Obsessions

Weaving:

Weaving is my main obsession! I can start weaving in the afternoon, get into the zone and look up to find that it is past midnight!

Lately, I have been doing a lot of super duo and Tila bracelet designs.

I love playing with the pattern and colors

 

I found a new pattern that I love!

I have also been doing a lot of Herringbone with super duos as well. I just love the way they look when using the herringbone weave!

Stringing:

I am getting ready for the season, and trying to build up stock. I splurged on red Creek Jasper at our local bead show and had a lot of fun combining it with other stones and with Czech glass.

Love the pendants! I also liked how the African Turquoise complimented the Jasper.

I have a great fondness for Czech glass. I particularly love these cupped half circles. I enjoy stacking them so that they resemble  armadillo armor! They seemed to like the Red Creek Jasper and looked quite nice together.

The Evolution of a Signature Design: The “Flying V” Choker

 

Evolution of design

These round scoops were the first version of the Flying V choker necklaces. They were made with 3 mm cubes and finished with buttons.

I then started using 4 MM squares to make a bigger statement. I switched from a soft scoop to a bold V shape.

I named my new design the FLYING V- because the shape reminds me of a flock of migrating geese:

I used sharply contrasting colors for a bold statement. Root beer brown and metallic bronze, or  Gunmetal black with gold…

I tried matte finish with shiny borders and shiny interiors with matte borders

I progressed then, to evoking the colors of the natural world: the soft summer colors of an oak opening, the Sunset, and the sunrise.

This one evokes the deep greens of the maple woods, with a chain that mimics the maple Samara.

 

Below, I was inspired by Lake Superior at dawn:

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Also, Sunrise on the grasslands: Note the beaded buttons on this piece.

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Spring is here, and we are happy to see it!

How  I love to see the greening of the world after a long winter of muted whites and greys. The colors of nature in spring inspire me ceaselessly.

The whisper of spring ephemerals….

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The riot of the spring garden….

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The soft blue skies of a warm new day….

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The green of new leaves and ponds….

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Keep on beading!

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Spring Fever: Gearing up for the Art Fair Season!

Soft new leaves in pretty pastel shades of green, reds and purple have suddenly popped forth on the trees this week! I took notice of this event and was inspired to create some leafy concoctions…

 

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These leafy creations are ready to be finished with a clasp and fastened to your wrist!

Although I have not put the chain on it yet, I have already woven a matching necklace

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As the sun comes out a little earlier each day and warms the earth, I feel it’s golden warmth more and more each day. This sparkly creation was made in honor of the sun and it’s power over the earth!       HAPPY B’EARTH-DAY!

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April Showers bring May flowers!

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Swarovski Crystals and Glass Pearls 

 

A Penchant for Pendants

I love alliteration. Hope you do too! I also love to bead pendants by either using a brick stitch embellishment to a metal medallion, or, using Peyote weave around a cabochon.

Are you ready for some new stuff? Here are some new offerings of pendants, necklaces, and bracelets.

I have a lot of these golden trees, and I thought they could make nice pendants, be used as sun-catchers in a window, or even holiday tree ornaments!

Here is On I put on the tree this year…

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I love to embellish brass, copper and pewter pendants as well.

Here are some pretty gemstones I wrapped:

And now, for a bigger project. I started weaving a simple super Duo rope and just kept on going! I wanted to create a really long rope, like those long ropes of pearls that flapper ladies wore in my Grandmother’s day. I remember her long pearl strands and I wanted to make a woven rope long enough to twirl, or at least wrap twice around my neck.

Here is the result: a 42 inch black and gold woven rope that is long enough to tie in a knot, or double up.

And some bracelets…

 

Time to get back to beading. I have some more pendants to make and I just had an idea for a new rope!!

 

Weaving a Holiday Tradition

I Love the holiday season. I like how comforting it is to participate in familiar traditions and activities. Despite the inevitable dysfunctional moment, family gatherings are always delightful.

I have played many rolls in this saga. From eager child – dying to see far flung cousins and open gifts- to new parent, busy with holiday shopping and traveling to gatherings- to host and chief cook and bottle washer for huge family gatherings-and now, finally, to honored guest at the table of my offspring. Each roll has been fun and energizing. I am  getting used to the last one in a surprising hurry! Showing up with a pie and a bottle of wine takes me back to my college days!

What can I offer that is new and different? With all this spare time on my hands, I can weave new traditions, such as handmade ornaments and gifts.

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I can partake of delicious foods and treats without the stress of hosting large parties and elaborate dinners. 2015-12-13 17.08.482012-12-25 18.37.022015-10-04 12.37.37

I can make pretty bracelets and earrings in “all my spare time”.

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I can relax and visit with friends and family

Happy Holidays everybody!