Beadwork Inspiration

From Beadwork

For the “Hands On Houston” event at the Center for Contemporary Craft on the first Saturday of April, I lead the activity assisted by Houston Bead Society. The theme was Zulu Love Beads. While the activity itself wasn’t quite so ambitious, we did have samples of love bead messages as well as ongoing demonstrations on their construction.

The colors used to create the messages are very basic; red, blue, green, white, etc. I was very taken with those colors as they are very infrequently used by most beaders. I decided those colors would be perfect for a piece of loomwork. I liked the result very much and the button was a perfect find.

Great Fun

When placing an order with my suppliers, I like to browse through the available items rather than doing a ‘quick order’ by just entering the item numbers I need. This can sometimes be very dangerous or lead me to new and wonderful things.

As I was placing my C-Lon order, I came across the new neon colors. Well of course I had to get some. I have visions for using them in kumihimo, embroidery, crochet, macrame, etc., etc. (I’m thinking about a project or two I might do).

From Miscellaneous

Don’t you just love the colors? Clockwise, from top left, Neon Yellow, Neon Orange, Neon Green and Neon Pink. As the other colors, they are just $3.75 for an 83 yard spool. All the colors I have in stock (over 65) can be found on my website – http://www.patpowelldesigns.com.

More Loom Beading

From Beadwork

Finally had a little time to take a photo of more loom work. This is very addictive! Just need a design to pop into your head (usually based on the beads you have at hand), warp up the loom and start weaving. It’s really great to do while you’re watching TV. I really need to take a break from this and do more geometric beading but we’ll see what wins out in the next day or so.

Last Saturday I had a great time leading the activity (braided tassels) at the Center for Contemporary Craft. All our guests seemed to enjoy it also. Next month there will be lots of fiber related activities there. It should be fun. This week I’ll be one of four doing a short presentation for the Houston Area Fiber Artists. My bit will be on kumihimo, how its done and how I use it to create my neckpieces. Looking forward to it.

Loom Beading

From Watermark

Purchased a beading loom at the Texas Handweaver’s Conference. About 10 days ago I decided to play with it. My friend, Nancy Jones of Tiny Dog Seed Beads, came up with a great way to not have to sew back in all those pesky warp strands. That was all the incentive I needed. So far I have finished three bracelets. Three more are woven and ready to finish. Have several more in the design stage. These are great fun to make and wear.

Love the colors on the one above.

From Watermark

This was fun. Red always adds a “punch”.

From Watermark

My “first born”. Love the button!

This is also another fun way to use all those great buttons I’ve been collecting.