Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Guest Column in Beadwork -- Bead Embroidery Primer

Wow, just got my advance copy of the latest Beadwork magazine. Thanks, Jean Cox, for letting me guest-host your "Stitch Pro" column this (April/May 2015) issue!

Lookie! Bead Embroidery Primer...
The two-page spread covers a couple of basic stitches, starting and ending threads, and some tips about materials. And some nice illustrations. And... a humongous photo!


I do believe this is the largest photo ever published of my beadwork. I love it! You can just about see every bead. This piece is called Road Trip and I talk about it a lot in my recent webinar for Interweave called Bead Embroidery: Techniques & Inspiration. (HINT: Sometimes the download goes on sale for $14.99...)
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Rustic Elegance Jewelry by Diane Marie

I always enjoy seeing what my customers make with their purchases. Here's a necklace by Diane Marie, on Etsy as Rustic Elegance Jewelry.


She purchased one of my copper-themed bead packs and used the Dutch East Indies coin as part of the pendant.

Nice work! Looks earthy, unique, and very wearable!
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Welcome to My Shop!

On the home improvement shows, they always say, "A room should have a purpose." Well, in my small house, most rooms need to have more than one. Our dining room, for example, is also my Etsy jewelry supply shop. I thought some folks would like to see where I process your orders. Others might enjoy seeing how I cram all this stuff in here!


 My supply shop (on a clean day). This is a nice room in the winter, thanks to the large skylight and deep south-facing window. When company comes, we can put an extra leaf in the table.
See? I'm an organized hoarder. In front of the shelves I have a rolling cart that acts like a shipping station (bottom right). It rolls out of the room and into my studio when a bunch of people come over.

This awesome antique desk is crammed with inventory. The top shelf holds vintage beads and findings that are all counted and ready to photograph.

And this is where everything goes that's listed in my shop. These carts also roll out of the room when it needs to be a dining room again.
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Monday, January 5, 2015

Antique Children's Book Illustrations

What a great find by the MOTH over the holidays! He came home with an old mailing envelope full of little children's books from the 1880's! Most are basically in comic book format -- and hand sewn.

Copyright 1889 by McLoughlin Bros. New York

Some of the thin books are incredibly fragile, and one is torn clear through. This looks like a great scanning/restoration project for digital images!

I love the old detailed illustrations. They are printed in just two ink colors -- black and red. And there are no halftone screens as in today's photolithography. All the gradations are made with stippling, so I wonder if these might be some kind of etchings?

Then again, this image (from a series called "Mama Lovechild's Series"), sure looks like a woodcut, which was a popular technique in the years before the turn of the century (according to this exhibit).

Did you know there were Five Little Pigs? Or that Mother Goose has a son named Jack??? I really enjoyed flipping through the quaint titles.

There were other cool books in the envelope too, which I'm still going through...oh heaven! Including a Christmas storybook in full color.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Interweave Winter Solstice Sale 40% off

This one-day-only sale happens on Sunday, Dec. 21...

Save 40% Off at Interweave with Offer Code WINTER40
I covet crave like to look at all of the Interweave videos, DVD's, books
and tutorials. My faves are the beadwork and mixed media sections...
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