Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Gaea Emerging - a mixed media bead embroidered necklace

Gaea Emerging
Wool roving, seed beads, pearls, aventurine, jade, copper 


In making Gaea Emerging, I developed a two-layered solution to the problem of stitched-on embellishments getting lost in the texture of the wool roving when felted wool is used as a background. The centerpiece of Gaea Emerging is a CopprClay pendant that I made, fired, and patinated. The organic feel of the piece led to the name. 

There are some step-out photos and basic instructions at the link.


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Monday, April 26, 2021

Ancient Waves - a mixed media bead embroidered necklace


Ancient Waves 

Ammonites, jasper, Swarovski crystals, seed beads, and pearls 

Here are some step-out photos of the process at the link :-) 



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All rights reserved.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Dark Lady - a mixed media bead embroidered necklace

Dark Lady

An antique purse that was well beyond repair provided the steel-cut beads and the chain used for the closure of this recycled bead embroidered necklace. All of the black beads, from the fringe to the smallest glass charlottes are recycled antiques as well. The steel buttons have been attached in such a way that their shanks have been preserved. 

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Orinoco Flow - a mixed media bead embroidered necklace


Orinoco Flow 

My daughter pointed out to me that this piece uses several very primitive symbols, like concentric circles and jagged lines, which often represent watering holes and the rivers that connect them. So I picked Orinoco Flow as the name. It has turquoise, amazonite, and pearls, and gold wire along with the glass beads. 

If you'd like to see a couple of process shots, visit the link!


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Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Blossoms of the Moonlit Waves - a mixed media bead embroidered necklace

Blossoms of the Moonlit Waves 

Are they flowers or are they sea creatures? Maybe they are both, as the name suggests! Made from sugilite, charoite, Swarovski crystals, seed beads, and pearls.

If you'd like to see all my process shots, visit the link!


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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Midnight at the Oasis - a mixed media bead embroidered necklace

Midnight at the Oasis 

"It's midnight at the oasis, send your camel to bed," sang the incomparable Maria Muldaur. My friends and I used to howl with laughter as we sang along! Now I find myself nostalgic for the song if you can believe it. 

This bead embroidery necklace uses complicated clusters of graduated stacks of seed beads to create the texture. The photograph just doesn't show how dimensional it is. If you'd like to see all my process shots, there's a three-part post on my blog that starts at the link. 


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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Phoebe - a mixed media bead embroidered necklace

Phoebe


Hello friends! I haven't had time to work on new pieces since I'm still running a food pantry and hot meals program during the Time of Covid. So I thought I'd take a bit of a trip down memory lane and share some of my older pieces again. I hope you don't mind. This one is called Phoebe. She is named for Saturn's ice moon, which was in turn named for a Titan of Greek mythology. 


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