Sunday, September 25, 2011

September Blog Carnival - What's On Your Mat/Workplace?

Another month has flown by and its time for the Starving Jewelery Artists team - September Blog Carnival with the topic for this month being What's on your mat/workplace?.  Having ventured into the world of bead looming, I constantly have a loom warped ready to go.  At present I only have one warped but that will change very soon when my next order of beads arrive.

My workplace is spread from the computer with design patterns, to inventory to the loom.  The piece I am creating at present is a pattern that I designed a little while ago.  However, with this one I'm going to do try a different and will be attempting a one of Erin Simonetti's from Beads Beaded Beading hand woven accents techniques - click here for the link to Erin's blog for an example of this technique.

Here is a picture of the pattern

and here is a picture of the cuff to date ... stay tuned for more pics in the future of the finished cuff.

In the meantime, you might want to see what other members of the Starving Artists team are up to and that they have on their Mat/Workplace!

Bead Sohpisticate

The Familiee Jewels 

Musings of a Northern Girl 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ode to my childhood ~ Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

When I was a little girl, I was fascinated with the gumnut babies.  With summer approaching and the smell of Eucalyptus in the air, I was nostalgically reminded of these childhood favourites when I saw this gumtree and I just had to create something representative of my childhood. 

        For those who may know not about the gumnut babies - May Gibbs was an author and advocate of Australian flora and fauna in which she modelled many of her characters in her books.  Born in 1877, May loved to draw and went on to study art in both Australia and England. She became a famous author and illustrator of children's books with her most famous being the Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie  (click on the link to see more of this fabulous book).

Through the encouragement of the Bead Looming Intervention group, I decided to design a cuff using the Eucalypt leaf and attempting my first extensions. 
 Using Delica's no.11 - the looming is 5cm wide  by 13cm long - edged in bronze and bone beads, I'm tempted to add some metal clay gumnuts. The cream background showcases the beautiful leaf and gumnuts and every time I wear it I will be reminded of my little childhood chums!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Loomed Patterns For Sale

After months of playing around with designs and a receiving requests for my patterns, I have decided to put my pattern designs up for sale. Please go to my website to check out some of the patterns for sale.  I have posted terms of condition of sale as well as a  gallery of patterns available.  If you are interested in purchasing a pattern, please follow the instructions on website. 

Thank you to all those who have supported me in my quest to learn as much as I can about looming.  A special thank you to Erin from BeadsBeadedBeading for all of her support and encouragement and also to the wonderful members of Bead Looming Intervention.