Habitual Habitat of the Amy

I kept reading advice columns for how to bring sales to your etsy shop, and one thing they all said is to get a blog.

I can't say this blog has boosted my etsy sales, but it has given me yet another outlet for talking about myself, and that can't be bad--can it?

The direct link to the Etsy shop is HERE

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bursting with Sparkles!

Will you think less of me if I admit that this started life as a glove?

It was supposed to be some sort of beaded gauntlet; this odd square to go over the back of my hand, with the top split into strips which ended in ring-like circles to go around my fingers.  There was also a band at the bottom to hold it around my wrist.

Well, that was the theory, anyway.  The 'ring' bits were mostly too small for my hand and didn't look very sturdy, and the few times that I actually put it on... Let's just say it didn't turn out As Planned and leave it at that, shall we?

I removed the band, and sewed up the splits near the top, and now I'm trying to hawk it on Etsy. It'll probably never sell, but I'm happier thinking that I may not have to live with it forever.  It's the thought that counts.

While we're cataloging the flaws in this tapestry, do you notice the way the sides...wobble. That's not actually a mark of bad craftsmanship; it just means that some of the beads were wider than the others.  This is what happens when you mix size 10 beads with size eleven beads, and it goes a long way to explaining why I've been working to get rid of all my 10s. 

It's a problem that can be worked around in some instances (the Lord of the Rings Tapestry has size 10s on it's edges, which meant I needed to drop them every few rows, but you can't tell from looking at it), and ignored in others (if it's just a few beads here and there it doesn't make a difference), but life is just so much easier when you don't have to deal with it.  And everything looks more professional when the sides don't wobble.

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