Took me a while to absorb what the email was telling me but eventually it dawned – my entry into Bead Dreams 2018 had been juried into the competition. Holy Cow!
You can imagine the butterflies in my stomach while trying to get the critter safely boxed up and ready for mailing.
The whole piece was put together in sections. The flower and stem, the venomous stinger, the 3 claws at the base of the stem, the body, and the ground base. Some of the work was planned, and some I just prayed.
Here is the statement which accompanied the piece:
IS IT REAL? OR IS IT SCIENCE FICTION?
The Day of the Triffids, written by John Wyndham in 1951 was one of the first science fiction books I read and decades later the story still haunts me.
You awake one night to watch a dramatic green meteor shower in the sky, and the next morning you’ve gone blind. Sooooo not cool.
And to top it all, suddenly 7 foot tall, man-eating, walking plants are striding around your streets. Holy Cow! One strike from the venomous stinger and you’re a goner.
Strictly speaking, a Triffid is probably a bio-engineered, carnivorous critter and not an extra-terrestrial. But this is speculation. It’s never made clear in the book where the original Triffids came from, or the green meteor shower.
Whatever the truth (and it is ‘Out There’ – for X-Files fanatics), the Triffids are my favourite possible ET’s.
I’ve not done bead embroidery before so this was a good excuse to see what all the Sherri Serafini type fuss was about. I enjoyed finding special beads and rummaging through my seed bead stash for interesting colours. The design came easily as it is curved sections and each one got filled in as I went along.
These vintage chartreuse wire balls were sooooo perfect. They look like tumble weeds. I found them, along with the looooong bugle beads, in Bead Bullies, a terrific bead shop in Tigard, Oregon. Wish I drove, I would be there all the time. Such a great shop.
I found all sorts of ways to use Czech glass beads, tilas, lentils, spikes. All a challenge and amazing colours. And finally I found a way to use the dragonfly button.
I managed to squeeze in ammonites, more bugle beads, and a funny little nest of interesting round beads. The basket weave worked out pretty well.
The whole thing is made around a coat hanger, styrofoam ball, and cardboard! The stitching for the stinger is herringbone, and the flower and stem are peyote stitch. I tried to grade the colours on both the stem and flower to give some dimension.
All in all, I’m very happy with this piece, and even happier it was selected for Bead Dreams 2018. This is a still from the Facebook video.
Having gotten excited about bead embroidery (wasn’t keen at one time but my Triffid got me into it), I decided to make one of those amazing bead embroidered cuffs. Am very happy with how it turned out.
Here are some other views:
The cuff is embroidered with a handmade ceramic focal made by Jenny Davies-Reazor, crystals, and glass beads. This covers a copper cuff and is lined with faux leather.
New tutorial video from WonderFil using Invisafil thread. I’m always interested in hand work – so much is done with machine now in the quilt world. Got nothing against beautiful quilts made quickly but the meditatitive and tactile benefits are lost when sitting behind the wheel of a sewing machine or long arm quilter. Picking up a needle and thread is good for the soul….!
Have a look at the video – https://youtu.be/gAo4NG53rVs
Well. I paid my first visit to Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, WA. A long road trip with friends but sooooooo worth it. Since I moved to the Portland area I’ve been dying to go to the fabled store.
Having been to the Bead & Button annual show several times I knew wandering around the store aimlessly wouldn’t work. So I put together a list of delicas, findings, and certain beads which would work with various projects laid in heaps on my worktable.
And, of course, this meant leaving plenty of space in my budget for ‘things I did not know I needed’…… of which there were a few!
Somehow 3 hours went by and I swear it was only a couple of minutes. Well, my bag of goodies looked small, but oh so powerful. And expensive….
But lovely, and I can get going on a couple of ideas immediately.
Needless to say, though I will, it is so worth visiting bead stores just to get an idea of what’s out there. And to bring home some exciting products which get your juices flowing and back to the drawing board.
Each year the Portland Bead Society garners beautifully made beaded pieces from our members and these artworks can be seen in a variety of libraries around the area. This is a picture of the show mounted at Tigard library, Oregon. You can see a slideshow of the display on the PBS website.
How many times do you hear people tell you they started a project years ago and still haven’t finished it? UFO’s I believe they are called – or Unfinished Objects. Hmmph.
Well I am certainly one of the people who says this. As the Reversible Gladiator Cuff can attest to. This was begun several years ago at a Bead and Button class given by the Hummingbeads Sue Jackson and Wendy Hubick. I loved the idea of getting 2 bracelets for the price of one. And I alao thought it was a very clever pattern.
Down the road I’m just glad I finished the blasted thing. It seemed to go on forever with lots of little components. Fiddly sew on snaps etc. I really couldn’t believe it when it was done. And I almost still can’t believe it when I see it on my wrist!
I would say quite honestly it’s a classic piece of jewelry and can be worn with anything, anywhere. Worth making the effort as you’ll probably use it a lot.
The reverse side looks like this:
And both sides opened up:
The worst part was sewing the snaps into the band. Phew. Hard work. But it makes a nice concealed clasp and boggles my mind how it works – but it does. Sort of like one of Eschers paintings…..
Here’s the clasp:
You might want to make one of these yourself, in which case hie on over to Hummingbeads and email for a kit.