Sunday, February 28, 2010
It's in the process of being wet blocked, a step you just can't ignore with lace. In the matter of a few weeks, it went from this
Blocking lace is transformative, it makes it beautiful and it must be done.
Can you see those beautiful blue iris beads that adorn the outer edges of this shawl (after I typed this, I realized, no, you cannot see that level of detail, so tomorrow you shall have a close up, beads and all), the perfect shawl for San Francisco I might add, which is why I was so highly motivated to finish before Beading by the Bay.
And speaking of Beading by the Bay, there are still a few slots open so if you've been waiting to decide if three days of beading fun fits in your schedule, now is the time to sign up!
Mark's office floor has been pressed into action as a blocking mat and I must wait patiently for it to dry, most probably I don't take it up until tomorrow morning. I can hardly stand the wait, which is funny, because I know you've had this happen, you're beading in public and some non-beader approaches you and says 'You must be so patient...' which I so am not, it amuses me every time.
Friday, February 26, 2010
bracelets are sometimes hard to capture, and the colors did not translate as well as they might have. So I'm always encouraging people to give it a try, and Paula, owner of the BeadCage did just that!
She used jet ab, with gold and teal and I would say the result is stunning. Thanks Paula!
What colors would you use?
gold aurum crystal with silver and gold seed, red crystal with black and white seed, turqouise ab2x crystal with gold seed.... and do send pictures!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
some form the Dallas girls
who are participating in the collaboration, and some from Heather Trimlett who sent more along for some kits I'll be putting togehter
and some from Raquel Fraga, who sent me this lovely rendition
from Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence.
Soon, I will be offering ringlet kits online, bright colors, black and white, all including both Heather rings and the materials to make your very own coordinated seed bead ringlets. I'll keep you posted!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Here is a typical Tuesday, in my yarn/fabric shop. Ok, it's not mine, but Susan and Judy who bring the fabrics and yarns to the Grove make it seems that way. I'm totally at home here. You may notice the man in the picture....it's not an entirely typical day, this was Larry Himmel who interviewed us for a newspot on knitting circles.
I continue knitting on Bitter Root, which is about 12 really long rows from being completed. But they are rows with beads so it's a fun knit.
Mine is a pretty purply blue, but unblocked knitting is not very appealing, so I'll save the final picture until I'm done.
Susan has my next knitting planned for me, after I finish my Churchmouse Cowl and matching handwarmers (cuz I need those in San Diego!)
Look for exciting teaching news for next year, to be announced soon!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
And I have a man in my class, for some reason that always tickles me. Meet Eric
who created a beautiful Romantica and is coming back today for Urchin Lariat!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
revel in an amazing crystal selection! Rumor has it, or so I've been
told, Paula's store, the Beadcage in Columbus Georgia, has lots and
lots of crystals, my kind of store!
Sent from my iphone
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
This is a most beautiful use of the component, one of the reasons I love component design. Although that little bit of beading may have been mine, Miriam has made this gorgeous necklace totally her own. Miriam has amazing style, an eye for color and shape and overall beautiful design sense. You will want to take a wander through her Etsy shop and see more of her pieces.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Here is a slideshow of their collective work. There is also a 'stay informed' option on the slideshow so you can sign up for more information.
The group under the guidance of Donna Kato, incredible polymer artist, is also blogging. You're apt to hear from any one of the artists on any given day. The link is also in my Reading List to the right. Check back often as each new day brings an introduction of one of the artists with a slide show of some spectacular work.
There's also a Craft Edu page over on Facebook, Become a Fan and keep up with the excitement!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
First though I am finishing up my third 'Beading by the Bay' piece in this soothing grey and pink, with purple haze accents.
The seed bead I've chosen for the picots could not be anymore of a compliment to the purple haze crystals. This could be my favorite, but then.....I really like them all!
Which reminds me how Bright My Life is and how much I enjoy sharing it with all of you.
Celebrate all of your loves today and especially yourself!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Which I guess is why the design for the Dallas Bead Society collaborative project roled around in my head during much of the night. Unfortunately, a definitive direction did not present itself. I will need to make up some samples before I decide.....
but here are the accent beads lying in wait.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I am once again wrangling the mess in the studio to a tolerable level in order to instill the sense of peace I crave. I find it difficult to be productive in a mess and difficult to take the time to clean the mess in order to be productive. A bit of a catch 22 there.
Perhaps a return to a pretty blog tomorrow!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
But I'm trying to get caught up to the calenderized task list, and if I work hard I just may make it by weeks end. A weekend off would be nice, maybe a Valentine's day stroll somewhere pretty.
In the meantime, some new projects on the horizon, more news soon.....
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I also have a dagger obsession, especially these spotted daggers, so I am always looking for fun things to do with daggers. These are capturing daggers on the top and bottom of a right angle weave stitch which is then sewed into a tube and slipped over the top of the cz. There is some perfecting which needs to be done, but all in all I like them. Can't wait to make a second pair.....but not today.
Today I go on my weekly Tuesday outing with friends, and most likely will be knitting on Bitter Root, a lace shawl which has been neglected. In about ten more rows (really long rows) I get to the fun part of placing the beads.
Time to get ready!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Isn't that a stunning display of red beads? The top right is an urchin bead! And top left is Rachels Oothecal Bede. The large red and black bead to the right of the urchin is Divinity by Claudio Cattaneo. I know because the original picture on facebook cleverly listed the designer when the bead was moused over, pretty darn smart. I don't think I know how to do that. I love the 'snowflake' bead, they are all lovely. And the bottom row of beads were designed by Cindy of Beadorigami.
and Disco Squares by Sian Nolan in England! I'll be teaching Disco Squares, otherwise known as the Square Medallion Bracelet, at the Bead and Button Show this year.
At least I think she is in England, sadly I could not find a site,but I did find some flickr pictures, so Sian if you're listening, and you have a site, please let me know.
Yesterday Amina asked in the comments how the 'golden' necklace which shows in my banner was done. It was done one urchin bead at a time and the urchin bead is in my book, 'Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence'
The necklace was conceived during a teaching trip to the Dallas Bead Society. Each member who wanted to participate made one or several urchin beads. I then designed and constructed the necklace. The beads were strung on a rubber cord, and a small peyote tube separated each of the beads. The necklace titled, 'Chorus of Urchins' was accepted into Bead Dreams 2008 and was on the cover of the Bead and Button Show catalog in 2009. A new challenge is being worked on with the Dallas girls, due to arrive in my mailbox this weekend. The component this time is ringlets and the design will evolve as I see them. The beaded ringlets will come together with the glass of Heather Trimlett and the seed bead work of moi!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Here is Katie from EH Ashley, in her well adorned leather jacket!
Marg from BeadFx and Jeannette Cook, Jeannette looking all colorful with her shibori scarves backlit by that lime green crystallized pillow!
Marlene Blessing Inteweave (isn't she lovely?) and Jean, who looks gorgeous (but I didn't capture the stunning necklace she had on)psst, that's Beki Haley (Whimbeads) they're talking to. I love getting to spend time with these folks.
Here is Laura Timmons looking beautiful in her red/black and silver. She was wearing my earrings which I gifted her when I first met her back in Lake Tahoe in the fall. She gifted me a beautiful wire crocheted necklace with lots of Swarovski.
And Kate, getting her girl on! I think glamour is the right word
and I love the felted, feathered necklace!
And Melinda Barta,Beadwork editor, also wearing an earring I made, and looking totally adorable. With a profile like that, the no profile rule can be broken.
Friday, February 5, 2010
All followed by a party at Kate McKinnon's house which is wonderful and eclectic as you might expect. The Barbie coach/writers cottage/guest room was just as it should be, all cozy, tucked under the arbor. The walls of the house were brightly painted and the vintage decor perfect. Two large glass china cabinets stored colored glass of various shapes and sizes and as each guest was encouraged to select their favorite, it was easy to remember which was your wine glass.
Here's the cutest ever picture of Joyce Rooks, maker of beautiful beads!
And a find! For those of you who have asked, 'Where do I get the bead like you used in Shimmer Queen?' (Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence) here is a source. My bead was done by John Curtis, however since his retirement they are being made by William Birth. They can be found at Alana's Unique Beads.
Today's adventures, the Holidome, dinner with the Wired Arts Girls and the Swarovski party!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
More Tucson news tomorrow, tonight party at Kate's, lot's of fun people are involved, and tomorrow the Swarovski party! I've crystallized the pedicure to match the crystallized Birkenstocks.....yeah, it's going to be fun!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Here's Andrew Thornton...I get to sample his cooking this week after being enamored with his mouth watering descriptions on his blog, it's going to be a treat!
And Kelly Angeley with husband Barry
And the one and only Jean Campbell, looking sparkly
and Leslie Rogalski your Beading Daily hostess
and looky here, Ms Rachel's cover on a big poster!
Monday, February 1, 2010
My friend Val contributed this really cute pincushion, perfect for your beading needles.
And my friend Judy is making a custom beading mat for some lucky winner. I picked out fabrics, and they are so wonderful, I want one! Ok, I already have one, but this new one is really wonderful.
And there will be a copy of my book, and a copy of Jean's new Steampunk Style Jewelry book and a couple of other titles as well....
I'm off to Tucson where I'll be rounding out the supplies to kit Descending Nights in three different colors!