Combine to Create

July 4, 2015

A new chapter is beginning for me.  
  I am happy to report I will be TEACHING at Art & Soul, Minneapolis in 2016.  
One of the classes I am teaching is Iris Photo Folding; Tea Bag Art Journal.  The image above and left are the 'photo folding' part that will make up the cover. 

The inside pages will comprise of Tea bag art that may be interpreted any way the artist wants.  Feel free to use any media you are comfortable with: watercolor, sketching, rubber stamping, text, etc.  No rules here. Plain or busy, abstract or figural - anything goes.

October 3, 2014

Sewing time...Lagenlook

There are few styles that I identify myself with (especially when using the word 'style' - yuck).  I know what I like when I see it.  This time is no different from any other when I find something I like:  I make my own.  Things just mean more to me when hand wrought.
My 'style' that I'm referring to is Lagenlook.  Pure comfort with a little bit Hippy thrown in, with a nod to simpler days gone by.
 The jacket in the first picture is an upcycled button down cotton shirt.  The front piece was the lower back part of the shirt.  I sewed on a bit of vintage lace to that front panel.  The one just above is made from 100% cotton Gauze that was actually a table cloth I had.
They are not 100% Linen, which is the creme d 'la creme of Lagenlook fabric.  Thought I'd practice a bit first.

These were my first two efforts in Lagenlook.  I have since made a few more that I will post as I photograph them.  Thanks for reading.  Anni

September 15, 2014

A few more pendants

Beaded leaves.  This item is still a work in progress.
This is a 3-D triangle, or a pyramid maybe.  Less than 1 inch total.
A Sea Urchin with a pearl.
Another Sea Urchin.  These were also inspired by Marcia De Coster

September 10, 2014

A little cluster

 This is a pendant I made that I wear quite often.  It's a few tiny leaves clustered together, held by a green crystal.  Some have said it looks like a bee or fly.  The whole cluster is just smaller than 1/2 inch.

September 8, 2014

A few more creations

This beaded bead can be a key chain or dangle as a pendant.
The bead in the background is a large, barrel shaped monstrosity that I won't wear anytime soon.  I just needed to experiment.

Two more beaded beads for key chains or pendants.  The peyote stitch is such a tidy finished product.  I used bead caps on the ends.

September 6, 2014

Help! I can't stop beading

A bit darker, more on the 'gold' side.  Both of these are woven with Herringbone, aka Ndebele from the Native Americans of the same name.  
Below are the same bracelets but the right one is reversed.  Very versatile.

September 2, 2014

Day three of beadings

The on on the left started out as Daisy pattern and embellished with crystals.
The one on the right features my favorite colors of Delica beads and Druks.
The left one is quietly dramatic with understated chic.  While not usually my style, I like the juxtaposition of matte and shiny Delicas.
The right one is Herringbone (my favorite pattern) embellished with crystals.

I made quite a few bracelets as gifts for female family members.

August 30, 2014

More Beading

Here are a couple more pics of bracelets.  These are simply samples of my experimenting.
Bugle beads and Druks

Two of my favorites.  
The one on the left was inspired by a piece made by the incredible Marcia DeCoster.  The one on the right features Druks and mostly Delica beads.

August 29, 2014

Bead Weavings

Most of the jewelry I bead are bracelets.

I have also made pendants for two necklaces that I wove.
More later as I get pictures uploaded.
Thanks goes out to our son Jake, who helped with a ton of technical questions I had.