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Shipwreck Bead Adventure

Shipwreck Bead Adventure

I recently toured Shipwreck beads. This is the largest bead store I have ever been in. Come along and take a peek.

 

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ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist!

FirstTimeBeadingOnFabric

I am thrilled to announce that First Time Beading on Fabric is a ForeWard Book of the Year Finalist in Crafts and Hobbies! Woo Hoo!!!

Don't you think this deserves a giveaway? I do! Leave a comment below by Saturday March 30th to have a chance to win a copy of First Time Beading on Fabric. I will use a random number generator to choose a lucky winner on Sunday March 31.

I have been under a spam attack! Sorry to make you register to enter the giveaway but it only takes a moment! Thanks for understanding.

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Jumping Back into Art

A sneak peek inside my book



I have just sent in the final samples for my newest book about beading on fabric! I am excited that it is finished except for the dotting of the 'i's and crossing of the 't's. It will be making its debut at Quilt Market in Houston this October. When I am writing and creating a book I am a bit prone to hyper-focusing. Everything that is not 'beading' gets less of my attention. Beading took over my life. How fun is that? I especially loved the part where I took over the entire kitchen table because it was too chilly in my studio to bead for hours on end. The family is happy I am finished too!!

Anyone else see strands of beads here?



When I come out of that hyper-focus mode I have a difficult time transitioning back into my art...my art that isn't beading. Somehow it seems easier to stick with the left brain tasks on my computer than head down to the studio to begin a new project.Fortunately my friend Jill Berry suggested a sketching date at the Denver Botanic Gardens! It is unusual for us to both be at home the same week so we were thrilled to easily find a day we could meet up.

The weather was perfect and the wave after wave of garden color was delicious. We were more than delighted to find an incredible installation in bamboo. Words are not adequate to describe the intricate weavings and sculptures created by artists Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik. Jill and I sketched their amazing forms and wondered for hours soaking up their shapes.

I left the Botanic Gardens full of art inspiration and color excitement. I will be diving into the studio this weekend refreshed and ready to create. What do you do to get your creative mojo flowing?

 
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Jumping Back into Art

 

I have just sent in the final samples for my newest book about beading on fabric! I am excited that it is finished except for the dotting of the 'i's and crossing of the 't's. It will be making its debut at Quilt Market in Houston this October. When I am writing and creating a book I am a bit prone to hyper-focusing. Everything that is not 'beading' gets less of my attention. Beading took over my life. How fun is that? I especially loved the part where I took over the entire kitchen table because it was too chilly in my studio to bead for hours on end. The family is happy I am finished too!!

 

When I come out of that hyper-focus mode I have a difficult time transitioning back into my art...my art that isn't beading. Somehow it seems easier to stick with the left brain tasks on my computer than head down to the studio to begin a new project.Fortunately my friend Jill Berry suggested a sketching date at the Denver Botanic Gardens! It is unusual for us to both be at home the same week so we were thrilled to easily find a day we could meet up.

The weather was perfect and the wave after wave of garden color was delicious. We were more than delighted to find an incredible installation in bamboo. Words are not adequate to describe the intricate weavings and sculptures created by artists Tetsunori Kawana and Stephen Talasnik. Jill and I sketched their amazing forms and wondered for hours soaking up their shapes.

I left the Botanic Gardens full of art inspiration and color excitement. I will be diving into the studio this weekend refreshed and ready to create. What do you do to get your creative mojo flowing?  

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Taking responsibility!


Is this a riot or what? Tico took my Bodacious Beading class on line at FAMM. I accept full responsibility for creating yet another bead addict!

The new round of classes are posted on FAMM and there are more teachers this quarter. Head on over to check out the great line up of classes that you can take in your PJs...I love on-line classes! I am not teaching Bodacious Beading this quarter though...you will have to wait until the new year. But, I am teaching my fantastic According to You class! I love this class and it is everything I wish I had known when I first started working with collage. The timing is great too because these mixed media memory books make awesome holiday presents. You don't have to make a book in the class, you can make a wall hanging if you prefer.

Tea Ceremony



I have been catching up with sleep, chores and some fun projects since the retreat. This collage is one of my fun projects. I love this image. There are a variety of mixed media techniques in this piece. I really enjoyed it's creation...especially all the hand work. Hand stitching is so relaxing for me. I never get tired of collage. Isn't that hand dyed paisley fabric great? Another one of my treasures from Artist Artifacts. Judy, the brilliant talent behind Artistic Artifacts, creates the most luscious hand dyed fabrics. I tried my hand at some low water immersion hand dyeing this weekend with some great and some not so great results. I will have some photos later...I am still rinsing out fabric. Judy certainly doesn't have to worry about fewer sales from me though...my stuff isn't any where as good as hers. Practice certainly makes for more beautiful dyed fabric. Plus hand dyeing is a LOT of work. I was exhausted!
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Poor Nameless Piece



This is the final piece for the technique I demonstrated for Quilting Arts TV at my taping earlier this month. The show will air this summer. I am not sure when but i will be sure to let everyone know. This technique is also in Threads: the Basics and Beyond which will be available in May. I love this technique which combines free motion machine embroidery and hand stitching.

I struggled with how to present this piece because it was overwhelmed by quilted background, which is one of my standard methods of showcasing these embroidery pieces. A painted canvas was too stark. I finally hit upon this idea. The canvas is loosly wrapped with a sheer fabric. I tried wrapping it tightly but that didn't 'fit' either. This piece wanted to have a soft resting piece. I used Misty Fuse to fuse the sheer fabric to the back of the canvas. The Misty Fuse worked perfectly. I like how it turned out and may try it again on future pieces.

I don't have a name for this piece yet. Usually names come to me as I work on a piece and I worked on this one a long time with all the hand stitching but the 'just right' name hasn't come forward. Let me know if you have any ideas!
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