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Monday, December 05, 2016


Cyndi Lavin, 2015

Black marker, Derwent Inktense pencils, watercolor paper.

Copyright 2016 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Beading Arts tutorials - part two

Here is part two of the chronological list of my beading and wearable arts tutorials that can be found on the Beading Arts blog.  Part one was posted last week!

Albion stitch spark plug

Fast projects for the dog days of summer

Leather bracelet with oval links

Free-form wire wrapped stone with beads

Shamballa bracelet with larger beads

A simple wire wrapped pendant

Black glass bead embroidered pendant

Triple cabochon bead embroidered pendant

Square-cornered bead embroidered jasper pendant

Bead embroidered ammonite pendant

Bead embroidered leopard skin jasper pendant

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Beading Arts book reviews - part one

Most of the books that I read and review on the topic of wearable arts or beading on fabric can be found on Beading Arts blog.  But since many people who enjoy quilting, collage, digital arts, and more also like to play with beads, wire, and lots of other fun stuff, I feel I should update the list of books that I've reviewed there!  Part two will post next week.

Here they are in chronological order:

Learn to Make Bead Jewelry

Quilting and Sewing books

Jewel Loom Inspirations

Wonderful Wire Jewelry

Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry

Bags for Fashionistas

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs

Kumihimo Jewelry Simplified

Sensational Soutache

Play with Chain Mail

Monday, November 07, 2016

Beading Arts tutorials - part one

Most of my beading and wearable arts tutorials reside on the Beading Arts blog.  Here is the first part of a chronological list of tutorials from this past year.  Part two will be posted next week!

Cellini spiral beaded beads

A wire bracelet featuring beaded beads

Another wire and bead bracelet variation

Crazy for beaded beads

Beaded bead - an alien flying saucer!

New life to a boring bangle bracelet

Another reclaimed bangle bracelet

How to stitch a Dutch spiral

Dutch spiral earrings

Blue Rainbow - a bead embroidery and wirework necklace

Hydrangeas + Peaches

Cyndi Lavin, 2015

Black marker, Derwent Inktense pencils, watercolor paper.

Copyright 2016 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Painted Hills 2 - a collage painting and tutorial

Painted Hills 2
by Cyndi Lavin, 2016
Here is the second collage painting inspired by our recent trip to Oregon's fabulous Painted Hills.  You can see the first one here.  At that link, I explained how I added the texture to the pieces.  This week, I want to talk about a couple other things.

I was asked by a friend what inspired the lavender color in the collages...was it flowers?  No!  It's close to the color of some of the rocks there.  I don't remember exactly what the chemicals are that cause this coloration, but it's striking, especially next to the usual ochres and reds:

The other addition to this piece is a line image of a catfish fossil.  This area is known for amazingly abundant deposits of all sorts of fossils.  If you want to create a simplified line drawing of one of your photos, the tutorial at the link shows you how to do it in Photoshop.

Copyright 2016 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Book review: Fabricadabra - Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric

Paula Nadelstern wants to teach you the most straightforward ways possible of creating eye-catching kaleidoscopic quilts.  To that end, she wrote Fabricadabra - Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric for C+T Publishing.  She teaches you how to see the seams and she unwraps the mysteries of symmetry.  The results are simple, but not easy: they still require much thought and work once you understand the simple patterns behind them.

Reversing the usual organizational order, the gallery is right up front, each quilt accompanied by a line grid illustration to show you how to "read" the quilt and find the simple seams.  As I worked by way through the book, I found myself increasingly able to predict "how she did it" before seeing the grid.

The second part of the book covers design strategies and how to work with complex prints.  Paula likes to camouflage the seams, so to speak, so that the eye flows over them .  The third part of the book covers using your tools and templates properly.  This type of design is precise, and Paula helps you hone your skills.
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