Guest blogger Lydia Regalado is an arts educator and blogger who writes for Art&Seek about people who gather to make things.
This weekend I attended the Silk Knotting with Pearls class at Splendor in the Grass, a lovely beading boutique tucked away in Lakewood. Class instructor Sally Lewis taught our small group the basics, also informing us of the proper care of pearls. Knotting is “knot” as hard as it looks, and making all of those teeny-tiny knots can be meditative and therapeutic, depending on your level of patience.
Tiny knots between the pearls protect from marring and chipping, and strengthens the necklace to prevent breaking. Plus, a jeweler may charge by the knot or by the inch! Learning a new skill is always a good thing, especially when it saves you money. A beautiful strand of pearls is a classic staple in many women’s wardrobe, but with Splendor’s selection of beads, it’s possible to mix it up a little. How about blue and red pearls on bright yellow cording? The possibilities are endless with the beautiful selection of beads and jewelry supplies. Colorful strands of pearls, semi-precious stones, and unique beads from all over the world line the walls of this charming store. Splendor also offers a great selection of silver findings and wire, as well as crafting supplies; everything you need to make your own creation for yourself or someone special.
Next Up: ReadyMade at the Dallas Museum of Art
This Thursday, September 18, staff of DIY ReadyMade magazine will be leading a workshop using recyclable materials at the Center for Creative Connections. The following evening Friday, September 19, is Late Night at the Dallas Museum of Art, Publisher and CEO Grace Hawthorne and Projects Editor Derek Fagerstrom will host a conversation on DIY culture, design and materials at 9 p.m. in Horchow Auditorium. Additionally, the Dallas Craft Mafia will have stations set up displaying their work along the Concourse.
See you there!