Tuesday, February 16, 2010

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Sunday, January 17, 2010


This is the bauble from Diane Fitzgerald's book Shaped Beadwork. I started this back at the end of October and have worked on it off and on since. When I was working on the later rows (24 rows total in the ornament), I could only accomplish two rows at a sitting. It took a long time to bead each row. Now the little wings want to curve--it seems to have a life of its own. The peyote beaded area is 2-1/2 inches wide by 2-1/2 inches high; the crystal beads add another inch to the height.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Heather's quilt

This is the lap quilt I made for my younger daughter, Heather. The top is batiks and hand-dyed fabrics, my favorite mix of fabrics.

Friday, January 1, 2010

January 2010 bjp beaded bead

This is my third year taking part in the bead journal project.

Since I first started beading about 5 years ago I have been fascinated by beaded beads. I plan to make a different one each month that reflects the season. Several during the year will be variations of my favorite rivoli beads.

The January beaded bead is peyote stitch around a clear crystal 27mm rivoli using delicas, 15 seed beads, and 3mm bicone crystals. When I photographed it the clear crystal picked up the colors of its surroundings even though it appears very clear in real life. This beaded bead reflects how very snowy and icy it is here in New Hampshire.

Jennifer's sunflower quilt

This is a quilt I made for my older daughter Jennifer for Christmas. The border and the back are a rainbow colored batik of sunflowers. The pieced front consists of batiks plus hand-dyed fabrics. I alternated blocks of warm colors vs cool colors.

Monday, October 5, 2009

August bjp pin

The pin for August is the Rolled flower with pointed petals by Diane Fitzgerald in her book The Beaded Garden. I mounted it on a piece of my friend Nancy Graham's hand-dyed fabric.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Summer is over

The little yellow pompom is from the Beaded Garden book. It is really tiny--about one inch across. I started by making a bead netting, then rolled it up at one of its edges.

This is the little bowl from Diane Fitzgerald's new book. It is made up of 6 little pentagons and is 1-3/4 inches across and 3/4 inch tall.

The bottom clearly shows the pentagon base. There is a work up of beads around the base to give the little bowl stability.

This may give you an idea of how tiny the bowl is. It would hold a ring or lots of little beads, but not much else.

I have selected a pile of rainbow fabrics to make another quilt like the one at the upper right. The back of the quilt is the sunflower fabric. I have enough of that fabric to use it again. This is one of my favorite little lap quilts. My older daughter Jennifer would like one similar to it. Of course, I have pulled too many fabrics from my shelf and will be able to use only a small portion of what you see. The blocks are alternating warm and cool colors--a nice visual contrast.