I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed reading this collection... and even made it all the way through! Many of the stories left me scratching my head a bit and wondering what actually happened, but that didn't bother me too much. The tone in many of the stories was almost otherworldly and absolutely eerie... they all had a strangeness to them.
One of the beads that Eric and I picked up at Bead & Button was a wonderful bronze bat bead made by the talented Bob Burkett. Inspired by the titular story, I thought this would be an appropriate time to make Eric a necklace with his bat! The main character can no longer transform into a bat, but his wife Magreb can... and uses that ability to fly beyond Clyde's reach and spend her nights in the cliffs. I used some steel wire and some crusty looking Tibetan agate beads that I just acquired and kept the rest simple with black chain. I often get in trouble with my otherwise patient husband for not making him jewelry. I'm hoping this little Magreb necklace gets me off the hook for a little bit! And an added bonus... Eric now has a new bat necklace just in time to wear to the Twin Cities Horror Festival that starts this Thursday!
The felted "cocoons" seemed a little naked and boring on their own so I decided to try out my rudimentary bead embroidery skills to add a little more visual interest. (The lesson learned here is that it's much trickier to do even simple bead embroidery on a 3D object than a flat one... especially when it's so small!) The green cocoon might look a little more like an acorn now, but that may not be a terrible thing for selling this long necklace. I think the market for cocoon jewelry is a fairly narrow one! The embroidery took me WAY longer than I anticipated, but I think the results were worth it. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and tried something new... so I'm calling that a win!