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Monday, June 8, 2015

a little beading

so I went to this 2 day beading class with Robin Atkins through LaConner quilt museum last month and I just finished the piece i started after the class.

First let me tell you that Robin is an outstanding teacher!
she taught me so much during those two days and not just about beading but about teaching and how to be more in tune with your work process.

also how to work through a designing or creative slump, you bead through it.
just pick a spot and do something. a row fill in, something to get you into the frame of mind then it comes to you, bam,  just like that!

If you ever get the chance it is well worth it to take one of her classes. they are intensive and demanding but very well worth it!

anyway about the pouch...


I went on a trip to India last November and have been processing the experience ever since

I still cannot tell you exactly how I feel about the trip

other than it was equal parts beautiful, terrifying (the traffic) aggravating and filthy.

I'm glad I went but I’m not sure I would repeat the experience

 though I have placed it in the, I maybe persuaded, category from the, absolutely not! no.

and i used to be such an adventuresome creature

I wonder what happened?


Saturday, May 30, 2015

CQJP 2015 Junes block

 So this month I chose

chevron stitch for my base

 stitches







I made them large and small


single and double



and stacked


 then there is all the fun stuff

you can do with it from there

lots of lazy daisies

and sprays and beads LOTS of beads



 even a little SRE



its funny after all that how it doesn’t look full




 my monthly BJP is a fan this month


Monday, May 4, 2015

CQJP-May block

 so for may,



I haven't quite gotten cretin stitch out of my system




 I found lots more to do with this stitch so I went ahead and did more


 its useful for holding down ribbon or rick-rack


entertaining big and little beads 


or sequins





the occasional flying hand full of lilly of the valley


and this months BJP a fan











and here she is with all her stitches on!

Monday, April 27, 2015

april CQJP

April starts with a basket

    why?

to fill with eggs of course?

I wove 4mm brown sre to make the basket



this block is dedicated to cretin stitch



Sorry I didn’t have my camera with me to take the layer pictures before they got "layered"



  I satin stitched a bunny, who decided the flowers at the bottom corner looked tasty



 I did a bunch of fancy beading around my stitching this block





 It looks a little empty at the corners but there is a lot going on at the seams

Friday, April 24, 2015

containers

bead central
basket for overflow beads
someone recently asked about what containers we would recommend using for organizing your stash.

I use a variety of thing to put my stuff in.


clear straws for beads
for me beads are important,

 I like to put them in the most stable containers that I can still see through.

 I like the clear screw tops in several sizes the best,
these boxes are ok and cheaper than the others.
basket of thinga i use a lot

many baskets

 clear straws can be used for small amounts of beads, just use a pair of needle nose pliers and a lighter to close the bottoms


box o'rama

 I have boxes to hold a variety of things from projects in process


 some I have had for a looong time
tin of flowers

I also have a weakness for tins




  I find many of my big boxes at Ross for about 1/2 what they cost in joannes or micheals
box of krenik and empties


SRE box



lace and ribbon boxes


SRE project tin


boxes of balls of twist
drawers for tools




more currant project boxes

frames and the scrap basket



    
Currant project boxes
a good window is nice to

 I





 It all depends on how you work best

I like oraganization

with a little chaos while i work

















got a new desk to work at too

with more shelf space  it helps keep me from spreading out all over the house

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