Tuesday, January 5, 2010


SNOW # 4 is currently blanketing our area.....along with a record making cold snap......we are grumbling!

However, now that the Fiber Arts Alliance meeting was canceled today.....I'm going to get into the studio and get some work done!!!

I still enjoy my passion of hand quilting....combined with hand stipple quilting/trapunto and am delighted that more of my upcoming bookings have selected the workshop, "Improve Your Hand Quilting". This small piece is 'Spring Green'.....and yes, the spots of light you see are tiny seed beads..... The design is part of a collection I created for my book, "The Wholecloth Garment Stori", which has been out of print now for several years, though you may still be able to find some on Amazon or ebay. It's fun to translate these designs to create beautiful wholecloth garments.

Quilting Creations manufactured my line of quilting designs as stencils. This is one that I've decided to use as a beading motif. As usual, I traced the design onto a Pellon non-fusible, lightweight interfacing, positioning it to fit within the boundary of the desired finished size.

White basting thread secures the layers together and transfers the design to the front of this National Nonwoven's 100% wool felt fabric.

The beading begins......here a combination of bugle and seed beads make up the center stem of the fern motif. I've removed the design from the Q-snap frame for this photo. However, whenever I bead, I use a 11" x 11" or 11" x 17" Q-snap frame to help maintain proper thread tension and to prevent distortion.

We will be hunkering down this weekend to watch the NFL playoff games.....so I expect there will be ample beading time. GO PACKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Creekside Ferns 11" X 13" $250
(with hanging sleeve - includes insured shipping)
Contact Mary using link on upper right side bar.

Inner Strength 9" x 12" SOLD

1 comment:

Jane Moxey said...

Beoootiful works of beading art with the finished pieces, Mary. So happy you're being asked to teach hand quilting -- with all the machine stuff, the handwork could get lost without folks like you! I'm in a machine piecing mode but have a lovely fused flower piece that is also calling me to put some hand stitches into it! So many ideas, so little time is what I'm whining about these days!