Thursday, April 18, 2013

Micro Bear, Micro Bunny, Stained Glass Vessels, Paper Needle Cases, Cantaloupe Seed Purses, Humbugs

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I have been designing some new projects, teaching beading classes and writing instructions for bead projects. Here are some recent creations. My new website is -

Here are two new beaded micro miniatures - a multi-colored bear - 1 1/8" high and a tiny version of my Blue Jean Bunny - 1 1/4" high. They are both fully jointed and are worked in Peyote stitch with vintage size 18/0 seed beads.

My new miniature black and white cat is- 1 1/2" high. It is fully jointed and is worked in Peyote stitch with size 15/0 seed beads.

I have a new pattern available for an elegant "Stained Glass Vessel". The vessel is 2 1/2" high x 3" wide. It is a free standing structure with no glass support inside. The vessel is worked in brick stitch with various sizes of Czech seed beads and Delica beads.

I have designed a 2 1/2" high drawstring purse made out of cantaloupe seeds and size 9/0 3-cut beads. The fabric lining is Dupioni silk. The drawstrings are silk ribbons. The purse is a smaller version of purses made in the early 1900's.

I have been working with perforated paper and beads to create needlecases and other items based on antique pieces in my collection.
This first needlecase has a floral design and measures 3"x 3". It is worked on 14 mesh perforated paper with floss and 11/0 seed beads. The inside of the case is made from interlaced satin ribbons.

The next needlecase has a basket design. I named this one "It's Magic" because it is based on an antique trick called a magic wallet. The ribbons inside the needlecase magically flip an inserted item from under the straight ribbons to magically appear under the crossed ribbons.This needlecase measures 2 1/4"x 3 1/2". It is worked on 14 mesh perforated paper with floss and 11/0 seed beads. This piece includes cutout squares and raised stacks of perforated paper.

The third needlecase looks like a small box, but it is actually a needlecase when the lid is opened. This "Kitty" needlecase measures 2 1/2"x 3 1/4". It is worked on 14 mesh perforated paper with floss and 11/0 seed beads.This design features raised perforated paper borders.

Using Peyote stitch, I have designed two humbug needle grabbers. One is a mermaid design. The second is geometric. They are each 1 1/4" plus fringe. They are made with Delica beads. There is a magnet inside to grab the needle.

I am including photos of my miniature beaded boxes. The boxes are made just like my "Tiny Treasure Boxes", but they are made with size 15/0 seed beads. They are 3/8" wide x 1/2" high including the lid.

My micro miniature boxes measure 3/16" wide x 1/4" high including the lid. The tiniest box is 1/8" wide x 3/16" high including the lid. They are all made from vintage seed beads sizes -18/0 - 22/0. The lids all open.