Featherss Necklace

Nacy Cain

Sunday, September 22
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Level - Intermediate to Advanced




“Hope” is the thing with feathers,
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops - at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886

"Native Americans have a deep connection to feathers. When a feather falls to earth, they believe it carries all of the energy of its former attachment on a bird to a living being. Feathers are perceived as gifts from the sky, the sea and the trees. Feathers arrive unexpectedly, but not without purpose as they are inextricably tied to the belief that birds, as spirit guides, walk through different stages of life with a person, teaching and guiding them, and in some instances protecting them.

My friend Betcey Ventrella was my muse for this piece. I have never used a person as a creative direction, but Betcey embodies a unique connection to Planet Bead that I wanted to embrace. The meaning of her name represents “compassion, creativity, reliability, generosity, loyalty and a love. They have a love for the arts and beautiful aesthetics as well as a deep inner desire for travel and adventure. They want to set their own pace in life without being governed by tradition.”

My Feathers necklace is made with circular peyote creating a unique open sided bezel for the Swarovski stones in the pendant portion and tubular Chenille stitch for the rope. The fringed feathers will help the students understand the inherent issues with flat peyote regarding twists and curling."



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