On the Tuesday after the beading workshop, Larkin Van Horn and I embarked on a beadshop orgy, visiting three shops in Spring, TX. We found neat stuff at each shop and ended the day tired, carrying pounds of beads, and enjoying sorting out the loot on my dining room table. Dropped Larkin off at the airport on Wednesday, destination California to teach another workshop.
So,back to fiber. Working on "Surveyors and Bears" and discovered that the photos and discharged fabrics looked too stark against the plain black felt, so I used up most of my sample fabric paints on the felt. It took the paint well, did not get stiff. Now when the felt peeks through between the prairie points, I think it will blend nicely. My bear photos show up well here also. Composition is the next step--how will my various elements play together?
In the evenings, when it's too dark to work on fabric on the deck (because I've also been preparing fabrics for the upcoming Sam Houston Folk Festival at the end of April), I've started beading geckoes for the commissioned piece. I think it will be titled "Gecko Apotheosis." The background silk comes from Patrick's tie collection, meaningful to the client who is a family friend. I am having such a good time using the techniques I learned from Larkin and my fabulous new bead stash. the photo doesn't show the faceted dark red beads scattered on the burgundy gecko. And aren't those mottled round beads on the pink paisley gecko neat? To provide a shelter for the five geckoes, I plan a forest of silk leaves. But I'm not allowed to start on the leaves until I finish the income tax. Harumph. There has to be a modicum of self discipline around here.
Bobbe Shapiro Nolan, Fiber Artist in Eagle Lake, TX. Trying to learn to call the sewing room my studio, and myself an artist. I retired after 15 years in hospice nursing--so now I have the time!.