monthly Design Challenge with Molly Schaller
Yum. I can almost taste the sage and cranberry stuffing already!
The November Pretty Palette set is perfect for a harvest feast! I can imagine wearing this to Thanksgiving dinner here at my own table as a small consolation for not being able to see extended family. A little bit of sparkle goes a long way in my book!
Over the past month, I've been looking for "comfort watches," shows that are steeped in good feelings. One that I found is called Britain's Best Home Cook. It features the charming Mary Berry from the first few seasons of The Great British Bake Off. Contestants cook their way through entire meal challenges, build friendships and cooking skills, and laugh in between tense moments of judging. Being a jewelry designer, I was drawn to the beaded earrings contestant Dipa Jakhu wore throughout many episodes. Her large hoops with dangling drops had movement and interest and added personality to her outfits. I used memory wire to create round loops to mimic the earrings in the show, and the Dipa Earrings are named after her.
The second project is the Luxe Bracelet. The golden and red tiger eye beads in this bracelet mix with Czech fire-polished glass for a rich, luxurious bracelet in sophisticated tones. It's not hard to make; all you need to know is how to flatten a crimp, string beads, and open a jump ring!
I often find myself unsure of how to use the large acrylic chain, but this time an answer came to me relatively quickly. A custom pendant with beads wired into the center was the key! The extra large faceted agate stone weighed down the center of the necklace, and even though it looks hand knotted, it's all strung with seed beads between each bead. These little touches give each bead enough space to feel a little more special.
This set has been so lovely to work with, and I have enough beads leftover that I'm considering making even more! It and the bonus beads will remain 30% off for the rest of the month of November, so if you haven't gotten yours yet and you're feeling inspired, click through to buy the entire collection with one click to be delivered to your doorstep for just $65.89!
Sending all of you my warmest wishes for a happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for all of you for following and playing along with me!
Molly Schaller is a design thinker, transmedia storyteller, user experience designer, and craft industry consultant who loves finding connections and creating dialog through craft. Contact Molly about her Pretty Palette design challenge and more!Follow Molly as Allinknotz on Instagram