Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Wide Leg Ruffled Pants in Burgundy Wine Kimono Silk

I have been sewing pants lately.  I made this pair of comfy wide leg pants from 100% pure kimono silk.
silk ruffle pants
The fabric is amazing. I bought it on Ebay several years ago with the idea of making pants, but since it's kimono fabric, the bolt was only 14 inches wide.  So, I had to create a pattern that would work with such a narrow bolt of fabric.
It's a deep burgundy wine color, vintage kimono silk, a nice medium-heavy weight with a wave design woven right onto the weave, and then subtle hand painting to bring out the design. I used every last bit making these pants, and because it's vintage fabric, this pair of pants are truly one of a kind.
Details include ruffles along the hem, adjustable ruching at the on the sides with gathering strings, and two front pockets with gathering strings. The top has a double channel waistband, one with elastic, and a second with elastic and a draw string for a perfect adjustable fit. I stitched everything with both a serger and a regular sewing machine to make this pair of pants last until the fabric wears out, which should be a good long while because it's REALLY nice fabric. Seriously, I'm a silk snob, and this fabric is unusually high quality.
The waistline is somewhere between regular and low. These are very well made and as comfortable as pants can be. If you think you might want these pants, I assure you that your really do. They are amazing. Once you put them on, you won't want to take them off. These pants are for sale in my Etsy shop.  Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mini Ionic Polyhedra

This round beaded bead is a Mini Ionic Rhombic Triacontahedron.  It has the symmetry of a dodecahedron with 12 blue 5-stars and 20 purple 3-stars.
Bucky Ball Beaded Bead
It measures 29mm (1 and 1/8 inch) in diameter, suitable to be worn as a pendant. There are a couple of different ways to string this, and the 30 largest holes are big, 3-4 mm wide, wide enough to accommodate a cord or chain.
Buckyball Beaded Bead
This ornate cluster is composed of over 700 beads, each one precisely woven into place. This beaded bead is very round and hollow and stiff. It's wonderfully detailed for its size. The shape is like a Buckyball virus.

This round beaded bead is a Mini Ionic Dodecahedron. This piece contains over 350 beads.
Beaded Dodecahedron
It measures 24mm (1 inch) across, suitable to be worn as a pendant. There are a couple of different ways to string this, and the 12 largest holes are big, 4-5 mm wide, wide enough to accommodate a thick cord or chain.

Here you can see a few different Mini Ionic Polyhedra together, including the two above.  If you would like to learn to make your own Ionic Polyhedra, I don't have a tutorial for these exact beaded bead variations, but I explain the technique in the pattern for Ionic Polyhedra, available here: http://www.beadinfinitum.com/Kits/Ionic_Polyhedra.html
Beaded Beads
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Highly Unlikely Dodecahedron in Bugle Beads and Crystal

I received a commission to make a highly unlikely dodecahedron, and after what seemed like a billion stitches, here it is.
A quick off-the-cuff estimate suggest that this piece contains around 3000 beads.  It's roughly the size of a baseball. Ten different colors of beads show the ten paths that twist and wrap around the surface.  Each path encircles one of the ten axes of 3-fold rotation symmetry of the dodecahedron. (Those axes go through opposite vertices of the dodecahedron so that the paths are like belts that twist around the equators of those axes.)
If you want to learn more about how I discovered this shape, check out my blog post on Highly Unlikely Triangles and Other Impossible Figures in Bead Weaving.  There, you can find a link to download the paper I presented at the Bridges Conference in 2015.
I don't have a tutorial for the dodecahedron, but I do have a tutorial for a related and simpler design, the Highly Unlikely Triangle, shown below with bugle beads, but you can also use just seed beads. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

I can't stop beading Ginkgo Leaf Earrings

Fifteen pairs of Ginkgo Leaves later, and I'm still making them.  They are such a fun way to play with colors!
Ginkgo Leaf Beaded Earrings
I made this pair on the airplane, one earring going out, and one coming home. 
You can find this pair here in my Etsy shop.  I also have a tutorial for the Ginkgo Leaf Earrings for sale if you would like to learn to make your own.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Upcycled Sweater No. 12 Brown Purple Hoodie Cardigan with Zipper

Here's my newest hoodie cardigan, made from wool and cashmere. That ribbed blue fabric at the cuffs, pockets and framing the hood is delectable soft and thick cashmere. I like using the best cashmere at the points where the sweater touches the skin.

I kept this sweater for myself because it fits like a glove and I wear these colors a lot. Since I'm trying to make a living off of my art, I try to sell almost everything I make, but sometimes I give in and keep something because I know I'll wear it to pieces.  This is one of those somethings.
 Thanks for looking.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Pixel Painting V Made with Cellular Automata - Purple Lantern

This is an ORIGINAL acrylic painting from my series "Pixel Paintings." In this series, I explore the designs created with cellular automata. This painting is the fifth large piece in the series.
Cellular Automata Art Painting
Two other paintings from this series were selected for the 2016 Mathematical Art Exhibit of the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, Washington. http://gallery.bridgesmathart.org/exhibitions/2016-joint-mathematics-meetings/gwenbeads

In this series, I am trying to achieve a sense of rhythm, repetition, order and chaos. I am trying to create a balance between organic and geometric.

Each pixel has many layers of paint, making the colors rich and complex. The colors are mostly pink, purple, gray blue and black, but there are lots of other colors in there for depth and contrast. I used some metallic pigments in the darkest and lightest pixels, which give it a subtle glow, and the colors shift slightly as you walk past it. It's more luminous in real life than I was able to capture in these photos.
Cellular Automata Art Painting
20" by 30", unframed. The sides are painted black so it doesn't need a frame. This piece is for sale in my Etsy shop. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

New Tutorial - Ginkgo Leaf Earrings Beaded with a Variation of Cubic Right Angle Weave

Ginkgo Leaf RAW Earrings
With nothing more than seed beads and thread, make these Gingko Leaf Earrings with this original variation on Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW). This tutorial is very detailed, written for advanced beginner beaders who have a basic knowledge of beading. Knowledge of CRAW is strongly recommended.

Each leaf is nearly inch wide (23 mm) and 20 mm tall. They’re small, and CRAW creates a lot of negative space. So they’re light, making them comfortable to wear as earrings.
The tutorial is 14 pages, with over 90 full color illustrations and photographs, a COLORFUL FEAST for the eyes. The tutorial gives highly detailed illustrations, photographs, and written instructions to make the earrings. Included are 14 different pairs of Gingko Leaf Earrings in different color schemes. That I have made so many pairs is a testament to how much fun these are to make and wear. Since they use mostly size 11° seed beads with just a few colors of 15° and 8° they are a wonderful way to explore color combinations with just seed beads.
I beaded Ginkgo Leaves from time to time for over three years before I figured out how to write it down on paper. In my blog, I said I'd be "insane" to write a tutorial for this design. This is actually because I didn't really understand how to do it. As I posted more and more pairs of these earrings on the internet, bead weavers wrote to me, asking me to write a tutorial. So, I kept making pairs and eventually, I drew some pictures, and my method became clearer to me. Months passed, and I made more pairs, and drew more drawings. Then I made more pairs and eventually I understood the method, and I was able to draw all of the steps in a way that makes sense. Then I took photos to match the drawings, and wrote it all up. This tutorial is the culmination of a long process to document these earrings so that other bead weavers can enjoy making them too. This tutorial is also super colorful. I used a rainbow pair for the step photos and illustrations in the hopes that you will enjoy looking at this the tutorial as much as making and wearing the earrings.
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