Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hat Draw Friday Winner

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This is a present for our new Hat Draw Friday winner, Allison who lives in France! She specified that her dream earrings would be chandeliers not too long, but dangly in gold with amethysts and/or crystals. These earrings are chain maille in 1/20 14kt. gold filled wire and beads with three dangles of amethyst gemstone beads and glass crystals. Shhh....she hasn't seen these yet, but I'm hoping she won't see this post until after she receives them in a couple of days. They are en route!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fun Hats and Headdresses

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This straw hat originally had a wide brim, which I removed. Without the brim it resembled a 1950s style pillbox hat, so I added a length of leopard ribbon to the bottom of the hat, a generous amount of faux rhinestones and netting dotted with very faux rhinestones. I gathered the netting with long stitches so it would fan out and in the center of the fan I added a pretty vintage brooch that I purchased in France. You can almost hear this feisty leopard roar! Grrrrr!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Finished 1920s Inspired Headdress

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Today I put the finishing touches on a 1920s-inspired headdress with antique and vintage French beads, plenty of jet, lace and an old ostrich plume. This headdress ties at the back of the crown of the head.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Creating in France

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The living-room/dining of our apartment in France had 6' tall windows that lined half the width of two walls and flooded the apartment with light.

It was in that room that I kept an antique hutch I bought at a flea market in Auvergne, France, and filled with my beads, threads, findings and jewelry tools. This beautiful room was where I designed and created jewelry.

I had a large square whitewashed wooden table that was made in Mexico to work on. It served as our dining table when not covered in beads. You can see it and the hutch in the very first post on this blog.

In this photograph is one of the bracelets that I made at this table. It was a free-form peyote bracelet made with glass seed beads, paper beads (the long cylinders) carnelian gemstone beads and a beautiful cloisonne button that my father-in-law brought back from Korea many years ago. In the lower right hand corner, you can see the tip of a silver pendant that my husband made.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Oaxacan and Zapotec Indian Weavers

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I've been to Oaxaca, Mexico, several times in my life. I shot this photo of Zapotec Indian women and children weaving hand dyed wool into garments including serapes, shawls and wall hangings in 1979 on my third visit there. They would tie their hand- fashioned looms to trees for stability and sit all day weaving their intensely colorful wares.

I was fascinated by their nimble fingers and their focus/state of meditation. I'd worked in beaded macrame and embroidery in the 1960s and could relate somewhat to how they must have felt being so transfixed on their craft and livelihood. They would start early in the morning, sitting in one spot and weaving for most of the daylight hours and then pack up their goods and return to their homes.

I began to string beads in my childhood, continued in the '60s. In 1999, I began to learn about bead weaving and have been learning about it since. It has become a passion and indeed a meditation and a pleasure.

Many thanks to the beautiful Zapotec Indian women for being a significant creative influence in my life, both with their weaving and their dedication to their craft.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Hat Draw Friday on Facebook

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Please take a moment to become a fan of Delirium Designs Jewelry and answer the discussion question to be eligible to win a free pair of earrings. Free shipping too. Get in on the fun of Hat Draw Friday!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Fascinator Final Steps Before Comb

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Today I stitched beaded loops on the silk petal foundation to finish the edge of the fascinator. I also added white, green and iridescent feathers. The last step will be to attach a comb to the back.