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Monday, April 5, 2021

Some Butterflies!

Have a few kits for my various butterfly beadwork.  One of my buyers requested the Eostre Spiral Butterfly kit, so it is back in stock.  It has lovely Spring colors and a pretty hand-painted butterfly pendant.  You can find that kit by clicking HERE.  

The tutorial is right next door in my Etsy shop.

Here are a couple detail shots.  I especially like the Spiral Chenille stitch with the inserted scales.

And I love the lavender leather backing for the jewel.

AND... the hand-painted pendant.  

I found three gold Butterfly Bags that I had not sold while cleaning.  I started on a new applique, but while hunting for beads, I found a kit for the Pearl Monarch bag for which had never written a tutorial.  SO, rather than just toss that kit, I wrote a tutorial.  One of the gold bags got a Monarch applique, and is ready to ship, with the kit. Find the kit HERE.  Actually, it sold out really fast....  

 And the tutorial is HERE.  Here's the final chart, so you can get a feel for the process.

And I also found a complete Sunset Butterflies Kit.  So the second bag got the appropriate appliques and is also ready to fly to you for finishing.  Find the kit HERE.  And the tutorial HERE.

And here's what the beads and colors look like.  I love this little bag.

And that third gold bag... Well, before I looked for kitting beads, I hunted down a different applique and made a new bag, carefully taking photos, thinking it would be the one I was writing up as a tutorial.   Now, I guess I just have a new bag, as I cannot find any more of this gold silk.  

But I did find the green silk bags I had started eons ago.  So maybe those are up next.  

Monday, March 8, 2021

Dressmaking for my Beadwork

I really am kinda retired.  So I feel free to follow my interests as they appear.  I have been cleaning out my studio, and keep finding things that could be finished.  And some things that could be started!

This piece of fabric was purchased many years ago, and I pitched it to several of my ballroom clients, but no one took the bait.  I may not have pitched with great conviction, as I LOVED this print.  I may have (on many levels) wanted to keep it for myself.  Kinda wish I had laid it out flat for you to see, but this was after I calculated a place where I thought my necklace might fit and chopped a hole in the middle of the fabric to have a look.  It's a poly single knit, and runs in one direction, so I knew I needed minimal seaming. I decided on dolman sleeves, and shaping from side seams only.

Here's the necklace.

Sooo...  A couple days later...

I pleated the right side to provide a more interesting fit and bit of movement.
The necklace fits the space, and without being too matchy-matchy, feels OK to me with the print.
Pleating detail.  I am an inch larger than the form at the waist and at the hip.  I fill it out a bit better!
And here is the back detail.

I am having a lot of fun sewing in my studio recently.  Beading is feeling very sedentary to me, and I want to be more mobile.  But it's still nice to wear all that beadwork, especially in a new context!

And then, of course, there is THIS!  Let's hope it does not become a permanent wardrobe feature!

Stay safe and healthy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

How Beaders Use My Patterns Fascinates Me!

I am really fascinated by the things people like to do to my Fall Flame leaf pattern.  Judy set out on a real learning mission and asked a lot of questions along the way.  It's fun for me to be able to talk all bead nerdy with someone else who actually cares about that I am blabbering on about.

Judy wanted to shape her leaf differently and give it an additional vein and a more complex edge.  

I believe the darker leaf has just the two veins that my Sugar maple model had.  

But in her lighter red leaf, she added a third vein to each side of the leaf, and a much more complex edge.  I know she found it challenging to make the two sides match.  Trying to record and draw what you did the first time to replicate the second side is challenging!

I know there are maple leaves that have 5 separate sections, instead of the three (and hint at a fifth) that Sugar Maples have, and I honor her effort and achievement.  I find it inspiring.  I also found it interesting that she did not have an interest in the color ombre.  Pretty sensible really if you want the observers eye to take in the complex shape and edge.

She did a great job!  Thank you for sharing with me and my readers Judy!

If you want to play with this pattern yourself, you can find just the leaf and bail pattern here:

If you want the rope too, look here for that tutorial:

Visit my Etsy shop here, for all available kits and tutorials!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

A Little Peyote Bezel Presentation

 Monday, January 4th, the Upper Midwest Bead Society asked me to speak about bezels, and the resulting presentation was live streamed to facebook on the UMBS club page.  If you are interested in listening and watching, here is a link:  Our business meeting starts about 1:05 minutes in, and my presentation begins at 5:15 minutes.

I speak about how to make a simple bezel, and then, how to add embellishment, create connections, and a little about designing with bezeled components.  I touch on square and rectangular bezels and a few other shapes, and provide links to blogposts about some of those shapes.  

It's a lovely club, and I believe the plan is to present a guest speaker the first Monday of each month live as 2021 proceeds.  Membership forms are available on the UMBS website here:  This first meeting was made available to anyone who wanted to watch, but I think the goal is to eventually have meetings available to members, and since we are presenting virtually, there is no reason you could not belong from anywhere on the planet with internet access.  

As always, thanks for checking in, and please stay safe!