Thursday, July 24, 2008


This is the finished piece showing both the front and the back. After I had the back leather glued to the front and the beaded edge about half done, I decided I needed a little more pizzazz at the bottom. I ended up adding another cone flower and really like the results. This is one of those pieces I look at and go "Wow! Did I do that?"

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Butterflies Added

I got some lovely 6mm Swarovski crystal butterflies on Monday. I added a crystal AB and a fuchsia one to the piece. You can see thread tails sticking out on the sides. The next step will be to glue a leather backing onto the piece and sew the edges together while adding beads.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Tatting and Beads Added

Well, I added the tatted curlyques to the piece and then sewed on some bead embellishments. Am waiting for a fuchsia swarovski crystal 6mm butterfly from Fire Mountain Gems to see if that would work well with the piece.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Dichroic Cabochon Pendant

In June, I took a class from Karen Miner at the PNW Lace Conference. I learned the fun of creating stunning works of jewelry using a focal point, tatting and bead embellishments. This is what I am working on next--a dichroic cabochon attached to leather. A tatted chain encompassing it with beads. I have then played with lots of options for tatting to go with this and these curlyques are what I have liked the best. Thread is Flora size 20 in black; Valdani 35 wt sewing cotton color V3 Fuchsia Love, King Tut 40 wt quilting cotton colors 924 Lime Stone and 927 De Nile and DMC 80 color #917. Seed Beads are size 15 Miyuki and size 11 Delicas.

The dichroic cabochon is from Donna Cason and is a true work of art. Her website is and her service is incredible. The cabochon I am working with is about 3/4" long and the leather piece is 1 3/4". Picture is enlarged to show the details.