The Brief: Creative Joyful Thing No.10
* Make an item of jewellery or some other decorative thing to wear out of an unusual material*
I knitted a cuff to look like the bark of the birch tree in my garden, then used shrink plastic to make a branch (a few leaves, really) falling in front of it.
The plastic cover does hide some of the knitting detail, but I am pleased with how it turned out. I had not used the plastic before – you bake it in the oven and it shrinks by 40- 50% in both directions, so getting the leaves the right size was a bit of a challenge and an experiment. I used pastel pencils and had to seal the underside with varnish before sewing it onto the cuff. I punched holes in the corners before shrinking.
Here is what Rachel gave to me:
A beautiful necklace made from a piece of driftwood with lovely markings in it (spalted beech possibly?) that she found on a beach in Wales. It was this size when found, like a pebble. She hammered some pins into it to adorn – perfect!
What was really nice was opening them together when Rachael visited me recently – presents!