The Colour of Magic

I was very inspired by Novembers OTTBS challenge: inspired by a book.

I have always been an avid reader, although that doesn’t really go far enough. I never had enough books to read as child. I would take my full allowance of 8 books out of the travelling library van every fortnight at infant school and was allowed to read the new books, before my high school librarian had even put barcodes on. However during the ‘dark times‘ of my depression in the last two years, I stopped. Completely. It was only Easter this year that I began reading again. For some reason it was also a symptom/problem that I never mentioned, not my therapists or friends and family. I should probably dwell on that. In the end it was going back to books I had read in my teens, that cured me. The books that helped me find my taste.

Naturally my first thought for this challenge was of the Disc World. I was introduced by my dad and Terry Pratchett is now one of my favourite authors. I read the old books via my dad’s collection and the library. When I moved to university, my dad bought me the latest discworld novel – ‘unseen academicals’. And this tradition continued, every time I moved somewhere, he’d buy me the latest book and the next time I went home I’d take it for him to read. Some how I’ve never read ‘moving pictures’, I think now I’m saving it for when I need a good distraction.

My Inspiration 

Originally I wanted to see if I could translate the discworld itself to a pendant form. i.e. a disc resting on the the backs of 4 elephants standing on a turtle. And while this would be incredible and perhaps doesn’t need to be completely literal, what I picture in my head is way above my skill level not to mention the amount of time I have available. So I had a rethink and came up with the colour of magic. Octarine, the 8th colour, the colour of magic, is described as a greenish purple. And there are definitely beads in that colour. I had just bought, size 15, 11, 8 and 6’s in iridescent green, and they can easily be described as greenish purple.

Iridescent green or Octarine

And with that mix of sizes, I had been planning on making some of the various slugs in loves by Gwen Fischer. So I did and this was the end result:


I’m pretty happy with it. I wore it twice in a week which is pretty good going. Decembers challenge is ‘Metallic’. Unfortunately I don’t have time to do this months challenge, and I’m not entirely sure how many metallic beads I have. I’m looking forward to see what other people come up with though.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Oh gosh this is going to be a long list. I’m half way through quite a lot of Christmas making. I managed to be well through November but after making up for not being able to socialise in October, I didn’t have a whole lot of time left for making. And seeing as I had so many crafting plans that’s left me feeling guilty. So I’ve been thinking about how much of my overwhelmed  feeling  I create by myself. It’s definitely something I need to take into consideration over the next year where I will be especially busy with work. A couple of the partially finished projects are the bases of travelling projects to complete over the christmas season. All in all I’ve ended up with quite a few things to blog about over the next few weeks.

Works in Progress

  1. The blanket, 1 more ball of wool got added
  2. The fringed bag. This has been on the back burner recently
  3. The handsewn ornament. Nearly done, i’m just beading the last few petals
  4. Christmas cards. About 2/3rds done. They need posting so they are my top priority at the moment.
  5. Microwave heating pads. I have two neck warmers and three sets of handwarmers to fill with rice and topstitch.
  6. A fabric cover for a diary. I need to hand sew the flaps down and then I have plans for some free form bead embroidery.

That’s not quite as bad as I had predicted, and the things I have finished this month include:

  1. Beaded Christmas ornaments, 3 star ornaments and embellishing the christmas tree
  2. A make up case for a friend
  3. One set of microwave heating pads – I gifted these already
  4. A necklace for the ottbs november challenge