I am about to ship a completely unexpected order – a pair of customized bobbin lace earrings! The client saw a pair I made eons ago somewhere online, and clicked through Pinterest to my old blog all the way to my Etsy shop and asked whether I was still making bobbin lace. Well, strictly speaking I am not – but I sure was ready to start again! Making bobbin lace felt like riding a bicycle: You simply never forget how to.
Going through my old wire lace folders brings back so many memories! Making wire bobbin lace was a wonderful experience. It helped me master a very complex, traditional craft and then look at it from a new perspective as I chose to use a very nontraditional material to work with. It ultimately led me to jewelry making at large – and I really should get back to it. The satisfaction of creating something beautiful out of almost nothing is simply indescribable.
I was perusing Pinterest today, and was so pleasantly surprised to see a picture of my wire bobbin lace earrings pinned and repinned 20 times (I know, peanuts for some, but it’s HUGE for me). The only sad part is that the 20-times repinned picture linked to a blog that took my photo and didn’t bother crediting me for it. Oh, well – that’s the risk inherent to anything put online, I guess.
Anyway, the first thing I thought when I saw those earrings of mine was that is was funny. Because I have been thinking about getting back to bobbin lace making, and to jewelry making in general, for weeks now. I took a break from working with resin when I was pregnant and then, obviously, I kind of took a break from my former life when Baby Bubba was born, period. But my fingers have been itching for a while. Maybe I am ready.
If Bubba’s naps are 30 minutes each, and he naps 3 times a day, these should only take 5 days to make! Ha!
Pity babies are everything but predictable. Maybe jewelry making will have to wait a tiny bit longer. But thanks for letting me inspire myself, Pinterest!