Category Archives: Artists

My first gemstone tree

Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke

Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke

When I lived in Florida I was part of a beading group which met every Thursday. It was my first experience working with beads – and being with others who beaded and shared their talent.

Jerri Heer, along with all the other amazing work she produces, teaches how to make gemstone trees. I bought one of her smaller kits to try my hand.

I chose gold wire and amethyst gemstones. The package was a brilliant surprise – it contained just about everything I needed to make the gemstone tree, including a twisting tool, toothpicks, wire, gemstones and a lovely stone base. The only thing I had to supply was patience, and glue!

Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke

Gemstone tree by Rose Rushbrooke

This encourages me to continue on and make a larger gemstone tree for a complicated piece I am working on…….

If you would like to make your own tree, Jerri Heer not only has the kit but she has an excellent tutorial video available for free on her Etsy site Nature’s Arts.

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Video about the Studio Art Quilt Associates

Video about SAQA

Video about SAQA

The professional group I’ve belonged to for 20 years or so has produced a video about the association. This film includes member interviews PLUS beautiful artwork. Find out more about SAQA’s history and how the members get inspired to create.

You can view it on Vimeo – Stitching Together a Global Community

Margaret Scoville Challenge 2017

Every year the Portland Bead Society holds a retreat. Usually at Cannon Beach in Oregon. We also have a bead challenge.

Orange You Blue by Rose Rushbrooke

Orange You Blue by Rose Rushbrooke

Last year I entered my Orange You Blue necklace. This year I entered a piece I like so much I’m going to work on it some more and you’ll just have to wait until it’s finished before I put it online (PS. I did win second place!).

Here are a couple of beaded goodies I particularly liked. And if you would like to see more you can go to the Portland Bead Society Artists page and have an idea of what we get up to.

Turtle by Pamela Jensen

Turtle by Pamela Jensen

The Animal Within by Linda Olsen

The Animal Within by Linda Olsen

Rabbit by Anna Chase

Rabbit by Anna Chase

I particularly like this rabbit necklace by Anna Chase. It’s very subtle and needs looking at. She made the brown shaded polymer beads herself.

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Beaded Creatures by Marina Konstantinova

Beaded Poodle by Marina Konstantinova

Beaded Poodle by Marina Konstantinova

Cute. Specially as we are trying to find a black miniature poodle to join our household. This one is white but I totally love it.

Back of Beaded Turtle by Marina Konstantinova

Back of Beaded Turtle by Marina Konstantinova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are more photos of this turtle but the back design really got to me. Very attractive.

Beaded Night Fury by Marina Konstantinova

Beaded Night Fury by Marina Konstantinova

Not sure I would want to be visited by this creature but you gotta admire its creation.

Beaded Siamese Kittens by Marina Konstantinova

Beaded Siamese Kittens by Marina Konstantinova

More critters I want for my household. My husband asked for a ‘talking’ cat as our last, much loved tortie, talked to him. As far as I am aware, most Siamese cats talk – a LOT. Aren’t these as cute as they can be?

Beaded Hedgehog by Marina Konstantinova

Beaded Hedgehog by Marina Konstantinova

You don’t see so many hedgehogs in America. In fact, I never see them. They were common in England when I was living there – we had one which visited our back garden all the time. Fascinating animals.

See more of Marina’s work on her Facebook page.

New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2017 winners

Ever since I got involved in the quilt world I’ve been fascinated at how modern quilters interpret old block designs. Each year a classic block is put out there by the National Quilt Museum and each year I am amazed at how they are interpreted.

Flying Geese block from Craftsy - designed by Rebecca at QuiltingSupport.com

Flying Geese block from Craftsy – designed by Rebecca at QuiltingSupport.com

This year is Flying Geese.

Migration Patterns by Susan Mogan

Migration Patterns by Susan Mogan

At first I looked at the winning quilt by Susan Morgan and didn’t really get it. But somehow the colours and design stuck in my mind, and when I saw the title it made sense. Very clever.

I used to think I would make one of these quilts one day but I think I’ll leave it to the experts! Go see some of the other winners.

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Want to Make a Beaded Dragon?

Big Beaded Dragon Tutorial by Viko Kecaa

Big Beaded Dragon Tutorial by Viko Kecaa

Unbelievable! I need to take a year off to put this together……

Go ahead – you want to make a Big Beaded Dragon?

Another dragon by Viko Kecaa

Another dragon by Viko Kecaa

Seriously – this is beautiful. And there are other creatures just as amazing. And tutorials. You could spend your life working on these fabulous works of art.

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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.

Melanie Potter workshop

Flora beadwork kit by Melanie Potter

Flora beadwork kit by Melanie Potter

The Portland Beading Society is bringing Melanie Potter to Portland! So excited to be taking 3 workshops with her.

This Flora necklace, made with WireKnitz, comes in 4 different colors. I chose a pretty Henna one – well, they’re all pretty but I am thinking about my wardrobe….um. I like this gold too, but in the end the henna got my vote.

There’s homework for this workshop. Yikes!

WireKnitz

WireKnitz

 

 

Cool stuff this WireKnitz. And it comes in all sorts of colours.

I have a video: Beadwork Designer of the Year Series: Bead Stitching Chevron Chain with Melanie. Rather intricate so more of a challenge and therefore keeps me busy thinking.

Metallic bronze tila bead bracelet made with tila, bugle and seed beads. Chevron stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Here’s a Bronze tila bead bracelet I designed after watching Melanie’s video.

Melanie Potter Labyrinth necklace kit

Melanie Potter Labyrinth necklace kit

This is another of the workshops – Labyrinth Necklace. This can be worn with anything! No worries about wardrobe colours here.

Versailles Cuff by Melanie Potter

Versailles Cuff by Melanie Potter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are making a very pretty Versailles cuff too. I’ll be thoroughly decked out when these are all finished.

One day……