Monday, May 22, 2006


I’ve been taking shots of my work for the Mary Black Gallery, where I’ll teaching in the Fall. One of the workshop projects will be a spiral stitch necklace or three-rope bracelet. I’m on a deadline for photo submission and haven’t had time to work the project up – weighed and measured, so I snapped a photo of some of my own spiral necklaces. I adore this stitch. It is the racehorse of off-loom stitches (ok – it’s the fastest turtle in the race. There is no such thing as speedy seed bead work.)

Turns out that natural light falling on a table under my living room window, late afternoon, is about the best lighting you can find for beadwork – short of nabbing a pro with a shadow box and actual skills! (Click to enlarge)


Blogger Jewels said...

Very pretty spirals indeed! Love the accents on the first one from the left. Oh, the the last one on the right is right up my alley too. (probably because I'm useing those particular colors in my present project, LOL!)

I love SRC as well. And you're right, very gratifying to work with. You can sit, relax, and have yourself a necklace in just a few hours. (Unlike Ndebele... LOL)

Wow! teaching in a gallery. So much fun! Good luck!

5/23/2006 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger beadbabe49 said...

well done on the photo! my best shots are done on my sun porch on an overcast, bright day...not that we have many of those, ha! hope the prep work for your classes is going well!

5/24/2006 08:41:00 AM  
Blogger LJ said...

Thanks Jewels...
Gratifying is a GOOD thing. After working on the big piece (sleepscape)for weeks on end, spiral is very relaxing. And endlessly gratifying because it's so easy to play with.
As to the Gallery - I'm SO excited. I'm getting ready to approach publishers and felt I needed some good teaching credentials. I'm very jazzed about the classes and have gone berserk with detailed handouts. New-teacher-overkill-syndrome.

5/24/2006 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger LJ said...

Hi BB - I'm finally done for the moment, I think. Last weekend, I let the details due in at the Gallery pile into a mental trainwreck and ended up frozen in my tracks. I discovered that, in fact, I don't know how to bead. Never did! Let alone teach anyone. I'm laughing. Once I just sat down and did the weighing and measuring, it got easier. And spiral is a great stitch for new beaders (or us long-time addicts) because it's fabulous looking and reasonably fast.
As to the camera work. I've figured out that I like a plain paper background better - but the light IS good in that spot. I get late afternoon sun (when there is sun)and I have nearly transparent white curtains to filter if it's strong. Not a frequent problem in the Maritimes, I assure you.
Thanks so much for the encouragement. Want to share any teaching war stories on your blog (or here)so that I'm prepared?

5/24/2006 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger Jewels said...

Come to my blog tomorrow, I'll share some of my "war stories". Some good, some not so good...

5/24/2006 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger phlegmfatale said...

I LOVE doing spiral ropes - I had a free-form spiral rope in the YOUR WORK section of Bead & Button magazine in the June 2004 issue. It was really cute, and I was tickled to see it in print. Your spirals are lovely!

6/08/2006 07:35:00 AM  
Blogger LJ said...

Show me! You need a bead and jewelry blog!

6/09/2006 04:30:00 AM  

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