Bead Storage

Beaders spend a great deal of time trying to organise and store their beads. Various companies have produced every kind of box, container, tray etc. Some of which I do use. However, I find the simplest solution is to put similar coloured and sized seed beads in the pockets of a see through over-the-door shoe rack. This way I can see what shades I am missing – ie. at the moment there’s a gap in neutral colours. I think when I go to bead trade shows or shops I get drawn into the ‘gimmee, gimmee bright colours’ and forget they really shine against a neutral.

On one side of the door I keep the size 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0 seed beads. On the other I put the size 15/0 which I often use and have many more than the larger sizes.

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

Clear over-the-door shoe storage rack for seed beads

I’m not kidding – this system really works for me. I can stand in front of the rack and easily pick out the colours for a project. AND, I can make a note of missing colours. Aha – another good excuse to buy more beads!

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

Silver Bling Bracelet

I have a feeling I may have already posted this bracelet before I rewrote my website. So apologies if you’ve seen this before.

Of course, you can never get enough of a good thing!

This bling bracelet is made with seed beads and Swarovski crystals. Cubic right angle stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. The bracelet is 7¼” long from end to end.

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Making Our Mark opening at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, Oregon

Fractal Ribbons by Rose Rushbrooke

Fractal Ribbons by Rose Rushbrooke

Haven’t been to the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon before so this was a bucket list place to go. It was the opening of our High Fiber Diet group show ‘Making Our Mark’. I managed to squeak in my piece ‘Fractal Ribbons‘.

Long way out there – right out in the country. Definitely a destination place. It was lovely for me to see all the pieces together. Mainly because I have been a member of this group for over a year and haven’t seen very many of the artists’ pieces. For once I could pore over each quilt for as long as I wanted.

The fun part was looking for the ‘mark’. Which is a design we all had to incorporate into our pieces. Sometimes not so easy to find!

I snapped some pix of all the pieces. Not best quality as taken on a phone but does give a good idea of how this ‘neutral’ exhibition looked.

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Truthfully can say I didn’t have a favourite quilt. They were all really cool – and I’m not just saying that!

Portland Bead Society traveling exhibition – Inspired by Kandinsky’s “Blue Segment”

Portland Bead Society 2016 Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Display

Portland Bead Society 2016 Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Display

The Portland Bead Society has an annual challenge. Once all the pieces are in, judged, and awarded, then they go on display. This year the show is going to 8 libraries. Have a look at the slideshow of pieces entered.

Here is a description of the theme and a list of where the show will be displayed.

The National Quilt Museum receives TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

So cool. The National Quilt Museum gets another certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor – for the 5th year running.

If you’ve never been I urge you to go, once in your lifetime. Years ago I won a scholarship to the museum (when it was called the American Museum of Quilts). I took a class with Ruth McDowell – brilliant. The Museum is such an experience. In fact the whole town is a quilter’s paradise.

Quilt Japan

Constellation Beyond Time and Space by Yoko Kageyama

Constellation Beyond Time and Space by Yoko Kageyama

Isn’t this gorgeous?

The colouring is magnificent and the repetitive design in both large and small is very effective.

If I had piles of money I would like to go to Quilt Japan – but until then I will have to enjoy looking at pix or going to the National Quilt Museum to see selected quilts.

Ann Johnston at the Columbia FiberArts Guild

Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away …. no, that’s not right, I mean here in Portland, OR – in April. Ann Johnston – one of my heroes, gave a lecture to the Columbia FiberArts Guild and then offered a 3-day workshop afterward.

Hand dyed fabric from Ann Johnston

Hand dyed fabric from Ann Johnston

Hand dyed fabric from Jill Hoddick

Hand dyed fabric from Jill Hoddick

What a fascinating ride Ann has been on. For many years she’s worked with dyed and painted fabric – produced in her own studio. Her book – Color by Accident, was my bible. My Virginia kitchen was filled with ziplock bags of fabulous coloured muslin, silks and sometimes even velvet cloth. Rows of curing yardage spread out on the kitchen table – while my husband was away flying planes, or putting up cellular towers in strange places around the world.

Since then, we have left our Virginia house, where I had the free run of the kitchen for my dyeing projects. We were beginning an 8 year wander, from Virginia to Florida to end up in Portland, Oregon.

My dyeing equipment sold, but I kept all the fabric and schlepped the boxes around from home to home. I still made quilts but surface design and dyeing was off the books.

Now we are settled here in the NorthWest, we have finally decided to buy a home again.

I am thinking…….. maybe I could start dyeing my fabric again?

And if I do, I’ll be following Ann’s books and now her DVD.