Thursday, December 26, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Here is my first attempt at making a narrow bead embroidered cuff bracelet. I call this one "Sea Breeze" for the pretty sea-green color of the aventurine cabochon stones. The center cab is somewhat rectangular, and the two on either side are very narrow and also rectangular. Here's where I learned a lesson (and I learn something with each project, thankfully!) the smaller and narrower the cabochon, the less likely the final row of bezeling with size 15 beads will show up well. I suppose there just isn't enough room for them to spread out nicely, and they have a tendency to bunch up - live and learn. The remainder of the beads are gold-toned Japanese glass seed beads and bugle beads. In addition, I have added topaz gold Swarovski cut crystal beads, round and bi-cone, clear-green glass 4 mm. beads, plus 10 glass pearls in the beautiful sea-green color.
Aventurine is a form of quartz characterised by its translucency ~ this is the green aventurine. The majority of green and blue-green aventurine originates in India. I think it's a very soothing color, and I was surprised at how well it married with the gold additions.
This braclet was bead embroidered onto Nicole Campanella's NBB bead backing in the Leaf Green color. For ordering information on this excellent embroidery backing material, please click on this link:
Monday, November 11, 2013
Here are my latest bead embroidered projects ~
Two blue pendants:
the question I hear lately is:
"Are the beads glued on?"
No, the beads are all sewn on by hand, with a needle and thread, and no, they are not placed on the foundation already strung. The art of bead embroidery will appeal to those who (1) love beads, and (2) enjoy sewing. If that's you, I encourage you to try bead embroidery! And if jewelry is not your thing, there are examples on the Internet (try: www.Pinterest.com) of bead embroidery done on quilts, purses, clothes, and other household goods. You are limited only by your imagination.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Leopardskin Jasper, (also called Jaguar Stone), is one of the many different appearances in the stone called Jasper. My current attraction to Jasper stones stems from its beautiful earthy and natural look ~ all the warm colors found in nature can be seen in the various Jasper stones. Each one is a work of art all by itself, even before it is embellished with bead embroidery.
This bead embroidered pendant (with necklace) features Leopardskin Jasper 9 mm. round beads, as well as cut black crystals, glass seed beads in black as well as burnt orange, with a seed bead toggle and clasp for continuity.
The central rectangular cabochon is an agate. The colors in the focal agate marry well with the colors found in the Leopardskin Jasper beads, each having rusty browns, blacks, burnt oranges, and cream colors. At the bottom of the focal cabochon agate is a triangular Leopardskin Jasper chip bead.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
"Night and Day"
Monday, October 14, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
- Pyrite and Iris Bead Embroidered Cuff Bracelet
Below is the finished bead embroidered cuff bracelet with a central Pyrite focal cabochon bead.
In addition to the several sizes and shapes of Pyrite (including Pyrite nail-head beads), and the iris beads, I have included gray pearls, glass magenta pearls, AB color-changing crystal beads, bugle beads, and silver-colored hematite beads.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
*Click on photo for larger image.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
"Singing The Blues"
Blue Agate Bead Embroidered Pendant and Necklace
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Cinnabar Red and Gold Bead Embroidered Cuff Bracelet
The above photo (click to enlarge picture) shows the top center of the bead embroidered cuff bracelet which features a gold leaf enhanced by glass seed beads for "veins." Along with the various shaped seed beads in red and gold, this bracelet has bamboo coral beads, crystals, pearls, and two AB glass focal beads on the sides.
This image shows the soft interior UltraSuede fabric, which is in a suble pattern like tooled leather, in a light gold color. This a side view of the bracelet showing the various shapes, sizes, and colors of the beads embroidered.
A final photo of the cuff ends plus the picot edging, as well as four gold buttons can be seen here.
* My right hand is still in a cast, so this bead embroidered cuff bracelet was made entirely with my non-dominant left hand.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
"Deep Sea Diving"
Because of the organic size of the jasper stones, the bracelet itself is purposely asymmetrical. The colorations of aquas (sea) and earthtones (sand) give a coastal feeling to this bracelet. On the underside of the bracelet (not shown) is a soft aqua shade of UltraSuede with a faint "tooled leather" design. The sewn edges are covered with hand-dyed silk ribbon in a matching aqua color.
*This bead embroidered bracelet was entirely made using only my left (non-dominant) hand due to a right hand accident involving broken glass.