Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Beaded Gourds

 Using a variety of beads and colored wire, I have been decorating  small gourds.  The beads are threaded onto the wire and woven in a random weave filling in the area of the gourd that has been cut away. 

A small battery operated votive candle inside the gourd can create a twinkling glow to the colored glass beads.



 I  first learned this technique from Vickie Hartman at a workshop in Bedford, PA. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to All!

Let all the Christmas Bells Ring......
Wishing you all the joy and wonder of the season


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Pine Needle Bowls

I have been using circular wooden disks, laser cut with various designs as the base for pine needle bowls.  Most of the designs allow for attaching the pine needle coils directly to the edge of the disk.  Some require that I drill a small hole around the edge of the circle.  I coil around the base until I reach the desired diameter for the bowl, then I bring up the sides of the bowls for a several rows.  I have been using dyed pine needles for the bowl and natural pine needles for the final finishing row of the bowl to tie to the wood color of the base.