I did my first embroidery in ...6th or 8th grade. I wanted a jean jacket, but to save money, my mom sewed me one. When she got the pattern for the jacket, she also bought me some iron on patterns in yellow wax outlines for cotton floss embroidery—I recall a bunch of grapes, especially. There was a ladybug too. My early efforts were crude and very ugly: I didn't know, for example, to split the 6 ply floss, so my first attempt was crude and lumpy. But I ramped up pretty quickly, since I could draw: I remember embroidering blackeyed susans with french knots, the flowers growing up the hem of my pants.
Two beaded embroidery projects in process, photographed 28aug15, with the S4. The little cigarillo tin is the perfect sized travel box: deep enough for the minihollow glass or semi-precious stone focals, shallow enough to easily get to seed beads, with a built in, shiny (i.e. light-filling) surface that doubles as an excellent work tray, big enough for a nice assortment, small enough to fit in a travel kit.
I also did beadwork from a very young age, but it didn't occur to me to put the two together until years later, when I took a bead and sequin embroidery class from Chris Reilly, as with these pieces circa 1987. But that got very quickly pushed to the wayside by bead-stringing, which sold much better. The beaded embroidery lay fallow until I took a class with Joanne Laessig. Her ‘bead soup’ and pointillist working methods intrigued me, and I incorporated them into a needlecase in the early to mid ’90s I'm still using. That was twenty or twenty-five years ago, and I've been returning to the process ever since. This page came out of the current spate of work (2015).
red wool with malachite green beads a lime (or apple) green zipper. Lots of progress shots. 01oct2015
This pouch features glass beads, embroidery, fabric dying and sewing by me; its semiprecious accent beads co-ordinate with the rosary (restrung by me...) it's designed to hold. 24aug2015
Inspired by stockings, this is the 2nd in a series of abstract wall-hangings/mini-quilts. Originally posted 27apr09. 27apr2009
Inspired by stockings, this is the Ist in a series of abstract wall-hangings/mini-quilts. Originally posted 23apr09. 23apr2009
a piece of black and white bead embroidery photographed over several years with 4 different cameras... 27aug2015
pastel bead embroidery for a hexagonal box. Still in progress 7 years later though the embroidery, at least, was completed in '08. 25aug2015
The fabric was thin, the wrong color and of course she had no way to replicate the authentic heavy yellow topstitching.
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