Classic design – ivory and seafoam earrings made with fire polish crystals and seed beads. Cubic right angle weave.
Sparkly olive bling bracelet made with seed beads and Swarovski crystals. Cubic right angle stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp.
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.
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.
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.
I am working on a complicated piece with rather floppy components. In the back of my mind there was a vague idea of a method to stiffen these pieces. With a bit of research I discovered a useful tutorial from Jean Campbell of Beading Daily – how to stiffen your beadwork tutorial.
Now I have a vast bottle of Pledge sitting in the middle of my bead studio!
It does work……….
I really wanted to finish this because…… well, I wanted to wear it!
Very detailed and time consuming but just beautiful. The clasp is pretty interesting – a real fiddle to put together. It might help to have someone else put the bracelet on for you but I have found a way to do it myself.
The cuff is made with seed beads, delicas, Swarovski crystals and pearls.
This is the back:
And this is what it looks like laid out flat:
Bracken was created for an exhibition, and book authored by Donna deSoto – Inspired by National Parks.
I chose the North Cascades park which is filled with bracken – a type of fern. A fern is a natural fractal. The colours are extracted from a photo.
The piece is 20″ square, hand stitched using both hand dyed and commercially printed cotton fabrics.
A book is available with pictures of all the quilts. The quilts are travelling around the USA as a touring exhibition at various venues.
Found another interesting monthly subscription. This one is from Quilty Box. Looks like high quality fabrics, notions and books. Like it. Sometimes a nudge of inspiration is all you need to get going on a new project.