Hi everyone! I am back from my trip to Oklahoma and ready to blog again. Thank you all for your patience while I took some time off.
I have been working on my split loom necklace as I showed on my last post. I wanted to adhere it to some super soft black goatskin leather and I am in midstream of doing that.
I wanted to try something different and see how well it would work out. So far I am liking the results and I am finding benefits to this as well. By doing brick stitch on the edges through both layers of leather, I am capturing the side thread and it is nearly disappearing as I do that. I have also decided to do some surface work to this. Not sure exactly what yet, but I will have plenty of time to think about it as I go…this edging is going to take me a couple more days. The clasp I have pretty much decided on, but have several options to also think about. I am hoping to order the beads for my next project real soon. Can’t wait to get going on that 😀 I shall update you again in a few days.
After several redesigns from my last post, the remake I came up with, I was finally happy with. Thursday morning of this past week, I found a moment to warp the loom. I was very precise and accurate this time, as I didn’t have time constraints. I decided to do this split loom in round Miyuki beads, instead of Delica beads. I have done 2 split loom pieces before and one was Czech seed beads and the next one was Delicas, so I thought I would try Miyuki rounds this time, and quite glad I did! The loomed bead ‘fabric’ feels absolutely luscious in my hand. It is super soft and beautifully supple.
This is a work in progress photo from a few days ago.
Initially, I wanted this to be a full around the neck wrap (no closure, just put over your head), mounted on lambskin. Since I have finished the work and an hour or so ago took it off the loom, I have decided I would put a closure on it, still mount it on leather, except I found amazingly gorgeous and even more supple goatskin in my leather stash. So goatskin will back this piece and it won’t be as ‘stiff’ as lambskin would have been. The lambskin I have is soft and supple, but not as much as the goatskin. By putting a backing on this, this will also allow fringe, if I should chose to, and I think this will also make it more sturdy for longer durability, less fragility to the owner.
I have woven in a bulk of the threads. The threads I have left to weave in are going to be stitched directly through the leather and tied off on the back side. When all of that is done, I will add a second leather back and put them together as I would a bead embroidery. I bought 2 gorgeous buttons for the closure today. Not sure if I will use one or both yet. Below is what it looks like right now.
It is a nice length. I didn’t use pure white, the white is a gold-lined white opal in color with opaque black as the contrast. I am going to try to finish it this week, but for now I have to put it down for a few days.
While waiting to get some beads for my mega project, I haven’t been able to quite decide what I have wanted to do for quick items. Today I thought I would discuss the designing of a piece on a bead program. I found a design I had worked up and come to find out, it was 4 years ago, probably right at the end of my last ‘Social Market for a Mirrix’ in 2010. I opened it in the program I had used then and was looking at it thinking it was pretty cool, but needed more. As I was working on a slight redesign, I realized one of the rows had 4 and not 3 like all the rest. That is going to be some work to repair as I will have to erase all the work above to make it right. This is the original concept:
I used Bead Tool 4 to make this design. My alterations look like this as it stands right now:
I like this version much better. It is more airy and has more design going on. I think I am going to change the shape on the bottom, but not sure quite how yet, and I may decide to keep it that way. Also at the bottom it shows the fringe I plan to put, the feathers. That is a benefit of doing loom patterns, you can lay the fringe out underneath. This is just a 2 color piece. Black is the definitive color and not sure on the other one, I don’t want white white.
I just got a copy of Bead Creator and haven’t had time to play around in it yet. I am anxious to see some results from that design program!
In designing, you have to know what you are doing before you start, then pick out the dimensions for the project. Both programs have a Palette creator which you can put what you have on hand into a custom palette. That would probably be a Delica collection. I have yet to that, I don’t have tons of Delicas, but enough so I put this off 🙂
Because of the narrowness of this design, I will probably have to make it longer so the center gap isn’t spreading unattractively too far apart when worn. I think of a lady whose blouse it too tight and the buttons are straining with gaps between button holes. We don’t want that.
Ultimately, designing for loomed beadwork is not difficult. You don’t even need a program, colored pencils and graph paper work great and I have certainly done that. You will probably just have to do some simple math to figure out width and dimension on graph paper, and you can get graph paper in smaller boxes or larger ones.
Tomorrow I plan on warping the loom for this project. I have also determined, that because I am unsure of how I am going to do my center piece, I will start at strap level until I decide. I shall have some project pics mid-week.
I finally finished my first loomwork project for Social market for a Mirrix. Yay! The finishing process was a lot of work, but I am quite pleased with the results.
This is also my first video. It took me all day and at the end there are a few glitches I missed, but old movies weren’t perfect anyway…right? LOL 🙂
With that I bid adieu until next week sometime. Hope you enjoy the video!
Being the super indecisive person that I am, and I blame my Zodiac sign of Libra for that, I need help and I am reaching out to all of you 🙂
I can’t give you all the details, but I have a (what I believe to be) fantastic project for this awesome Mirrix Experience. It is going to be a bit of a large project, but when you see what I am doing, you will totally understand. I am SO excited to get this started I can’t even tell you! I may not get to it until June. I have a lot of other things on my plate and will be doing smaller Mirrix projects in the meantime. So, until I can order all the beads I am going to need for this, you have time to vote (2-4 weeks).
Below are three options I have laid out. Please vote for your favorite one. Do not take into consideration that I will have to purchase more colors for one or the other, I don’t care about that. You can click on the images to enlarge them for a better looksie. Please vote by leaving a comment on this blog entry.
I decided to start my Mirrix work with a ‘pendant’ design. As I have been working it up, it has turned into an amulet in my mind. I wanted to do something different and have no idea how I came up with ‘Ex Libris’ as a potential design. I grew up surrounded by books and remember these gorgeous book plates in so many books. Their designs are very intricate. Wikipedia‘s definition of ‘Ex Libris’:
Ex Libris is a Latin phrase, meaning literally, “from the books”. It is often used to indicate ownership of a book, as in “from the books of…” or from the library of…
Ex Libris may also refer to: A bookplate, which is also sometimes known as an ex libris
Bookplates typically bear a name, motto, device, coat-of-arms, crest, badge, or any motif that relates to the owner of the book, or is requested by him from the artist or designer. The name of the owner usually follows an inscription such as “from the books of…” or “from the library of…”, or in Latin, ex libris…. Bookplates are important evidence for the provenance of books.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to fit something super intricate on a 3″ x 4″ grid. So after thinking hard, I came up with an idea. I only have 20 rows of 58 done right now. I did a basic checkerboard edge and it has a crow/raven on it, my Native Zodiac Totem. You can see the graph partially behind what work I have done so far. Yes, I took the word chart backwards, so it is getting worked up backwards 🙂 I did it in soft colors to keep some authenticity. If I have enough room underneath this piece on the loom, I am going to do up a second piece. I hate to waste too much thread. then I will take them both off at the same time. See you soon with more work and more photos!
Hi Everyone! I am Christina Neit (aka Good Quill Hunting and sometimes fondly referred to as ‘Quilly’) and a previous ‘Social Market for a Mirrix’ winner, 2010 and one of this year’s Designers of the Year for Beadwork magazine. I am so happy to have been selected to do this again! I had such a great time learning the ‘Big Sister’ loom last time. This time I opted for “Little Guy’ and it is just as incredible, only slightly smaller.
I have some new ideas I would like to try out this time around. I may make another piece over that I made last time and really loved (and sold right after I made it) and I have a piece (split loom necklace) I started many years ago on an old loom I had before the Mirrix loom. In moving from Maine to Colorado almost 4 years ago, the bottom threads on the loom were cut, so as a result, I have to start it completely over, which is fine because now I can put it on the Mirrix, I even have all the beads and the pattern has not been lost 🙂 So those are some starting points until I get in my grove again.
I have some old videos from last time on YouTube and that is where you will find all the new ones I am going to be doing. Hopefully much better than the last ones I did! LOL I am also considering doing a Google Hangout or a Hangout ‘On Air’, we shall see and I will most certainly let you know in advance.
I hope I am able to inspire you and bring you new ideas. Cheers to Claudia and Elena for having the most awesome loom there is!