Monday, August 03, 2015

An Old Project

This is my first bead embroidered necklace.  I made it for a friend for her wedding.  Due to the excitement of the event, I forgot to take proper pictures of it at the time.  She took it out for me a few weeks ago to get some snapshots for my records.

Unfortunately I didn't have the best lens or lighting available at the time, but I'm happy I have pictures of this piece now.

Materials: Seed beads and Swarovski pearls and crystals.  The base material is Lacy's Stiff Stuff.

I drew inspiration from the bodice of her wedding dress, resulting in a design with a lot of floral motifs.

The centerpiece is a beaded flower created using peyote stitch.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Beads in the News (2/14/15)

Here's a couple beady things happening in the world:

One bead at a time, woman finishes latest piece

The Sun Sentinel featured a piece on bead artist Robin Eisenberg.  Seeing her completed triptych panel makes me want to warp the loom.

Mardis Gras bead art dazzles the community

With Fat Tuesday approaching, most of the beads in the news have to do with Mardi Gras celebrations.  Here's a story about Stephan Wagner, a New Orleans artist who uses recycled Mardi Gras beads as a medium.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

'Tis the Season for Shiny Objects

It's that time of year again.

Tip: If it's aqua, it's a Grandma project.

I made earrings to match.

I started playing around with some glass pearls and created a right-angle-weave base, then kept embellishing until it felt right.

These Christmas projects are also excellent justification for my extensive bead stash.

I wish there had been more sunlight, but it was a rather gloomy day.

Here's the set tucked into its batting before wrapping it up and heading to the family Christmas party.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Unleash the Shiny Object!

I finished the mirror necklace.

I put a lobster claw clasp and an adjustable chain on the back.  I thought about adding another embroidered component in the back as a counterweight, but this fits pretty well.  At this point I just wanted to finish it so I could start wearing it.

Friday, August 29, 2014

More Wedding Photos

The professional photos from my sister's wedding are now available.  The photos were done by Holli Ann Studios LLC, and they turned out great.  Here are pictures of the stuff I made.

I had the job of putting the veil and the hair comb in place.

Here's the full length.

My sister needs to be in some sort of bridal magazine.

 Here we are posing together before the wedding.  I managed to not kill the photographer for having her stand on pine needles before the ceremony, but the temptation was strong.  All the bridesmaids got together and plucked the hem clean before taking our positions.

It was a lovely ceremony and I was on a plane again within 36 hours.  I was the paratrooping bridesmaid.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Vienna: Embroidered mantel and tapestry

This is the Mantel of the Order of the Golden Fleece in the Schatzkammer in Vienna.

 The images are a combination of needle painting, primarily for the faces and hands of the figures, goldwork, and gold thread couched in colored silk.  The density of the couching threads determines the darkness of the color.

The formal name for this technique is Or Nue.

I believe this piece was worked in the 15th century.

This tapestry is embroidered using the same techniques.

These figures also feature embellishments with embroidered peals.  The shading on the clothing is made from silk couching threads over gold.  The face is needle painted.

The level of detail on these figures is amazing.  Viewing these tapestries gave me a new perspective on what can be done with the couching technique.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fabric Shopping in Vienna

On the last day in Vienna, I went fabric shopping.  I had snooped around some crafting forums and found a recommendation for a little out of the way place with good prices.

I found the shop stacked floor to ceiling with bolts of fabric.

Here's the latest addition to The Stash.

Cotton dirndl fabric at a great price.

This would cost three or four times as much in other shops.

They also had some stretch laces I thought were interesting.

I bought a meter of each to go towards future bra making projects.  At some point I need to make something other than 19th century undergarments.

On the off chance someone stumbles across this post and wants to find the place, it's located here:

A-1020 WIEN,
Krummbaumgasse 12 

The shop is called Textil Müller.  They have a website.