Wednesday, November 13, 2013

{Rolling Blog Hop Challenge} Liz of Bead Contagion

A short while back, I asked some creative and inspiring women if they would like to participate in a loose kind of blog hop.  Instead of everyone posting on the same day, we will post as we get our projects done, with an end of November deadline.  I send them each a package containing vintage wooden spools like you see on the upper left of the blog (badge compliments of Hope's wonderful photography and Janet's tweaking...thanks ladies~it looks great!).  I found them while antiquing in NJ.

Today, we have the pleasure of seeing what Liz of Bead Contagion did with her spools.  So, without further ado, here are her creations.  Please click on her highlighted name to see more photos.

                                               (photos from Bead Contagion Blog)

Holy guacamole!  She Put a Cab in There!  She Made a Toilet Paper Roll!  The one is hysterical and they are both awesome!  Love that macrame chain too, and the colors of the triangle beads.  What completely unique, fun, funky pieces!  When you click on her link, you will also learn about the history of toilet paper. A short, fascinating read not to be missed :-)

Liz caught my attention for the first time during Bobbie's Hats Off Challenge.  The very moment I saw her piece for that Hop, I was hooked and have followed her ever since.  Her bead embroidery is so unique and beautiful, edgy and mysterious.  It really does  make the viewer's jaw hit the floor.  The tease about these blogs we all have is that we cannot reach out and touch each other's items.  Liz's work begs to be must be quite soothing to fondle.  The pieces have great character and texture.
Liz did a whole blog post on getting, cleaning and making art with porcupine quills!  Seriously, she did!!!  This alone points toward an adventurous spirit.
And then there is her humor.  She does these little what-do-you-call-ems (seriously...what do you call them?) with HOT famous men on them, seducing us with their bead talk.  Hers are inspired by the "Hey Girl" ones over at  When you cruise her blog, Johnny, Clint, Sean, George, Patrick and the rest of the boys will fill you with flirtatious laughter ;-)

Here are just a few of the good things you will find over at Bead Contagion:

The embroidery that made me throw my hat off and yell YES I AM A FOLLOWER! 

This was one of a few pieces Liz made for the Hats Off Challenge.  The colors are lovely and the spin just pulls me right in.

(photo from Bead Contagion Blog)


Please, you must go read this post.  Liz harvested these quills for the projects she made for a History Hop.  She describes the process, has some up close photos of this brilliant piece, and  also has photos of a beautiful quill necklace.  Please go.  Now.  But don't forget to come back eventually.

(photo from Bead Contagion Blog)

Pent Up Energy

Liz said her inspiration for this was a tornado but once it was done it looked like a fire dancer.  It may matter to her, the artist.  But I am not sure if it matters to us, the audience.  I see motion, chaos, the bright colors of heat in the midst of uncertainty.  But it is all so beautiful and edgy.  There is rope running through the tornado, so it gives dimension to the embroidery.  Gorgeous.

(photo from Bead Contagion Blog)

Rocks in a Stream

Liz made this for Sally's Cabochon Hop.  It absolutely looks like what she wanted it to look in a stream.  Hopping from rock to rock while cool mountain water is running under foot.  The colors and the flow here are as soothing as those rippling waters.

(photo from Bead Contagion Blog)

Interstellar Traveler
is what Liz calls this piece.  How cool is this?!  The black/red/silver palette creates a strong image.  A ladybug is sitting on a tektite.  Click to find out about that rock and see a great closeup of the little traveler.

(photo from Bead Contagion Blog)

Thank you Liz~for generously sharing your loot with me, for your e-mails, your time, your humor, your talent.  And for being a part of this Hop.  I couldn't wait to see what funky cool thing you would do with the spools.  You didn't disappoint.  I don't think you ever will.
And...thanks for Sexy Albert.  I think he would eventually use those spools as hair rollers.


AntiquityTravelers said...

I hardly know where to begin?! I think first off, I HAD to read about using quills. That was seriously the best post ever! And then the Hats off piece ... I remember that one! Liz has such an amazing flare for story telling with her beads. How about that roll of toilet paper - OMG that is awesome.

Christine I know I've already told you this, but this hop rocks! I think we're all having so much fun with it!

Honey from the Bee said...

I agree with Cynthia - I get so excited when I see one of your announcements. I love that you not only do her reveal, but also show us what inspired you to select her and follow her to begin with.

Love her bead tapestries!

Becky Pancake said...

Christine This was a great post. I wish I had known about this hop it looks like so much fun. I may have to try it myself with some of my husband's Grandmothers spools. I am going to put you on my wall paper and I will be back. Thanx for a great hop.

Liz said...

Ah Christine, you wonderful woman. If even one of my pieces speaks to someone I feel I've been a success. Thank you for your enthusiasm and encouragement. I wish I could take you out to dinner! Maybe someday :-) I feel honored that you are my friend.

LisaS said...

Wow very fun and interesting work here!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Wow! Liz's work is amazing! How innovative adding a cab to the spool. The toilet paper roll is hysterical! The use of quills in that 1 piece is so great. Super creative!

Therese's Treasures said...

Wow Liz's work is incredible as well as creative. I admire that kind of mind. Liz is someone that I have not had much contact with except through blog hops, but I always love seeing what she creates.

CraftyHope said...

She really did an awesome job thinking outside the box with both of her designs. I think your challenge has brought out so many awesome ideas!