Thursday, November 08, 2012

Beaded Bangle

This is my latest beadwork, inspired by the work that will be published in the new book, Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, to be published in about a month. Using peyote stitch and delica beads, I made this bangle with new technical skills that I gained. I love the 3D elements of the horns and wings that were integrated into the design and look forward to making more of these bangles, while exploring different color schemes.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Helix Cuff

I have had so much fun beading this new cuff!!! I discovered this pattern in a new book, soon to be published, titled Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. Those of us who had the opportunity to pre-order it, were able to get a couple of the directions for pieces that will be included in the book. This is my interpretation of the Helix Cuff.

Fall is my favorite time of the year; the colors are glorious. This cuff, made in three layers, was beaded using Delicas in a wide range of Fall colors.  I made each of the layers with a different sequence of colors, while thinking about looking down and seeing a pile of leaves covering the woodland floor. I also made my own beaded toggle clasp for the cuff.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Beaded Bead Necklace

This is my latest creation done in a workshop taught in my local bead store. The beaded bead is hollow and made of 12 small units. I then used an Italian Mesh Ribbon to string and complete the necklace. The nice thing about this mesh is that you can constantly expand it to create the scallop shapes.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tapestry Cuffs

Here are the two tapestry cuffs woven on my Mirrix loom. The colored yarns are hand dyed silk cords. The cuff on the left used two weft yarns throughout the weaving, blending colors together to create a rich cloth. The other cuff introduced me to 5 different tapestry techniques, using a single weft. I really enjoyed this one and look forward to doing more tapestry on a larger scale with wool yarns that I have dyed.

Claudia Chase, owner of Mirrix Looms, is currently working on a new online tapestry course, which I will definitely take. Meanwhile, my next project will be making another bracelet where I learn to warp the loom so that there are no warps to finish off when the piece is taken off of the loom. I am extremely interested is this technique, because I ultimately want to weave a series of 4 selvage wedge weave tapestries, inspired by the work of Michael Rohde.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Felt Beads

I recently took a class on making felt beads at New England Felting Supply. I had a really fun time, in addition to seeing one of my artist friends, Cheryl. These are my completed beads, awaiting for just the right material to string them and complete the necklace. I ordered some Italian Mesh Ribbon today, thinking that might be just perfect, not to mention a nice contrast in materials and texture.Stay tuned for the finished necklace later this week.

Monday, September 03, 2012

New Bracelets

I finished the first bracelet woven on my new Mirrix Loom. I really enjoyed weaving it and look forward to many more to come. I think I will try the Tapestry Cuff next. Not only do I love wearing cuffs, but that project will introduce me to the process of tapestry, which I intend to explore more of on an artistic level in the months to come.

This next JPEG is a set of stackable bangles that I made using a variety of techniques. Most of these are a quick, easy approach to making some new jewelry for my wardrobe. The wrapped beaded bracelet in multi-colored blue size 8/0's seed beads, is my favorite of these.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mirrix Bead and Tapestry Loom

After a long hiatus in the studio, my creative spirit has returned. I bought this Mirrix Bead and Tapestry Loom, after seeing an online class offered by Craftsy, called Bead and Tapestry Cuffs. I love jewelry, miss weaving and thought that this would be the perfect match for me.

I chose the 12 inch wide loom, so that I could weave my bracelets and eventually try some tapestry. The total weaving size is 9"W by 22"L. The loom is very sturdy and well designed. The bracelets do not need a shedding device, but there is one to add to the loom when I get ready to try some tapestry.

My online class consists of many different styles of bracelets, the first one is called the Affinity Bracelet. Using a combination of tapestry and bead weaving, I wove my first example using a hand-dyed silk cord, with an asymmetrical pattern of adding the beads. My next post will show the completed bracelet, which has a twisted plied fringe and peyote stitch bead clasp. This type of closure allows anyone to wear it, which is a feature I like.