Finished Kumihimo for my friend and a fused glass piece I sent along as she loves Purple
Finished Kumihimo for my friend and a fused glass piece I sent along as she loves Purple
During the past couple of weeks, I have been busy working on a commissioned bead-painting. This one will feature quite a different subject than I usually bead – a Silver-Laced Wyandotte Rooster!
I started with a sketch which I used to created a template. Using the template, I cut out several layers of felt in different shapes. These layers will help create the relief aspect of my beadwork. Then, I began stitching mostly Japanese size 15 seed beads to my felt foundation (as well as a few larger beads). I used a few different grays and white, as well as red & yellow.
Once I reached the bird’s wing, I decided to try doing bead embroidery with long Magatamas! These are the large oblong shaped white beads in the photo above. I got the crazy idea to use these as feathers!
Alternating between Magatamas and size 15’s, I worked…
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Well it is a Big Football day here in America. My team is not in it so I will listen to the music watch the half time show and raise my eyes to catch the commercials they paid so much for. Eat and drink, no not so much, not like the old days when it was a party to throw that kept me busy. Today I am beading. Feet up working with Size 8 beads in the colors Purple as it is my friends favorite color hope she likes how it will look on her wrist. I am worried about her. She is going to be 68 on the day my son was born and she has been having lots lot heart issues. So I hope my small token of friendship brings a smile to her face. She is ten years older than me and I have known her since the 90’s when a man from my neighborhood started dating her out in OH. So she moved here and we had some fun times together. She now lives in GA and since I do not see me getting there anytime soon this gift will be a surprise of sorts. See when we lived close to each other we would do things together on our birthdays, without men just us girls. Mine is two weeks after hers so it was a never ending party. We would go out for Prime Rib dinner and dance the night away. So thinking of her and my love of Kumihimo I am almost done. Want to see?
I really hope she feels the love as she wears it. I don’t have a lot of money but beads I have and a skillset to make something handmade and they say those are truly the most thoughtful gifts right?
Have a wonderful day!
The Pieces I am going to show you are all available for sale prices will be below each piece free shipping in US.
$12.00 for pendent on and glass is glued to a sterling silver bail large enough for most chains you have to go through.
SOLD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Purple on Red gone!
I do have a PayPal account or you could send check or money order when It clears it ships!
Jewelry for Harley Ladies
I used a Peyote type circular stitch in tradition Harley Davidson colors. Orange and Black with a little touch of Silver(for the CHROME which is my FAVORITE COLOR) I used size 11 Japanese Seed Beads to make the bracelet. When I was done I slid a piece of Silver toned 18 gauge craft wire inside the finished bead work so you could have a cuff that could close around a few different size wrists. From end to end measures 7 1/4″ with a one inch opening at you wrist as you can see in the photo.
Many hours went into this piece using tiny beads and yards of Fireline.
I am selling this Peyote type stitched cuff for $25.00
If you are interested in any of the jewelry I post send me a message.
Thanks for stopping by.
I am now taking orders for the jewelry I make.
I will be doing custom pieces in the size or colors of your choice.
I will make necklaces and bracelets like the one below
which is call KUMIHIMO. I use glass beads.
A little history about this type of beaded braid.
Kumihimo cord was first created by a form of finger-loop braiding. Later tools such as the marudai and the takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. The most prominent historical use of the cords was by samurai as both a functional and decorative way to lace their lamellar armour and their horses’ armor (barding). Kumihimo cords are now used as ties on haori jackets and obijimes, which are used for tying on an obi (kimono sash).
I will also be offering Fused Glass Pieces for not only the women but for the men in their lives.
I will also Start another BLOG to post this jewelry and for others to link to who also make pretty things they want top sell. Let’s support each other.
Tonight I am resting up for what they say will be a doozy. Some say 5 inches and others say 12 inches of white fluffy snow will blanket our yard by morning now if you know me I will hope for the 5 inches.
Tonight I went and met up with two of the other members of our garden club for a decadent treat at a new place in town. It was worth every penny! It was funny to leave the house without my boyfriend and my little girl JT but to put my hair up and put a clean outfit on and take off into the snowy night felt like the old days.
I made more jewelry today as I got up each hour to throw out more seed for the Doves, Juncos, Cardinals, sparrows, nuthatches etc. as the little finches hogged the feeders all day hardly letting a seed get by them and dropping to the ground. As I worked on my pieces and watched them frantically eat and eat I knew we going to get nailed by this storm. squirrels’ had been here till 3 PM then they went to their nests. Wonder where all my beautiful birds will spend the night I surly hope in the dense forest behind the house. It was a balmy 16 degrees at 5 PM tonight and only getting colder from that point on. When I woke this morning it was 0 degrees. Sadly winter is upon us yes it will be pretty to look at and I promise you will see some photos as you know me. They will not be perfect but they will tell the REAL STORY.
My shoulder is feeling OK as I had yet another shot on Wednesday. I have an appointment with surgeon to have bicep repaired when I call uncle or spring is on our doorstep you see winter is here and my home and yard require more than just one set of hands and legs to keep it clear and safe. I think I taught my doctor something I hope he remembers for many years to come that not everyone has the money to pay others to do all that needs to be done. I left in tears with him saying he would worry about me on the roof but that he now understood more about the kind of woman I was. I do not shirk responsibilities hurt or healthy.
Back to fun stuff want to see?
I also took out a tree skirt I made as a teenager yes it is ancient and some ornaments I did back then. Perfect night for it belly full of yummy cake snow falling an inch per hour or maybe a little more and the dog at my feet as I write this post. When I come in from shoveling tomorrow morning I will upload some photos for you to see.
Yes I was into sequins back in the 70’s
Have a wonderful night.
I have been really busy and then again doing nothing at all. You all have such busy and active lives that I love reading about. Yes I have stories from my old life and an occasional fun outing but as this time rolls around I remind myself I am here and to embrace this beautiful life I am given. Don’t the holidays remind us to do that THINK! So man loved ones gone and I miss them as you do so this year I am trying to get as healthy as can be I know I know what I think it is my third year in this journey but I am getting there slow and steady they say.
So I have been selling my photography and am thrilled others like it enough to want to own it or gift it. Why don’t I do that? I never give my pieces to loved ones and friends because I do not want them to feel obligated in hanging it if it is not to their taste. So why am I making gifts? I am whipping up trinkets because I am poor and I know how too now to make them into show stoppers they can not wait to place on their wrist or hang from an ear lobe or even their neck! I really am bad at figuring peoples tastes out. I could spend 8 hours on a woven piece full of tiny seed beads and they will walk into a store and buy a cheap string of beads on an elastic and be happy. I had just about given up on trying to create beautiful pieces when I saw this package of beads and one thing lead to another and before you know it I had a group that just needs the finishing touches placed on then they become JEWELRY not sure they will be loved and enjoyed but all I care about right now is my passion has surfaced and I am running with it!
Let me show you now remember they are not done they are works of ART in process. lol
Now I will have to decide on findings to finish them with Silver, Gold Copper or even Gunmetal choices and more choices I will take the pieces into a local shop and see what they have or I will take the cash I made selling photography and buy online bags of 10 to 100 pieces but I am more of a one of a kind girl so the hard part no the fun part is done and they can sit till I know what I want to do.
Have a great week everyone and thanks for sticking with me. I can bead and shoot pretty scenes all winter but I can blog about them too!
PEACE and LOVE to you all.
Inspiration comes in many forms but when it happens to me I either grab a camera or my Blue Tray upon which I do my Beading.
I head into the spare bedroom, though there is no bed and open up the many drawers and containers I have full of beads. As I poke around I zero in on the colors I have available. I used to just have colors of the Sea. I have been beading for two years now and have some of each color it seems.
So with tray in one hand I begin to add beads, needles, thread and findings to complete a project. Who knows if I will sit and work it to the end or put it aside half-finished for a later day.
Even when gathering the supplies to make something pretty and new, I slip into THE ZONE. You have to or the creative juices can stop flowing, even before you begin.
Now with all I think I will need, piled high upon my blue tray, I sit at the table over looking the yard and river with my dog and cat close by. I add the string to my needle, usually Fireline so the piece will last for years and then I use the needle to pick up one tiny seed bead at a time. I like using 15’s and 11’s the best. They are very tiny. I have to focus or prick myself.
As I sit and pick up each one and add them into my design it starts to come together nicely and as I do the world seems to stop. Yes I enter THE ZONE rather quickly when I place that Blue Beading Tray in front of me.
Do you BEAD?
Have a great day getting lost in THE ZONE!
Well spring has arrived here in NH and that means added joy and hope for better days ahead, not just for me but for all living things who need this planet to survive themselves. I hope the weather in your spot here on earth is not under water. I want my old planet back when you could count on normal weather but sadly we have done so many things wrong and usually it is not the super wealthy who get hurt the most. Not fair that I can say.
So I wanted to let you know I am so happy, no not just because of the flowers starting to bloom or the heat being turned of for most of the day but REALLY HAPPY, filled with joy from letting go of STUFF, physically and mentally purging is good for one’s soul, house too! Have you started spring cleaning yet?
My son and I are back to being able to speak to one another and for that all the pain I went through for 10 days was worth it. LOL He is happy and putting tons of ART out there and having fun isn’t that what we all want for our children.
I have been getting more of my prints out there for sale and soon will step back into my studio to melt some glass and see what this new joy will look like in beads and fused objects. I will do some more Zentangle as well but all of that will wait till gardens are in and house is painted 1/2 a house painted has to end!
Beading with tiny seed beads has taken a backseat for now I just have actually been to busy and too happy to sit still and ouch the body feels it! I may do a piece for special people or myself but not for sale anymore as they want them for free see you can teach an old dog new tricks!
So let me add a photo for you all let me know if you LIKE IT lol
Blossom/leaf from Pear tree
Have a great day!
Today I got a batch of Polymer Clay Beads ready for the oven then when cooled and sanded I placed some on head pins and ear wires. TAKE A LOOK I will be doing more for Holiday Sales
I baked then in a pie plate of Cornstarch
Time to rinse them
Ready for some sanding
Orange and White Swirl
I used scrap Black and white with a touch of clay with shimmer mixed and cut and rolled and this is what I ended up with.
Orange and Black Swirls
Brown with small amount of color
So pretty so unplanned I love Happy Accidents
Had fun even though the weather was cold and wet.
I spent hours getting my whole bead area clean and organized.
While I was doing that I thought about my post “Working in Neutrals”
What could be easier than Black and White.
I am just playing with the edges of a wide cuff type bracelet on this tray but have many
ideas running through my head. I will take my time no reason to rush. Wait till you see the
earrings! I am also thinking of making some beautiful Kumihimo bracelets.
Who likes Black and White? What are your favorite color combinations? I am always looking for
INSPIRATION you should see my Pinertrest Boards !
Have a great weekend
I went with earrings today
I never say this but found it on the WEB 🙂
I will be at a yard sale today and possibly tomorrow if we do not find wonderful homes for all these lovely, used items.
I will bring my jewelry to see if there maybe any interest in the crowd today..I love beading but people are so different you just never know what will make them say “I have to have that!”.
I try to remind myself that what I make is pretty and unique but in the back of my head if they do not purchase something, I really am thinking I will make something better next time. Why do we do that? I know the economy is bad and the last thing people think of is a new piece of bling when they are loosing their homes to their banks. I must go easy on myself and not fall into the trap of just giving them away. My bracelets take 4 to 8 hrs depending on the stich I use. I use tiny seed beads, most people can not even see the holes in them.
I do Herringbone,Tubular Peyote,Flat Peyote, Even Count as well as Odd Count. I make Eyeglass lanyards in either Sprial Stich or my favorite Kumihimo. This one I do has 8 bobbins I fill with cords pre-loaded with beautiful beads. Then you get into a rythem and before your eyes this beautiful cord starts to appear. I sell these too and make them with pretty glass beads but the time and cost of supplies plus something for my time always seems to be too much for those who check them out. I will work on a piece at yard sale so they can watch and see what actually goes into each piece I make. This will keep me from eatting fried dough too!
Hope you all have a wonderful day out there in your world !
I will post photos tonight, no time now. Just about 6AM I better get ready!
My name is Eunice and I live in southern New Hampshire.
I am in a Master Beading Program where I am still an apprentice after 1 year. So much to learn. I have been learning how to do Peyote, Spiral and Herringbone stitches, which I use in earrings, necklaces and bracelets. I also make eyeglass lanyard using a technique known as Kumihimo . This is an ancient Japanese beading technique done with cord and your choice of beads.(I will be adding photos of projects I have finished to give you an idea of where I am at with designing)
I also love melting(fusing)glass in my kiln. I use fuse-able glass as well as Dicrohic Glass. I also own a torch and love taking a glass rod and mandrel heating them in a flame and watching the glass wrap around the mandrel and forming my own glass bead. I can decorate it with the use of stringers and frit. Stringers are very thin rods of glass and Frit is crushed glass I can roll a hot piece of glass in to pick up different colors as well as texture. I love my time in the barn where I do this work.
I am also in love with photographing life around me. I always have been but have just started sharing with others.
OK now for a real surprise for those who do not know me. I am an injured Tractor Trailer Driver/Owner. I have been driving big rigs since the late 70’s when it was really unheard of to see a young female behind the wheel of a Big Rig. I have traveled across this country of ours and have so many fond memories of life on the road as well as years I spent hauling goods, all over New England. I was hurt in an auto accident in 2000 which has since taken the ability to drive a rig for 15 hours
a day so I had to find something to keep myself busy and happy, as I was a complete mess after being told my trucking days were over. It was who I was, now what? So I went back to my roots. I always loved crafting and art in all forms. So as I learn this BLOGGING I hope to show you what I love through my photos and words. Feel free to comment or follow me as I really do want to get better at all I attempt to do.