The next lot of YLI 50wt silk thread colors

50wt Plum YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #81950wt Stone YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #82750wt Light Taupe YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #829

Well….. at least for a while. We have one or two more coming but this is it for a few weeks. Colors are Plum, Stone, Light Taupe.

1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider

1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider

1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider

A collection of quilt images covering traditional, modern, pictorial, abstract and conceptual designs. More of a ‘leaf through and get some ideas, and be inspired book’, than a ‘here’s how to do it’ book.

From the traditional quilt section.

Inspiration by Brigitte Morgenroth

Inspiration by Brigitte Morgenroth

From the pictorial quilt section.

Landscape by Elisabeth Nacenta-de la Croix

Landscape by Elisabeth Nacenta-de la Croix

This is from the abstract and conceptual quilt section. My own work, Neapolitan, a fractal design printed on silk with hand embroidery and quilting.

Neapolitan - fractal art quilt

A section at the end shows some of the author’s quilts.

This book is for a quiet moment of browsing, to see what the quilt world is working on, to get some ideas.

1000 Quilt Inspirations: Colorful and Creative Designs for Traditional, Modern, and Art Quilts, published by Quarry Books in paperback, available from Amazon:

Margie Deeb on Craftsy: Jewelry Design for Bead Artists

Jewelry Design for Bead Artists with Margie Deeb, Craftsy

Jewelry Design for Bead Artists with Margie Deeb, Craftsy

A new class on Craftsy. This is from Margie Deeb and is about Jewelry Design for Bead Artists. I love her books. I think she has a good design foundation and the way she describes design principles with various examples to learn by works for me.

Online Jewelry Making ClassesThis class from Crafsy is for beginners. It contains several hours of high definition video lessons which you can access at any time so you can go over and over sections – making sure you get the picture! AND you can pose questions to Margie in the virtual classroom.

 

 

 

Here’s a shot from the introduction:

Margie Deeb. necklace from Jewelry Design for Artists by Margie Deeb

Margie Deeb. necklace from Jewelry Design for Artists by Margie Deeb

Masterclass 2015: Nancy Cain, Engineering Vessels

So I’m back from the Bead & Button show in Milwaukee, WI. Each year I find the whole experience utterly intense. It’s hard for me to go to sleep at night I’m so wired each day.

Nancy Cain is a great teacher. Willing to answer questions, full of useful tips and techniques. Oh boy, I learned many new things and can’t wait to start implementing these ideas. The title doesn’t really describe what we learned – we learned to engineer anything we want! But of course, you have to focus to start with so vessels it is.

Here’s the official description – Engineering Vessels.

Two friends from my old Tampa beading group were there and we sat together at one of the round tables, along with another woman who was confident enough to feel comfortable with three people who already knew each other. Everyone began work on a project – some I could already see the finished item. Mine will come together eventually, just not during the class. Too many calculations required. Plus, I wanted my own stash near at hand.

Peyote was the first stitch I learned, and is probably the first stitch most people learn. If you want to, you can get seriously in depth. Which is what happens when you spent your time focusing on a particular technique.

Meet the Teachers was fun. The 3 of us worked the table, drank a little wine, talked to acquaintances we hadn’t seen for a while, and wandered around looking at other people’s tables.

And of course, the Marketplace was a huge draw. I bought several tubes of beads, some Swarovski rivolis, and picked up the Toho challenge kit for 2015.

I have plenty to keep me busy until next year’s show……..

Pinecone pearl drop earrings

Pinecone dangle earrings made with a freshwater pearl, seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a Swarovski glass pearl. Brick stitch beadweaving. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.Another pair of pearl drop earrings in pinecone colours. Made with dyed freshwater pearls, seed beads, Swarovski crystals, and a pearl druk. Brick stitch weaving.

And yet more 50wt silk thread from YLI

50wt Lavender YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #10850wt Medium Blue YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #14650wt Light Brass YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #16350wt Peony YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #17150wt Bubble Gum YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #17250wt Light Sand YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #186

More colours in store. Lavender. Medium Blue, Light Brass, Peony, Bubble Gum, and Light Sand.

Anamorphic Roses – morphed perspective art quilt by Rose Rushbrooke

Anamorphic Roses - catoptric perspective, conical mirror placed in center to reflect image

It’s been a while since I’ve made an anamorphic art quilt. The whole concept of morphed perspective is so cool. I love things which fool the eye. Or require you to look again.

The above image shows the quilt with the conical mirror set in the middle. Look hard and you will see how the outside of the quilt reflects into the middle of the cone to form a bunch of roses.

Anamorphic Roses - morphed rose bunch with clear center for mirror

Now look at the quilt without the mirror and you can see there is nothing in the middle circle. Clever eh!

Reflection of rose bunch in the conical mirror.

Here is the mirror reflecting the flowers.

Close up of hand stitched rose and leaves.

And this is a close up of my hand quilting around a rose bud.

A couple more YLI 50wt silk thread spools

50wt Pinky Brown YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #08050wt Pale Aqua YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #10650wt Logan Berry YLI silk thread 100 meter spool #107

More colours in store. Pinky Brown, Pale Aqua, Logan Berry.

That Perfect Stitch by Roxanne McElroy

That Perfect Stitch by Roxanne McElroyOn joining my very first quilting guild all those years ago – my first thought was….. good gawd, you won’t catch me doing any hand stitching. Specially not hand QUILTING. No way.

Just remember – never say never, you will eat your words!

I watched the members create these gorgeous quilts, saw how they enjoyed quilting those tiny, tiny stitches. And thought, mmmm, this looks interesting. Maybe I should give it a try.

For a few months I struggled with different types of needles, a variety of ways to push the needle through the fabric, an assortment of thimbles. Continue reading

Additional Mettler 50wt cotton threads 164 yard spools

Mettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-1102 (Old no 105-719) OchreMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-1425 (Old no 105-732) DormouseMettler silk finish cotton 50 weight 2-ply 150 meters 164 yards 9105-0039 (Old no 105-749) Starlight Blue

New colour numbers and names in Mettler 164yd spools of 50wt silk finish cotton. Ochre, Dormouse, Starlight Blue.