Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bead Art Pieces

The Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild members exhibit in the Gallery at the Downriver Council on the Arts opened Thursday, October 25. On display in this juried show are more than sixty pieces by eighteen artists. This includes wearable and non-wearable art - necklaces, bracelets, wall hangings, sculpture, whimsical dolls, shoes, and some pieces of Native American design. Many beading techniques were used.

Seven pieces of mine were selected.

Ancient Garden
A bead embroidered necklace - very subtle colors, yet a profusion of vines and flowers in a rock garden.

Paisley - Study in White
Paisley - Study in Black
Paisley - Study in Purple
I'm working on a series of monochromatic pieces. The Black and White were fun, but the purple was very challenging. Not all purples are created equal!

The Cha-Cha Bracelet in Peaches and Cream
I have made four of these Cha-Chas and this one is my favorite. Subtle colors, great impact. Wherever I go, I get stopped with questions and comments about this bracelet, every time I wear it.

Free Spirit Girl
Casually hanging out (waiting for the coffee to brew) in her bathrobe and bunny slippers, she reminds me of me in the morning.

Quiet Forest Free Form Peyote Bracelet
The colors were chosen from the focal bead made by Michigan artist Andrea Lindell. Soft colors of leaves and dappled sunlight.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Jewelry Art Pieces at the Downriver Council on the Arts

Several of my beaded jewelry pieces will be part of a gallery showing. About 20 members of the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild will have approximately 60 pieces in the Gallery at the Downriver Council on the Arts in Taylor, Michigan, October 25 - November 15.

(Pictures coming soon)
Cha-Cha Bracelet Peaches and Cream
Paisley - Study in White
Paisley - Study in Black
Paisley - Study in Purple
Free Spirit Girl
Free Form Peyote Bracelet
Ancient Garden

Friday, October 5, 2007

Embroidered Felted Wool Evening Bag

I'll get better at posting with practice. This bag started out as a sweater, which was washed in hot water in the washing machine with lots of agitation. This technique is also called "boiled wool". The resulting fabric was cut and sewn into this simple bag.

The bronze beads are all Czech and Japanese glass beads.

First time at my new place in space

This is my very first post. I wonder if anyone will find me...

I will soon have pictures of some of my beaded jewelry projects.

I am the primary teacher at the bead store that my daughter, Jennifer, owns. We have a full range of classes including Basic Stringing, lots of wire work, beadweaving using Peyote, Herringbone, Square and Brick Stitches and many, many others!

Stony Creek Bead & Gallery
2060 Whittaker Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

The shop does not have a website, but lots of information can be found at its blogspot:

More coming very soon!