Between the Rains

Last Sunday ended the Bayou City Bead Works show. Tuesday was the beginning of my Quilt Festival Workshops (will post later on my workshops). Trying to get a little rest today between the show, workshops and tomorrow’s venture to ‘do’ the Quilt Festival (am very excited-after twelve years I’m not there as an exhibitor, just as an “I’m goin’ for fun”).

Between the rains today I checked on things outside and saw the most amazing thing.

From Miscellaneous

I have had this Bird of Paradise for more years than I can remember. I think it bloomed the first couple of years then nothing. Not only is there this flower but there are at least two more buds! I did move it this year to get a tad more sunlight. Mayber I should have moved it several years ago.

Between Shows

From Miscellaneous

(see what a little rain will do. haven’t seen this in bloom since spring)

Taking a few minutes to relax now that I’m between shows. Delivered my wares and helped with check-in for the Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston sale. The sale started today and will continue on through Saturday. Check for details at The items available are fabulous, as usual. The members go all out supplying the sale with their wonderful woven, spun and dyed pieces.

From Miscellaneous

(it’s fall and the shrimp plant has gone wild, as usual.)

Load in is tomorrow for the Bayou City Bead Works, which begins on Friday. This event is hosted by Houston Bead Society. Schedule and venue details can be found at (along with a discount coupon). There will be lots of goodies there also. The show will continue through Sunday.

From Miscellaneous

(if you look very closely at the inflorescence in the top center, you’ll see a very large bumble bee hanging off the bottom flower.)

As soon as all these are over, the International Quilt Festival will begin. Although I am no longer an exhibitor, I seem to have found myself scheduled for at least three days of activities. Looking forward to it.

Hopefully, I’ll run into some of you during the next 10 days.

Bayou City Bead Works

This is what I’ll be bringing to the Bayou City Beadworks sponsored by Houston Bead Society. The show is being held at the Norris Conference Center/City Centre (see for directions and other particulars). HBS did not sponsor a show last year so I know everyone will be eagerly awaiting this one. The venue is new and, for once in a very long time, all vendors will be in the same room. Should be fun. Hope to see you all there (Oct 25 – 27, 2013).

From Shows

Over 60 colors of C-Lon.

From Shows

Beautiful Czech cut beads. I’ll have one-cuts(charlottes), two-cuts and three-cuts.

More for CHH Sale

From CHH Sale 2013

Another braid for the sale. Have a couple more but you’ll have to go to the sale to see them.

From CHH Sale 2013


Did some loomwork with beads this year. They were great fun to do

Don’t forget – Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Annual Sale. October 23 – 26, 2013 at Guild House. Check for additional details. Hope to see you there

Interwoven V

From Kumihimo
From Kumihimo

Next Saturday is the opening reception for Interwoven V at 18 Hands Gallery. Above are my pieces that were chosen. Please stop by next Saturday and say hi.
18 Hands Gallery

Interwoven V

October 19th-27th, 2013

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 19th
6-9 PM

Participating artists:

Jack Barnhart, Cammie Beierle
 Janet Bodin, Kyla Crawford
 Ginny Eckley, Linn Forsell
 Patricia A. Hinojosa, Nadia Khan
 Sharine Kirchoff, Charlene Kolb
 Leisa McCord, Janice McKeehan
 Bobbe Shapiro Nolan, Pat Powell
 Lauren Salazar, Macarena Smartt,
 Linda J. Thompson, David Vollmer
 Rex Watson, Hope Wilmarth
Geraldine Woodhouse

Enjoy a lovely Saturday evening,
meet many of the artists
and partake in snacks and

18 Hands Gallery
249 W 19th Street
Houston, TX 77008

CHH Sale – Some Braids

From CHH Sale 2013

I have gathered my kumihimo neckpieces for the CHH Sale. Thought I’d share pictures of a couple of them.

From CHH Sale 2013

Posted a picture of this one a couple of weeks ago. This time the color is true.

From CHH Sale 2013

A great piece with a lot of substance yet very lightweight.

Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Annual Sale. October 23 – 26, 2013 at Guild House. Check for hours and directions.

Fascinating Book

From Miscellaneous

For anyone interested in the history of bead, button and jewelry glass, this is a fascinating book about the group of people who created the most interesting glass in the world. Over the centuries these people developed glass that mimicked gemstones as well as developed glass finishes never seen in nature. To this day, some of the lost formulas for ‘Czech’ glass have not been able to be replicated.

From Miscellaneous

The Bohemians created not only glass stones, beads and buttons but decorative items as well. Below is some of the lovely jewelry they created. Notice the intricate wirework.

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Beautiful buttons. The workmanship is fantastic. Currently these are machine made. Originally, they were hadmade.

From Miscellaneous

This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in how the art of creating jewelry glass evolved.

CHH Sale – More Goodies

From CHH Sale 2013

Had a couple of these netted bangles in last year’s sale and they seemed to the popular. Started making more at the beginning of this year. They feature either beautiful Czech glass or Swarovski crystal pearls.  Hopefully everyone will enjoy them at this year’s event.

Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Annual Sale. October 23 – 26, 2013 at Guild House. Check for details.

Houston Handweaver’s Sale

From Kumihimo

Starting to gather up my work for the Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Annual Sale ( Finished this braid last week. I just noticed the photo and the braid are not the same colors. Not sure where the change occured. Both colors (image and actual) are great. The braid is actually red; very red. Once again I used one of Giovanna Imperia’s fabulous yarns.

I’ll be posting more items for the sale as I gather them up.