Saturday, February 1, 2014

Late, but finally finished!

Better late than never I always say.  I am spending the first part of this year catching up on unfinished projects.  In 2012 I participated in BJP and have had the pieces sitting around all this time while I tried to figure out what I wanted to do with them.  

I found this fabric, 2 yards, on sale for $2.00.  The antique doily runner is from a garage sale or shop and had a tag of $7.00 still attached.  I couldn't remember when or where I purchased it, but was saving it for something special.  It was perfect for this!  I used the fabric and made binding for each of the beaded lace pieces, hand stitching it on.  I also hand stitched the lace runner in place, stretching and measuring as I went.  I still need to buy a dowel for the top pocket for hanging...and then find a place to hang it.  The entire piece is 5' long x 14.5" wide.  It was difficult to photograph.  You can view close-up photos of my monthly beaded pieces by selecting the BJP tab near the top of my blog at

I had run out of ecru/ivory seed beads at one point and used black seed beads instead until I could find more.  I have added the same binding to these two pieces and found two more doilies that matched each other.  I am planning on mounting these and will probably frame them.  It feels so good to finish projects - especially when the results turn out the way you hoped.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

2012 -A year of stars

I have posted (I know I'm late) all of my stars for 2012 on my blog. I finished them in in spring and just haven't blogged about them.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Double Infinity's little jar for March

My eleven year old daughter is trying to get involved in my projects lately, so even before March 1st arrived, she opened my box with the remaining 10 lampwork inspiration beads in it and made her choice for March. Her BFF's birthday is 3/11 so she picked one that looked 'celebratory and fun'. We then moved on to the seed beads and the colors were selected. (I helped a bit more than she would like because, after all, I'm the one who does the beading and who will have to look at the jars form my beading table!) The supplies sat on their little tray for many weeks, but now I am happy to say the jar is completed. The colors actually remind me of Mardi Gras, and since Easter is in March this year, you could even say it fits into that scheme. I can say how happy I am with the way the little piece on the cork top turned out. I finally got one to lay flat! And I love how I put the larger 6's on their side. My daughter is already asking to 'open the box' to pick out April's inspiration, but I told her she has to wait! See you all next month.....

Birthday Muse

For my birthday on January 22 I received Thom Atkins' book Beading Artistry for Quilts and I was inspired to work (play) some more on my stars for 2012's BJP. By February 22 I had finished two more stars. I will post photos on my blog. I made the trip last year to LaConner Quilt museum to see Thom's work and was awestruck. I took lots of photos but we all know that viewing a piece in person tells a different story than photos. This book is full of inspirational photos and some sage advice.I highly recommend it. Thanks Thom.
Here are parts of the two stars I have finished and I have another in progress and so many ideas that I don't know sometimes where to on to beading...Vickie
Summer Sizzle

Tide  Pool

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2012 Complete.

Here are my final two beaded rocks for the year...Better late than never.....

I haven't truely decided what I going to do next. Maybe more beaded rocks. Kind of hate to be completely finished with them... and I do have many more rocks that I could use. LOL .We'll just have to wait and see. It has been wonderful to see all the talent on this blog. Thanks for all the sharing   :)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Searching For The Light--December BJP

I finished by December BJP before the end of the year, but it has been difficult to write about. Come to my blog Crackpot Beader to see why. Marty S

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Octobers is done!

Just one more to go!

I know these are out of order but inspiration is like that sometimes.
you can see more here.