I have taken a few years off from doing a lot of embroidery with beads, choosing to focus primarily on Peyote and Herringbone stitches. Beginning this year, I have decided to return to embroidery. It combines my love of sewing and stitching and my background in all things Textile with the amazing realm of glass beads. It feels so “right” to me. By combining the embroidery with cabochons or 3D bead woven motifs, I am able to achieve a sculptural dimension to the embroidery which I like. I love working with the graphic latitude that embroidery can give me that I can’t really do with weaving. I can work in curves or in a grid formation. I can combine sized of beads -in glass or in gemstones,creating unexpected patterns and rhythms. I love the rich surfaces that embroidery makes And I love combining the two disciplines of bead weaving with embroidery.
The Last Leaves
On my run up Boulder Canyon, I was taken by the sunlight on the last leaves on the trees, falling across the path.
Beaded Beads- Subtle & Sophisticated
This necklace, just completed, was a kind of exercise in subtlety and restraint. Commissioned by a very lovely gallery-owner from New York City, it needed to be somewhat neutral, but interesting and unexpected. Shades of gray/lavender, charcoal, khaki, silver, plum dart around each bead in the composition, interspersed with simple Fluorite rounds. I don’t usually...