Sunday, November 30, 2008
Here's a birthday gift I gave to my green loving gal pal. The necklace features twisted and ribbon Ndebele technique. A green and silver leaf is the focal point of this creation. The closure includes a chain (with matching leaf) so that my friend can wear it long or shortened.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This is "Boo Ha Ha" which measures 4-1/2 x 5". It is my October beaded art doll.
Boo Ha Ha was juried into Small Works of Art at Art on Boston which begins November 1. See sidebar photo for more information. The official notice is below.
through December 24, 2008
Receptions: 7-9 pm, Saturday, Nov. 8, Dec.13
Sherryl Buchler, Denise A. Currier, Linda McCurry, Sharon J. Richards,
Connie L. Smyer, Mary Vaneecke, Meiny Vermaas-van der Heide, Barb Wills
“Small Works of Art”
Keely Berry-Leblanc, Kathy Canuel, Craig Cheply, Suzanne Chudnoff,
Cindy Conners, Marian Crane, Janet DeMars, Evelyn Gholson, ,
Michael Hayslip, Laura P. Hukill, Sue Hunter, Dale Kesel, Elaine Langsner,
George Lenz, Victoria Pearman, Mary Poindexter, Jacqueline Price,
Suzanne Tyson, Susana Valenzuela, Alice Van Overstraeten,
Sandra Neumann Wilderman, Deborah White, Judy Yaryan
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I am a member of the Beaded Journal Project (BJP) and will be beading an item each month. I have chosen the theme of butterflies. The signature measures 4x4-/12" and will be turned into a book once all 12 projects have been completed.
This stitch is a cross between peyote and netting.
The artist, Nancy Strahle, calls it single space stitch. I ended the bracelet a bit different than called for by making a circular brick stitch with hex and size 8 seed beads. A Czech button hides the straps of each braid. The closure is square stitched with a wire inside to reinforce it. I love the color palette.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This was the result of a Carved & Beaded book class I took from Doris Arndt at Art Unraveled 2008. We tore and painted watercolor paper, we carved the cover (left photo), dyed the leather and sewed the signatures into book with beads (right photo). It is a chunky book and measures 3-1/4" x 4".
This is Mini Barb made esp for a special birthday. Her face is a transfer. She is smoking in her pink Ndebele size 11 seed bead sweater and white hot pants to match. She loves flip flops and wears pink ones with her pretty pink toes. Her hair is 5 layers of size 15 beads. She stands 3" tall.
Watch that drain, girl!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
1. What was I doing 10 years ago? We were living in CA and I was already retired. My second occupation was an instructor in the classroom working with special education students. How interesting that was!
2. 5 things on my to do list for today. Meet girlfriends for a day of art shopping. Go to the gym.
Make art. Go out to lunch. Pack suitcase.
3. Snacks I like. Almonds and cashews. Fruit of all sorts. Dark chocolate. Cookies.
4. Things I'd do if I were a billionaire. Travel the world. Donate more to worthy causes.
5. Places I've lived. San Francisco, CA. Honolulu, HI, Guam, Las Vegas, NV & Carefree, AZ
6. Jobs I've had. Gift wrapper (never again!), Artist in Residence, Sales, Teen Counselor, library assistant, program manager.
7. Peeps I want to know more about. Grace, Susan, Jos, Denise
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Double Needle Netting.
The black bracelet uses size 15, 11 seed beads and 3 mm Firepolish beads. The clasp is done in square and peyote stitch.
The gray bracelet uses 3 cut size 11 seed beads and 3mm druks for a slightly different look.
The netting stretches open like a fishing net.
Beaded Ndebele robe of black & gold seed beads. Metal face with multi colored seed beads for hair. She stands 5" tall.
The robe unsnaps to reveal her sacred parts and a black & gold undergarment. She
wear black & gold slippers. The hands are gold charms with hearts in them.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Bead embroidery on leather. The pouch is handmade and sewn together on the sides with beads. People figures inspire the theme of this pouch. It has a bead for the closure and features the DNA spiral for the strap. It measures slightly larger than a driver's license.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
After painting this container with the blue acrylic and some stamped verbage, it screamed sea life to me. The top is embellished with a mermaid, sequins, seashells, cheesecloth and a string of pearls. The sides of the container are also decorated with shells, cheesecloth and sequins. The container measures 8" in diameter.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Introducing BeauxBo, the little needle felted dog. I had been thinking about this project for a month or two and thought it was time for a birth. I made an armature first and felted on top of it. He has beady eyes and nose. a copper collar and leather ears. He measures 2-3/4x3" and will join my growing collection of dog friends.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
This bracelet incorporates brick and Ndebele stitch.
For more information on the beads, see BeadforLife.com
In addition, you can see some my beaded creations at Wild Holly Gallery in Carefree.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thanks to KiwiEllen, I have joined in the Pay It Forward project.
The first three people who comment on my blog will receive something handmade from me, if they in turn will do the same thing... See the rules below:
Pay It forward rules: I will send a handmade gift (something beaded) to the first 3 people who leave a Comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange (and email me their mailing address), and who make the same pledge on their own blogs. I don't know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward meaning you will do the same for three people who comment on your blog. Please click the comment box right below this paragraph and type your comments . Don't forget to send me your snail mail privately.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
After a few attempts, I decided to go with the flow of the design.
This creation used large triangular seed beads and incorporates brick, square and ladder stitch.
I wanted a clasp that would not take away from the design. The clasp works on the same principle as a belt buckle. Velcro is hidden inside the peyote/brick stitch clasp for closure.