Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
It is always a bit of a mystery when you take one of her classes. She gives us a choice of velvet colors and then just a list of bead sizes needed (mostly size 11). Without knowing what the piece designs are, choosing velvet and beads is harder than you'd think. I hadn't worked with crushed black velvet before, so I picked that. For the beads, I knew I would have to have light colors or they would just disappear into the velvet. So I threw together a random mix of beads and hoped for the best.
First class is always the worst. Prepping the pattern pieces. T-e-d-i-o-u-s. Lots of tracing, cutting and mounting the pellon and velvet to the posterboard. Once we have our blank canvas, so to speak, it's finally time to get to the good stuff--beading! And by that time, there was only 20 minutes left to the 2 hour class. That's OK bead homework is always good :)
As it turns out, the box will be covered with flowers, vines and leaves, a butterfly and a bird all surrounded by my favorite raised rope outline (which the Tuscarorans call the 'chase me around' stitch).
I decided to do my entire outline in a clear bead - a very traditional choice for Iroquois Raised Beadwork.Here are the pieces laid out-the two sides are not attached yet. As you can see the flowers will be on the front and back, with a butterfly on one side and a bird on the other.
Here it is folded up to get a better idea of the final shape of the box. Once the sides are on, it will bow out a bit - kind of like a little trunk. It sure is a treasure :)
Sunday, September 20, 2009
We have another beautiful weather day on store for us here in Western New York. It has been a fantastic September. Today we are going to explore a long-neglected architectural masterpiece down in Buffalo-The Central Terminal. I'm really looking forward to it.
Regardless of what the weather holds in store for you, I hope you all get the chance to spend some time outdoors today. Enjoy!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The sparkle of the Swarovski elements are so beautiful. I wish you could see it in person! I would highly recommend using Swarovski elements whenever you need a little glitz. (I hear that Artbeads.com has a Labor Day promotion if you sign up for their newsletter, you get a coupon worth 20% off a $60+ order. Sweet. But act fast if you are interested - the promotion will be over on Tuesday at 9 a.m. They carry over 5,000 Swarovski items!!)