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.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

What I Am Working On

This is what I am working on now. I have no clue what I am doing but I am doing! I don't know if this will get finished, changed or ripped out but it is another learning experience for me. I am having fun so it ain't all bad. I also started a new cuff with a Lisa Peters cab and it will be fab!