Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The End is Near ; )

So I have been snowed in here in NJ and I have been doing some beading on my collar. I am almost finished with the beading portion - just a little more and then I just need to put on the backing, edging and fringe. I must say doing the fringe is a major undertaking but really it is like the icing on the cake. I will be so glad when this is finished it just took too long and I lost interest on this one - but I resisted the temptation of starting anything else until this collar is completely finished. Soon........

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bead Embroidery Collar Three

I haven't posted here in awhile in fact I haven't done much beading in awhile. I started this collar in PA this summer and now started working on it again. I don't know why I lost interest - maybe because a collar is such a big project or maybe I just needed a beading break. Anyway - I did a bit of work on it and will continue to work on it until I finish. I cannot decide if I should just push through and finish it or start something else too - I have to think about that. I do think when it is finished it will be quite beautiful - the colors are amazing and different. Now I just need to sit down and work on it.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mermaid's Song - Bead Embroidery Cuff

I am doing a craft show Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend so I thought it would be nice to finish this cuff to bring to the show. I haven't been doing any beading lately - started this in PA and took forever to finish. I like the finished product - love the copper and turquoise and I love the name. I will be adding it to my Etsy Shop next. I also have a bead embroidery collar about half finished that I need to get back working on - next.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Almost Finished

The end is near - not too much work to finish this newest cuff. About an inch of beading, adhere to cuff blank and edge - and call it a day! Well lets see when I can fit this in - I have been doing a lot of painting and I am painting well so I need to take advantage of that stroke of luck.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Copper and Turquoise - more work

I ended up doing some painting last night which didn't leave very much time to bead but I did some work on the new cuff. It is coming along nicely - hope to do a bit more sometime today. I am not in a hurry to finish this but I do have a show coming up Thanksgiving weekend and would like to finish the cranberry bead embroidery collar to bring to this show with this cuff as well - I better get moving cause time flies.

Friday, October 29, 2010

New Cuff Started

Started a new bead embroidery cuff last night. I love the combination of turquoise and copper - I was thinking silver rather than copper but this looks so much better. I like this one already - maybe I can get more work done over the weekend. I also have a huge bead embroidery collar to finish which I started this summer.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rust Never Sleeps - Bead Embroidery Cuff

I finally finished this bead embroidery cuff - I am calling it "Rust Never Sleeps". It has a red jasper as the focal and hundreds of beads in shades of rust, copper, black and cream. It is 1 inch wide. I am off to list it in my Etsy Shop.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

More Work on My Rust Cuff

I did some more work on my rust cuff. I really need to sit down and finish this especially since I have a turquoise cuff in mind for my next project. I hope to get a block of time to work on this tonight. I have been spending a lot of time working on my art - I redid my Art Web Site - added some paintings to my Etsy Art Shop and have been painting. I am also thinking about selling my NJ house and buying a new one in the area - this is a BIG decision for me - I have lived in this house 32 years and I HATE change. Lots of things going on here but I never miss a meal ; )

Monday, October 18, 2010

Bead Embroidery Information

I get a lot of questions about bead embroidery and I am no expert. I started bead embroidery about a year ago but I do love it. I like the freedom of never knowing where a piece might take me or even where that next bead is going to go in the design. You can of course plan out your designs and have more control, but I like the abstract nature of just going with the flow. I have always admired the great bead weavers Sherry Serafini and Heidi Hummli and their book Bead Art Embroidery Techniques is invaluable. I bought this book and just looked at it for some time never trying to actually do any bead embroidery. One day a bead friend Carol Dean Sharpe from Sand Fibers post this video by Sherry Serafini on FB and I just had to get started. So far I have made about 8 cuffs and 2 collars and am half way thru a third collar. I understand Sherry Serafini has a new book coming out next year - I can't wait.

So what are you waiting for - give bead embroidery a try. Maybe start with earrings and then move up to a cuff. Here are some other great bead Embroidery Artists:

Patrizia Tager Triz - Good Quill Hunting - Sedona Skye - Hanna Rachel

Sunday, October 17, 2010

More Work on Rust Cuff

Did a little more work on this cuff during the week - got nothing done over the weekend. Lots going on in Hutterland and some of it not good ; ( Anyway sometimes a cuff takes on a life of it's own and I just know where each bead is going - not so this one, I am doing more tearing out than I am beading - but in the end I will win - I always do.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cellini Spirals

My Earthy Swirl bracelet was included in this great article about the Cellini Spiral. There are some great tips and wonderful examples of this amazing stitch in this post. There are also links for some cool tutorials. This article is by Weaverbird Beads so stop by her Etsy Shop and have a look at some beautiful beaded jewelry.

New Cuff Started

This is the new bead embroidery cuff I started last night. The focal is a red jasper and the surrounding beads are dark and a bit lighter copper. I originally wanted this one to be copper and turquoise but it had a mind of its own and doesn't want any turquoise added. Instead the contrast will be cream and black. This one will be 1" in width and hopefully finished soon as I have a turquoise cuff in mind for the next project ; ) I have been spending more time on my painting since I got back to NJ - I am in an abstract state of mind - but if I am painting well I need to take advantage of it. I am back painting with the Monday night group which I really enjoy.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Earth Angel - Finished Finally

I actually finished something - about time. I started this cuff during the summer - but since I did nothing over the summer just sit and read - little was accomplished. My goal when I got back home was to finish this cuff and the cranberry collar I had started - 50% complete ; ) Notice I have no goal to clean my house - which looks like someone broke into it - oh well.

I love the coloring of this bead embroidery cuff. The focal is a paua shell cab and it is very iridescent, making it hard to photograph. The colors remind me of camouflage - but like I said on facebook you would get noticed wearing this cuff for sure. It is 1 3/4 inches wide and I really enjoyed making it - think I will make another - perhaps 1 inch this time.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bead Embroidery Cuff Continued

Making some progress on my shell focal cuff. When I get back to NJ I will finish it and get it glued to the cuff blank. I didn't do very much beading this summer - brought all my beads with me - maybe for me beading is more of a winter project. I also do not have a dedicated beading space or good lighting here in PA - but that is a poor excuse. When I finish this cuff I have a beautiful cranberry colored bead embroidery collar about 1/2 finished - that is next. I do like the way this is coming along and I love the neutral colors. I need to come up with a name soon.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Finally More Beading

I finally sat down to do some beading last night. This is a bead embroidery cuff I started in the spring and just never really worked on it all summer. It is coming along nicely and I hope to get it finished sometime soon. I also have a bead embroidery collar started and about 1/3 finished - need to get going on that too. Well the summer is winding down fast so I should be beading more.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Cuff

Well I finally did some beading last night. I have been here in PA since May and have not done any beading at all. I have been painting, but mostly reading on the beach and doing not a lot of anything. This will be a new cuff - the focal is a shell cab and I am working it in neutral colors. Good thing I haven't forgotten how to bead ; )

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Best Bead Giveaway Ever

And I do mean best ever - Denise Yezbak Moore is offering this amazing giveaway to either 1 or 6 lucky people. You can enter and read all about it here on her wonderful blog. This is one giveaway you don't want to miss!!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Bead Embroidery Collar 3

I finally had a little time to work on my newest collar last night on the deck - until I lost the light. It is coming along slowly but it is flowing nicely and I am loving the colors - I even have the name picked out for this one. I just wish I could get a nice big chunk of beading time to work. I have been painting, reading and taking an on-line digital art class - so I am not slacking off.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Some work on collar 3

I sat on the deck last night and did a little beading - I love the colors in this collar - so different for me. I have been doing a lot of painting and reading and not much beading - but that is OK it is summer. I hope to get some more work going later today - raining here.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Two New Projects

Its about time I blogged and about time I started some new beading projects. The first is going to be a collar - I have just a little bit of work done so far - not enough to tell if I like it or not. Also not enough for it to have any kind of flow yet. The second will be a cuff - just a bit of work on the focal shell so far - I never work on two projects at the same time so this will be interesting - wonder which will get the most attention. I have been painting a lot lately - figured I better get some beading started too.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Second Bead Embroidery Collar Finished

I have finally finished my second bead embroidery collar and got around to taking some photos. I don't think the photos are that great but they will have to do for now. I really liked making this one and learned a lot along the way. I think my next project will be a bit more simple but I do know there are many more of these collars in my future.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Bead Embroidery Collar

Moving along, although not to quickly. I really wanted to paint yesterday and I do again today - last night I watched some of my favorite TV shows (bones, fringe, mentalist) so I didn't get much beading done. Sometimes you need time off to do other things. This is a major project and I want it to be great - so I am willing to take my time and just let it flow.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Bead Embroidery Collar - A Little More Work

I was up in PA this weekend so I really didn't have much time to work on the newest collar. I have done a bit of beading on both sides but not a lot of progress - I hope to get going on this again tonight. I am not in a hurry to finish this necklace - I am learning a lot and I am enjoying the process. It is coming together nicely but I have done quite a bit of ripping out - I am using a very limited color scheme with this one and I like the look - I was afraid it might get patchy but I don't think that is the case.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tiger Eye Collar

Not too much progress last night - but I did paint a great abstract so I can't complain. I also watched TV last night - which I don't usually do. This collar is a huge undertaking and I am not in a hurry, I want to enjoy the process.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New Collar - More Work

I love the way this is progressing. I am happy with the colors and the placement of the beads. Once it starts to flow it takes on a life of its own. I hope to get some more work done later today - I want to work on the other side of the focal to start to see the balance - right now I need to go feed some hungry cats. I also see a painting session in my future too.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Second Collar - Beginning Stages

After a rocky start and a lot of ripping out - I think my latest work is starting to flow. Since I have no set plan I really need to get a rhythm going in my bead embroidery. I think this one is on its way - I hope to get some more work done on this today but I really want to paint during the day and I also need to look thru my paintings to pick some out for upcoming art exhibits.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

What I Am Working On - New Collar

Just the beginning stages of my new collar - but I have the name picked out already. I hope to get some more work done on it today but I have some other mundane things to do too ; (

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wicked - Bead Embroidery Cuff

I finished this cuff over the weekend but went up to PA to drop off some stuff for the annual migration so I am just blogging about it now. I just love the finished cuff and the name "Wicked" - the colors are so rich and the Lisa Peters button focal is amazing. I am enjoying making these cuffs and I just started the planning for a new bead embroidery collar. This will be my second collar and when I say planning I am using that term loosely - I just plan the shape and fit - the actual beads I haven't decided yet and of course the beading will be very abstract. I just know what shape it will be and it will have fringe - for me that is good enough to just jump in and start beading. This technique works for me but a more structured beader would probably have a fit working like I do. Well I am off to feed the cats I hope to have some progress with the collar to post next.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Cuff Moving Along

Got much better photos of the new cuff this AM. I am thinking of names and it needs to be a special name - I have a few in mind. The photos this morning are very true in color to the actual cuff - such rich jewel like tones - I am loving this one. It is coming together so easily - some I rip out more than I bead, this one is just flowing - all the pieces fitting just right. Boy a cuff seems so simple after making the collar - but a collar is next in my beading future and I don't need my Tarot cards to know this ; )

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New Cuff - A Little More Work

I am happy with this so far but then again I do not have much work done on it yet. I can also see it is going to be a bitch to photograph - it is so much nicer in person already. I hope to get going on it again in a bit and maybe get some beads on the other side to balance out the focal. Once I do that I can better see how it is shaping up - so far I love it.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Cuff Started

I bought a few things from Lisa Peters and love each and every one. I especially liked this button and decided to make it the focal of my next bead embroidery cuff. Just started but I have high hopes it will be a winner. I will be working on it later today and hope to see some direction as to what it wants to look like - since I don't plan it is always a surprise to me.

Forest Floor - Bead Embroidery Collar

Well I have finished my first bead embroidery collar. It was a big undertaking but I did enjoy making it - even though I had no clue what the heck I was doing. There are some things I would do differently next time but I learned so much making this first one. I already have my next collar idea planned - I have started a new cuff using a Lisa Peters button as a focal so I will finish the cuff first. I sure do love bead embroidery and plan on doing a lot this summer in PA.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bead Embroidery Collar - putting it all together

Finally got all the pieces finished and I am trying to assemble the collar. Since I had no plan as usual, I am doing some trial and error techniques to finish this. I gave been ripping out just as much as I have been beading - another learning experience for me. I must say I have learned a LOT doing this one and there are some things I would have done differently. I guess if I didn't enjoy working this way I would plan better. This is also the way I paint so it works for me in the end - even though the end is sometimes hard to get to. Just a little more finishing to do on this one and I will be done.

I have a new embroidery cuff with a Lisa Peters focal started, but I think I may do a few small pieces like some earrings next - just to relax my eyes a bit. I plan on doing a lot of bead embroidery this summer. I have a ton of jewelry for sale in my Etsy and 1000Markets shops so I can bead what I want right now. I find I really like doing the bead embroidery - it is very abstract like my art. So I have planned a summer of Tarot study and bead embroidery - bring it on!

Monday, April 05, 2010

What I'm Still Working On

These are the components that will be added to the large focal in the previous post. It will eventually be my first embroidery necklace. It will either be amazing or a total bust that I will rip out (especially since I have no idea what I am doing). So far I love it and talk about your learning experience. I have a few cuffs under my belt and I wanted to move up to a collar and this is a good way to ease into it. If it does not work out I really haven't lost anything but some time and I have gained a lot of experience.