In The Beginning
If you’ve been following my blog or my jewelry in general, it’s apparent that I try to use reclaimed, re-purposed, recycled items when I can. But I didn’t always make jewelry that way. I started by taking a class at a local bead store and although that store carried a variety of beads and components none were fabric or fiber related. Over my jewelry making journey I started with making according to what magazines had showcased within their pages and then I realized I really didn’t care for the symmetrical designs so I moved on to asymmetrical designs. My business grew and it dawned on me how important it is to be true to myself. Still not fabric but on my way.
Store Closing – Everything Must Go!
I used to be a little embarrassed to admit that I hated to throw things away. I would be made fun of. I have learned to get past that. So back to the story….I bought some upholstery fabric samples from a Sears furniture store that was closing and just knew there was something I could do with them. I bought them around 1989 or so but didn’t start my jewelry business until 2005 and start including fabric until 2010. I’m estimating so may be a little off. The point is I held onto those fabric samples/swatchs for well over a decade before using.
I wanted to add texture (one of my favorite things) so I made fabric beads at first. Then I moved onto fabric cuffs and fabric pendants, fabric earrings and fabric chains for necklaces. The cuffs and earrings have been the most popular. I’m still not at the point where I was when I made asymmetrical beaded jewelry but I’m not giving up.
Connecting the Dots
Sometimes I look at my inventory and think: How did I get here? It goes deeper than me trying to make something with the fabric samples. I grew up with a grandmother and mother who totally believed in waste not, want not. I am the same way. And that’s the essence of green living, isn’t it? Folks used to laugh but they don’t as much anymore because we understand that sustainability is extremely important to our environment and ultimately to ourselves.
My goal is to align my income streams more to my passion for green living. I have planned to write a series of Green Living books. My first book should be listed on Amazon by Thanksgiving. A little nervous because I’m really putting myself out there…but wait a minute. I’ve already done that with my jewelry.