Tuesday, May 09, 2006


Began in December and Finished Jan. 31, 2006.

The figure is water color pencil on silk, quilted and sewn on stiff backing.
Materials: size 10 & 11 Czech beads, pressed glass leaves, garnet beads.
The beaded area is three and a half by five and a half inches.
The piece is sewn like a thin pillow - with the entire beaded area backed with a second piece of quilt stuffing material and sewn around the edges to a backing. This gives the picture a curved, 3 dimensional look.
This was really fun to do - especially in the sense of solving creative problems.
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Blogger Connie Marie said...

That is beautiful!

She looks like she could be doing a tribute to women going through chemotherapy. (No hair on the woman.)

This is something that you don't see everyday.

Very nice beadwork and painting. Did you create the frame too?

2/02/2006 10:16:00 AM  
Blogger LJ said...

Hi Connie Marie.

I thought of that, too - the possible connection between baldness and chemo.
Should any woman like the image and see it that way, I'd be delighted.

But in my mind she seemed like a Buddhist monk. Not a nun. But a female monk.

I bought the frame in December - and it partly decided what kind of colors would be in the work. I loved the braid running through the wood.
This was my first non-jewelry piece, so there were a lot of practical problems to solve, getting it to look right in the frame.
Thanks for your kind comment.

2/02/2006 01:25:00 PM  
Blogger SuzyQ said...

Hi Linda,
This is really, really beautiful. I especially love her eyes being closed - she is so peaceful and serene. Wow. Thanks for sharing it, it's a work of art!

2/09/2006 09:44:00 AM  
Blogger LJ said...

Thanks Suzyq. It's always a bit of a crap shoot. The silk tends to wobble around under the pencils, no matter how much you stretch it - so, an eyebrow can misdirect or a mouth look sullen - just because the fabric moved. So, when this turned out like it did, I was SO excited. I'm really glad you like it.
Thanks for commenting.

2/12/2006 09:49:00 AM  
Blogger Teri said...

Wow! I had a different interpretation of her hair/non-hair: I saw the golden sky as her hair, lifted by the wind. Then I read the above comments and looked again, seeing a different woman. Both beautiful! Amazing work, LJ!

2/20/2006 08:54:00 AM  
Blogger LJ said...

That's interesting Teri. A friend at work saw the sky that way too. But that's half the fun of making things...to put them out and see what other people see. It's like telling a story and letting other people add their own twist to it - it becomes shared.
Thanks for the comment, as always.

2/21/2006 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous bobbi said...

Wonderful work...could you share a bit more about what got you "hooked" on beads 25 years ago?

2/27/2006 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger LJ said...

Hi Bobbi.
I've been lax checking this page, so just got your comment.
How did I get hooked?
Basically, I love color and pattern. Over time, I've knit & designed knit & crochet patterns (pretty basic), done crewel and needlepoint, papier mache, and had a business for a while making polymer clay jewelry.
But - I started beading with one of those little hobby store looms, inspired by the 1960s interest in native american craft and east indian textiles (which are often embellished) and beadwork.
But oh, oh, oh, I hate weaving off loom threads! I love off-loom work, like the embroidery I'm doing now and I also work a lot in square, peyote, and spiral stitch.
There's just something about the look of beads...a kind of light inside them, that makes them irresistable!
Thanks for your kind comment!

3/03/2006 06:48:00 AM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

Your work is exquisite, beautifully done. I love your colors and designs!

3/17/2006 04:26:00 PM  
Blogger The Lone Beader said...

This piece is stunning! I love your use of this mixed media in this piece.

5/18/2006 07:43:00 PM  

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