So now I have"captured a cabochon" for the first time, and learned some new techniques for beading. It's evident I will have to practice to develop the skills; since I have a commission for a piece featuring lizards, I guess they'll sport beaded adornments. If (when!) I make mistakes, they can be hidden in the leaves. The workshop increased the pull of the studio, particularly since I had spent the previous 3 days cleaning it. There is now space to walk around, the various clippings have been put in notebooks, the books have been rearranged, the floor swept. I will move the beading supplies downstairs, as that's where I sit to bead. I am getting organized.
Today we will visit the exhibit after church, and tomorrow will spend more time there so Larkin can take photos. It's hard to say goodbye to the exhibit after a year of anticipation and all the drama surrounding it--but what a great experience to be involved in for the first time. And yes, friends, I will post more frequently in future.