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Monday, March 10, 2014

Beginnings

Back when I first became interested in beads, it was due to the many hours I spent as a child at museums in New York.  Whenever I was told we were going to the Museum, I would cross my fingers that it would be the Museum of the American Indian.  Sometimes it was, but not often enough.  When we went there, I would lose myself in the beadwork.  Simple colors, elaborate designs.  Simple colors, simple designs.  It didn't matter.  It was beads and it was all good.  These pieces were made last week and brought me back to where it all began for me.

I am starting a gallery tab with further information on each piece. It is time to expand the blog just a bit :-)








Brick and Ladder Stitch,
Old button from my Gram's stash,
Black Suede, jump rings (red beads from Liz at Bead Contagion)

























Square Stitch, Stringing, button from Gram's stash, button hole idea from the Sunshine girl, red beads from Liz.


















Flat Spiral,  red crystals from Liz, button from a button store (that I had no need to be in but bought a lot anyway!) in NYC with Cynthia of Antiquity Travelers .















Little Quilt Squares.
Peyote/netting stitch.
Jump rings, lobster claw clasp.

If you saw this on Facebook, it inspired a few more bracelets!  One I will show you now and the others will be here in a couple days.

I LOVE THESE!!!









Same description as the one above with black as the base color.















Thanks for stopping by :-)  Hope you have a great week and GOOD WEATHER.













10 comments:

ACBeads said...

Christine, everything is so beautiful. I love the last two bracelets too.

windrock studio said...

Oh, my gosh ... where to start! Each one is just so lovely and well made, the color combos are fantastic but the couple with the buttons from your Gram's stash, because of that, are my absolute favorites. Great work!

AntiquityTravelers said...

oh my where to begin?! That first necklace is stunning, gorgeous and perfectly you! I love the colors, and the design - you absolutely nailed that native look! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

I love where you've gone with this set of bead weaving. It feels folksy, and simple, and comfortable and lovely all in one. I would wear these all - everyday!

And love that you've kept pulling in from your 'Gram Stash' ... she'd love it I bet :)

AntiquityTravelers said...

I came back one more time to see that lovely necklace ... you really were channeling that native breastplate!

Maryanne said...

I love all these pieces, Christine! The necklace is fantastic. It looks very folk art but very contemporary to me. And the bracelets are so cool. The quilt squares are such a great bracelet. It looks so wearable! Oh, and the button closures...wow...I love button closures!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Everything is gorgeous! I love, love love the necklace! Great contrast with the beading and hardware. I love the square links you created for the bracelet. Fantastic!

KJ said...

Lovely Christine.

I have been collecting bead books for years and have quite a collection of Native American beadwork (& other crafts) books.

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Christine,
I know just how you felt looking at all the beadwork in the museums. I would and still do get lost in the beautiful beadwork displayed in museums.
It is always good to get back to the basics. I love all your simple designs, but I have to say my favorite is the little quilt squares bracelets.
Therese

Liz E said...

Hey your gallery tab is looking good. What a wonderful idea.

The necklace has such a nice, NICE feel to it, it radiates subtle power. Great stuff!

Becky Pancake said...

Christine your little quilt squares are wonderful. My favorite though is the flat spiral bracelet.