January 26, 2009
A week or so ago I wrote about some glass leaf beads I was experimenting with. At the time, I wasn’t sure what I would make, only that I wanted to stack or layer them in some way. Well, I ended up making this bead encrusted cuff bracelet and I love it.
I layered the leaf beads in a staggered, overlapping pattern that causes them to almost look more like feathers than leaves. I then added a strip of randomly placed purple/blue/teal matte beads in contrast to the more precise alignment of the leaf beads.
The bracelet feels good to touch and hold because of the weight of the beads. It also has a sculptural feel to it and is definitely different from any I have done before. I’m glad I experimented and let myself have some playtime with this. It allows me to see the bracelet form as a canvas in a different manner than I did before.
January 17, 2009
I bought these glass leaf beads a while ago and just love them. I was able to get them in a few different colors and they just feel wonderful because of their rounded edges and matte finish. I’ve used them in the past in some simple strung designs that I felt came out very pretty. However, in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted to try them stacked or layered in some fashion.
I took a bit of stiffened felt, my beading needles and thread, and just set out to play. Here you can see some of my experimentation. I’m not sure where I will end up with this. Right now, I’m just enjoying the journey.
November 9, 2008
All of a sudden this past week, the leaves changed. Almost overnight it seemed. However, it was overcast and rainy most of the week and I couldn’t wait for a sunny day to just enjoy the colors.
Today was that day and this is the view as I stand in my back yard and look up.
October 16, 2008
Posted by The Bead Dreamer under beadwork
| Tags: autumn
, bead weaving
Nature gives us such a dazzling display this time of year; it’s easy to find sources of inspiration. These earrings were made using a traditional Russian beadweaving technique interpreted into an autumn tone color palate.
It’s interesting that spending most of the past few months learning to do metalwork has brought beadweaving back into my life. It has been a few years since I focused on bead weaving. It feels good to have them both in my life and I am getting little seedlings of ideas of how to marry the two together. We will see…