Wednesday, December 28, 2011

End of year

As we get to the end of the year, I get reflective. I like to have goals so that I have a direction. I'm getting better at focusing individual projects that I've started but I still have built up years worth of UFOs. So...current projects include:

Beaded Flower - amaryllis
Beading - ?
Knitting (large) - Frost Flowers & Leaves Shawl
Knitting (small) - Climbing Lace Socks
Spinnning - something on each wheel and a spindle

I also took a "flash my stash" picture tonight

So... I'm very close to finishing up the pair of socks and I may be able to get through that by the end of the year (yes, in 2 days). I'm also very close to finishing up the fiber I have on Suzie and plying goes quick so I can empty off that wheel. I'll probably finish spinning up what's on the spindle on Suzie.

I need a small break from the amaryllis but there's not much left to be done, okay well half. And if I take the metro to work more, I can work through more socks.

Also, the goal for the year is to reduce the size of the stash so that it can all fit on the full sized bed.

I also want to spin through one of the Socks That Rock bags of fiber.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Bead Embroidered Bracelet

Bead embroidery is a beautiful thing...when you complete it. I've had some many starts on bead embroidered projects but I've never finished. For me, bead embroidery tends to be a free form thing and I get distracted and lose interest after a while. So, I was incredibly pleased with myself that I was able to finish this one for my friend Shawn's birthday.

Sunday night, I had my bracelet, my suede backing and the brass cuff
Shawn's Bead Embroidered Bracelet

Then you add some epoxy and get high off the fumes
Shawn's Bead Embroidered Bracelet

Then you sew the edges together
Shawn's Bead Embroidered Bracelet

To get this
Shawn's Bead Embroidered Bracelet

Shawn's Bead Embroidered Bracelet

Shawn's Bead Embroidered Bracelet

And finally
Shawn's Bead Embroidered Bracelet

Monday, December 19, 2011

A holiday poinsettia

I don't tend to make many Christmas holiday season related beaded things because I don't really decorate for Christmas. However, when I was invited to my friend Susan's house and heard her jokingly complain about how none of her beading friends made her any flowers for her house, I knew exactly what I was going to make her

Poinsettia For Susan

Poinsettia For Susan

And here it is in its current setting