crafting for Easter with the children
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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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.
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.
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