First off, the designs revisited.
Below are what I call my "Gutter Bracelets" and what I advertise as "Cradled Pearls"....ahh, what's in a name? But we'll get to that.
I've never actually taught the Gutter bracelets, they were originally designed for a workshop that never happened. But I like the design so I thought I'd revitalize it by making it into a bangle and then creating a sister bangle to round out a workshop....who knows maybe there will be three variations.
Naming projects can be easy, challenging or just plain impossible.
Like the "Gutter Bracelet", which I admit isn't the prettiest of names, hence "Cradled Pearls" which is much more appealing...and I'm sure there will be a new name when they become a bangle class.
Sometimes though I like the names I choose and apparently get very
attached to them as I discovered yesterday.
As my followers and friends know these are my Urchin Wing bracelets and the pattern for these will be a project in the Dec/Jan issue of Beadwork magazine.
However, I learned yesterday that they will have a new name, Farfalle.
I get it, the shape is like farfalle or bow tie pasta and if Urchin Wings is too dark for the magazine, I guess I understand. But that being said having a piece of jewelry named after pasta.....hmmmm.....
One bows to the powers that be and for a year it shall be named "Farfalle", but to me and after a year it will always be "Urchin Wings"...ok, so after a year it will be "Urchin Wings AKA Farfalle".
I am told by Bead Goddess, Marcia, that it's happened to her and the best thing to do is to have a good laugh about it and change the name back after the contract is up. So, the jokes are already popping into my head....stitch it too tight and it's "al dente", too loose and it's a "limp noodle".
I may still pout a little about someone I don't know renaming my baby but I've accepted it.
I will say that the thing that surprised me the most was that they felt the name had a "dark feel" to it. I'm not saying it doesn't, anyone who knows me knows my style is a bit Gothic but with the popularity of Steampunk which is decidedly dark I wouldn't have thought it was an issue.
Sometimes one is just surprised!
Anyway, it'll be out in December for all those of you who have contacted me about this pattern and are chomping at the bit to make your own.