Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jewelry for Angelwood Gallery

It seems this month is the Gallery swap month for me.  I know I keep saying that I'm not making new jewelry, but I am doing a few pieces here and there to fill in colorways for galleries. I like my work to look at least a little bit like a set.  This teal, white and neutral mix is what I'm sending off to Angelwood Gallery this weekend.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

In Preparation for Blueberry View Artists Retreat

I received my first artist residency for next month at the Blueberry View Artists' Retreat. I'm starting to prepare for it, thinking of what to pack for two weeks of living and creating.  My proposal for this particular residency is to be working on the Uprooted Series.

Uprooted 1

Uprooted 1 is a beaded sculpture piece that I created for my Individual Artist's Grant Exhibit.  I have been planning on creating a grouping of Uprooted pieces to be shown together and this is my opportunity to really focus on this installation piece.  I have been focusing on beading tendrils to bring with me.  Some of the larger tendrils can take up to 150 hours of beading and I want the majority of my time spent at Blueberry view to be finishing the roots and putting the actual pieces together.  I'm sure there will be points where I want a particular tendril shape, so I'll have to make it and bead it while I'm there, but the more tendrils I have done, the better.

I have 3 done and I'm working on the 4th, which is much larger than any of the other ones I've done.  I can tell that with my focus on the tendrils, I'm getting a little faster at beading them.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hexagon Bracelet and Earrings in Neon Red

So I haven't been working on much jewelry, but I wanted something to match an rather bright outfit that I was wearing last night, so I threw together this bracelet and earrings.  

Hexagon Bracelet: $75.00

I have actually seen a lot of this neon red-orange color coming out for the summer styles so I guess I was probably drawn to wearing the skirt that I have of this color.  Plus with all the snow melting it seems like spring is coming this way and I'm always up for bright colors for spring.

Hexagon Earrings $45.00

I made a similar set in blue/grey/black back in November that can be seen HERE.  On this set, I left it a little more open in some of the areas between bugle beads to give it more of an airy look.

Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Petersburg Chain Bracelet Workshop at Interlochen

I finally sent out updated St. Petersburg Chain images to Interlochen for the upcoming workshop!  I'd like to put it out there that this class is an amazing deal.  I usually charge $25 for the first hour and $10 for every hour thereafter per person.  So for a 6 hour class you'd normally pay $75.  This class at Interlochen offers breaks, but if you're like me, you might work right through them.  Which would put you at an 8 hour day with me and beads. These classes at Interlochen are 9am-5pm.

My first class is on the St. Petersburg Chain Stitch which I have not only used in my jewelry but also as edging for my wall hangings like In Progress and She Can't See the Forest Through the Trees.  It is also used in the middle panel to She Can't See the Forest Through the Trees.  So there's lots we can talk about using this stitch for!

The class is on Saturday May 31, 2014 at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

You can sign up on their website HERE.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pattern Play Bangle 2: Gold and White

The original Pattern Play Bangle that I created has been visiting Tennessee for a sculpture exhibit that I entered it in to and I missed wearing it.  So I started in on another one while it's been gone.  I have been really struck by all the gold coming back into fashion.  I personally love wearing gold so on my last bead order I purchased the dark gold tiny seed beads that I've been using by the quarter kilo (rather than the 35 gram package) and I've been using them in everything.

This bangle is 4 beads larger around than my regular size (which the blue and green pattern play bangle is the "regular" size) because I wanted to be able to make it a bit longer.  I had to stop adding layers on to the first one because it wouldn't have fit further up my arm without having to wear it over my wrist on to my hand.

I also did not draft any of the patterns for this bangle.  The original has a few drafted patterns to make sure certain shapes would fit, and spirals are difficult to plan ahead for in general.  This second one I stuck to variations of stripes.  I was concerned a little that it may not be as interesting, however I think it turned out really well.  I'm already planning the next one in my head.

I just finally took these photos this morning and I thought I would hate the white background against the white on this piece.  I'm finding I really love the ethereal quality to the photos.  I think it still needs a black or grey background to show the detailing of the whole bangle, but why not have some fun with the images?  I think that Lynne Bruning also might be to blame, the photos she posts on her Facebook and website usually have a brilliant white background with all of her wonderful circuits an bobbins. Sometimes I can be visually brain-washed.  :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Interlochen Beadweaving Classes Summer 2014

As I work on my many projects and proposals these next few months, I am also prepping to teach workshops.  The first offerings are at Interlochen's Adult Arts Programs.  They put up a lovely write-up about me here:

The first of the classes offered is Saturday, May 31, 2014.  I'll be teaching St. Petersburg Chain stitch.  We will be making bracelets, but this is also the stitch that I use for my lariat necklaces and have started layering into some of my larger bangle bracelets for a different texture.  It's a $65.00 class, and you can register online here:
(I'm still not happy with this image that I took for this class, I'll get a better one soon hopefully.)

The second class of the summer offerings is my Beginning Peyote Stitch bracelet on Monday, June 30, 2014.  This is a great way to start peyote stitching.  We work 2 beads at a time (instead of one bead at a time which is how I bead for the most part) which allows us to make a wide bangle in a shorter amount of time.  I also teach how to add a button/bead and loop closure which can be used in many jewelry making techniques.  It's a $65.00 class, and you can register online here:

It's not on Interlochen's Calender yet but we have a temporary date to teach the beaded leaf, which is up on my calender on (which I just noticed the calender is having some issues that I'll need to fix!)  Keep checking back for more dates as they come up too.

I'm excited to be teaching a private class this week.  Beginner beaders are always fun, and I do enjoy smaller, by-the-hour classes.  We'll be doing the two drop peyote bracelets, it's perfect if you're just starting to learn to bead.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

More on Weaving Yardage: Video

Not only did I get to do a ton of beading this morning, but I also got back to weaving on my yardage.  I decided to do a a video because the only video I have of myself weaving is doing double weave pick-up, which make weaving look really tedious.

Weaving off yardage is a little more relaxed.  Also, because I'll be cutting this fabric up, I'm not stressing out about perfect selvages.  I'm just enjoying the process.  There's a close-up image of the start of this weaving on my blog HERE.