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.