Sunday, February 28, 2010

It has been a very busy month. First off to Tucson for a week exploring the many Gem Shows.
After we returned from Tucson my husband and I helped my parents move from Centralia, WA to Portland, OR. Fortunately they are now settling into their new home and we can now get back to our studios!
So I am a bit behind on my Feb. Bead Journal Project. I hope to have it posted by mid March.
The necklace above was just completed using antique shell buttons and Japanese Aiko beads.
It will be displayed at The Oregon State Button Show booth March 6 & 7 at The Palmer Wirfs Antique Show , Portland Expo Center. More info can be found at:
If you are in the Portland area it is definitely worth checking out. The Button Society will have a beautiful display of buttons to check out!

Monday, February 1, 2010

January Bead Journal Project

Just finished my January Bead Journal Project. My inspiration was a branch of yellow flowers with barnacle like leaves. The piece is 6 inches X 4 inches. It is worked on commercial fabric and backed with ultra suede. Some of the barnacle like flowers are crocheted and some are beaded using peyote stitch. Some of the fronds are embroidered with metallic thread and some are beaded using bead embroidery. I have included keishi pearls, abalone and citrine chips and sequins. The pointed cabochon was lampworked and faceted by my husband, Greg Hanson. The piece was originally made to be viewed in the position of the upper photo.
It can also be viewed in the opposite direction as seen below.
Now on to February..........................