Well, I can only apologise for lacking in posts for a while. I’ve been poorly. It’s something I’ve had to get used to and doesn’t yet sit well with me. This weekend, I spent time at Missenden Abbey, being taught how to make this silver necklace, from scratch, by Stephen O’Keeffe.
I was really looking forward to the crafting weekend, but I’d preceded the first evening session with a little light gardening. Big mistake. You see, a friend of mine had kindly come to “sort out me borders” but I cannot sit still and watch someone working, so I had to pile and and weed like a demon. I was fully aware that, by doing physical exercise so close to embarking on a new activity I was courting disaster.
I’ve been diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome, which is a condition affecting all connective tissue and which means that I suffer from: “severe fatigue that persists, despite rest or a proper nights sleep…. early muscle fatigue may be experienced, caused by the muscles having to work hard to stabilise joints.” (Hyper mobility Syndromes Association booklet entitled ‘Persistent Fatigue and Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue’.)
Now, as a young girl, I was always very bendy. I loved showing people how my thumb bent right back over my wrist and loved showing off by lying on my stomach and bending my back so that my feet touched the top of my head. However, the consequences of all my ankle surgery (three times three months in a plaster cast over the past three years) has meant that now my muscles struggle to support and stabilise my joints. In common parlance: I get knackered really easily.
The gardening followed by the evening workshop meant that I was poleaxed the next day and was over a hour late for the morning class. I struggled though to six o’clock, but then had to miss the evening session and come home.
I needed two days in bed this week and now, Friday, I’m just able to walk my dogs again and create this blog.
I’m really pleased with what I managed to achieve, having decided to concentrate on just making this necklace and learning how to make hearts in batches. It ended up looking like this because of my rookie mistake: I was carried away with my success at soldering small silver circles, so much so that I forgot to interlink the large heart with the small heart. I came up with the rescue plan of dangling one heart upside down from the large heart. I was a little reticent, wondering whether people would consider and upside down heart to be representative of something sinister, but Steve reassured me that they were used this way in heraldry. Having already created an heraldic piece of glass painting for my husband (don’t mind the gory boar, it’s only a generic coat of arms researched by his history teacher for all the students in his class).
So… I made the silver necklace like this and researched the use of the upside down heart. To my slight disappointment and embarrassment, upside down hearts were used to depict TESTICLES on coats of arms! Ah well, maybe the two together represent the love of a woman and a man intertwined. What do you think?