Monday, September 26, 2011

Purple and Black Double Leaf Pendant with Cluster Earrings

I have been on a roll making pendants and earrings I suppose.  Larger projects are a bit intimidating since I have cut back on the amount of beading I am doing (I have a "mass" on the top of my hand that looks like a ganglion cyst but the doctor says he thinks it's in the tendon.  I'm calling it a "beading bump" since I'm guessing it might have something to do with that.)
So here's yet another variation of a pendant with only 2 leaves. And the pair of earrings to match.  I really like the thin dangle at the bottom of these earrings.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Things You Make Me See Despite the Weather; #1

In getting back to using one of my favorite weaving techniques, Theo Mooreman Inlay, I found inspiration in a hike that I did not want to go on.  The Olympic National park was beautiful, but I did not realize that there was potential for snow in May in the northwest. So my dear husband made sure I did two chilly hikes and saw much of the beauty that the Mountains of the Olympic peninsula held. 

I took a ton of photos of wonderful mosses close up and had the thought that I could use the layers in Theo Mooreman inlay.  The first image that I zoomed into and drew out, I love the design.  When I started to weave it in the Theo Mooreman technique, it was too dense.  I realized that I had drawn up a pattern for Tapestry, which I had been doing a a lot of.

So putting that cartoon draft aside, I continued zooming in to get a less dense but still interesting image and this is what I cam up with. 















I think I became attracted to the shape of this design because it reminded me a bit of my "Erte Inspiration" piece that I had done way back in 2005.  So I set to work weaving it and planned to have it done by the 2010 MLH Conference. 




It did hang at the Fiberart Exhibit at MLH, but the juror was pretty "meh" about it, and I actually am too.  So I no longer feel bad about not being too pleased with it and I plan on going back into it with more beads.


(This is the piece on the wall: meh.  Center: Fiberart by Marie Gile, Right: Tapestrey by Millie Danielson)

Something I have learned from this piece: Although bead embroidery is easy for me, I do not enjoy the sewing of beads as much as I enjoy the actual weaving of beads.  There are some things that I want to do with more bead embroidery though, so I'm still working to find a method of bead embroidery that works for me.