Thursday, March 30, 2006


I'd like to recommend Bobbi Kirk's website for those of you who would like to see some stunning mixed media (fibre and beads) work. For future reference, the link is included at the right: KirkWorks
Fine Arts.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Rain Forest Cuff

This was the free form piece that started interesting me in wave-like movement. Usually I'll start with one drawn line and follow that...the rest goes in without an drawn pattern. Some of the shading on on the transparent greens was achieved by switching from black to light green thread. Eight different shades of green are used in the piece. Czech beads, sizes 10, 11 and 15...with a few black firepolished crystals. Working time about 45 hours.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Festival cuff

Another free form embroidery piece. Pressed glass flowers and leaves, black 3mm fire polished crystals, size 10, 11 & 15 Czech beads. 40 hour working time.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Lotuses for W.

When my oldest friend asked me if I could find something like the beaded leaf I threw in with last year’s Christmas present, I knew I was sunk. It was a pretty piece, but one of those third-world produced novelty items that never repeats. So I started hunting for a suitable design for an ornament to sit on her glass top coffee table and found this copyright – free Art Nouveau design for stained glass in an old book published by Dover. I liked the idea of the flowers breaking the edge of the circle and the space between one stem and the center. This is done in size 10 & 11 beads, outlined in matte black size 15s and backed on Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, lined with Ultrasuede light. From my very own third-world sweatshop.