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Bead embroidery is inspired by ones dreams and/or imagination. San Diego (below) is memories of living in the San Diego area. I was always amazed that we were within an hour of the mountains, the desert or the beach, depending on which direction you went. In the spring the nearby mountains would be covered in red clover. The blue water of the ocean and sandy beaches were always glorious and everywhere you looked,flowers in all different shapes, sizes and colors.
Once I finished San Diego, I noticed that each piece is shaped in a way that reminds me of being there also. The largest piece is shaped like a dolphin often seen off the coast, the middle piece looks like a boot (how southwestern is that!?) and finally, the smallest piece represents being on the beach barefoot. I did not plan the shapes, I simply drew 3 forms freehand and let them be whatever they were. I never noticed the shapes until I was finished and photographing the necklace. #1001 $200.00
Wood Nymphs, left, reminds me of childhood days playing in the woods near our home and the flowers Mama always had planted around the house. Across the corn fields behind the house and down the hill was the creek where we went fishing and swimming on hot summer days with the sun shining down on us like we were all there was. #1002 $175.00
My granddaughter saw pictures of the San Diego and Wood Nymphs necklaces and wanted one for herself. I started with 3 silver purse charms. This part took a little more than a week to do.
Peach is her favorite color this year so peach is the main color. By coloring blocking and using crystal sequins It becomes a girly girls piece. At this point I have worked on this for 3 weeks. It truly is a labor of love.
Once I finished the body of the piece I added heart shaped peach colored beads around the neckline. All that is left is a light peach trim for the outside. By the time I'm completely finished, I will have spent 2 months on this project
I've been beading for about 6 years now. I started out with simple stringing. I read beading
books, took classes and experimented on my own. I found that I really liked making pieces using the Peyote stitch. And then I discovered bead embroidery. Although it often take months to make a necklace with embroidery, it allows me to use my imagination and to use nature to inspire me.
Inspiration can be found in every area of life. Maybe that's why I never make the same exact item twice. I may use the same pattern but I will use different colors and/or beads.
While I traveled around the US, particularely the west coast, while married to my sailor husband, I am currently settled in Bradenton/Sarasota, FL area. It is here that my beading has grown and blossomed and where inspiration abounds.
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