Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Time Capsule: September 2008

Breakfast Set by David K. Chatt
Breakfast Set
by David K. Chatt

Three years ago this month, Inspirational Beading was actually a really boring place. I wasn’t bored, because I was working away at what I thought was going to be a really fantastic project. I was making a right angle weave cover for a little makeup bag, and I thought it was so clever when I came up with the idea.

After hours and days of stitching, I started to rethink my idea. And now, three years later, I have a confession to make. I never finished the project. I did enough that I could get a - really terrible! - picture to share, and then moved on to something that was a little less time consuming. I still have the half finished beadwork in my bead cupboard, waiting to be frogged or repurposed. I’m actually thinking it might make an appearance in the next Ugly Necklace Contest.

That RAW purse post was the only one for the entire month, and as awful as it seems now, looking back, it did have one worthy attribute - David K. Chatt. One of the very select group of world famous beaders, it was exciting to use a stitch that he created, with inspiration from one of his unique works of beaded art.

Taking a cue from that long ago beading and blogging mishap, I thought it would be fun to take a quick look at some of the other outstanding beaders and the techniques we know them best for. Their amazing designs prove that you can achieve anything if you care enough to put in the practice.

Beaded Handbag by Sherry Serafini

Sherri Serafini : Bead Embroidery

Sterling Lotus Necklace by Valerie Hector

Valerie Hector : 3D Beadwork

Sculptural Beadwork by Laura McCabe

Laura McCabe : Rivoli Beadwork

Shape Shifter Necklace by Heidi Kummli

Heidi Kummli : Bead Embroidery

Gingko Leaf Necklace by Diane Fitzgerald

Diane Fitzgerald : Beaded Flowers

Iris Necklace by Margie Deeb

Margie Deeb : Graphic Loomwork

Do you have a favorite bead artist? How does their work inspire you?

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  1. I admire lots of beaders, but my favorite is still Kerrie Slade. And her beautiful beaded flowers. Have you seen the Hibiscus pattern she published in one of Bead & Button issues? It's a really amazing work, and even through I had the pattern right in front of my face, I still didn't manage to make my hibiscus as perfect as hers are. :)

  2. Great post Mortira! Right now I am very impressed with the work of Heather Collins. I love her style of beading, plush she is super nice!

  3. I'd have to agree with Mandy, loving Heather Collins work. David Chatt was also my first inspiration to take up right angle weave, and the purse by Sherry, amazing!


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