Beading and Books!
Of course when Lark Books published their 'Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry: Photographs of Beautiful Contemporary Beadwork (500 Series) ' book I had to have it. Especially when I glanced thru some of the photos. OMG! SO inspirational! I mean just look at this!
This delectible Shibori Sherbert! I just want to eat this! Isn't it deeevine!
I can't even imagine wearing this hand strung pearl dress covering thingy. I mean really it belongs on the Catwalk! Love how the design reminds me of a butterflies wing.
I LOVE THIS! A necklace and a brooch. Since it's 'red on black, it's a friend to jack' not the deadly Coral Snake. (which is 'red on yellow, kill a fellow')
I admit that this piece in it's quiet elegance simply took my breath away. What a lovely, simple idea and so masterfully pulled off!
Finally, The best (IMHO) for last, 'Shapeshifter'
I mean truly, look at the detain in this head, and the beak! where did they get the beak???
and the EYE! I had no idea you could get taxidermy eyes! I so am ordering some now. It's one thing to say 'I have all those beads in my stash' and then look at this creation! It's just stunning!
And did I mention the beak??? Holy cow!
Made me get all inspired so I went to my favorite beading instructing book. By the incomprable Larkin Jean Van Horn. (She has a piece in the above book too but I forgot to mark it...grrrr)
Anyhow: I get asked alot what inspires my beading? Where do go for instruction on stitches, etc...
This book right here *and do yourself a favor and get the spiral bound*
From beginning to end; clear, concise instruction.
yummy color scheme no?
This piece so inspired me! I totally want to make those lovely beaded buttons!
And finally how to use giant beads or Cabochon's.
I am currently making small 8" x 8" square to put in shadowbox frames.
This fabric was purchased last year at Long Beach Festival. The stone was purchased a couple months ago at my local bead shop. I love it when things like this happen.
I'll get better photos when it's done.
I have two others that are in the works. One incorporates using old 'Burning Man' tickets that I scanned in and printed out on some cotton sheets. The colors are wonderful. I can't show it yet as it's a for a wedding gift (in Sept) for a couple who are close to my heart.
Hope some of these images inspired you too
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!