Here it is laid out – the bracelet is made with separate beaded components woven together with a snap closure.
After a few years of NOT having a specialised art quilt competition (I think there was a lot of grumbling at the first competition) The Festival of Quilts in the UK has another art quilt competition. Have a look at the finalists.
I particularly enjoy the story telling in this piece by Laura Kemshall – In and Out of Love.
It’s weird – I’m known for not liking realistic or photo transfer quilts but this absolutely draws me in. I think the content is so meaningful, the imagery so beautifully presented and somehow one feels the push, pull of a relationship in the way the portraits are layered, they are looking forward, away and towards each other. This image will probably stay with me for a long time.
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!
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.
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
Every year the Portland Bead Society holds a retreat. Usually at Cannon Beach in Oregon. We also have a bead challenge.
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.
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.
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.
There are more photos of this turtle but the back design really got to me. Very attractive.
Not sure I would want to be visited by this creature but you gotta admire its creation.
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?
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.
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.
This year is Flying Geese.
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.
Unbelievable! I need to take a year off to put this together……
Go ahead – you want to make a Big Beaded Dragon?
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.
I keep finding these amazing pieces of beaded artwork. This tower is just fantastic. Dorothy Siemens quilts, beads, and paints.
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.