Sunday, January 17, 2016

Beaded Flower Newsletter 12/27/15

I usually wait a day or two to post my newsletter here after sending it via the mailing list. That's so subscribers have first chance at any sale items or special offerings. This is one of the newsletters I missed.

New Tutorial!
Tembleques - Beaded Flowers of Panama

Tembleques are beaded flowers that make up the headdress of La Pollera, the national costume of Panama. These techniques may look like the basic French beaded flower or loop techniques but they're quite different. You'll also recognize the Victorian technique with some interesting variations. The tutorial is 29 pages with detailed photos showing each step. Five petal techniques with variations are shown as well as how to assemble a hair ornament.

Featured Web Site
Perlentiere is a German bead forum site. Perlentiere means Bead Animals but the site has sections for Flowers, Trees, and Other Plants and of course, beaded animals.
German Beaded Flowers

Beaded Flower Newsletter 12/10/15

I usually wait a day or two to post my newsletter here after sending it via the mailing list. That's so subscribers have first chance at any sale items or special offerings. This is one of the newsletters I missed.

New Patterns!

I'm introducing a new technique with a pattern for a leaf and a flower. This technique is found on vintage beaded flowers and on beaded flowers made in China. I call it the frame technique because you first form the shape, i.e. frame, of the leaf or petal with 22-gauge wire. Bead rows are strung horizontally with each row on a separate 26-gauge wire. Detailed instructions including templates for 4 leaves and the flower and bead counts are included for the leaf and flower above.

Beaded Flower Frame Technique
Designed by Caren Cohen

Spoon Chrysanthemum
Designed by Rosemary Kurtz

Fire Rose
Designed by Rosemary Kurtz

Designed by Rosemary Kurtz

Featured Web Site
Fire Mountain Gems has an extensive design gallery and beaded flowers are well represented. I scrolled through all the home decor designs to find the beaded flowers for you. So here they are!

Title Designer
Memories of Paradise Julie Miyashiro
Christmas Amaryllis Julie Miyashiro
Christmas Amaryllis Andrea Victoria Paradiso
My Fair Lady Yuki Tachibana
Everlasting Delbert Luper
Cherry Blossom Tree Donna Millett
Nature's Simplicity Gui-Ja Yang
Christmas Wreath Terry Petty
Rose and Lily Bouquet Takemura Hiromi
Sunflower Svetlana Sapegina
Tribute to Kate Nancy Rocknich
Ranunculus Asiatics Takemura Hiromi
The Cosmos Bunch Gui-Ja Yang
Geranium Svetlana Sapegina
Sunflower Hiromi Takemura
Royal Bouquet Nancy Rocknich
Purple Majesty Takemura Hiromi
Sweet Pink Beaded Plant Gui-Ja Yang
Bonsai Tree Gui-Ja Yang
Victorian Summer Jessica Dowell
May Flowers, Calla Lily Bouquet Fen Li
Charmed Christmas Tree Elaine Hammer
After Midnight Christmas Tree Mary Harrison
Tranquil Cherry Blossoms Amy Gaspard
Marigold Bouquet Albina Manning
Spring Floral Bouquet Jacalyn A. Gilligan
Springtime Dance Kim Wade
Green Spring Fen Li
Crimson Passion Fen Li
Christmas Tree Elaine Hammer
Christmas Tree Jacalyn Gilligan
Cattleya Orchid Judith Black
Beaded Flower Pot & Flowers Kim Wade

Beaded Flower Newsletter 12/7/14

I usually wait a day or two to post my newsletter here after sending it via the mailing list. That's so subscribers have first chance at any sale items or special offerings. This is one of the newsletters I missed.

Featured Web Sites

Crystal Beaded Flower Sconces on ebay
These are the simplest of beaded flowers being a loop around a large bead. Click through all the photos and you will see details. You could use 4mm Swaorvski to make the loop around a 10mm with a Swarovski flower margarita for the center. I've seen sconces and chandeliers similar to this in thrift shops. And I've purchased several candle stands with curliques to adorn with beaded flowers. Even if the quality is less than stellar you can easily spray paint it to hide the flaws.
Fashion Colorworks 2014 had 2 gorgeous beaded flower entries in the Beaded Objects And Accessories category. Poppies Bouquet Stand by Hiromi Takemura and Teacup Poodle Mini-sculpture by Yuki Tachibana.

Christmas Beading

There's plenty of time to make beautiful holiday decorations! Beaded Garden has a page just for Christmas flowers on the left menu under Holidays.
  • Victorian Poinsettia
    Instructions by Nancy Binkley are very detailed creating a large flower for great impact as a holiday decoration.
  • French Poinsettia
    by Dalene Kelly uses a little used technique that gives a lovely shape to the bracts.
  • 3 Sizes of Poinsettia
    Instructions for 3 sizes are included. Be sure to click on the thumbnail to see an arrangement I made from the different sizes. Thsi pattern uses the basic petal so is perfect for all levels of flower beaders.
  • Poinsettia Napkin Rings by Lise Flyman
  • Thimble Poinsettia by Marj Noga
  • Thimble Christmas Trees by Marj Noga
There's also a Christmas Leaf Brooch (Lenni Cramer) and a Red & White Dragonfly (Lise Flyman).

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The Beaded Flower Newsletter is Back!

The newsletter is back as a monthly and I look forward to hearing your comments.

Each month there will be a section on "Featured Websites". Flower beading is an international art but language barriers don't have to stop the serious beader. With good illustrations, those of us who speak and read only English can absorb books in Italian, French, Dutch, German and Russian. I find these hidden gems and feature 1 or 2 in each newsletter, many times with free tutorials.

I've redesigned Beaded Garden with a lot more menu options including sections on miniatures, holidays, most popular patterns, books, eBooks and more. Let me know what you think by posting a comment!

Best of all is a search feature! Just type in your favorite flower and you'll find all the patterns available.

Also new is a destash section where you'll find bead books and magazines on various beading techniques as well as surplus supplies.

From time to time I'll be selling some hard to find items. As a subscriber, you'll always be the first to hear about these offers.

Featured Web Sites
Featured are 2 Russian bead flower artists, Elena and Natalia Verbitskaya

Elena Fiori Di Perline on facebook is from Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy. Five years ago she started making butterflies, then roses and small plants. She always wanted a house full of plants and flowers but since she didn't have a green thumb she decided to create beaded compositions which never need any maintenance. After a few years of traditional patterns she designed her own world of fantasy creations. She has several pictorial patterns.
Be sure to check out her other albums with bridal bouquets, roses, sunflowers, orchids and more.

Natalia Verbitskaya has several free tutorials:
The instructions are in Russian but using Google Chrome browser it's very easy to translate to English. Just right click on a blank spot at the top of the page (I click in the upper right), then select "Translate to English".

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Bead Art - Where Are They Now?

Bead Art, edited by Alice Korach, was one of the earliest books featuring beadwork as art. It was published in 1998 by Kalmbach Publishing Company who also published Bead & Button magazine. I frequently peruse the book and one time I got curious as to whether these artists were still around creating beautiful bead work. So I spent a few hours searching for each artist. All the artists in the book are listed below even if I didn't find anything about them.

Chris Allen-Sickler

Kenneth A. Arthur

Beth Barron

JoAnn Baumann

Terry Bell

Robert Bruningham

David Chatt

David Chatt's Blog

Olga Dvigoubsky Cinnamon,
More by Olga

Barb Davis

Debra Dembowski - Figurative Jewelry & Sculpture,
More by Debra Dembowski,
More by Debra

Sylvia deMurias

Rosie Dixon

Joan Dulla

Nancy Eha

JoAnn Feher

More JoAnn Feher - Northwest Bead Society Member beads from the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Necklace (2003)

Jacqui B. Fehl

Diane Fitzgerald

Susan Etcoff Fraerman - Revelation on Hubbard Street,
One Soul:Shoe Number Fourteen , In Memory of Noah,
Katie Gingrass Gallery

Jocelyn S. Giles

Patty Haberman

Valorie Harlow, More, and More

John W. Lefelhocz - Quilts

Richard LeMieux

Laura Leonard

Eleanor Lux


Liz Manfredini

Ann Terepaugh Mitchell

Nicole Nagel

Liss Niforos

Jan Nix-Westhoff

Colleen O’Rourke

Kristen Frantzen Orr - ArtGlass Beads & Jewelry

Christy Puetz, More

Madelyn C. Ricks, More

Rachel Roggel

Ruth Marie Satterlee

Pamela Schloff

Carol Shelton

Nancy Smeltzer

Sandy Swirnoff

Thalia Tringo

Carolyn Veerjee

Sally Wassink

Loomed Beadwork, More

Dustin j. Wedekind

Alison F. Whittemore

Michelle Williams

Laura Willits

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cool Painting Tool

This is a really cool online abstract painting machine . Click on "Auto" on the lower right of the painting area or create your own.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

The New Beadwork - Where are they now?

The New Beadwork by Kathlyn Moss and Alice Scherer, published 1992, was one of the first books featuring bead art. I got curious as to whether these artists were still around creating beautiful bead work. So I spent a few hours searching for each artist. All the artists in the book are listed below even if I didn't find anything about them.

Jeanette Ahlgren
Beautiful loom woven sculptural forms

Marcus Amerman
Marcus Amerman creates bead pictures that depict the history of his Choctaw and Hopi heritage
Beaded Butterfly Buckle
Beaded Face Bracelet
2004 Dubin Native Artist Fellow
Quilt Art
The Man with No Name

Hanne Sue Anaya

Susan Anniskett

Lucia Antonelli, More

Ann Bailey

Carolyn Prince Batchelor - Painted Paper Beadwork

Frieda Bates - Beadwork of the Southwest

Lori Berry - Author of How to Bead Earrings: An Artistic Approach

Elizabeth Bertuccio

John Binzley - Beaded Bags

Virginia Blakelock

Flora Book

Joe Bowman

Kate Boyan - The Dream Bag

Jimoh Buraimoh, The Heritage: My Life and Arts (autobiography)

Michael Van Chapman

David Chatt

Carlos Cobos

Evelyn Cohen

Theresa Cole

Deon DeLange - More Techniques of Beaded Earrings,
Techniques of Beaded Earrings

Edward Derwent

Mary Dickey

M.K. Dilli

Angela Gauthier

Ascha Gellman

Jeannine Goreski

Mary Owen Griffin

Sherry Hart

Mary Hayslip

Valerie Hector

Mary B. Hetz - Jewelry Collection (no beadwork shown)

Mary Ann Hickey

Mimi Holmes

Edgar Jackson

Peggy Kendellen

Martin Douglas Kilmer

Dan & Eve King-Lehman - Fused Glass

Joanne A. Laessig - Beads & Embroidery

Jeanne Leffingwell - Beaded Sky Curtain (not a good picture),
Bead & Button - Loom Project Pattern ($3.95)

Richard LeMieux

Gwyn Lewis

Jacquelyn Lillie - Earrings & Bracelet (middle of page),
4 pieces,

Merry Makela - The magic of beaded spherical nets : techniques and projects (book) - available used

Margot Marcotte

Sherry Markovitz - Beaded Sculpture, Artworks

Nome May - Bless├ęd Bead

Linda McCormick

Luisa Morca-Bush

Kathlyn Moss

Cheri Mossie

Juanita Nelson

Howard Newcomb

Gretchen Newmark

Lindsay Obermeyer - Gallery of Bead Embroidery

Constance O'Shaughnessy

Carol Perrenoud - Corn For Dinner

Don Pierce

Susan Planalp

Sylvia Pomeroy

Pat Poole

Barbara Jeanne Rice

Helen Rogers

Axel Russmeyer

Pam Saporta

Skip Schuckmann

Joyce Scott - Kickin' It with the Old Masters at the Baltimore Museum of Art,
Maryland ArtSource

Verena Sieber-Fuchs

Marcie Stone - Sculptural Bead Artist

Cid Suntrader

Natalie Tatz

Ken Tisa

Camilla Trondsen

Elizabeth Tuttle

Setsu Ueno

Gladys Urschel

Donna Wasserstrom

Betsey-Rose Weiss

Steve Wofford

Natacha Wolters

Connie Wyatt