Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Beaded Journal Project - October

October's page is a black butterfly with hints of orange. Only 10 more butterflies to go! The pages measures 4x4".

Beaded soft sculpture in juried show

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.

"Spirit of the Season

through December 24, 2008

Receptions: 7-9 pm, Saturday, Nov. 8, Dec.13

Studio Art Quilt Associates

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, Chuck Girard,

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

Was on, wax off

Some collage and encaustic combination on an 8x10" canvas. I really enjoyed this process and the depth of it.

Beaded leaf

The 2nd leaf in a series of 5.


Soldering fun from the art retreat. That's a Mona Lisa art doll and she has happy feet.

Art Quilt

11 crafty women spent a long weekend at Aravaipa Canyon at a wonderful art retreat. This is my 10x10" completed quilt. The background is splattered and the remainder is fused and sewn to the fabric.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Beads & Books

Wherever I have lived, I have not had the good fortune of experiencing the change of color in leaves. I am making my own beaded versions and will be binding the collection into a book. I used bead embroidery and netting stitch on top of upholstery fabric. The fabric is backed with treated, textured and painted watercolor paper made to simulate a leaf look. All leaves will measure 5-1/2x6-1/2". This is the first of 5.

Beaded Journal Project - September

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.

Soft sculpture - Beaded

As a member of a Beaded Art Doll group, I will be beading a calendar doll each month of the year. We began in September and here is "Fall's Frenzy". Her face is made of polymer clay and she is totally beaded with size 11 seed bead. Her bead colors change on her body as do the leaves. Her brown beads represent the veining of the leaves. She holds the fallen leaves of autumn. She stands 2x8" .

Commissioned work

This is a twisted Ndebele necklace and bracelet commission I did for a gallery owner. It is done with size 8 and 6 seed beads and is 10 beads in diameter. There is a form inside the necklace and bracelet to hold its shape. The necklace is 15" in length and can be adjusted with the chain closure.

Braided Wonder

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.