Beading Classes with Nancy Eha

I just got a note from the Houston Quilt Festival with a listing of beading classes they are offering. This is something which appeals as several of my quilts incorporate beading – eg. Sheep’s Eyes has quite a few bits of beading stitched into the design,

Detail of Sheep's Eyes by Rose Rushbrooke
Detail of Sheep’s Eyes by Rose Rushbrooke

and so does River Fish.

Detail of River Fish by Rose Rushbrooke
Detail of River Fish by Rose Rushbrooke

These are earlier examples of beading on my quilts. As I got more into beadwork itself I began adding more elaborate pieces of beadwork such as the bevelled ammonites in Pebble Plants,

Detail of Pebble Plants by Rose Rushbrooke
Detail of Pebble Plants by Rose Rushbrooke

and the jewelry components in Subterranean Spiral.

Subterranean Spiral by Rose Rushbrooke
Subterranean Spiral by Rose Rushbrooke
Detail of beaded component from Subterranean Spiral
Detail of beaded component from Subterranean Spiral

I did take a class with Nancy Eha a few years ago. It was the Beaded Kaleidoscopes which was quite clever as the design was elevated so the beads stood above the cloth.

Beaded Kaleidoscopes by Nancy Eha
Beaded Kaleidoscopes by Nancy Eha

This year she is offering a class on Beautifil Beaded Butterflies which looks like something which would work well for any beaded motif on a quilt.

Beautiful Beaded Butterflies, workshop by Nancy Eha
Beautiful Beaded Butterflies, workshop by Nancy Eha

Exhibition of Quilts by Libby Lehman at the National Quilt Museum

When I began quilting erm……. many years ago, Libby Lehman was one of my heroes. I loved her ribbon quilts and even went so far as to experiment with her technique in my April Journal Page. Not nearly as clever as her artwork but an interesting concept I wanted to try.

As the Quilt Museum remarks – her quilts are based on spatial illusions which I am very fond of and am trying out in my Anamorphic quilts. Mine are more trick the eye illusions whereas Libby’s work is 3-dimensional. But we both love fooling the viewers perceptions.

Sadly, Libby suffered a devastating aneurysm and stroke which she is still recovering from and I am delighted the Quilt Museum are honouring her work with this lovely exhibition entitled ‘Joy’. The exhibition is on until October 17th, 2017.

Escapade by Libby Lehman
Escapade by Libby Lehman

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Quilt Museum TV

National Quilt Museum TV
National Quilt Museum TV

For those of you who enjoy watching quilt videos (in between quilting…..), then the National Quilt Museum now has a monthly video which covers exhibitions at the museum, and discussions about the work and the artists. It’s not a substitute for actually standing in the museum and looking at the work yourself but it does give you a better idea of how the shows look in each gallery.

 

Might be worth checking out….?

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Variation on the Pebble Bracelet beadwork pattern

Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon
Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon

This is a colour variation of the Pebble Bracelet pattern. Made by Teresa Sheldon in very cool jet picasso seed beads and red picasso finish fire polished crystals. Love the look.

Open Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon
Open Pebble Bracelet made by Teresa Sheldon

Here it is laid out – the bracelet is made with separate beaded components woven together with a snap closure.

Close up of Pebble Bracelet components made by Teresa Sheldon
Close up of Pebble Bracelet components made by Teresa Sheldon

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Fine Art Quilt Masters 2017 – The Festival of Quilts 2017

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.

In and Out of Love by Laura Kemshall
In and Out of Love by Laura Kemshall

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.

Portland Bead Society new website

For those of you in the know, I look after the Portland Bead Society website. As I am not a driver I try to volunteer for things which don’t involve the ubiquitous car. I’m a Brit, doncha know – and we avoid cars at all costs, probably because they DO cost. A lot.

Slight detour there (get it? Oh please, cars, detours? Never mind, forget I wrote it…). The point is, we had a committee meeting and disrupted everything. Well, we changed a few fings. So now we have a new SquareSpace theme and lots of lurvely white space for pictures.

The HomePage banner is a selection of beads from my stash. You can imagine how long it took  to put all those puppies back in their kennels. But it did give me a nice colour selection to work with at some future time.

And here it is – ta dah!

Portland Bead Society website
Portland Bead Society website

Have a wander around the site. We have plans………

H20h! by SAQA – exhibition at the National Quilt Museum

Fishing by Barbara Watler
Fishing by Barbara Watler

Isn’t this lovely. I could definitely have it in my house. And seriously folks, this IS a quilt.

Have a look at the rest of the pieces on the Studio Art Quilt Associates webpage.

The exhibition is all about water – duh. Can’t imagine why an exhibition called H20h! would have anything to do with water….

Past is Present by Linda Colsh
Past is Present by Linda Colsh

Another lovely piece.

Poisoning Flint by Mary Vaneecke
Poisoning Flint by Mary Vaneecke

Even I find this extraordinary – this is a quilt?

Pebble Bracelet in Gold

Pebble Bracelet in Gold by Rose Rushbrooke
Pebble Bracelet in Gold by Rose Rushbrooke

I always make several versions of my bead patterns. This is a shiny gold option made from the Pebble Bracelet pattern. This one is made with gold coloured seed beads, and amethyst and gold coloured fire polished crystals.

If you would like to make this bracelet – in whatever colours you chose – go buy the pattern.

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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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