Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Woodcutter, a review and reveal

OTTBS (Operation Tackle That Bead Stash - a Facebook bead group) has these lovely challenges, one of which is to read from a selection of books, then bead something that the story has inspired.  I chose The Woodcutter, by Kate Danley, for it's powerful messages of how Power attempts to destroy Love, in the format of beloved fairy tales, such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and others.
Here is the book, offered on Amazon:    The Woodcutter by Kate Danley
In the story, Pixies are misused by a Wicked Queen and her Consort, to attempt to remake our world in a fashion that better suits their evil machinations. The Pixie dust they collect appears as a cloud of snow in part of the story.
I wanted to make a bracelet that had the colors and sparkles of Pixie Dust, but show with the very controlled stitch, embellished RAW, the turning of what should be a free-flowing substance is now strictly bound. Here is the final result, laid flat.

The 3mm crystal AB bicones, size 11 white AB charlottes, light blue AB 11s, and crystal AB 6s all provide a look of Pixie Dust.

I used 3mm crystal AB faceted Firepolish Czech beads on the base, so it would be smooth next to skin.

Being of a somewhat practical nature, I made the surround over the top into a pencil holder, so I can keep track of my pencil at work, in a sparkly manner. Of course, this just adds to the idea of turning 'Pixie Dust' into something quite out of its free nature.

Here is how it will look when worn.

I hope this inspires you to try The Woodcutter, by Kate is an adventure you will not soon forget!