Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Judy is a loving and generous friend, inspiring artist and wonderful teacher. What she is not, is a victim. She has intentions!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The second of the four Doll Street Traveling dolls has nearly completed her visit with us. Meet Victory by Yvonne Howard. Victory comes to us from North Carolina and she celebrates, well, victory with her pink t-shirt with its breast cancer ribbon, her sweet bracelet with its special charms and her pink and white sneakers and socks. These pics are from her visit to the Mountain Barn, a favorite local resteraunt. Our waitress, Stephanie was very excited to meet Victory. Stef is celebrating a year free from breast cancer and we are so very glad to share her joy.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Charms! Specifically Domino charms. Before I go further I should warn you that these are seriously addicting!
I've used mini dominos as my base. You can use any picture, or piece of picture (copyright honorable of course) and glue down to your domino. These are from "Skinny Mini Potpourri" by "Altered by Design" (www.alteredbydesign.com) which I bought at Joggles. Finish your edges with a metalic leafing pen, coat with several layers of dimension lacquer and add wires and charms. I'm experimenting now with dyes, transparancies and stamps. I'm also using larger dominos to make necklaces. Hope to post more pics soon.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
You are The Empress
Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, luxury, dissipation.
The Empress is associated with Venus, the feminine planet, so it represents,
beauty, charm, pleasure, luxury, and delight. You may be good at home
decorating, art or anything to do with making things beautiful.
The Empress is a creator, be it creation of life, of romance, of art or business. While the Magician is the primal spark, the idea made real, and the High Priestess is the one who gives the idea a form, the Empress is the womb where it gestates and grows till it is ready to be born. This is why her symbol is Venus, goddess of beautiful things as well as love. Even so, the Empress is more Demeter, goddess of abundance, then sensual Venus. She is the giver of Earthly gifts, yet at the same time, she can, in anger withhold, as Demeter did when her daughter, Persephone, was kidnapped. In fury and grief, she kept the Earth barren till her child was returned to her.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
Monday, January 14, 2008
In this photo I’ve used a scrumble stitch for the beginning of an ornate headpiece. I began by first coming back into my base peyote stitches for security, then added the three large blue beads in an overhand stitch. From the back, I picked up several seed beads and came back through the center bead then back down with more seeds. Back through my base row of peyote stitches to secure the weight, then to fill in the gap in the back and support the beads further I stitched a couple of overhand stitches with a seed – pearl – seed stitch. As a final touch I added a couple of tassels to the front of the scrumble, securing these into the peyote stitches on my base as well. I could finish in this manner around or simply match it on the other side for a stunning headpiece and finish the rest of the pendant with an overhand stitch of seed beads matching my base color
Step 11: To begin the pendant slide, center an even number of beads in peyote stitch into the base beads to the width you want your slide to be. Add a bead and bring your needle through the last bead in the previous row created. Continue your peyote stitch across, maintaining the same number of beads in each row. Create rows until you have enough rows to comfortably slide your neck cord into.
Sooner or later you will need to add a new thread. There are several ways to do this. On a pendant style as in our examples, you can hide a knot in the backing behind your cab. Bring your needle down through the lower rows, changing direction at least once to keep your thread snug, until you reach your base fabric. Bring the needle through the base fabric inside the stitching line, knot off in the back of the fabric under your cab and attach your new thread in the same manner and bring your needle back up to where you left off. If you cannot get behind the cab in your design, then knot off in the fabric someplace that will be covered with beads. As a last resort, if there is no place in the design to hide a knot you can bury the thread by working it back and forth in the beading, changing direction often and passing through the beads as often as possible. This will hold the thread tight and it will not need to be knotted.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
I’m doing a demo for my doll club, The Textile Tarts, on the basics of beading a cabochon. To keep in the doll theme, I’m beading polymer faces. The demo will be at the January 12th meeting. I’ll be posting the directions here for those who want to play along.
All of the faces used in these samples are created using commercially available molds and either Fimo or Sculpy III polymer clays. They are finished with Lumier, Pearl-Ex, and/or professional grade metallic paints. You can use anything, really, for your cabochon. The only requirement is that it has a back flat enough to glue down to your surface. If your focal piece isn’t flat enough, add a bit of cardboard or clay to the back until you have a flat surface.
For those of you who are attending the meeting, I’ll have some kits available for sale, in which case you will only need to bring scissors. I’ll also have some heads available for those of you with beads but no cabs. For everyone else, the supply list of what to bring if you want to play along is provided below.
Cabochon (Cab): Anything with a back flat enough to glue down. Large flat-backed beads, rhinestones, buttons (cut off the shanks and file smooth), pebbles and stones, even pictures mounted on a piece of corrugated cardboard or foam core board will work. If you don’t like clay heads, try a flat back stuffed cloth doll head!
Backing: any non-fraying material that you can get a needle through with enough body to support your cab. I’m using felt in my examples. It is cheap, easily found in lots of colors and I have lots of it. Color doesn’t matter; it will all be hidden under your beading. But if you are new to beading, match your backing to the color of your base row of beads. That will hide any gaps or mistakes. If you are making a free standing piece as I am here, your backing only needs to be a bit bigger than your cab. You can also bead a cab directly onto a finished piece such as a wall hanging, journal cover, doll or lager piece of jewelry.
Finish backing: In the case of a free standing piece such as a pendant, you will need to add a second backing once your beading is done to cover your stitches. Be sure your finish backing is something that will be comfortable against the skin and colorfast. I’ve used a piece of ultrasuede, again slightly larger than my cab. If you are working directly onto a finished product, you won’t need this.
Glue: Select an adhesive appropriate for the materials you are using. For most clays, tacky glue works just fine. For metal, glass and stone, try either E-6000 or Zap-a-Gap or similar product.
Beads: Any beads will do, but select size relevant to the size of your cab. In my samples I’m using size 11 seed beads. In the sample piece, my cab is about 1 ½ “, and I used about 400 size 11 beads; just about a full container.
Beading needle: John James size 10 appliqué or between is the best I’ve found. They eye is narrow enough to not get hung up on the bead but large enough to thread without too much frustration. Those skinny, flexible beading needles will prove difficult when sewing through fabric.
Beading thread: Do not use regular sewing thread. It isn’t strong enough and there are too many passes made through a tiny bead. Nymo or a braided nylon bead thread, such as Fireline, are good choices.
Scissors: Small and sharp, for snipping thread and trimming your backing.
That’s all you will need for a basic beaded cab. I’ll be posting part 2 tomorrow, and we can begin beading!