over the years. She didn't wear it anymore, or never had in some cases, but she wanted to honor the memory of some pieces handed down from dear relatives. So we met to brainstorm, and in the end she gave me a box of jewelry, some intact and some just remnants, and a list of projects that I completed by the end of the year.
Suze Spencer Marshall is an award-winning musician, entertainer, music teacher, and record producer in Vancouver, WA whose western musical roots go way back to the 30s and 40s. We first met at her house where she showed me fabulous collections of her stage wear: vintage western shirts and boots, lovely velvet jackets, and beaded garments from the early 20th century. With these in mind, and knowing that she wanted what would look fabulous on stage, we planned the remakes.
Here are a few before and after pictures of what was done:
Those are five of the original remodels I did for Suze. There were more, some with white glass pearls and very traditional, some with black nailheads in a netted design, some with glass chips that just needed more room between the beads so they could move. All were fun. As I work on Round 2, I'll show you the process.
About Me . . .
I am a beader.
Courting My Beading Muse . . .
I think about beads and jewelry a lot. Maybe not constantly, but almost. So when my muse is with me, I must court her so she stays and provides me with inspiration. Here are some results . . .