By Stephanie Drummond
Oct. 1, 2014
Mariah Cain started making necklaces six years ago.
She uses gemstones to create one-of-a kind creations, Cain said.
“We also work with a lot of sea glass, so you get the enjoyment of walking on the beach picking up the glass.”
She never knows when inspiration is going to strike, Cain said.
“Sometimes we get a really good design by mistake and other times it just takes time to create one.”
The plan for a new necklace often comes from the stone, she said.
“It starts with the gemstone, then to the silver. I slowly work on the design.”
Cain’s necklaces often start with a gemstone wrapped in silver and tied together with a leather necklace.
She started creating necklaces with a partner. They sell their jewelry at a shop at Avonlea Village, as well as at craft fairs.
She enjoys working on necklaces and loves the reaction she gets from people.
“People love them.”
Laura Cole of the PEI Craft Council knows the value of handmade crafts.
“A craft that is made by hand is a lovely made item. Something of fine quality.”
The council helps Island crafters develop their skills and promote their products through multiple workshops and events throughout the year, Cole said.
“Crafts are something you buy local and it’s made by hand. It’s something that is completely unique.”
The council has many different kinds of members, said Cole.
“We have professional crafters and general members.”
General members are members who are just getting started in the world of crafting, she said.
The council plans to hold its 50th anniversary craft fair Nov. 7- 9 at Confederation Centre of The Arts in Charlottetown. Admission is $3 and Cole encourages everyone to come.
“We encourage new members and just anyone interested in crafts to stop by.”