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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weaving Along the Warps, with Interlocking Beads!

I am teaching a class, at BEAD SOUP , next Saturday. It was arranged for me to include those who were in my first few classes, Not only was I new to teaching, but they were new to bead weaving, on a loom. Well, we've all come a long way, Baby!

This cuff is sharing a method I had fun figuring out. I pulled every bead style I could think of, in 14kt Gold overlay, Gold Permanent Finish Glass Beads and Opal. Also thrown in,are some crystals, Glacier Air Opal and Pacific Opal. 

I believe the beads actually created their own pattern, 
as you can see how this has dimension in areas and 2D in others.

The width allowed me to attach two clasps. 
The relief filigree was a perfect match, but I decided to also Gilt an Opal Patina, over the filigree. 

Notice how this stands on it's own, even on the scalloped points? 
This too is due to the interlocking structure of the selected beads.

Thanks to BEAD SOUP, for offering me this chance to share my love of the bead loom. And, thank you to all the students who supported me. They have been creating such gorgeous things, along the warps. I see them when ever I visit the store. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hummingbird stopped in action, with beads on a loom!

I have been creating painted patterns, for quite sometime. Lately, I started to realize a lesson learned, during my days as a Photography Major. Motion in pictures can be stopped, according to the camera speed selection. I decided to do the same, in my pattern program....adjust the speed! 

Hummingbirds flap their wings so darn fast, it is hard to even see them. Mainly noticed is their body gracefully hovering over a flower. I wanted to include that fact, in this pattern.

The pattern of wings are dabbled in silver lined beads, mixing with the blue background colors to offer a sense of movement, in flight. 

Adding more to the dimension, of the pattern subject, I created a silver netting, over the cuff and surrounded the picture like a framed portrait. This adds a vintage feel. 

The netting is secured, at all intersecting points and the edge includes 4mm glass pearls, in pink. A Silver Clasp is glazed, with patina, in a shade of green, matching the leaves.

Note: You may be able to see a hint of the back. The netting does not effect the neat finish.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Field of Poppies, bead loomed cuff!

Not much to say, but share the pictures of this latest cuff. I am in love all over again, with beading on a loom! :D  I reworked a pattern, I created a few months ago. In this rendition, I added two colors to the background, creating depth of field, more greens to offer shadows to the stems and changed out two reds, to recreate the realistic Poppy.

My choice, of Turquoise, for the edge was something I decided, long before I made the pattern. There was just something about realizing the match up, of reds, off white and turquoise.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Patterns, patterns and more bead loom patterns!

I feel like I am on a roll with creating some very different bead loom patterns. Yes, they are not as easy as one would think, no matter what bead pattern program you own. Free or not free, including the very expensive programs, do not offer a 'transfer photo, click, print, bead on a loom'. I have offered many other posts, here on my blog, suggesting some changes that can be made to help. If interested, go to the 'search' bar, on my first page, on the right, and write 'journal'. That should direct you to a post I made years ago, sharing some of the terrible traits of the bead programs, on the market. 

In the meantime, I am perfecting my methods and want to share some of what I have been recreating. Others too, have jumped in to weave my patterns. 

My last selection of beading patterns were a Spring Theme.

My latest pattern selection are of a Summer Theme.
Many are underway, on the warps, and some have been completed. This is one I am working on right now, the true taste of Summer, the Watermelon Delight Cuff Pattern

I also completed the July 4th Celebration, a waving flag with fireworks behind.

Susan Etkind, a student in my last class is embracing this form of bead weaving. She was able to complete her second cuff, on the loom, which is her version of the July 4th Celebration. She decided on a matt black background.

Carol Ashworth, a member of my FB Group, THE BEAD LOOM ROOM, has taken this form of bead weaving to a level higher than most, just starting out. Each of her cuffs are finished with the most dramatic and artistic edging. This is still on her loom, but I am also looking forward to her edging!

Since I posted the America Flag Cuff, on my FB Page, Beads Beading Beaded, many have posted asking for flag designs of other countries. Here are the other Flag Cuff Patterns I created. None are completed to share, yet, but I am excited to see them in beads!

There are so many possibilities. This could be a very fun adventure, continuing to create Flag patterns. 

I hope everyone is enjoying their Summer, so far. I am presently gearing up for my next class,
 at BEAD SOUP, in Savage Maryland, August 9th & 16th, 2014. It is a 'beginner bead loom weaving' class. I'll share the patterns and cuffs, when I get them finalized.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Time on The Bead Loom!

Part one, of a two part class, "Loom University" on BEAD SOUP Campus! Actually, we are at BEAD SOUP, in Savage Maryland, where I share my skills for weaving beads, on a loom. Class projects included the cuffs, "Flip Flop Zentangle" and "Flying High". Both, of these cuffs, have been shared here, on my Blog. Scroll through to take a look. We had a very electric time!! You will enjoy these pictures

Everyone picked which pattern they wanted to create, in class. 
Each student receives both patterns, but only one in class. 
Bead Soup offers the beads in one gram packages, so the cost of supplies, for these cuff, are low

Everyone wore Flip Flops, or brought them! We saw some cute versions, not just on the loom

Everyone was given an empty pattern, as well as the flip flop pattern I created. That way, they were able to draw and create their version of a flip flop, to be included in this cuff. We got underway with weaving, but I am sure there will be surprises at Part Two Class, on Saturday.

Notice Eunice, standing. She has joined in all of my classes. Eunice prefers to stand to weave. Therefore, I had a special loom created just for is taller than the others!!

Much of my instruction is offered on a large screen TV, seen here in the background.

What makes the choice of cuff patterns great, is how each student learns double the technique, as each cuff offers something different.

These are the best "thongs" of the day!! LOL Donna, French Flower Artiste Extraordinaire made these. LMAO! I love the flower topper too.

Maureen sported her version of a flip flop

Lisa was totally prepared for today. I love these.

Finally, two of us came prepared to take the heat! LOL My shirt was a gift from Caron Reid and Lisa said she bought her years ago. No whistling please!

Option one. "Flip Flop Zentangle"

Option two. "Flying High"

Next session is on August 9 & 16, 2014. Call BEAD SOUP for reservations 240-456-4568!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Framing Bead Loom Woven Art

I believe the frame is as important, to a painting/picture, as the image itself. Not unlike wall hung art, I like to consider such a finish, for my bead art. In my case, more often then none, it is an edging. 

Here is my latest piece, still on the warps. 

I have a few new ideas, to finalize the edges. With so much color splashed throughout, I will be considering the best means to tie this all together. 

Let me work on my new crazy idea, then share later :D