Saturday, January 19, 2013

Really Red For Hearts Day!! ( And very late to the party!!)

The party I speak of is the "Grow Your Blog Party !! Anyone who may be visiting as a part of this wonderful event I apologize for my tardiness  I have been teaching for most of the day and prior to teaching I participated in the National Day of Service to honor Martin Luther King Junior and his Birthday.

I have just moved my Studio at Artful Dimensions Gallery in Fredericksburg, VA and much of my time has been taken up with the resettlement from Studio 7 to Studio 5.

Before the move I completed this free form bracelet to have it ready for any Christmas sales.  It got lots of attention but the right customer did not find it.  So now it will be on display for the Valentines season. Each one of the free form beaded pieces that I create is an adventure in creativity.  I do not use patterns and I try to include as many interesting and unusual bits and beads as possible


For the closure on this piece I used a vintage glass button.

This week I put together a few collaged fabric and felted pins.  The hearts are cut from some scraps of left over felting projects, a few bits of old lace, some crystals and blanket stitch all came together quite nicely, I think.

Now I must be off to visit some of my blogging friends at the Grow Your Blog Party ! First I must turn off the Robot ID so folks can move along with their party hopping!! A very special thanks to Vicki at
 Two Bags Full for arranging the whole shindig!!
Welcome to my blog and thanks so much for leaving a comment!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

"Put A Lid On It" First Friday Opening

The new show opening at Artful Dimensions Gallery, where I have my studio and am a member, is titled" Put a Lid on It".  Each of us ahs embellished a finished box that was fitted with a bed for a 4 inch tile.  As each member works in a different medium, there are many different kinds of boxes. On the First Friday of each month all of the galleries in town have evening hours, the artists who show at each venue are present to meet the public and wine and nibbles are served. It is a wonderful evening to spend in Fredericksburg, especialy if the weather cooperates!

Here are the boxes that I created for the show.
 These roses were made with my hand dyed vintage damask linen tablecloth strips.  I stitched them onto a piece of velvet wrapped around a piece of heavy interfacing that was glued down into the cover.  i also added in bits of dyed vintage doily and leaves stitched from the same linen strips.

"Butterfly's Dream"
 This box is covered with Ice Resin over a sheet of my fabric /paper .  I did it in several layers and trapped the butterfly in the final layer of resin.

"Red Streamers"
 This box is covered with a bit of the felted piece from this post. Before the beading was done I had color copies made of each fiber piece, lined each box with the paper and then coated the interiors with Ice Resin as well.

"Circle Dance"
The orange box is from a piece that I needle felted quite awhile ago.  I then free motion stitched with circles in orange, yellow and bringt pink thread.  It is difficult to see in this picture but I did some extra stitch work and some beading on this box as well.
Here is an example of the itnerior treatment with the photocopied faber piece covered with Ice Resin. Each box except Bouquet was finished int his manner.  I  think customers might enjoy discovering the wonderful and  colorful surprise inside!!

This is a smaple shot of the display in my new studio!! On December 27th , my wonderful husband and kids helped me move studios from #7 to #5.  The advantages of #5 are many fold!  I am located immediately off the amin gallery floor, the space is larger and i am much closer to my art pals in this new location.    Here are a few pictures of my new setup!
This is the view from the back of my studio looking out onto the gallery floor.
Here is the new glass shelved display with the neato pencil sized LED lights that Tom installed for me.  The wonderful light makes all of my beaded pieces dance and sparkle!! Love the sparklies!! In the foreground of this picture you can see my new aquisition of a iron dress form.  I have skirted her with pieces of silk fabric, some silk scarves but mostly pieces of clothes harvested form thrift shop finds.  I will use these pieces in my textile collage work but I will use the  lovely colors and patterns of the fabric as a studio embellishment in the meantime.  On top of the dress form you can see the felted vest that I spoke of in this post.
I will be back for another post with more gallery pictures after our upcoming First Friday opening!  I hope everyone had a very Happy New Year"s celebration and your year is off to a very creatvie start!!  Be back soon!


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