Friday, November 13, 2015

There is Superstition................................


There is Superstition………………..



noun: superstition
1.    excessively credulous belief in and reverence for supernatural beings.

"he dismissed the ghost stories as mere superstition"

unfounded belief, credulity, fallacy, delusion, illusion; More
informalhumbug, hooey
"medicine was riddled with superstition"

§  a widely held but unjustified belief in supernatural causation leading to certain consequences of an action or event, or a practice based on such a belief.

plural noun: superstitions

"she touched her locket for luck, a superstition she had had since childhood"


 When Tammy Adams, owner of the Paisley Lizard advertised the Superstition Blog Hop and the participants were to design around her “ Black Cat “ Polymer Clay pieces, I thought – “ How delightful “.  You were to request drilled or Cabachon and of course, I ordered a Cab for Bead Embroidery – my element.  After completing the Morrigan for the Battle of the Beadsmith 2015 I figured this little cab would fit right in with black, hematite and gray which I had plenty of but I also decided this piece would not be a standard Bead Embroidery piece.  I elected to use ( 2 ) two of my weak points in composition which were to design an asymmetrical piece and to use fringe while incorporated the aspect of Superstition.  But heck!  Friday the 13th is a most superstitious day – but I’ve always had great luck on this day.

First, let me thank Tammy Adams for a unique Blog Hop subject and for her tireless work making the Black Cat Pendants/Cabs.  She is our hostess and I do hope you will spend time visiting each participant and their interpretation of Superstition.

Second, the composition of this piece is Bead Embroidery in an asymmetrical back round.  My left hand-right mind had issues with this type of format as it is not balanced and it took the strength of steel not to modify this piece

With the cabochon containing the Black Cat, I then began to incorporate – the spiders web – a Black Widow Spider – a Bird Skull and in the fringing – a human skull or two.  As this format is bead embroidery it was labor intensive – so I hung it on a silk cord for the reveal and am currently beading a rope to go with this pendant.   

I do look forward to visiting everyone’s blog today to see all of the wonderful designs that were composed using the Polymer Black Cat and I do hope you’ll leave a comment or two – I adore comments.  So start by visiting our Hostess Tammy Adams of Paisley Lizard and enjoy the show.

Update;  Well - I did not fully complete her - but here she is.  She still has fringing and binding left as well as her rope but I wasn't going to let the reveal down.  Please do check back this weekend to see her in all her glory.  Don't you just love those little hints of red?

The List of Participants: 

Tammy Adams (Hostess)
Renee Hong
Betony Maiden
Coral Law
Lee Koopman
Jeanette Belmont
Shai Williams
Beth McCord
Robin Lynne Showstack
Lori Blanchard
Deb Fortin
Michelle McCarthy
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Kim Dworak
Divya N
Karin Grosset Grange
Mowse Doyle
Rebecca White
Shawneen Fagnani
Catherine King ( You are here )
Brook Bock
Kari Asbury
Nan Smith
Carolyn Lawson
Linda Anderson
Ann Schroeder
Melissa Trudinger
Kathy Lindemer


Monday, October 26, 2015

Cross Post from the SCA page ...

War of Wings X is over - sadly!  This was my first large event in this area and it was a perfect event for the SCA ( Society of Creative Anachronism ) I did teach Bead Embroidery in a historical fashion.  I chose to teach historical bead embroidery on a pouch ( the one I selected could hold a cell phone ) as women in the 14th, 15th and 16th century did not carry handbags but love " Sweet Bags" and beautiful pouches.  If you have time to visit the SCA page - you'll see the , rest of the story. 

Each class member learned the perfect Bead Embroidery stitch before I let them begin on their pouch - but I am looking forward to seeing each pouch that posts from each class member.  Yes!  The pouch is closed.  I've developed a nice little process of beading on closed bags.  I have another wonderful belt pouch that I bead embroidered to develop the technique above - it is on my SCA pages for historical garbing.

I am currently finishing the design on the " Superstition Blog Hop" as our reveal is coming up on the 13th of November,  actually a very cute Halloween ( Samhain ) design. 

Working on new chainmailing projects and beading projects so I cannot wait to share.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Coronation Gift for her Majesty Adelhait Fuchs - October 10, 2015

I haven't been quiet on the Bead Embroidery front so to speak.......  the local SCA has been keeping me very busy and I just completed my Coronation gift for the new Queen of Atlantia - Adelhait Fuchs ( Ash Terrell ).  My cohort in crime, Mary Novgrod was able to find out her gown colors and I sat and composed a beautiful bead embroidery necklace with matching earrings.  I was only able to take a few quick photographs and I requested a photo of her wearing it with the gown for my portfolio.  The research paper was very specific and included.

Here are the Coronation Photographs-

Here is the Bead Embroidery Tudor style necklace that I completed for Ash Terrell.

I was blessed!  It matched perfectly and as soon as I receive the photograph of Her Majesty wearing the piece - I'll post it. 
I'll add the research to Dropbox and add the link so you can see why this type of necklace was selected to present.

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Smell of Beading in the Air and a new Blog Hop

Don't you just love it when you feel the " Beading Itch " after being withdrawn for a few weeks?  Yes!  I feel it returning.  I'm looking at colors - fabrics - beads - dimensions - just totally fabulous things. 

Now - how lovely is this?  Summery - Clean - Warm..... just awesome.  I can envision a new project for next summer.

A new " Blog Hop " called Superstition......  Yes!  My type of Halloween Blog Hop. 
Tammy Adams of the Paisley Lizard has developed Polymer Focals ( 29 of us ) and they will be the center piece of our design.  We have a very nice line up of ladies.  The spooky thing is - " There were 29 Focals and 29 Sign ups.  How delightful.
As we get closer I will post the blog list for you to visit.

And then of course - A very treasured picture.  The Central Florida Bead Society had their retreat this past weekend and Kinga Nichols was coming back to teach.  I could not go with everything going on in my life but I had good friends in attendance from our " Ladies of the Evening ".  I sent an email to Anne Hess and asked if she could get a picture of Kinga with her , Genny Smith and Susan Barrette and look what I received.

This is the greatest gift I could ever receive........ Thank you ladies.  From Left to Right :  Kinga Nichols ( Artist Extraordinaire ) - Anne Hess ( Another Artist Extraordinaire ) - Genny Smith ( the Chainmaille Goddess ) and Susan Barrett ( the lady that started it all ). 

I had a very eventful SCA Hawkwood event on Saturday so please stop on by to the SCA page in the next day and catch a look at some wonderful events.  Give me a day and it will be up for perusing.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Cross Post - for the SCA page

Just a quick catch up as the beading is still Non-Stop, the drawings and designs are still going and I am looking forward to posting a few " How to's "...... but in the meantime please take a moment and
visit Patrick Duggan's blog post on " How many beads for a Rivoli "?  The post is quite informative and does give great thought to the process.  I know out of the many times I have taught to bezel a Rivoli or a Cabachon there has always been the count factor depending on the medium used.  These actually turned out to be some of my best classes.  Why you say?  Because of the creativity of each artist on how they bezzeled a piece or completed a piece.  I'll have to gather up the photographs of each creative beauty after the class was done. 

Patricks Blog Site :

You can also read his " How it came together - on his Battle of the Beadsmith 2015.

Now on to a current completion.  I have always wanted a handmade Needle Book.  It must be an obsession of bead artists to collect an unknown count of beading needles - sewing needles - Beaded Art Doll needles - just every type of needle imaginable.  So I designed the following needle book using my persona in the SCA where I will be teaching Bead Embroidery in October.  I was actually quite happy with the book and I finally got to use the Singer that I just acquired. 

As most of my garb is Celtic " Scottish " in the Amber and green colors, I think it came out very well.  Finally got to use those pinking shears too!   I see visions of Beaded Garb in my future.

I have missed the " Blog Hop " competitions and I've just signed up for two new Blog Hops - Superstition and the Macabre Dance ".  Yes - it is that time of the year soon.  I'll post more as the particulars come to light. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Battle of the Beadsmith - Round 2 - Group C

Ahhh!   The results are posted and I would say that Battle 10 and 11 were very close.  Alas, I am out but not really.  This has been the greatest experience I could ever have asked for. 

Group C
1 Giuseppe Buraschi-Italy
2-Janice Cuozzo-USA
3 Sabrina Milardi-Italy
4-Serena Di Mercione-Italy 
5- Loli Garcia Tirado-Spain 
6-Edit Peng-Hungary 
7- Clara Lai- Hong Kong
8- Aleksandra Multan-Poland 
9- Carin Riese-Sweden
10-Elena Konstantinova-Russia (Decided By Public vote)
11-Anna Lindell-Sweden (Decided By Public Vote)
12-Neeltje Meerman-Netherlands
13-Marsha Wiest Hines-USA 
14- Lia Kurz-Israel
15-Pauline Kuzemchik-USA
16- Nadya Gerber-Germany

        BOTB15  Group C Rnd 2 Battle #10  - Elena Konstantinova vs Catherine King

1 Photography is a key factor to a good design. 
2. I have not really marketed myself.  It is time to sit and determine where I wish to advertise myself in this industry. 
Additionally, I will ask a few individuals that I admire and ask for a critique and of course - I will share. 
All I know is that I am still a winner.  With all of the wonderful friends that entered the battle- I lasted one round longer and this was my first entry.  I am already ready for the next Battle. 

Phew!  I am looking forward to see who wins this Battle.  What an incredible group of entries.  This one will be hard pressed for the winner.


Now on to Jill Wiseman's Daydreamer Rope -

It is a wonderfully presented pattern and she just posted a U-Tube video to help you along.  I elected Purple's and gold ( which is out of my norm for sure )

Lovely piece and I enjoyed the rhythmic stitching. 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Battle of the Beadsmith - Group C - Round 2

It's official - Round Two has been posted with a new request for a photograph.  I sent mine on Tuesday so all should be well.

Group C


1-Maryanne Villalba-Australia vs  Giuseppe Buraschi-Italy
2-Albena Petkova-Bulgaria vs Janice Cuozzo-USA
3-Katalin Appadoo-Ireland vs Sabrina Milardi-Italy
4-Serena Di Mercione-Italy vs Mariaconcetta Gaetani-Italy
5- Loli Garcia Tirado-Spain vs Jacquie Champion-Canada
6-Edit Peng-Hungary vs Svetlana Ivanova-Russia
7- Rosangela Manca-Italy vs Clara Lai- Hong Kong
8- Aleksandra Multan-Poland vs Rasa Vilcinskaite-Lithuania
9- maria ivanova-Italy vs  Carin Riese-Sweden
10-Elena Konstantinova-Russia vs Catherine King-USA       ( Me )
11-Anna Lindell-Sweden vs  Ksenia Krutikova-Russia
12-Neeltje Meerman-Netherlands vs Jelena Saveljeva-Italy
13-Marsha Wiest Hines-USA vs Irina Kashirina-Russia
14-Elena Holovchenko-Ukraine  vs Lia Kurz-Israel
15-Agnieszka Buczkowska-UK vs Pauline Kuzemchik-USA
16-Barbara Conrad-USA vs Nadya Gerber-Germany

Group D
1-Kris Empting Obenland-Germany vs Milena Stoilova-Canada
2- Neva Brown-Australia vs Annalisa Esposito-Italy
3-Zsuzsanna Lazar (Kali Gopika) -Hungary vs Wendy Hatton-Australia
4-Natalja Meksriuniene-Lithuania vs Gaburine Kelemen Beata-Hungary
5-Bonita Hendriks-Netherlands vs Arianna Raffa-Italy
6-Cora Sparidaans-Netherlands vs Meg Thompson-Australia
7- Anastasiya Ivantsova (Kylakova) -Russia vs Zuzana Hampelova Valesova-Czech Republic
8-Camelia Oszlanszky-Romania vs Charina Qvarfordt-Sweden
9-Mihaela Oproiu-Romania vs Swietlana Karimowa-Poland 
10-Galina Nedelcheva-Spain vs Tammy Norton-USA
11-Sheryl Stephens-USA vs Irina Slobodyanik-Ukraine
12- Dianne Dizzy Di Craknell-UK vs Jolanda Violante-Italy
13-Nicole Stanley-UK vs  Ann Braginsky-Israel
14-Apollinariya Koprivnik-Slovenia vs Naan Pocen-USA
15-Shirley McManus-USA vs Albina Lapina-Russia
16- Lynn Parpard-USA vs  Nikki Messal-USA
Tough Battle Groups now....................................  I did visit Elena Konstantinova's pictures from the Battle C photographs and she has a lovely piece entered.  Calming colors - beautifully done.
In the meantime I decided to do like everyone else and make a Jill Wiseman " Daydreamer Rope " and downloaded the free pattern from her website.
It is a wonderfully presented pattern and she just posted a U-Tube video to help you along.  I elected Purple's and gold ( which is out of my norm for sure ) and it is turning out lovely.  I'll finish it up this weekend and post photographs.  I needed a break from embroidery and this project did the trick.  Enjoy! 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Round Two for Group C

Yes..... I am in shock!  I really did not expect this.  Here is Group C and the winners which will move up to Round 2:

Round 1 Results

Congratulations to all the winners. 
Please send in an additional photo to be added to round 2's battle album as soon as possible
Group C
1-Maryanne Villalba-Australia (decided by the public vote)
2-Albena Petkova-Bulgaria 
3-Jacquie Champion-Canada 
4-Clara Lai- Hong Kong 
5-Mariaconcetta Gaetani-Italy
6-Janice Cuozzo-USA
7-Katalin Appadoo-Ireland 
8-Lia Kurz-Israel
9- Giuseppe Buraschi-Italy
10-Serena Di Mercione-Italy
11-Jelena Saveljeva-Italy 
12- Loli Garcia Tirado-Spain
13-Rasa Vilcinskaite-Lithuania
14 Edit Peng-Hungary
15- Rosangela Manca-Italy (decided by the public vote)
16-Aleksandra Multan-Poland
17- maria ivanova-Italy
18- Sabrina Milardi-Italy
19-Ksenia Krutikova-Russia 
20-Elena Konstantinova-Russia 
21-Svetlana Ivanova-Russia
22-Anna Lindell-Sweden 
23- Neeltje Meerman-Netherlands
24- Marsha Wiest Hines-USA
25-Elena Holovchenko-Ukraine 
26-Nadya Gerber-Germany
27-Agnieszka Buczkowska-UK (decided by the public vote)
28-Irina Kashirina-Russia
29- Catherine King-USA   ( Little ole me )
30-Barbara Conrad-USA
31- Carin Riese-Sweden
32-Pauline Kuzemchik-USA 

I was very surprised that Kassie Shaw was eliminated with " Cocquille ".  But with her new book coming out and a new pattern to develop I hope she is OK. 

Well - as long as they don't pair me with Marsha Wiest Hines....... Deep breathe and on to Round Two.