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Thursday, September 30, 2010

I have been making earrings!

It seems like forever, since I have shared some looming thoughts here on my Blog, so let me share what I have been doing since I left New York.

I'll be showing/selling at an Art Festival this weekend, Oct 2 & Oct 3, The Fells Point Festival in Baltimore Maryland. It is my favorite festival of all and the only festival I choose to show/sell my work, looming and hand woven beading.

Here are just a few of the types of earrings I have been making for this weekend.








I really prefer to loom, but earrings are a bit more tedious to loom, so I hand weave my earrings. Monday, I'll be getting back to my home base of looming. I'll be starting a new cell phone bag, one that is very colorful. This will be a photograph taken by a beading friend, Jean Upton. She takes wonderful wild life pictures. One in particular caught my eye, so I'll be starting that one first.

December 15, 2010 is the deadline for submissions to the IBA contest. They have a specific 'bead looming' catagory, so I am also submitting something for this special event. I'll be sharing what I am looming as I go, so you will notice tons of looming going on, starting Monday! I can't wait!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My beadwork lives in New York!


It was a wonderful journey, creating a cell phone bag for someone I highly respect, then to give it to her in person.....I was crying first, then she welled up after noticing it was a picture of her Dad! This was a great time and I am glad she asked, "Does anyone have a camera?", because my head was spinning too much to even consider a picture!

She had to rush out the door to change her clothes so she could catch a plane, but we were asked to wait for the elevator so RR could take it down with us. When the elevator doors opened, she was walking on saying, "Erin, Erin, Erin!", and we talked further.

She is such a fine roll model to many....I really enjoyed my 'one time' meeting with her and glad she loved the cell phone bag!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Consider a matching set!

Now that I have completed the fringe, for this cell phone bag, I am able to step back and consider how it will be worn. It is large enough to make a statement, (3 3/4" wide by 7" deep, including the fringe).Therefore, I like to think about what other jewelry accessories would work.

A pair of earrings are a must, with this bag! Nothing too long, or would overwhelm the size of the bag, but at least, something to spread out the color combination, created in this cell phone bag.

The fringe had to include the color way of 'both sides' of the bag. Therefore, I opted to pick up the dark browns with a slight touch of blue. The fringe also includes some sterling silver caps so I could match the sterling in the strap and earrings. This way, these can be worn with copper or sterling, maybe even rose gold!

The other side of the bag has a predominant blue color, but this is great for a change of clothes. This makes this cell phone bag that much more interchangeable!

You can see, through following my stages of this bag, that there is more to consider then just the actual panel being loomed, at that time. So many steps and ways to think about, always will end up working out in the end to be something more versatile then originally thought!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Final steps of a loomed cell phone bag!


I have made such great headway the past few days. This is a gift I am giving late next week, so I am still very much on schedule, if not ahead. The picture above shows how the 'zip' up the base of each panel, after I have 'zipped' up the sides. Because of my techniques, used to finish each loomed panel, there are no warps to reweave or tie in, or even use for a fringe....(which I never suggest to do as they will stretch and move while used!). With each pass, to secure the bottom, I added a Toho Permanent Metallic Light Copper Bead, 11/0. Not only did I want to add more detail and bring out the color of the medal I used to accent, but I will use these for the fringes I am adding next.

You may notice, in all of my cell phone bags photographed on my web site, I create a separate 'epaulette' in colors to match both sides of the bag and to secure the strap. This is the most stable way to add a strap. The epaulette is sewn in multiple areas, so the strap is more anchored then if I started the strap directly from the side edge.

You will also notice the 'spring clasp' I use to attach the strap to the epaulette. This is because this portion of the strap takes the most stress of movement. This means of attaching, allows for tons of movement. Not only that, the strap can be removed using the clasps or if the strap breaks (which it won't) it can be remade much easier and reattached quickly.

You can see that both eppilets are positioned not to interfere with the pattern loomed, but also match the colors of beads used. There have been times where I fringed the outside lines of the eppilets, or even attached a dangle at the base.

This is one side, of RR photographed in College during her days of playing basketball.

The other side is of her Dad's life in the Air Force, in particular with the 'Tuskegee Airmen'.

Notice how the strap, or beaded tubes, stones and pearls match both sides. After I complete the fringe, I'll make a matching pair of earrings.