Handmade Beaded Jewelry

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sea Fan Quilt

The Sea Fan quilt is now finished. It's 8 x10 and mounted on a canvas. Eventually it will go in a floating frame.

If you click on the photo you can enlarge it.  I used a real star fish and shells. Also fresh water pearls and seed beads.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fishy Quilt (working name)

Okay, I know, it's a stupid name. What can I say, I hate trying to name my work. I'm now incorporating my beading skills with my quilting skills. This piece is 12 x 12 and will be mounted onto a canvas.

First, let me say that what was in my head when I started isn't what I got. But I'm still very happy with the finish product. The blue background was hand-dyed by me last summer. I don't generally dye my own fabric, but I took a class and I had a ball. Still, it's not something I plan on getting into. No place in my house to do it anyway. The fish is all hand embroidered onto a backing that is similar to pellon/timtex. Right now I can't think of the name. Lacey something or other. I printed a photo onto it and then proceeded to stitch two beads at a time following the colors of the fish.  Nemo took 3 days and the other one took 4 days. If you look closely you will see that I machined stitched 2 jello fish. To do this I first traced them onto water soluble stablizer and then pinned it to the background and did a free motion stitch. I've added shells, starfish and a sand dollar. All real, along with pearls and assortment of seed beads.  The sea fan from the previous post will go on an 8 x10 quilt  and canvas.  I will also be adding assortment of shells and pearls.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sea Fan

I made a beaded sea fan for a project that I have had fermenting in my head for a while. First, I printed the pattern on organza and than proceeded to bead it with size 15 seed beads. Two beads at a time. It took me 14 days. I photographed it every night when I finished for the day.  I thought it would be a neat idea to make a little slideshow of my process.  I plan to incorporate this into a quilt which will be a underwater scene with fish and coral.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Moving right along with my new MAC. I had a little set back the second day. I feel so embarrassed, but no one told me there was a on/off button in the back. Even when I called the geek squad at BestBuy. Even brought it into the store. The fellow plugged it in and it went on. I asked what did he do. He said nothing. OK. I pack it up, take it home plug it in and nothing. Drove me nuts. At this point I was to tired to fight and gave up for the night. Next morning I call Apple Support.  She says "do you hear and sounds when you power up?" I said No! what do you mean power up? I thought I was powering up. She said there's a button on the back of the MAC. OMG! you can't imagine how stupid I felt. I had thought it powered up by pushing the little arrow in the upper right hand corner on the keyboard. That's what I use on my MAC Air. 

I've have called Apple support on different issues in the past and they have alway given me the best information. I can't say enough good things about them. I live to far to take their free classes, but if you live close enough I highly recommend taking them.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Mac

Tech support arrived early this morning transferring all my stuff. There are still things I have to figure out yet but I think I can manage. Patience, that's what's in order. So far I'm still in the honeymoon stage. There was software I had to buy, Quicken for one. So while I was on Amazon, I figured what the heck, I ordered Adobe Lightroom also. Next I have to get better surge protectors. It seems the ones I have are not very good. Basically they are just fancy looking power strips. 

So that's it for my day. I feel like it was an early Christmas. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

New MAC desktop

I got so tired of battling with my PC and fed up with having to replace it yet again. So today I bit the bullet and bought a MAC. Best Buy geek square is coming tomorrow to make the transfer. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Renaissance Quilt

I just picked up the Renaissance quilt from Michael's that I made for a client. OMG! I just love it. It's going to be very hard to hand it over. LOL. Now, I took some photos, but honestly, I don't think they to it justice. First, I had to take it from an angle so that I wouldn't get a flash back.  Here is the best of the shots that I took.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Starfish necklace. (working name)

Don't really have a name for it. But oh, do I love this necklace. It looks so pretty on. Sorry, I should be more modest. But when I create something that puts a smile on my face, I just can't help sounding like I'm bragging. 
I'm thinking I should call it "By the Sea". There is an old song running around in my head. By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea, you and me, you and me, Oh how happy we'll. Silly isn't it. Probably dating myself.  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Yesterday I received a postcard from the Mancuso show in Savannah. What a nice surprise to see my quilt "My New Neighbors" on the front.  There it is, top right hand corner.                                     
What's interesting is that it was entered into last years show to be judged. The judges comments were that, "they thought the grass in the front of the egret was a after thought since they weren't completely sewn down". Which was of course what I intended to do in the first place. I wanted to add more dimension to it. But that's ok. This year it's part of exhibit of ribbon winners from last years Palmetto Quilt Guild  Show. Bye the way, It won a Blue Ribbon in the PQG show.
Next, I sold my Mermaid Lace Necklace. woo hooo!
So that's what's new today. Tomorrow I will post another necklace that I just finished.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

busy busy busy!

Yes I've been very busy creating. Besides I'm not the greatest writer of blogs. But I do like to share pictures of my work and I'm delighted the you the public seem to like them.

So here's one that I have hanging at the gallery this month.
It's not very big. Just 12" x 12".  I really had fun doing the machine embroidery. The background is one piece of hand dyed fabric by Skydyes.
 This one I finished a couple of weeks ago. Also 12" x 12" but in a gold floating frame. I love these frames, they seem to make small works of art seem more important. Not the best photo, but it will have to do.
This past week I've been beading. Making jewelry and reworking a older necklace that I made some time ago.  The 1st one has a real starfish, some shells and fresh water pearls. I'm still working on it. I'm not planning on selling it because I'm not sure how the starfish will hold up. So I will test drive it first. But Oh! do I like it. So very Hilton Head.
 This black and gold piece was made awhile ago. I had small spacers on the ends of the focal glass bead. I was never really pleased with the way is looked. I tried to find larger ones, but had no luck. So when presented with lemons you must make lemonade. I made my own beaded spacers. 
So that's it for now. There's more news, but I'll leave for another day. 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Walter Greer Gallery - Hilton Head Island

I've mentioned several times that I'm a member of the Art League on Hilton Head Island. Our gallery is at the Art Center attached to the theater. This month the featured Art work is Gullah. The Gullah people have a very interesting history and you can read about if you click on the link.  A lot of their work bright and lively and always make me smile.

  The Art league members had their work on the outside walls.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Gallery and if you are ever on Hilton Head Island, I hope you will stop in. We change the art work every month. So there is always something new to see.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A New Year

This is the second time this year that I have tried to post something. The last one just disappeared. Maybe it wasn't meant to be read.  LOL...Anyway, I will endeavor to write something that maybe will be a little more interesting.  

Christmas was great, flew up to NY, visited family and friends and had a wonderful time. We came home before New Years Eve and had a great group of friends over to help celebrate the arrival of 2015.

I belong to several Art Groups, and in December I had one of my small quilts framed and displayed at the Walter Greer Gallery on the island, with the Art League of Hilton Head. I'm happy to say that I got my second commission since moving down here. My client loved the one at the gallery, but wanted one that was bigger. Here is the one that hung in the gallery. Not the greatest photo but it will have to do. It's very hard to photograph something through glass. But I think you can get an idea of what it looks like.
 Here is the mock up I did. When I get the go a head I will print the photos on fabric. The gold netting will get a splattering of seed beads, crystals and pearls. Then I think, I will suggest a quilted border with a off white flange. To mimic the matting which is on the original. I'm leaving the framing up to her.

I will post the finished piece as soon as it's done.

Besides having my fiber art hanging at the gallery, I also have some of my jewelry in the cases there.