Beaded monogram of the letters “JG” that I did for a friend. I wanted the colours to reflect those of a medieval codex, or at least what I imagine those colours should be. ;-)
Here’s a pair of red and black pasties I made for a burlesque performer pal. Simple bead and sequin work. I used a dark mauve instead of black beads with black sequins – and in patterns that would have made sense to match the sequin colours – in order to lighten the look and tie the black and red together a bit more. I think it was successful! These pasties are constructed on a light buckram base for strength and backed with flexible glue, so that they are not too stiff or heavy. The backing also holds the double sided tape that keeps them attached really well, which is a very important aspect of this kind of adornment!
The pattern on these pasties is subtle – the performer told me what her act and costuming was going to be so I knew these would need to be interesting in action, not upon contemplation. They needed to catch light in a glimmering way, to be “just enough”, not overwhelming.
I made this applique then found the perfect colour and size handbag to put it on.The soft green background made it hard to find just the right item to bring out the pastel colour.
When creating the applique, I wanted to experiment with a suspended pendant pearl and I think it turned out really well. The open section of the heart shape is a perfect place for a pearl!
It needed something to pull it and the bag together so I added a little spray of beaded fringe to the bottom of the heart.
Once the applique was on the bag, I thought it needed a little more to tie it to it’s background, so a few gold and amber crystals were added to the bag to keep the bling going!
I called this piece “Sand Coloured” because the hues reminded me of a very close-up photo of beach sand, how it is so full of soft multi colours and water worn shapes. The main focus of the piece is the stone rectangles, perpendicular to the opened cuff, with backstitched beads and bugles flowing around the stones. The outside edge of the cuff itself has soft waves, spiral edged with more beads.
The cuff is backed with soft faux suede and closes with two snaps. The snaps keep it in place so nicely, not too tight but not wiggly. This is so comfortable to wear that I forget it is on – until I see it!
This is little handbag that I spiced up with a lovely applique. The appliques is on a very soft green satin background and is embellished with glass beads, sequins, faux pearls and amber crystals. A large teardrop pearl is suspended between the upper lobes of the heart on a beaded strand. A spray of fringe springs from the bottom tip of the heard. A sprinkling of a bronze and amber crystals surround the heart and tie the sage and soft greens together.
The red and blue sides of the monogram “T” amulet bag completed, I lined the fabric and beaded up the sides to form a pouch. The lining is a smooth satiny kind of fabric, so things will be able to slide in and out easily. Then I continued the side “lacing” up into a rectangle weave strap. The strap has a self-beaded bar and loop closure, in case the wearer has a hat on or big hair.
Finally, I added a netting fringe to the bottom. Because it’s cool.
It’s washable and should last a long, long time!
Last year I was a vendor at the huge burlesque convention in Seattle, BurlyCon. Burlesque ladies know and love their glitter! It was a great time with lots of awesome stuff which included (but was definitely not limited to) flashy costumes, rhinestoned accessories, sparkly makeup, jewellery and shoes.
Gaaaahhhh…..so much for a magpie to love!
Lux Mystica booth:
I really like this cuff that I made a while ago. I meant to sell it but I’ve worn it so many times that I think it’s mine now. Not to worry, I’ll make more – it’s fun to make and different enough that I think it will be as popular with others as it is with me! I will have to make a few sizes (S, M, L) as it doesn’t stretch or hang, but must fit nicely around the wrist.
The cuff was beaded on a sturdy base and lined with faux suede. My favorite round glass stone is the centre point (I think I like these kind of stones so much because they remind me of medieval cabochon jewels). There is a tiny pink Swarovksi heart bead at the tip of the point. A dash of sweetness and romance!
My beaded piece “Early 20th Century Headdress” (originally called “Gatsby”) received an Honorable Mention at the Kamloops Arts Council ‘s “Art Exposed” exhibit! :-)
This is great because I wasn’t sure beadwork would be a good medium for a show like this, but apparently it is. Yay!