Saturday, May 23, 2015
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
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
Friday, April 24, 2015
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
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!