Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Emily's Shiny Object


Christmas means shiny objects.  Here's a necklace I made for my sister.  Bead embroidery around a polymer clay cabochon on a spiral rope chain.  I have a couple more of the cabs in my supply stash from when I was on a clay rampage.  I really like the way this one turned out and might make one for myself.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A new use of beads in funeral customs

I've heard of turning cremated ashes into diamonds, but this is the first time I've heard about making beads with them.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2011/11/14/beads-death-south-korea.html

"About 500 people have turned their loved ones' ashes into Buddhist-style beads at Bonhyang, a company based in Icheon, just south of Seoul. It and several other ashes-to-beads companies say they have seen steady growth in their business in recent years."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Costume Experiment

I've started having costuming urges; however, I haven't decided on a specific outfit to make yet. As a compromise, I'm working on a set of 19th century undergarments that should work for a variety of looks. First step: Pin tucks.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Huichol Volkswagen Beetle

It would be neat to see this when it tours the US.
Link: Beaded Car
The project of bringing the Beaded VW Beetle to a museum came about as a result of the museum president’s visit to Miami. "We are constantly coming up with projects to raise money so that the museum can have exhibitions and be a lively museum,” said Cecilia Barbara de Moctezuma, president of the Association of Friends for the Museum of Popular Art. “Our president was in Miami attending an auction where a car decorated with little mirrors got a lot of interest and was auctioned at a very good price. When she came back to Mexico, she proposed us to come up with ideas on something that was 100 percent Mexican. So to largely promote the work of the Huichol Indians to the world, we chose to decorate a Volkswagen."

Thursday, September 08, 2011

WIP: Socks

My current project is a pair of socks with cables and twisted stitches. It's a really fun pattern that's easy to follow after the first one and a half repeats. The pattern is free and available here: Bayerische Socks by Eunny Jang

Monday, September 05, 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

New Hobbies

I have Crafter's ADD. I need to work on more than one project at once, otherwise my fingers get twitchy. This does result in a large pile of UFOs in my To-Do bin. One the other hand, it sometimes leads me to try out new crafts. Lately, I've become a knitter.



I'm working on a pair of gloves.



I've made geeky washcloths.



And I've started to incorporate beads into my knitting. This big lumpy thing is a circle shawl that I'm going to dye once it's finished.

I have also recently acquired a sewing machine.



Unfortunately, I'm not the only one who thinks the sewing machine is nifty.

New Necklace

My crafting urges have been satisfied by knitting lately, but during a cleaning rampage I condensed my beadwork supplies and decided to procrastinate by whipping up a quick necklace.



I used blue goldstone beads, purple glass rounds, and a blue goldstone pendant I picked up during my stay in Berlin. The rounds are less blue than they appear in the photo.