Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Time to Stitch 7!!

Today's the day! If you have never heard of the Time to Stitch challenges, you are in for a treat! The brainchild of Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller, the challenges are designed to push you out of your comfort zone (nicely!) and introduce you to some new stitches...or maybe some you have been avoiding....cough, cough...
This challenge is for Bead Embroidery. Sigh....something I have avoided for years people, just...years. See, I used to spend the summers with my aunt, who was an impulse shopper. She would find a sale, and buy, like, a couple of DOZEN of something. Well, one of the things she had oodles of was embroidery kits. Which fascinated me as a kid, and repelled me as an adult. So that was how I looked at BEAD embroidery.
Which was a huge mistake, but it was hard getting past it. And with as many awesome bead stitches as there are out there, why bother, right? Because as a beadweaver, we are a bit, um, OBSESSED with new projects. And bead embroidery is just gorgeous!
I've got a Pinterest board for it that I'm constantly adding to:

My problem is that I'm kind of a 'fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants' girl. And you do need to plan out your design. Well, I sat for several weeks, trying to figure out a design. When I finally decided on one, I glued my cab into place. And promptly decided I didn't like the shape. So I traced an adjustment on the backing, but part of the design I couldn't change, because of where I placed the cab. So I'm not very happy with the shape, it is asymmetrical, which can be good, but not for me on this project.
I was a very lucky recipient of one of Therese's cabs. This is mountain lace jasper. I love the subtle flow of color in it.
I am quite lucky that I had a fantastic resource to guide me during this journey...Dimensional Bead Embroidery by Jamie Eakin. I used several stitches from this book.

This is a twisted bezel. I really love the look of it, even if I didn't get it quite tight enough.

 The green matte beads are used in a picot or 'moss' stitch. I really like how textural it is, and such a great backdrop for the Picasso druks. 

 The purple section with the 2mm bicone crystals is where my freeform journey began. First, I made a cute circle around them. But then, when I was making the lines of purple and copper, I sort of filled in more, and it just kept morphing from there!

I am pleased with my journey into bead embroidery, the cab really inspired me. I definitely need to work more on the 'planning' part of things.

I started a kumihimo rope, and then about 10 inches in to it, decided it didn't work for the pieces. So I switched to a twisted raw, but I haven't quite finished it yet. I'll add the photo when it is complete.
 I am planning my next BE piece, so I'm calling this challenge a DEFINITE success! Thanks again, Therese and Christine, for a wonderful challenge!
Here is your list of participants, please go check out everyone's work. Blessings, Shirley

1.       Therese (Host)
2.       Christine  (Host)
3.       Amy
4.       Lola
5.       Lori F
6.       Kim
7.       Becky Pancake
8.       Karin G.
9.       Debbie (Kepi)
10.   LizE
11.   Maryanne
12.   Paula
14.   Wendy
15.   Janet
16.   Jasvanti
17.   Ginger
18.   Alicia
19.   Bobbie
20.   Shirley
21.   Sarah
22.   Cynthia
24.   Lizzie

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bead Peeps Reveal

Are you ready? It feels like I just signed up for this awesome blog party, and now it's reveal day!!! Huge THANK YOU to Linda Anderson for organizing this party!!!
Every time I sign up for a blog challenge, life gets crazy, but I just love them! This one was no entire household fell prey to every virus and sickness out there this winter/spring. But maybe that just pushes me harder...or maybe it was just the awesomeness of my partner's beady goodies! Tammy and I had a lot of fun trading life stories. I hope to meet her in real life someday, I think we would have a blast together! Please go check out her site, you will be thrilled!
So, here's what I started with....

All wrapped up nice and pretty!

I was just thrilled with the color palette, and my daughter and I immediately wrestled for those adorable birdies! 

You know beadweaving is my main focus, so those bicones and Delicas quickly spoke up and said, 'Bead Me First!"
Of course I listened!
This flat herringbone bracelet is a joy to wear.

It has a rather Victorian feel, which I didn't expect. The smoke bicones don't show up as well in the photos, but they both sparkle beautifully!

 The color palette gives this piece a very expensive feel. Score!

Next up, are the yummy tigereye rounds and the teal discs. The inspiration for this one is from Beadwork Special issue Winter 2015. Genuine Leather Bracelet by Leslie Mangine. Now, wire and me are not exactly on chummy terms, so I knew this was going to take me down THAT road. (You know, the one where you are very much outside your comfort zone?) Yeah. 
See? So far outside my norm! And look how great that clasp works with this design!

Everyone wanted to jump in and join the party!

I made some simple circles with more of the bicones, and some picasso druks. I've had that big honking polymer clay bead in my stash for a while, and was thrilled at how well it played with the teal discs!

 And these craw beaded beads play with the tigereye sooo niceley!

Next up is the metal bracelet bar. I knew right away I wanted to do a kumihimo band for it. This is a square braid, and I love how it looks and feels. It is visually interesting, without taking away the spotlight from the bar.
 The soft gunmetal grey and lavender rattail work perfectly!

Can you see the squared off sides? It does have a gentle twist, and feels soo good!

Yeah, so are you noticing a bracelet theme going on? Me too!
Then I think we need a necklace, don't you? And we have the perfect item for it...that lovely lampwork focal. I found seed beads that matched it to a tee at my local bead shop, Moonstone Beads.
I've wanted to try a blended kumihimo for a while, and I'm quite pleased with the result.
I had planned on the focal bead being a part of the rope, but miscalculated in the planning part. Since I had already loaded ALL of the beads, it quickly went to hanging from a bail! 

This has a wonderful beachy feel to it, and the fringe picks up all the colors in the lampwork bead.

I finished it with some pretty brass end cones, and a simple lobster clasp.

Well, are you noticing an....absence of something? Yes, you're right, there are no pics of anything with the beautiful feather and birdies! Wanna hear the story?   As I said, the girlchild and I had a friendly argument over the birdies.  Of course she won, cause she's my girl, you know. She asked me to make her some earrings, which I reluctantly agreed to...I REALLY struggle creating earrings.  And I decided to make a lariat with the feather hanging from the bottom, along with some flower beads and beadwoven leaves. I started the rope, it was looking fabulous. Someone in the family got sick. When I got back to the bead table, I started on one of the other pieces, and kinda forgot about the rope.  As I'm gathering everything together to take pics for the post, I saw the feather lying there, looking lonesome. I searched, and searched, and searched....I still haven't found that rope! Or the birdies! They have apparently flown the coop..I know, lame joke.
When I find both of those babies, I will post the pics. Meanwhile, thanks for checking out my goodies, and head on out and visit the rest of the participants!
I'll be away for the weekend, but plan on checking everyone out when I get back.
Blessings, Shirley

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//

KristinaHahn Eleniak
CatherineLa Vite
JaniceWarden Bergeron
Ingevon Roos
KellyHosford Patterson
Sue Kennedy
Maria RosaSharrow
ShirleyMoore   You are here
Seed Beaders
RebeccaRobertson   (White)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

He Is Risen!

Today is the day of celebration of our Risen Lord! Easter is my second favorite holiday.
I love the passion, the fun, the formality, the intensity, the chocolate, the Easter dresses...
This is one of the coolest videos. I guess I should have posted it Friday, but, oh well, at least I posted!

I also love the sweet innocence of children hunting easter eggs, and looking for their easter baskets when they get up. I know some folks think that's two sides of the fence, but I guess that's just the Southern girl in me some tradition!

And what would  a holiday be without a ton of food??

My hubs is working this holiday, so our dinner will be a quiet one this year.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter! Blessings, Shirley

Monday, February 23, 2015

Meet my Bead Peeps Swap n Hop partner!

H all! Well, I'm quite shocked to see that I haven't posted in...well...a while. I assure you, I've been quite busy typing, just not on my blog!  You would think that since I only have one child left to homeschool, that I would have more time, right? But anyway, you didn't come to hear about my busy schedule, you came to meet my partner!
I am quite enthralled with bead hops, so when I saw the signups for the Bead Peeps Swap n Hop, I was totally excited!  Linda Anderson is the mastermind behind this challenge, and I'm so glad she chose to put all the time and effort into creating this Hop!
And over the top thrilled with my partner, Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard. Tammy's design style is quite different from mine, which thrills me to no end. (Cause where's the challenge if you both create the same?)
Check these scrumptious earrings....

I adore this owl necklace!

You can find more of Tammy's designs here. And here.

Tammy has a really cool day job working with scientists. Now, prior to this year, I would never have described myself as a science geek. But having taught a semester of 1-5 grade science, I have to admit, there are quite a few sciencey things I dig. :)
The one area of science I've always loved is sci-fi fiction. And Tammy is the same! Sweet!!

Now, wouldn't you like to see what I'm sending Tammy? Shhhh...I'll give you a little sneak peek, k?

Gorgeous, huh?

I've loved every blog challenge I've entered, and it is such a great experience to meet other folks that are just as enthusiastic about jewelry as you. I have a feeling this is going to be the best one yet, so stay tuned!