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Earring Obsession

It’s been a bit since I’ve written for this site. I think that’s because it’s been a long time since we have gone on a hiking adventure. Life has been pretty complicated and time at a premium. That doesn’t mean I’m not creating art though. I’ve been obsessed with making fabric earrings. The above picture is only part of it. Our local art gallery is hosting a Christmas Boutique and I have signed up for it. I had already made a ton of earring for a LuLaRoe party my daughter was hosting, and so, I had some on hand. Now I’m making some actual Christmas type earrings.

example of earrings with necklace

Re-purposed trim with earrings

I have been making jewelry for some time now and the earrings were styled to go with the necklaces I’ve created, but they weren’t always in fabric, which is my primary medium for my art jewelry. Then I designed and created those below for my brother’s jewelry store in Ames, Iowa and got hooked on them. No two pair are ever exactly alike and I create them from fabric samples and quilt scraps, so I’m re-purposing things that would go into the trash heap–something I can’t even contemplate.

green-earrings

Batik, peridot and onyx

That’s where the adventure comes in. I had to design shapes, select fabrics and then figure out how to bond the fabric to an inner-facing such that the edges don’t fray. Even after I worked that out, I found I still might have to run a thin bead of glue around the edges.

earring samples

Earrings made from silk and from quilt scraps

The ones I made for Iowa have gemstones on them. The ones I sell locally have Swarovsky crystals and seed beads. It takes me from two to five hours to create one pair of earrings. That being said, it is a labor of love. I love the adventure of finding the perfect fabric and then the perfect beads to go with them. And a good friend gave me her quilt scraps which are most batik. I love batik, as these clearly show. And the scraps are just perfect for earrings.

embroidery-for-bag

Thai silk with quilting

My next great adventure will be making a bag from this piece of Thai silk that I am quilting and finishing with bead embroidery. I intend to combine it with leather, of which I have a drawer full. So the adventure continues.

I’d need another lifetime to create everything that is in my head as I have only a limited time left on planet earth.

My daughter is helping me with an Etsy shop–another great adventure–at silkandstoneboutique. The adventure there is getting people to even look at it, much less like and send it around. It seems people are more and more caught up in their own lives and have little time for anything else. I guess I’m guilty of that too. There is only so much time in the day.

I hope you have enjoyed the pictures. You can see more fun stuff at my Etsy store.

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Another Art Adventure

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I haven’t really had an adventure in a great long time. At least not the kind you’re used to seeing here. My latest adventure is learning to teach chair yoga. Sounds easy? Not so much. It turned out to be a lot harder than I’d ever imagined. I teach seniors. I’m a senior. We all have limitations.

But I am trying some new things in my art world. Here’s a picture of a piece of silk I’m embroidering with floss and beads. It is stuffed in the trapunto method. Later it will be combined with leather to make a bag.

embroidery-for-bag

I am also making a different style of earrings. These are fabric with semi-precious gem stones added. I have them on display at Gilger Designs in Ames, Iowa. He has this great fine design shop and I am honored to have them there. And they are such fun to make. I made a pair for my niece and my nephew’s girlfriend. I made me some too.

Of course, these are in progress here, but they turned out beautifully.

Now, a friend of mine is setting up an Etsy shop for me–another great adventure in the art world. Everything takes time and energy. But creativity is the domain of us all. We are by nature creative and for me it has become a real need. I suspect it is that way with all artists. For this new year I hope you all have lots of time and opportunity to create the things you love and that this brings you great joy and peace.

 

Works In Progress

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72 pixels new pendent

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything here. But not since I’ve written stuff. Not only do I write for the local paper, but I also have nearly finished our new book, How to Win Friends and Influence People in the 21st Century. Now that’s an adventure. Well, actually, the writing is pretty simple. Then we began looking for an agent. My co-author knew one of the best in the business, so he contacted him. The agent sent us a list of everything we needed for a proposal. OMG!

Now, if it were fiction, I’d just send the book, but a non-fiction requires much, much more. Mostly to dedicate your life to it. That being said, we are sending proposals out to smaller publishers even as I write. The book is one that is needed in today’s world and I’m sure it will be a best seller.

But sometimes a girls’ gotta take a break. When that is necessary, I go to the table and make art. The above piece is one that I have in the works. It started as a fringe sample from one of my vendors. I embellish it and when that’s done, I’ll string it onto something. I haven’t got that part worked out yet. I’ve sold a couple of these through a local gallery. Fringe is all the rage right now.

I am also doing a series I will call, “Sticks and Stones.” I am using wood and rocks found in our wonderful desert to make wearable art. I’m not sure I’ve posted this picture…it is the first of the series.rusted metal web imageI sold it at a show and have made another similar. It is a piece of rusty metal embellished. I really loved it, as did the buyer.

The next picture is of the newest in the line. I am also already working on another one. They are such fun!metal and wood sized at 72This one is of rusted metal and a wonderful piece of wood. I have lots of wood and stones because I love it all and just have to bring it home and make art with it.

I will be setting up an Etsy shop for our art, including the cliff spirits and the vision spirits and my storytellers, so stay tuned. That will take some time. Another adventure. I also will have a blog for the book!

Thanks for your interest. I hope to be more faithful with the blogs.

Just A Few Musings

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It has been a really busy few weeks. But summer is here and the snowbirds are leaving. That usually means things slow down. So, I was just going to write a happy mom’s day to all you mom’s out there, but didn’t even find time to do that.
I’m back at it, but a little pushed for time, so this will be short.
Although I bought that really good book about fabric beads, there are just some things you have to learn by trial and error. So, if you’ve taken an interest in this subject, hang in there.
One tip I’d give is that you must be very careful when rolling the beads to get the ends perfectly even, or you’ll be trimming them–a big time waster. Also, you’re gonna find that some fabrics just don’t roll well, so stick with silk, cotton, linen and leather. Sometimes polyester will work, but you’ll probably have to reglue them at the edges. Which reminds me, use only enough glue to coat the fabric strip. If it bleeds thru, it will leave dark places. As will getting it anywhere on the front side as you work, so keep a wet cloth handy to wipe your hands and a dry towel to dry them.
I finally received the bail I’d ordered from Art Beads and made the necklace I showed the beads for. I will photograph it once I get earrings made and post it for all to see.
Unfortunately or not, I need several projects going at once to be happy, so the earrings are not done yet. But I have comitted to competing everything I have going before I start anything new.
If you’re delving into this adventure with fabric, good luck and enjoy the journey.

Just A Few Ideas

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The simplist way to see what to do with fabric beads is to see some photos of jewelry. I am always pushing the envelope to make it more interesting and exciting. Also, it is good to know beading basics so you don’t spend time taking apart and remaking jewelry. I have a habit of just jumping into the pond and learning how to swim later.

This time I actually bought some books to help out, and later I found a friend who taught me alot. But before I really knew what I was doing, I purchased findings that are too inexpensive to put on my jewelry. I know better now, but it did give me the opportunity to sell some things and make some money to buy better quality stuff. I also went to a bead show and bought some stuff that wasn’t of good quality. Now I know better. There’s one coming up in June in Las Vegas, and this time, I’ll be a more educated consumer. Saves money.

So, I’m going to post a few pictures to give you some ideas. You can ask any questions you like and I’ll be happy to help you solve any problems that I can.

I had another photo for you to view, but wordpress and I can’t agree to insert it. Got it and it was my fault. Sometimes the gremlins attack!

As you can see, both types of fabric beads have been used. When it is simple stringing, it is important to put gemstones, pearls, wood beads — some type of bead to help stabilize the fabric beads.

Have fun and let the adventure begin.