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Monthly Archives: April 2011

9 Early Spring Pictures from Our Coolest Spring on Record – Part 3: Unfurling

Here are some more pictures of small unfurling and expanding things from April 16th in our garden.

10 Early Spring Pictures from Our Coolest Spring on Record – Part 2: The Purples

David has 36 tomato plants ready to get in the ground – all about 16 inches high and waiting for the weather to cooperate.  I don’t know where he plans on putting these things!  There isn’t room for all of them under the plastic tunnel…..

8 Early Spring Pictures from Our Coolest Spring on Record – Part 1: The Greens

One afternoon a few days ago I went out and took a bunch of pictures of spring in our garden. As if I had never seen it before! I think the fact that I was not totally tax-dazed at mid-April, together with our COOL and slow spring, combined to get me out there in time to see things I don’t usually see.

The weather people say we are heading for our coldest April on record. Check Cliff Mass’s blog.

A Right-Angle Weave Pendant

Right-angle weave is my favorite off-loom beadweaving stitch. But not the regular four-sided form. I love, free-form right-angle weave (RAW). I love the soft texture, the “hand” you can get. In this piece, I used beads of all the same size (11), but I also love to mix the sizes for maximun texture.

This is a two-sided heart pendant. Each side is formed independently and stitched to a length of rat-tail cording. It’s stuffed with a clear/a.b. shredded material (kind of like easter-basket grass), so it’s tranluscent when held up to the light. The stuffing adds a little fuzz when it pokes out. The heart hangs from an embellished ndebele (herringbone weave) cord.

This piece is just fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Are you a free form right-angle weave fan like me? How do you use it?

new etsy earring group

It was fun to pull together some earrings for a group shot. These will go up on Etsy over the next few days. Click on the images to enlarge.