Posts Tagged ‘Beading’

First Friday Fun

March 5, 2010

I met with those wonderful women for our First Friday gathering this morning.  We made paper beads and turned them into necklaces.  Carol brought a wonderful necklace she wanted to duplicate and as adorable as it was, I wanted to make one too.  This is mine using materials on hand.

Look closely at the boot on the right.  If you can see it clearly enough and know what it is, please tell me.  I found two of these and a few other doo dads a long time ago  in my father-in-law’s collection of everything.  I think it may be lead.  If I keep it out of my mouth, do you think I am safe in wearing it?

The beads were created just by rolling strips of paper onto a skewer and gluing the end.  For a black edge, take the bead in stamp it onto an ink pad.  Then string beads and trinkets onto it, run the string thru the tube at the top and add beads on the other side.  The beads move freely but aren’t able to pull back thru the tube.   The one Carol had used ribbons for this , I used colored cotton strings.

I did my best to rid my studio of all jewelry making supplies today.   I have to cull my stash of  extraneous crafting stuff.  Someday my studio will be as I envision it in my dreams…..


another small blank book

February 28, 2010

I did the ginkgo leaf book.  Now I am thinking thistle.

Speaking of thistles, my mother, Julia Evatt, did the most beautiful little beaded thistle recently.  Unfortunately, it did not make it into my greedy little hands so I cannot show it to you.  But, I do have a picture of her beading handiwork, a bracelet she made for a swap on a beading cruise she took last month.

The little faces are all her designs.  I think she rightly impressed her fellow beaders!

If, like me,  you have a sporadic desire to embroider, there is a great blog here that demonstrates  more stitches than I knew existed.

Ever hear of the “twisted fly stitch”?

Like Daughter, Like Mother

September 16, 2009

While gazing upon the messiness that I call a studio, my mother saw a tapestry I had hanging on my bulletin board.  I guess if I called it a display board, I wouldn’t sound so junior high schoolish, would I?  (Can I write an aside on an aside?  What do you think of whenever you hear someone say “would I”?   “Hare Lip” immediately comes to my mind.  Isn’t that just horrible?!!!  I cannot even remember the stupid joke that goes with that punch line!!!  I so wish I could choose what gets erased from my memory!)

Okay, back to being an adult.

So my mother, Julia Evatt, sees this tapestry and thinks it would be a great pattern for beading.  She photocopies my tapestry and creates this wonderful little beaded necklace of the image I wove.  I strongly requested she give it to me.  And she graciously did.



2.75″x4.5″  glass beads



 4″x5.5″ cotton and wool yarn

Julia may have beaded this but she is better known for her sculptures, paintings and poetry.  I will share some of those later if she will allow it.  She would want me to tell you that her image is wider than she would have liked.  She actually beaded this on a toilet paper roll and in it’s 3 dimensional plane, what she saw and what was the reality were two different things.  Lesson to be learned, always take into account perspective.

I loved the little beaded image and now have to find just the right little black dress to  pair with it!  For more of my tapestry images (and others too!) visit  This is a blog artist, Tommye Scanlin set up for her tapestry students.  I have posted a few images there.   Visit the archives to find them.

Editor’s note:  Please forgive any insensitive remarks made in this post.  They are the direct result of having survived junior high school.