Friday, January 21, 2011

Learning and Growing

I could have kissed the mailman today... but I didn't.  First because he brought the mail to my door so I didn't have to drag my butt down the driveway to the mail box in -6 degree weather.  Can I get a Woot Woot for an excellent mailman?  :o)

Not only that, but he brought me a new book... and for me, I'm like a sponge and I can't wait to learn new things.  I've been admiring seed bead jewelry for a very long time.  It took me a long time to muster up the courage to break out those tiny little seed beads with my needle and thread to play.  I didn't know if I'd have the patience to make things with seed beads.

But once I started... oh boy, there's been no stopping me!  I love learning new stitches, pairing different bead types with seed bead components I've created.  BUT my grand awakening is to learn how to do bead embroidery.   From the moment I saw her Art Jewelry, I have been inspired to learn "How To" from my good friend Juli Cannon.  I love her lampwork, but her bead embroidery pieces bedazzle me.  My eyes kind of spin circles and get all glazed over every time she posts a new piece.  I admire her designs and they spur mental pictures in my brain of pieces that are destined to come from my beads! There's no limit to the creative touches you can add to pieces by learning such skills!
See what I'm talking about... this is GORGEOUS and then some!
 I've watch bunches of youtube videos, but for me, I prefer a good hard-copy printed book!  And that my dear friends is what got delivered today.

So while I continue to learn, I wanted to share with you which book I picked up.  Love the way both authors Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini teach all the stitches, love the photos and the practice projects.  I picked up some Lacy's Stiff Stuff and a 1" cuff from just a few weeks back so I'm all ready to start!  I can't wait to show you what I come up with!

Be Inspired!


Regina said...

Did you make the two necklaces up top? Wow, you learn fast! Looking forward to seeing more of your seed beadery. I am afraid I do not have the patience. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hugs!

Azure Islands Designs said...

Very impressive Dawn...your necklaces are gorgeous!!!

I've tried this type of bead work and I just don't have the patience nor the eyesight for it!!! :0)
I always love to see what others never fails to impress me, as I know how it is done! The bead embroidery is the best isn't it...I love how it looks and the cuffs are so ME!

Can't wait to see your first cuff...I know it will be stunning!!!

Juli's necklace is gorgeous...I understand your inspiration. that is what it is all about!
Have a wonderful day...

Julianna Cannon said...

You humble me beyond measure, Dawn. I can't wait to see you take flight!

So much loveness.


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