Friday, December 28, 2007
On our recent trip to China, we were taken to a silk factory in Beijing. Here we see the ladies stretching cocoon silk over a form. They will next take the layers and stretch them out into a bed sized layers to make quilt batting. Check out additional photos of silk production .
My husband and I recently traveled to China on a choral trip and were able to see demonstrations of weaving, silk production and jade carving. Here are some photos of the weaving demo
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
No, it's not a very large bead...it's a paperweight !!! I made it with my own two hands (plus two more-the instructor's). I've been dying to try hot glass and finally fit in a trip to DC Glassworks for one of their open house sessions. They have artists making handblown stemware and other beautiful items. One of these days, I hope to have extra funds to pay for more classes.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
The Etsy Beadweavers are asking for your vote in the monthly beadweaving challenge. Photos of all the submissions are on the blog. Please add your voice to this important decision !
Monday, October 15, 2007
This month's Etsy Beadweavers challenge theme is "A Study in Monochrome" and I had just recently finished an unusual necklace which I entitled, "World on a String" . I was trying out a tubular herringbone stitch with three different sizes of beads and ended up making the spiral portion. When I ran out of the large beads, I stopped the spiral and added a necklace cord. At the end of the necklace, I wanted something big and decided to cover a wooden ball to finish it out. It turned out to be one of those designs you can either love or hate. I'm on the fence, but I still think it's definitely "different" !
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Here is a preview of a bracelet I'm working on for my next Featured Artist show at Artists' Undertaking Gallery in November. Jane Ernst and I have titled the show "A Change of Seasons" so I wanted to showcase my leaf pattern and build a whole bracelet around it. I haven't decided whether to bring the leaves all the way around the bracelet. I would like to, but I'm only able to do a couple of leaves per day.
Friday, October 5, 2007
I'm almost finished with a custom order for a repeat customer. She picked these colors from my "Circles and Squares" necklace. I've been trying to get to this order all summer, and since I was on a beaded bead kick, I just went ahead got started with it.
The Etsy Beadweavers are at it again with their next monthly challenge entitled "A Study in Monochrome". Previous themes were "Show Your Colors" for September and "Hot August Nights" for, of course, August. Check out the Etsy Beadweavers blog to see some delightful beadwoven creations by our fabulously creative members.