Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Bead Embroidered Cuff

After taking a bead embroidery class with Hannah Rosner and Sherry Serafini this spring I think I found a new/another passion. I had a blast in that class. I've wanted to make another project for some time now. So I finally got around to tackling another cuff this week. I had purchased some shibori ribbon while at the show and used some sheer fancy ribbon that I have had for awhile and combined them. I also purchased the cabochon that is in the center of the cuff at the show. I wish I could remember the name of the booth because they had so many beautiful cabochons. Expensive but beautiful. Here are a few photos on how this cuff progressed. 

I had a lot of fun with this one as I finished the top of it in like 2 days.

The rest of it is going to have to wait until I can find the right color of ultra suede to finish it off. I don't have a good source for ultra suede. So if anyone has a good source where I can locate many different colors of ultra suede please let me know in the comment section.

I have also signed up for the CQJP 2015(crazy quilt journal project) and BJP 2015 (bead journal project) this year. I did both of these a few years back and had a blast so I'm going to do it again this year. So all that should keep me busy for the year. So I'm sure I will be posting a little more this year.

I am also trying to get my Etsy shop and Ebay up and running. So far my Etsy shop is doing very well. I am offering many Czech buttons at very reasonable prices, some finished jewelry and a few miscellaneous items. Please feel free to come on over for a visit.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuesBeadedNeedle/     Everyone have a wonderful week.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

B&B Show Buttons 2014

One of the exhibits that I enjoy at the Bead and Button show in Milwaukee is the National Button Society's exhibit. It's delightful to see all the old buttons. Here are a few pictures of the buttons they had at this years show. And again, pardon the reflection of the glass in the photos. The buttons are inside glass display cases. The first one is a collection of buttons that contain sapphires in them:

Next we might as well go to the emeralds:

They also had some made with amethyst:

Next we have some buttons that contain gold:

Let's not forget the diamond buttons:

Other buttons were made with mother of pearl (or Nacre) These are some of my personal favorite type of buttons:

Some buttons also were made with leather components:

Also pottery/ceramic:

And some steel:

And finally a few novelty button in the shapes of books.

I have recently moved to Florida as some of you know. I relocated to Melbourne/Palm Bay area. So far I love it. But what's not to love. Eighty degree temps and sunshine while the rest of the country is getting slammed with winter. At the time that I'm posting this poor Buffalo, NY had just received 70" of snow. I can't even image.

 Well anyways, one night I was wondering if FL had a button society of its own so I Goolged it. And behold I found several groups. The closest one was located in Deland which is about an hour and a half drive from me. So I decided to jump in the car and go. I had a wonderful time meeting fellow button fanatics. Such a truly friendly group of people. I am going to fit right in with these folks. I also found out that there is a state wide button show in January in Daytona. Think I'm going to have to go to that as well. I will try to post more info about that show when I find out more about it.

I have also recently open an Etsy shop where I plan to sell crazy quilt/fiber art supplies. and some finished pieces of jewelry. At the moment I mostly have some beautiful Czech buttons. I plan to offer some beautiful fibers, laces, and crazy quilt packages. Please feel free to visit.

Everyone have a great week!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bead and Button Show 2014

This past year I traveled to the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee for a second time.  As before, I had a most wonderful time. I live in a rather small town so it is always nice to travel outside of that realm and get out and see a little culture. One of my favorite parts of the show (besides the shopping)is seeing some of the jewelry pieces from the different contests/challenges that are held through out the year. Here are some of the pictures I took while I was at the show of those pieces. Please excuse the quality of the pictures. I went early in the morning to take the photos and the sun was shining brightly in the lobby and reflecting off the glass on the cases.

First is Best in Show by Sarah Thompson titled: Thistle.
Next was one of my personal favorites by Heidi Kummli titled: The Shamanic Path. 
Next is Sherry Serifini titled: Rhinestone Cowboy
 And one with Sherry and Wayne Robbins.
Next we have 2 by Sue Horine. Unhinged and El Lobo.

Another piece by Betty Stephan titled Warrior Princess

Here's a piece by Diane Hyde

Emi Yamada with Suzaku and Justina Coffey with My Big Fat Pink Jellyfish

Next we have Yukikoya Mamota with Chinese Phoenix and Zhanna Vasilyeya with Lobster.

Next we have June Huber's Kirigami Star followed by Pam Horbit's Astrometry Ball.

Next we have some very colorful Three Amigos by Svetlana Chebotayeva and Andrea Grzabka's White Raven.

Next we have Guzel Bakeeva with the Shards of a Black Star and Megumi Saso with Milky Way.

Next we have Eliana Maniero with LaGrande Bellezza Necklace and Tina Hauer with Arizona Cabochons and a close up.

Finally we have Kathy King with Eighth Order and Janice Cuozzo with Hawaiian Surf.

I have a few more photos of finished pieces that I will try to post when I get some more time. They also had a beautiful display of buttons again this year. So stay tuned for those.

I highly recommend that if you get a chance try and make the trip to Milwaukee. So much talent under one roof. Plus shopping for three days.

Plus they offer many classes at the show. I took a class with Sherry Serafini and Hannah Rosner. I had wanted to tackle learning some bead embroidery for some time and this class was the perfect opportunity to do so. This is the finished cuff I made from the techniques learned in that class. It turned out just lovely.

Another one of the highlights of my trip was the opportunity to meet up with Pat Winter. It was so very nice to meet one of my internet friends in person. Wish I could actually meet all of you in person.

I am going to be away for a while because I am going to be relocating. I am moving to Florida from Northern Wisconsin. I have been hard at work packing. I really hate moving. I have done it way too many times in my life. But I want to take my business to a more populated area and I didn't want to deal with winter anymore. So Florida here I come. I leave in 2 days. See you when I get there.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Well I've been a way for awhile working hard getting ready for my flea market business this summer. I have been busy buying, pricing, sorting, and making items for sale for the up coming summer. My business is a combination of supplies that one would use for fiber arts/crazy quilting and finished jewelry. For the crazy quilter/fiber artist I will have many wonderful laces, beads, buttons, silk ribbons, and fabrics. For finished jewelry I have earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Here are a few photos of some of the earring and necklaces.

I have also made some altered art items. One is a shabby chic shadow box.



And other items are altered spoons and forks. I made a few of these last year and almost sold out of them. So I decided to make a few more.
Here are a few close ups

I will attending this years Bead and Button show in Milwaukee, WI again. Last year I just went to shop. I had a great time. Three days of shopping for beads. I was in heaven. This year I will be shopping again but I have also sign up for a class. I will be taking a class with Sherry Serafini and Hannah Rosner. Here is a picture of what we will be learning:
I can hardly wait. Shibori seems to be the latest craze and I am looking forward to learning how to use it. If anyone else is going to the show maybe email me and we could get a soda or something.  Well back to work. I have been researching about possibly doing some sales on Ebay.  We will see. It's a lot to learn. Any whooo..... have a great day.