Beadweaving with diva custom cord

What will you unnecessarily create?

I buy a new tool or kit at most shows I attend. I admit I like the challenge.  Plus, I’m curious and always in search of new ideas.

Two years ago, I bought the Diva Cord Maker at the Best Bead Show in Tucson.

First, (and this was on my way home) I made a necklace from the fiber kit I’d also purchased at the FiberGoddess booth. Incidentally, Connie, the Fiber Goddess, holds a U.S. patent on the Diva Custom Cord Maker.

Project #1 awaits the perfect accouterments. Actually, I’d not read the directions thoroughly, and the finished product seemed too short for a necklace.

diva custom cord maker

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, fiber kit cord braided with Diva Custom Cord Maker

I braided my second project from hand-dyed woven ribbon and added it to a freeform beadweaving of varying green seed beads, pearls, and brass accents.

Beadweaving with diva custom cord

©2013, Mary Ellen Merrigan, “Meditation”

I named the creation Meditation because both the beadweaving and the braiding were relaxing. You may notice tThe repetitive braiding in the custom cord making resembles kumihimo.

Like many tools, the Diva cord maker languished in my studio trunk (the one that hides all manner of stuff) until last week, when I began creating a custom cord handle for a cell phone case.

Diva custom cord maker


©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Diva Custom Cord Maker – in progress

The custom cord part comes from fibers of your choice. You wind those fibers onto seven bobbins and easily complete your custom cord.

During a group creativity get-together, one person asked if I was making a mobile. No. In fact, I was lengthening the cord to 52” for an over-the-shoulder cell phone bag handle.
The cell phone bag gets beaded Monday, but these are its components.

sample bead stitching on leather

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, cell phone bag holder components

I promise to post a picture of the competed project, as long as you don’t hold me to this Monday.

The Diva Cord Creator falls into a category of tools I now call “unnecessary creating,” a phrase which comes from Todd Henry’s book, The Accidental Creative.

Henry describes ways in which one systematically introduces unnecessary creating to life by making something in order to access new levels of creativity elsewhere.
While this isn’t typically a blog that reviews books, I found “The Accidental Creative” inspiring and feel some of you readers would like it as well. (NOTE: This TEDx video, Creating Under Pressure will give you a little peak inside the cover.)

It helped me identify the why behind some of my seemingly unrelated projects and gave me some additional ways and reasons to add creativity to what I do.

Although the reading of my book interrupted the completion of my cell phone bag project, I found it stimulated thought for a speaking engagement, provided fodder for various conversations throughout the weekend and in general, caused me to think differently about my diversions from beading.

For instance, I now understand my compulsion to doodle:

tool bag doodles

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, tool bag doodles

What will you unnecessarily create on purpose? When?