I’m checking in from the Clayathon. I made it here in one piece yesterday afternoon, and after about an hour of dithering about, wondering what I should make first, I dove into shawl pins, buttons, and barrettes in two patterns: Grayscale Weave and Swamp Weave. (Those are the barrettes up there. The green one got a little toasted in the oven, but I plan on keeping it for myself and don’t really mind the extra browning and speckles.)
Anyway, this got me thinking that maybe you haven’t seen the instructions I wrote up several years ago on how to make my woven pattern. You know how old content can get buried sometimes. So here is a link to the tutorial. It’s a complex cane, and it takes a bit of effort, but the effects are well worth it (particularly if you have more patience than I do, and can let your cane rest a bit before reducing – my final cane in the example is a little wonky).
Today I’ve already made sets of shawl pins, buttons, and barrettes in twelve patterns (wait, twelve? can that be right? hmm, I think it is. guess I’ve been busy!) and this evening I’ll spend some time sanding and buffing the lot. I’ve learned that if I don’t do those finishing steps right away, they may never get done. I still have a box of un-sanded bits and pieces from last year’s clayathon!