August 22, 2008

New Bracelet

This is my new peyote bracelet. I used metallic Delica hex seed beads. Unfortunatly, the photo does not show their true colors and how they sparkle! The button is beadwoven by me and it acts as a clasp.

August 16, 2008

Work in Progress - Embroidered Cuff

Among other things that I have been busy doing lately, I am working on this embroidered cuff. The first photo, taken on mid July, shows the first steps of the work. I have drawn some lines to help me follow a rather geometric pattern I had in mind (anyone has an idea of how I can erase the pencil lines without ruining the stiffed material? Regular eraser won't do..), but as I finished the center part, I decided to make something else and worked in a more free pattern. The other photo was taken a few days ago. There's still much to be done before it's finished (and I still need more practice..).
I don't know why, but when I'm working on an embroidered piece, I have to take breaks and work on other things. It's not that I don't like this kind of work, on the contrary – I have realized that bead embroidery is a wonderful way to express myself, but somehow, it requires more patience… I hope to be able to work on this cuff this week and finally finish it.

August 09, 2008

Etsy BeadWeavers August Challenge

This is my entry for the Etsy Beadweavers "Art Deco" challenge.
It's called "A Trip to The Nile" and it is number 16 on the list.

I have already made several works that could have met this challenge, 2 of them are my 3-D Gold Trapezes necklace (made especially for the June challenge) and my Hand Fan necklace.

So, I like the Art Deco style and I came up with an idea almost immediatly after the theme was announced and implementing it was exciting.

I think that everyone who entered this challenge did a great job. I already have a few favorites, but unfortunately, I'll have to pick just one. It will be a tough task, even tougher that last month's challenge, as the works are getting better and prettier every month. Please visit the EBW blog, view all these wonderful entries and vote for your favorite. We would also love to read your comment.

August 08, 2008

What a Day! 08-08-08

It was the first time ever that one of my items features on Etsy's Front Page! It feels so good and it happened thanks to walrustusk's wonderfully curated treasury...

You might want to check her shop to see some of her colorful, beautiful works! - here's just one of them:

And the other good news is that the Bead&Button magazine is going to publish another one of my original designs, scheduled April 2009!
I just needed this kind of happenings to cheer me up a bit, after having quite an awful, stressful week … What an exciting day!...

August 04, 2008

Please Help Raise Funds for Cancer Research

Awareness Pins by Kerrie Slade

You can read more details about this project with the Beading Daily magazine on Kerrie Slade's blog

August 03, 2008

Cleaning My Table

I have spent a few hours last weekend, trying to reorganize my working area. I found too many works unfinished and this was one of them.
I've finished the spiral long ago, but I couldn't decide on what to put in between the two spiral pieces to connect them in the center, so I put it away and forgot about it. I then planned to make a nice crystal cabochon but I found this beautiful Carnelian stone in my stash (I love the Carnelian's color) and thought it would be a nice calm complement to the rather sparkly spiral.
I like how it turned out and it feels good to finish a neglected piece of work :).