Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I especially love the ones made from the old rose fabric with tan/beige backgrounds.......some hearts are weirdly-shaped and some have little pockets that will have little "somethings" tucked into them.........(yet to be decided)! This could take awhile...........I seem to get sidetracked from one project to another when I'm digging into stashes that I haven't been in for a year or more........anybody else do that? Now I'm back today working with the felt; gotta go practice my blanket stitch for edging and I cannot for the life of me get started without looking it up in one of my embroidery books! Duh. I've only been doing hand-embroidery since I was 16 years old. This is why we seniors need a BIG supply of reference books, right?!! Heh, heh....
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Felt, ribbons, laces, beads, wool and soy silk rovings, hand-dyed velvet and buttons........surely I have all the "makings" for LOTS of heart thingies to sell and give for Valentine's Day! It's amazing what you can put together with ONLY bits and pieces of scrappy things, if you don't throw away those clippings of metallic threads or fabric or yarns............stay tuned............
I found these wonderful sheets of wool felt at "joggles.com" and cut out shapes from all my stash of pink/red/purple mixes. Then stuck a thick felt heart under the Babylock Embellisher machine to punch some dangling yarns onto it, and immediately broke one of the seven needles! Arggggh.....!
Okay: I can just keep "felting" with the other needles. One day I broke four within an hour. Then I can go weeks without breaking one.......I should have checked for the thickness of the felt first. I make the kind of art that is called "learn as you go".......so these pins I can see in my head won't be able to be made altogether with the Embellisher. That would be super-quick, but now I think I'll add the embellishments by hand and use some great colors of hot pink and red and gold metallic threads I got for Christmas. Hopefully in a day or so I can show you some finished pins!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
And the supposed "bad luck" of a broken mirror has already started: while waiting to finish the root canal next week, this weekend another big old tooth got flossed and I spit out a chunk of the side of the tooth! Dammit.
I shouldn't be surprised; it's one of those 30-year old fillings that we've been expecting to go "someday"........at least I'm VERY thankful it's not hurting for this weekend! I'm off to find some soup............
Friday, January 25, 2008
and she's just about done. Aren't all the shades of pinks and purples and blues gorgeous together? This group of ladies are talented beaders.......
The doll was all covered with beading except for her legs when I got her; so now the fronts are done and I'll finish up the leg backs SOON! When there are so many freeform stitches used, you have high and low areas. I kept getting the thread hooked around a bead or sequin on the "other" leg while working on one; I finally wrapped up the finished leg with a scrap of fabric to cover it smoothly and then could get to bead without that hassle! Whew! I've learned a lot during the last six months of beading on this group of art dolls, and made wonderful new online friends also. Now I have to move on to the project of beaded 2" squares, both for the Pink Artist doll and for a monthly on the Cloth, Paper Studio Yahoo group. And it's time to begin whatever I'm going to make and donate to our local Relay for Life that will be held in a few months' time! Happy beading, everyone!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
When I learn how, I'll keep an ongoing list of good reads on this blog. I've kept a notebook of every book I've read since 1965, and rated them:
Fair/Good/Very Good! Only the ones rated "very good" would I read again sometime in the future. I feel sorry for people who were not read to as children, and who don't love to read as adults. I MUST read something every day, whether it be newspapers, magazines, books, my large print bible (which I have highlighted here and there in yellow!), paperbacks and hardbacks. I've visited our little local library since I was four years old and sat at the little oval wood table that is low enough for kids. Now I can put my name on the waiting list for best-sellers or get them to borrow books we don't have thru the inter-library loan program. And I love to read lots of different kinds of tales............both fiction and non-fiction; more on this subject another day. It could take a long time.................stay posted if you're a lover of books!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I really wasn't drinking when I took this shot(!), but I wanted to show the beautiful finish on her.........it's copper/greenish and looks like the real thing of a bronze sculpture until you pick it up and realize it's not heavy.
It came from the Winterthur Museum's gift shop, so is probably a rendering of some of their many Egyptian felines. I love her! Thanks, K.W.!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Since Burch's death last year, some of her designs that had never been printed to fabric are being done now; and I was lucky to find this place online with new cats/horses and her great borders and stripes and dots, so I got some of several designs. The most striking of her works are the ones done on black backgrounds using her gold detailing.......just beautiful.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Her full hair and whole dress both front and back have been beautifully beaded in lots of peyote stitch and other "freeform" stitching. Now it's up to me to cover both those naked legs from her skirt down to her little feet!
Our weather today is horrid: 34 degrees and dreary rains....a great day to bead! We need the rain very much and I'm thankful we missed the frozen ice that we usually get this time of year!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Isn't that the sweetest face?!! Not all faeries have "nice"/sweet facial features; I am picky about my collection of "statuary" of different mediums around here......I don't do "cutesy" any more. I like them to look old-fashioned and dainty..........
...........and here she is from the back; her skirt is a flower and she is plucking at the "petals" with her dainty little hands. And she's wearing very sensible shoes.......little flat ballerina-style flats that are just right for tip-toeing thru the woodland world!
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Meanwhile readers...........bear with me! Blogging is still new to me.
These thin metal "leaves" are attached to leaf shaped wooden pieces underneath........and there are little holes bored thru the wooden underside for the beading needle/thread to pass through when it was strung! I forgot how many separate strands there are, but it's more than 20.......hmmmm.
I may not be able to get rid of it just yet........I wish a beading person would want it; then I'd know it had a really GOOD home!!!
ATTENTION: you beaders or crafters out there who live near a Dollar Tree store: they have Blue Moon beads in little pkgs. for sale right now!
Needless to say, I got a bunch of colors/shapes today!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
We're having another weird but nice day in our weather here today...it's partly sunny and up to 60 degrees outside! I'm off for my walk around the farm and to find various other things to do outdoors, because I'm sure it won't last long!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
For starters, I have to send out my PIF gifty things promised before Christmas; and I'm awaiting the last of the round robin beaded dolls to work on; and need to start a new 2" square of beaded artwork for one of the Yahoo group's challenges. It's a year-long project, but surely I can manage to bead up a little tiny square every 30 days, can't I?! Heh, heh...