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Thursday, December 27, 2007

New Needleweaving Article published

I have a new article on Tapestry Needleweaving available at Bella Online. The link is

I'll have new articles available each month.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Fancy pendant

I just finished some woven silver wire earrings and a fancy pendant. I haven't been able to photograph the pendant yet, but the shots of the earlier pieces should appear on my website,, soon.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

New pieces coming

I've been hard at work weaving - wire mostly. Photos of all of my new stuff should be up on my website shortly. Go to to see all my new pretties.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Back to wire weaving

After several weeks of holding back on wire wrapping, my hands have returned to normal - the arthritis has calmed down and I'm back to doing wire weaving. In the interim I did a number of earring styles and some bracelets. I enjoy the weaving and I like the way the pieces sort of "evolve". Last night I made a pair of woven earrings that turned out nicely and started a necklace and a bracelet. The necklace and bracelet are in a difference design from the earrings, so I'll need to make new earrings to go with those pieces. I'll get photos up soon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Another Show

I'm packing for another show this weekend. This will be the last one of the year for me. I'm also hoping to get my e-newsletter created and sent very soon. This month will be about cleaning, storing, and taking care of your jewelry.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

New Piece

We're into the holiday season big time! It's December 1 and I'm doing my first Middle East Dance weekend in several years. It's fun to see old friends and make some new acquaintances. I've been working on new woven wire pieces and I just came up with a variation on my traditional fiber weaving necklaces.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007


I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. It's a great time to get together with family and friends (that's what we'll be doing). I'm also doing a home jewelry show this weekend.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Fall is coming to North Central Florida

It's been a gorgeous day - sunny and warm. However, the forecast calls for possible frost tonight. I really enjoy working on jewelry pieces in weather like this - it seems as if the lovely day gets the creative juices flowing!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

No Hand Exercises

Today was my last appointment with the hand therapists. In my particular case, they do not recommend strengthening exercises. Apparently, most of the strengthening exercises involve squeezing some object or device and both therapists feel the exercises would aggravate the arthritis problems I already have. My hand strength tests came out as adequate, so I guess I'll leave well enough alone and just be careful about how long I work at any one time. The therapists also again recommended using the hot wax bath. I'll continue to use the splint as needed to rest the hand.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

New Canopy?

We evaluated a new canopy this weekend. We tried out the Light Dome and we liked it a lot. I want to check out the extra display panels, but this tent is one that I can put up by myself if I have to do that.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Florida has wonderful fall weather

This is one of my favorite times of year. Northern Florida has marvelous fall weather. Today was a prime example - brilliant sunshine and a cool morning followed by a warm up during the day.

This morning we spent several hours wandering through a local art show. We enjoyed the art, but we also were interested in the displays people were using. I saw some great display arrangements and booth designs. I hope to be able to incorporate some new ideas into my own displays.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Upcoming Event

The Gainesville Gem & Mineral Society

Presents a Pre-Christmas show and sale:

What: Gems, Minerals, Jewelry, Fossils, Books, etc.Where: Doyle Conner Bldg. (Florida Dept. Agriculture) 1911 SW 34th St., GainesvilleWhen: Nov. 18th (Sunday afternoon, from 1 to 5 p.m.)Who: Anyone interested in a variety of items displayed and for sale. Members will present some unique and exciting metaphysical and precious stones, including finished jewelry items.Reminder: Christmas is barely a month away, so consider the bargain prices offered by club members and shop for unusual items for that special gift.

For more information call Dr. R.E. Woodruff (352-376-1914)

Monday, November 5, 2007

My new e-letter

Hi -

You may remember me as Chandra of Damascus and from Chandra’s Dance Extravaganza, which I sold a few years ago. Since then, I’ve been creating beautiful jewelry that I like to call “wearable art”. I’d love for you to see it and renew old acquaintances.

For the last few years my husband Bob and I have been traveling in our RV through the American west. As we discover little treasures I have been collecting gorgeous and exciting semi-precious stones and beads to blend into my jewelry. We’ve also spent a lot of time in the Florida Keys and the southern Appalachian mountains and I find inspiration in the glorious colors and textures of these magnificent landscapes. Each of my pieces embodies elements drawn from a different natural scene: the muted but rich pastels and textures of the desert …the stunning seascape of the Florida Keys, where the ocean is magically transformed into emerald and turquoise … the vibrantly brilliant fall colors of the North Carolina mountains. And of course, some of my creations draw inspiration from my lifetime in Middle East dance.

You can see my artisan jewelry on my website and also at some special events.

Sunday, November 25, my jewelry party will be at Instep Studio, 2609 Glover Road, Tallahassee, FL from 2 to 5 p.m. This party is hosted by Nancy Redig of Instep Studio. Please RSVP to 866-377-5151

Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, I’ll show my jewelry at a Middle Eastern Dance seminar in Gainesville, FL sponsored by Global Dance Arts. To register for the seminar or one of the shows, go to

I love my designs, I wear them and I enjoy seeing others wear my creations. This is the first issue of an occasional e-newsletter for those interested in my jewelry. It will tell you about my latest creations and where you can see them. And please do tell your friends about my work.

I'm taking the liberty of assuming you would like to see my newsletter. If you prefer to be removed from my newsletter list, you can unsubscribe below or on my website (under “Contact”). And if you send friends a copy, your friends can subscribe too.

Warm regards,

Diana Kirkpatrick

Sunday, November 4, 2007

New Photos and a Newsletter

I'll add more new photos on the website,, this week as well as here. For now, I'll put up a woven silver bracelet that I did at Wildacres.

I've started a periodic e-newsletter that goes to my mailing list and anyone else who's interested in receiving a copy. Please e-mail me to sign up or subscribe on my website.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Jewelry Photos This Weekend

We're taking photos this weekend. I've been busy entering inventory into a new accounting program and making pieces for an upcoming show, so the blog entries have been erratic.

I am doing a home party show in Tallahassee FL the weekend after Thanksgiving. Contact me for more details.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Finally Finished

The scarab pendant with naalbinding decoration and neckchain is finally done. I actually completed the piece several days ago but we haven't gotten a photo of it until now.

I really like the naalbinding and I'll use this technique a lot in other pieces.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Next Step in the Scarab Pendant

After much delay, the photo of the scarab pendant with the weaving completed and the sterling pin in place is shown below.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Hand Exercises - coming soon - Part 2

My hand problems would appear to be due to osteoarthritis. I don't have any new exercises to share right new, but I've found the hand movements from bellydance to be very helpful for relaxing the hands (rippling fingers, wrist rotations, etc.). For the moment, the hand therapist had two suggestions: (1) wear a splint at night and as often as possible when I'm not working to rest the hand and (2) take a break from wire work, etc., every 45 minutes or so. We'll get to some exercises after the hand has recovered somewhat.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Vital Information for Women

A friend sent me this note which I want to pass on to everyone who reads this:

Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction)

Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

I had a completely unexpected heart attack at about 10:30 pm with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might've brought it on. I was sitting all snugly &warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking,"A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up." A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m. !

"After that had seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws.

"AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening--we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, "Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!" I lowered the foot rest, dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself "If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else ....... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in moment.

"I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in "I then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like "Have you taken any medications?") but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my right coronary artery "I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents "Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail?

Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand:

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not
the usual men's symptoms, but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one, and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation, and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up....which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a "false alarm" visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be.

2. Note that I said "Call the Paramedics". Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!
Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER or phone a friend --you're a hazard to others on the road, and so is your panicked husband or friend, who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.

3. Do NOT call your doctor--he doesn't know where you live and if it's at
night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do,
principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.

4. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal
cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high, and/or accompanied by high blood pressure.) MI's are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Hand Exercises - coming soon

I've been taking a variety of jewelry classes over the last month and I've really used my hands a lot. As a result, they've been sore and sometimes swollen. I'm assuming most of the problems with my hands are due to arthritis (maybe more than I already knew about).

My physician referred me to some hand therapists at the University of Florida and I have an appointment next week. I'll write about what I learn. I'm hoping for some general strengthening exercises (hand strength has been a long time issue) as well as techniques to avoid some of the problems I've encountered already.

I've discovered that the hand movements and exercises I did for years in Middle East dance are just terrific to relax the hands. We used them in the class I took with Louise and Don Coulson at Wildacres recently.

I will post some photos of my jewelry from the classes as well as the completed scarab shots as soon as possible.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Scarab update

The weaving of the woven scarab is almost done. I hope to complete the piece in the coming week. I was really excited by the naalbinding technique - I'm going to add a neckpiece done in naalbinding plus an outline of the entire piece in naalbinding. The design has changed a bit since I started - you'll see.

I'll have a few new pieces to post on my website. I'll let you know when the new pieces are up on line.

I had a lot of problems with my hands during my 3 weeks of classes (starting the last 2 weeks of August). I have a referral to some University of Florida therapists who specialize in hand therapy. I'm sure the exercises will be valuable - I'll report on what I learn.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Not a lot of progress

I haven't made a lot of progress on this piece since returning from Wm. Holland and I have another week of classes at Wildacres coming up. These classes will involve totally different techniques. I'm looking forward to it - this will be my first time at Wildacres. Anyway, here's the promised shot of the weaving.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

I'm back

I've done a bit more on the scarab weaving since returning home. I'll post a photo later today. Mostly, I've been sorting things out and getting my workbench set up again.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

New photos coming soon

I'll be adding more photos of the progress on my woven scarab soon. I'll also have shots of some of the pieces I've been making the last several days.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Going out of town

This weekend I'm driving to William Holland Lapidary School for some classes. I haven't done this in some time and I've never been to William Holland.

I've finished a trial version of the pin that's to be added to the woven scarab. I'll post it now, but I probably won't get to do any more on this piece for a few days. I'll post a photo of the finished weaving as soon as I can after I get back.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Here's What I've Been Working On

My trial project woven necklace project is proceeding. My object is to have everything ironed out before I start working with silver. I have a couple of photos to post to show the progress I've made so far.

I decided the design would be a scarab. First I drew the pattern for the design and created a wire frame to emphasize the it, then added a warp to the pattern. After that I started weaving with cotton and mylar fibers. The first shot shows the design and warp while the second shot shows the top portion of the scarab completed. The bottom portion will be vertical stripes. When the weaving is completed I'll add neckbands of turquoise and other beads.

Once the weaving is complete, I may replace the row of beads with some that are slightly larger.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Something New

I've been experimenting with a design for a pin this evening. I haven't done a pin before and it will take more practice to get the proper spring into the pin itself.

I'm not sure that the design I've done is what I'll end up using, but it's a beginning. I want to use a pin as part of a woven fiber necklace. The necklace pattern has been laid out but I haven't started work on that part yet.

I'll try to take a series of photos to show the steps that lead to the completed necklace.

Friday, August 3, 2007

It's been a rainy day in Florida. I've spent my time taking photos of new items for my website and working on a scarab pin. I'll post a few picture here as soon as possible, but you can see lots for pictures on the website:

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Getting started!

As you can see, the Art You Can Wear blog is finally showing signs of life. I'm new to blogging so I'm sure my first few posts will show that I'm just getting started!