Monday, May 25, 2015

Big Sale at Craftsy Ends Tonight

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Last chance to check out Craftsy’s Memorial Day Sale, and shop huge discounts on all quilting, sewing, fiber arts, paper crafts, art and cake decorating supplies. Shop now, sale ends at 11:59pm.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Crazy Cuff Fourteen - Vintage Paris Brocade Ribbon

Crazy cuff number 14 may be the softest on I have made.


I choose to line one piece of my vintage brocade ribbons from Paris 
to a very thick piece of orange felt.

The beading, as always was unplanned.
Everything was added over Victoria Day weekend.


I know you can't see much of the original ribbon now.


It really did influence the beading.

I also added some gorgeous art yarn.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Handcrafted Lace from Brugge


I have admired fine detailed lace work for many years.  These beautiful pieces of jewelry were on display in a store in Brugge, Belgium, a place where lacework is still appreciated and crafted.


The owner of the store and the artisan gave me a demonstration of her lacemaking.


She moved her spools so quickly I could not capture it clearly in a photo.  I really should have video taped it so you could see and hear the speed and clicking sounds.


I found the prices to be extremely reasonable given the work involved.


I did collect quite a few pieces for myself.


Here is just one piece of lace in progress.


The framed example is how I feel about this lacework.  I consider them to be tiny works of art.


For this reason, whenever I find hand made lace or tatting unloved or damaged in antique stores I feel compelled to protect and recycle them in some way.


This year I am part of Stitched.
If you would like to learn how I permanently encase fibers in resin you will love the class I created for Alma Stoller's program this year.



Monday, April 27, 2015

Fingernail Earring Post Tutorial for John Bead Corp


These earrings feature the new fingernail earring posts now available at John Bead.
My earring were created with two finished beaded sections, our soft leather and a pair of fingernail earring flat posts.
I cut two pieces of soft leather to line the back of my finished pieces.  I made a mark where I would like the post to get placed.
I cut a small slit in the leather.
This allowed me to carefully push/pull my fingernail earring post through the opening. The rough side of the leather will not be seen so this is the side that the flat back needs to be placed.
On the “good” side of the leather, the post is now visible.
You just need to make sure the post section is punched through the leather.  (I made a hole with a paper piercer to make sure my hole was exactly where I wanted it to be.)
At this point you could glue to flat back side to the leather.
When I was sure my liners were set up perfectly I then glued the original beaded section to its new backing.
I beaded all the edging.
These unique flat back components allow you to create professionally finished earrings for leather and beaded projects. They provide extra security for finished designs and are ideal for performing arts jewelry where you need to be sure that your earrings are securely in place.
Fingernail earring posts are available in retail ready and 25 pair packs.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tropical Punch Beaded Flower Brooch

If an effort to clear away some odds and end in my studio I gathered up all the extra drop beads I needed for the John Bead launch of Tropical Punch (TM).
I had never worked with a bead like this and managed to teach myself how to make some retro style flower brooches.  The entire Tropical Punch collection is linked here.
I have a step by step on my blog showing you how to make one too.
Ready to enjoy a spring outing!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Paris Painting by Coco Fronsac

This is the little painting I brought home from Paris this week.
It just called to me from this table at the "Le marché aux puces de la porte de Vanves" on Saturday.
The painting is acrylic on glass by the artist Coco Fronsac.  The vendor was so happy I liked it and said he knew the artist as well.
The frame I will keep because the painting is not a standard North American size.  I did a little repair work on it today.
I could not be happier with this find!