I've almost finished this piece. "Elk Magic" It's been on the table since December 12. I marked it on the calendar just to see what we are looking at time wise. Only a little bit of snow left to do and I have lots of snow outside my window to inspire me. The white satin has turned out just right to use as a snow bead...
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Looking through some boxes under the floor (our storage space) and came on this photo of my Oprah bag. At one point in my long career I thought the key to being successful was to have a famous person carry one of my bags. I want to say somewhere around 1995-2005, giving myself lots of leeway because I really can't remember. Anyway, I sent the bag to Oprah, with no luck, no fame, just a form letter. I use to wonder who really wound up with the bag and then I just forgot about it. I'm just revisiting this because I found the picture but I do think that there is a moral to the story. Nothing wrong with trying a bold move in your marketing. Nothing wrong with the long haul of endless sewing and putting in the work. And nothing wrong with nothing coming of any of it. Really, now I realize the joy of doing the art is a life well lived.
Monday, December 31, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018
Sunday, September 23, 2018
So, I'm working on an order. Not my usual subject matter but I never say no to whatever the challenge is. I decided to go ahead and use the tent stitch (which is one bead at a time, placed at an angle) for the face. Yes, I'm happy with it, but even for me, this is crazy time consuming. I did use my beloved couching for the nose and eyes but where you want to avoid lines the tent stitch is a good alternative. I can see already that all the detail in this piece is going to have me using size 13 and smaller beads for alot of it. I'm enjoying doing all the beaded regalia in beadwork. Lots of feathers, horses and all that good stuff. Stay tuned for the finished project. It will be awhile...
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
The longest day of the year! It's raining pretty good today and foggy across the inlet, so I'm putting up a picture of yesterday. More of the summer feeling.The view from the bead table has been spectacular and distracting. The bead store is distracting too. Instead of plugging in, I wander around picking out beads for a pair of earrings or a necklace, I rearrange a display, or just have some long chats with customers. On the sewing front, I've been revisiting a few designs, but after I do the lazy stitch on these I'll be moving on to a new piece with summer flowers. Ahh summer, so much inspiration...