Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Let me show you my selection of 'accent beads' I picked out, which will be used for parts of the strap and the fringe.
The colors of the beads above, will match either side of the cell phone, depending on which side out it's worn. I may not be using all of the beads pictured, but I will more then likely use some of each you see.
I'll also add some beaded bead tubes to the strap, by beading tubes to match the colors as well. These aways lend themselves to carrying over the 'seed bead' medium, as opposed to just using larger beads or gems.
My thoughts are to pick up the grays, browns, blacks and blues. Notice the 'light copper' color Permanent Toho Metallic Beads. This will help to tie in the 'medal I will be bezeling and attaching to the panel I am looming right.
At first thought, I was going to graph/pattern a picture of RR, sitting at the GMA desk. Thinking more I decided against that pattern idea because I asked my self, "who would want to wear something with there picture, front and center." Not Me! I opted to create a more special feel. Since the first side of the panel is RR during her College Basket Ball Days, I created the other panel of something also dear to her heart, her Dad. He was a pilot with the 'Tuskegee Airmen'. She talked about this publicly many times. Here is a picture of an Airman's medal, all pilots received.
This will be bead bezeled and attached to the panel I am looming right now. This is the reason I used the 'light copper' accents on the strap and in my beaded bead tubes. I'll also add an ever-so-small splash of the same Permanent Copper Metallic Toho Bead to the fringe.
All of the parts, I am sharing here, were compiled in between the looming of the panels. This production type beading really helps me to finish a project much sooner then expected. This way, it gets exciting to put all the parts together, which it's time!
Above all, I am very pleased to have found a way to loom cell phone bags, without the muss of 'dealing with the warps'!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
WARP - white cotton thread...it will dye perfectly
WEFT - white nylon thread....the dye will not 'run' into the weft color thread.
Let me show you what I am looming!
Notice the dark beads! See the white warps too? This makes for a very uncomfortable color design.
I correct this by 'painting the warps' with a Permanent Black Ink. Then, my warps are white for the light beads in my picture, and the back beads can be dyed without any problems. Here is a picture of the looming, before I dyed the warps:
Notice the white vertical lines of warps...in between the black beads. I used 'white warps' so the 'white bead' colors would POP! They do, but the dark colors looks 'inappropriate'!
To correct this, I take a paint brush and some 'permanent black ink'. I paint the warps above and below the looming, as well as bristle it inbetween the black beads, wiping each swipe with the 'inked brush'. I do not paint into the white beaded areas.
I knew I was going there, with this idea, so when I started my project, I warped my loom using a 'cotton' thread, which absorbs the ink very dark and very quickly. Then I made my 'weft' a Nylon thread. Nylon does not absorb wet very well, including ink. Therefore, the ink would not 'run' inside of the light beads, when I paint the warps in between the dark beads. This was well though out prior! You can also notice the warps, in the picture above, being half dark and half light. This shows where I started and stopped painting.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The article went on to discuss the age old question... Does stuff make you happy? Researchers, according to this article, have discovered that there are several factors that contribute to what purchases make you happiest. Unsurprisingly, spending money on experiences rather than "things" make people happiest.
I started thinking about this in terms of Mirrix. Do Mirrix Looms make people happy?
It didn't take me long to realize... of course they do! Buying a Mirrix Loom is not just buying a THING, it's buying an EXPERIENCE. When you spend $155 on a loom you are both acquiring a thing and a lasting experience. It's the best of both worlds. You will find joy purchasing your new toy, in the process of weaving and with the result of your efforts.
Email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how Mirrix can make your loom buying and loom owning experience even better in order to make YOU, our loyal customers, even happier! And let me know... Does your loom make you happy?
I am so pleased with how well my newly discovered techniques and my 'mind's eye' are working so well together! Each part, or petal and leaf, are edged with 11/0 Toho Silver Permanent Finish Glass Beads. Before being secured in to place, I sew a 6/0 Toho Silver Perm Glass Bead to the back so I can keep the proper depth of field for each addition.
There is so much more I will be creating, using new ideas, for this necklace. Completing the total look of the Lotus is only my first goal. I'll be working on some unique ideas for the upper portion of each strap side.
The warp weights are still sitting patiently until I can start the straps! Again, the Mirrix had so much to do with being able to complete my new and different design ideas. Once the Lotus is totally assembled, I'll be working more with the warp weights!
I have also been drawing out a finish for below the Lotus. However, I'll think on that one a bit more! The freedom of these warps are giving me so much to think about!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Check out her blog here: http://sherriwoodardcoffey.blogspot.com/
We gave her a little end-of-project survey and will have the results in soon!
This is what Amy said:
I have just finished one of the 2 little cell phone bags I am making for my daughter and my hairdresser to donate to their Breast Cancer 3 day walk auctions. There are a lot of hours put into this one but I do love the Mirrix. Part of why I like it is because I can carry it from room to room or elsewhere. I have a hard time sitting in one room for long hours. I need a change of scenery quite often.
Reading about how Amy likes a change of scenery makes me think of the new contest that Mirrix is having. Read about it below from their Facebook page.
Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms Claudia's Birthday Month Contest! Ends August 30th, 2010. "My Mirrix’s Day Out. A Contest." One of the great things about the Mirrix family of looms is their portability. Even our biggest looms can be picked up and thrown in the back of the station wagon.
Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms The smaller looms were designed to be so portable that no one would think twice about taking their Mirrix to the beach or a soccer game or that workshop across the country. We want to know where you’ve taken YOUR Mirrix.
Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms Take a picture of your Mirrix somewhere fun and exciting (on top of a mountain, on a sailboat, at the top of a famous landmark, at work… you get the picture) and email us that picture with a short description of the location. We will choose one winner and put all our contestants pictures in an online gallery.
Mirrix Tapestry and Bead Looms The winner will receive:-Everything to make a beautiful bead cuff bracelet-Ten small but beautiful skeins of Claudia’s own and-washed, hand-dyed, hand-spun tapestry yarn. -Two inspiring books: “The Sea” and “Myths and Folktales” (Check out our store for more information on these fantastic books.)-15% off your next order of $100 or more (you will receive a special code)
You may remember my attempts at weaving a box. I am embarrassed to show this, but it’s finished. I promised warts and all! It’s very lopsided. Below are some while-in-progress pictures in which I tried out various line techniques.
What to do differently:
- Have a template of the square
- Know in advance how the edges will be stitched together
- Weave in silk or mercerized cotton
- Line box
- Plan for a lid and fastener
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Each petal, of this Loomed Lotus, will be created in a handwoven stitch,edged with Perm Toho Silver 11/0 Beads, then secured to the base looming.
This technique is similar to the 'bead tole' I blogged about earlier. Each petal or leaf is rated for it's perspective placement. My last addition will be the foremost petal in the pattern.
I am working on the Mirrix, with the base looming still in play on the loom because I will also be working some unique ideas for the straps, of this necklace.
Take a look a the looming again and see if you can picture what I am trying to create. Then, I will share a more updated photo soon!
With temperatures around 102 or above, we’re moving kind of slow around here. Presently, even the humidity is low. So, explain to me why the pollen count for fungus is so high. As I’ve mentioned before, allergies have not been my friend this year, and I can’t remember the last time I have had allergy problems. So the to-do list went by the wayside, and tasks that don’t require a brain were worked on today. I’ll have to drag out the list another day, since the temps will continue at their current status quo for the next week or so. Oh, well…
"Beautiful isn't exactly the word for these things; I'm not sure what is. Some of them are garish and weird, though their exuberance is irresistible."
I have been interested in electronic textiles, but more with LED lights than other more interesting possibilities. Below are a few links about electronic textiles. I’m not sure about fibers that hear and sing, like the one pictured below. Link is here.
And then there’s Talk to my Shirt
More electronic textiles via Lynne Bruning, the textile enchantress.
I’m not exactly sure I remember the sequence of the following, but they seem to have a pattern. First is an installation from a gallery in SoHo.
Then there is this from Hand Eye magazine about art that lasts just a moment.
Courtesy of Birgitta de Vos
Buddhist monks have highly sophisticated sand mandalas and Indian women have kolam.
And all of the above bring to mind the beautiful sand painting that Native Americans do. Below is from Wikepedia.
Navajo sandpainting, photogravure by Edward S. Curtis, 1907, Library of Congress
And for just zany appeal:
This from Tracy Zeller Designs. If you really want to see these chairs in all their glory, go to here site. Pictures are larger, and the close-up is bigger.
Looks like one could get a massage sitting in this chair! According to Newsweek, we have a creativity crisis. Have they seen this chair?
And then we have A Year of Dressing from the Land.
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Monday, August 2, 2010
I’ve been thinking about doing some simple gradation weavings, branching out into colors that I don’t normally think of doing. When we were in the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum gift shop, my mother bought me this vase. I love the colors and the unusual shape, although the photograph doesn’t do it justice. Maybe this should also become a new weaving. This is absolutely stunning when the light shines more on the interior. The top section is more of a purple-y burgundy than it looks like here. I could be done in gradations from this direction also. Tweaking to be done….
The following is the list for today:
- Tie on warp for ikat piece
- Prepare tube and cover for piece that’s going to a show
- Deliver above and another piece to show
- Warp Mirrix. This one is on the list, but might have to wait until Tuesday. I’ve decided to do the face and forget about more text and the warp that remains. Time to move on.
Would also like to shop for new camera, but that’s probably not going to happen. The show is for the Texas Arts Coalition Members show, for which two pieces passed jury muster, shown below. Opening reception is Friday. Nice to have something, local so I can actually go! I didn’t realize they were both so purple until I got them together.
The weekend has been spent cooking wild mustang grapes, straining for the juice, and re-dyeing the red ikat yarns. I hope to have a before and after photo soon.
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