Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Bead Embroidery Class 7/25/09

A close up shot of red cabbage from our garden. It just looked so pretty! Nothing to do with embroidery...but it would make a wonderful color combo for one.

My mostly finished piece from a prior post. I still need to back it and decide what to do with it...pendant or brooch. What do you think? Center stone is from Earthenwood Studio. Surround is made from Czech pressed glass, button pearls, Japanese seed beads and Czech seed beads.

Pat's work in progress. Center stone is Kambaba Jasper. Surround is Japanese seed beads.

Mary's work in progress (already named Lydia). Center stone is from Earthenwood Studios. Surround is made from Japanese seed beads and stick pearls.

Marie's work in progress. Larger center stone is from Earthenwood Studios, small center stone is Kambaba Jasper from and surround beads are Japanese & Czech seed beads.

Gayle's work in progress. Center stone is from Earthenwood Studio. Surround is Japanese and Czech Seed beads.

Ellen's Work in Progress. Center stone is from Earthenwood Studio with surround in Miyuki seed beads.

Hope you enjoyed pictures of our class projects. I think everyone had lots of fun in class. It's very different from what they have learned from me and very different from what I've ever taught.

Today I taught Russian Spiral. I haven't taught that one in awhile so it was a bit of a refresher for me. I remember why I was really hooked on this stitch when I first started beading!

I just couldn't resist....my Russian Spiral is made with 1.8mm Miyuki cubes and 8/0 seed beads. The clasp is a copper magnetic clasp.
Enjoy and Bead Happy!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What I've been working on...beady or not

Just a pretty pic from the garden...of a lovely little squash blossom. Soon to be something yummy to eat! All of the "work" is done with the garden. Now just watching it grow

My most current bead embroidery project. I have it mostly completed--this was a pic from last week. Stitching this is so totally addicting but almost medatative....It just starts to flow and you don't want to stop! The next thing you know...a few hours have flown by.

I finally finished up my earring project. Whew! I made 7 pairs of earrings...1 for a bride (cream and pewter), 5 for the bridesmaids (the color above) and an extra pair (silver lined cobalt & white). This was my 1st attempt at brick stitch-at least from scratch and not to repair a broken piece. Pretty and very light weight....hmm...maybe this will be a class someday.
At the shop we are hoping to place again for our local Reader's Choice Awards. The last 3 years we've come in 2nd place for the Craft & Hobby division. We are really pushing for 1st this year! I'll have the link posted with the "rules" in a few days. Keep your fingers crossed.
Also, some exciting news! I'll have 2 items published in the next 2 months in Stringing Magazine. More about that in the next few weeks! Yay Me! :-)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

First Post....

Welcome to my blog! I've decided to post all things beads...info, pics, Beadalotta (my bead store) news, personal stuff. Of course this means that I really need to keep up with the pictures! Reminder to self...don't leave home without the camera!
This is the newest technique that I'm teaching myself...Bead Embroidery. This a picture of my 2nd project. I'm having a lot of fun with it...just need more time in the day to play with all I want to! The picture is a bit dark...the colors are bright red, grey/purple and black. A little funky and way too much fun to do!

Updating this will be much easier than updating the website. I hope to post some pictures this weekend.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!