Unusual

Using textile techniques to make jewellery is not that common, as far as I can tell. Some artists do it, but many also don’t.

Perhaps it takes a strong love for textile crafts as such, to want to use them in metal work. Perhaps many makers and wearers prefer when jewellery is not too fragile or has to be handled with extra care?

What do you think about this? Would you hesitate to buy jewellery that you can’t just toss in your bag or put in your jeans pockets, because they might get ruined? (Mind you, doing the above can always cause ugly scratches in the metal, so I wouldn’t recommend it anyway.) Or do you think that as long as you really like a piece, it’s worth the trouble to handle it with extra care?

Finally, something completely unrelated, but also unusual: One of the A to Z themes I really enjoy is this one about weird holidays over at Dara Rochlin Book Doctor‘s blog, where U is for Uncommon Musical Instrument Day. Have a look and see if you find any new holidays you want to celebrate!

I have always liked the idea of mixing hard metals with soft techniques. This year, my theme for the A to Z challenge is “Metal meets textile”. From A to Z, I talk about work with metal wire, textile techniques like crochet and knitting, show some pieces I’ve been working on, share some thoughts on metal, textile and jewellery. I hope that you’ll find something of interest to you!

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