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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Celtic Amulet

Well, I think I'm finished = ) I couldn't decide what kind of fringe to add, and I thought maybe I'd like it better without it. I'm open to suggestions, and if I see a good idea I'll use it. The bag features a square-stitched Celtic symbol, and the colors are reversed to create the back. For the strap, I used the colors randomly. First I stitched a long ladder chain, and then added picots to each side. Most of my work has balance, so I like the "asymetricalness" of this piece. Does anyone else make up words to descibe their work? Thanks for looking and comments are appreciated!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Not quite done

I'm almost done. I don't really like my piece much, but I should be done by Friday. I'm working on the handle right now, and I'm about to run out of beads, so it may be a very short strap. Then just doing the fringe and I'm done.
I figure the second half of the strap tonight.
The fringe tomorrow night.
And posting on September 1st, just in time for the deadline.

Monday, August 28, 2006

September Challenge

As we're winding down August, I think it's time to forge ahead with the next bead-a-long.

As beaders we are very taken with beautiful, shiny, and often (let's admit it) costly little round things. I have always considered myself kind of a snob and kitsch-challenged. I also have a base metal allergy, and my ethos has normally been if I can't wear it why should anyone else?

Recently I came across this when I googled the phrase "plastic flowers."

September's bead-a-long encourages us to incorporate the "low." Whether it's a cheap or recycled item that would normally be "beneath" artistic consideration, or imagery you hate to love, find some way to put a little mass culture love into your art.

Any size, any kind of item, obviously make it about beads.

Saturday, August 26, 2006


thanks for the's been fun to do this one!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Progress Report

Now that the shekeres are finished, I can put some serious effort into my little bag. I can't believe I flip flopped ideas (I thought I was set with a traditional peyote stitch bag) but now I'm not only challenging time but a new stitch for me.... RAW!!! Stay tuned.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Finished Item

I just got a link to this post from Liberty in my email. Seems she's completed a bag already and boy, it's a beauty. I love the decreasing towards the top that gives it a really elegant taper. A very pretty little item.

Sunday, August 13, 2006


I just want to remind all bead-a-longers that I'm happy to post anything you are involved in (if you have a store, love a store, found some bead art you love) in the sidebar links - your blogs, your favorite blogs - anything bead related. Give me a heads up and it'll go on there.

And I do plan on expanding those myself, yes, but I figured everyone has their own favorites and I'd start by opening it up. So take a peek at your blogrolls and let me know!

Need To Get A Move On

I've been a bad beader (been working on finishing 2 beaded shekeres for dear friends), but this week I'm getting started on my amulet bag. PROMISE!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Liz's graph

She may opt to tell us more about it. I think it's gorgeous and I can't wait to see it realized in beads!

Pattern Blahs

I am not feeling so into my graph lately, and I've been plenty rushed in non-beading life lately, so I really haven't given this the kind of time I'd like till today.

I've been thinking more and more about the jewelry here and the patterns in the Scandinavian pottery that inspire her. I enjoy the aesthetic and it's not one I've really explored at all in my own work, so I thought maybe it would be fun to riff on some of the found pottery patterns in beadwork. I even had a tube of matte white seed beads that has been going nowhere for the longest time.

Challenges really teach you what kind of beader you are and what kind of beader you are not.

I am:

not the most organized
not the most mathematical
and hopeless with a chart

Even if I draw the chart, I find that I wind up tweaking it, making repeat motifs out of certain elements, playing around way too much.

This image will make sense in light of that statement.


Day 3 or 4

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Here is the beginning of my amulet bag...she has a bone face cab that I've bezeled with charlottes and 3 cuts...embellished with tiny carnelian ovals, green garnet faceted drops and amethyst cubes...the cotton fabric I'm beading on has the same colors as the gemstones, lavender, orange and mossy green...

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Ok, I’ve got a few people on board via email, but not much in the way of pics yet, understandably. However I’ll post what I have so far, which is a graph I plan on using.

The white may not be white when I actually do this. I’m assuming I’ll have a little space for embellishing along the edge, as well.

GingaNic on is going to use this awesome stash:

Don’t be scared to email me to join in - any time before the 15th for this month!