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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Eight

February 23, 2011, 08:38 am  Posted by needlearts
 

We’re on to installment number eight of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. And today’s post is another one that includes a giveaway of a copy of the book! ANYA is the winner! To enter for a chance to win a copy of Twelve by Twelve, leave a comment on this post by 11 p.m. EST on March 2, 2011. Any comment will do, but we’d love to hear about any quilting projects you’re working on, or what part of the interviews so far has inspired you. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the results on March 3. Click here for the official rules.

For anyone that didn’t already know: Each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to Twelve by Twelve. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Terry Grant

Location: near Portland, Oregon

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I describe my work as mostly pictorial. I discovered that the small format we worked with suited me very well. There is something very appealing to me in focusing in on a small part of what could perhaps be a larger picture. It is contemplative and forces one to consider the small details that might be overlooked in a larger piece.

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The DeStash Diaries, Vol. 21—Fashion Forward

February 22, 2011, 20:16 pm  Posted by needlearts
 

The fall fashions are here, and the various Fashion Weeks around the world inspire me to make something new. I thought it would be an interesting exercise to look through my fabric stash and see which of my favorite looks I could replicate by using material I already have. Want to see what I came up with?

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Seven

February 22, 2011, 08:55 am  Posted by needlearts
 

It’s day number seven of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge! For those of you just joining us, each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Helen Conway

Location: Merseyside, United Kingdom

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I started quilting in  2006 and have moved gradually from saying ‘I make quilts’ to ‘I am a quilter’ to ‘I’m a quilter and I do sort of textile art kind of stuff’ to ‘I make art quilts’ to ‘I am an art quilter’. The group has been the sole reason I have made that shift in my perception of myself. The acceptance both from the group and from readers of the blog of my work has given me the confidence not just to call what I do art ( which for some reasons seems to be a word carrying more import than a ‘hobby). It has also helped me to understand the importance to me of quilt art to me

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Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery will release to stores from our warehouse in the next couple of weeks. I’m TOO excited about it, though, so much so that I can’t wait those days to do this very special giveaway to celebrate:

Lark Jewelry & Beading is giving away all four books in the Beadweaving Master Class series: Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork, Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence, Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving, and the brand new Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery. These inspirational and best-selling books, wonderful and essential titles for your jewelry and beading libraries from leading bead master teachers, are all signed by their authors, too!

How to enter for a chance to win this fantastic bundle of signed books? It’s easy: Leave a comment on this post by 9 p.m. EST on Monday, February 28.

Any post will do, but how about this: Tell us what topics you’d like to see Lark tackling in our beading and jewelry books, or tell us the names of favorite designers you’d like to see become favorite authors! One winner will be selected at random and announced on Thursday, March 3. Click here for the official rules.

I know what you’re thinking: “I bet they’ll do another giveaway in the fall when two more new titles in the Beadweaving Master Class series — books by Rachel Nelson-Smith and Maggie Meister — are released.” You’re probably right, too, and then it might happen again next year when beading books come out from the magical Sabine Lippert and Sonoko Nozue. (And yes, I’m pleased to announce new books are in the works from Diane Fitzgerald and Marcia DeCoster, too, PLUS Jamie Cloud Eakin’s Dimensional Bead Embroidery is due out this fall!) But don’t let my redundancy and lack of imagination stop you: simply enter each and every giveaway for your chance to win some great books!

And don’t forget to browse around the websites and blogs of all these wonderful jewelry designers:

 
 
 
 
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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Six

February 21, 2011, 08:45 am  Posted by needlearts
 

We’re on to the second week of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. For those of you just joining us, each day for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Deborah Boschert

Location: Crofton, Maryland

How do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I’m happy to tell people that I’m a fiber artist. I usually add that I “create collages with fabric and stitching.” I think that suggests a different image in their mind than “quilt.” In the three years we’ve worked on the Twelve by Twelve challenge, I’ve really grown artistically. I have a set of techniques, colors and imagery that I use regularly and these elements give my work its own personality. In addition, being a part of such a talented, supportive, inspiring and enthusiastic group of artists has dramatically changed my perspective. It’s given me confidence and motivation! I think we are all thrilled to call ourselves “authors” and we are so proud of the new book!

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Bead & Wire Earring Instructions for a Zen Day

February 18, 2011, 17:59 pm  Posted by Lark
 

Temple Earrings designed by Rachel Dow

Every Friday evening, I post a set of project instructions.

icones tumble from an armature that resembles the roofline of a pagoda. These dangles were designed for the book Contemporary Bead & Wire Jewelry by the talented Rachel Dow. Rachel has designed projects for a whole slew of books including Bead Love, Beading with Crystals and Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects. She also spins yarn and is a certified PMC instructor.

Get the instructions for making these beauties–named Temple Earrings–by clicking here.

 
 
 
 
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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Five

February 18, 2011, 09:08 am  Posted by needlearts
 

Can you believe it’s already the end of the first week of our celebration for Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge? Each day, for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. And every few days there’s a giveaway too! For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Terri Stegmiller

Location: North Dakota

Were you inspired to try a new technique that one of the Twelves used in their work? If so, which one?

I didn’t try anything new in the first round, at least not that I am aware of.  I have tried, or attempted to try a new technique in the Colorplay round.  I set out to try a technique by Terry Grant and early on in the project I found that a product I needed and had on hand had dried up and was unusable.  So I had to substitute with another product, therefore changing the technique.  I like to think I achieved similar results with my altered method.

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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Four

February 17, 2011, 09:02 am  Posted by needlearts
 

And it’s on to day four of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Each day, for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the celebrated quilt artists who contributed to the book. For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Brenda Gael Smith

Location: Copacabana, Australia

You’re in the middle of the second group challenge, with a Colorplay theme. How did the first challenge affect the work you’ve done for the second one?

I’ve always struggled to make quilts to a particular size but, in the course of the Theme series challenge, I became more accustomed to the 12×12 inch format. I’m quite fond of this size now!

Otherwise, I have found that the inspiration and design process is quite different when a color or palette is your springboard rather than a theme word. For me, a theme word was useful in narrowing down the options and providing focus. Fortunately I revel in color so I am finding the second series both challenging and enjoyable.

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Awards shows are one of the few things winter has going for it. (In case you are interested, the other things are soup, down blankets, and sheepskin slippers.) I confess to installing myself on Cocoa the couch and making a day of each event…the Red Carpet shows, the Countdown to the Red Carpet shows, the Countdown to the Countdown to the Red Carpet shows…you get the drift.

Each year my glass-half-full self hopes someone at one of these fetes will be wearing some interesting jewelry. Or at the very least, a necklace (see above). Really, all those low-cut gowns with no necklace? Pathetic! Before I veer off into a tiresome rant, let me jump to the very bright side of this blog.

I have found one shining beacon of jewelry fabulous-ness who has recently been all over my television screen. She wasn’t at the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, or the Grammys. Rather, her beautifully accessorized person has been a guest on nearly all of the news shows across the cable spectrum, providing background and context for the political uprising and overthrow in Egypt.

Her name is Mona Eltahawy. She is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. And she is the first-ever recipient of my just-made-up Ambassador of Jewelry award. Even though there is no ceremony or trophy or gala for this accomplishment (yet!), I feel moved to draw attention to Mona’s elegant and effective personal style, and how her jewelry works for her to attract her audience, emphasize her remarks, and reflect her strength. Thank you Mona for warming up my winter, rescuing my awards season, and fearlessly working the power of jewelry!

All pieces worn by Mona Eltahawy were created by Azza Fahmy, an Egyptian master silversmith and goldsmith. Please visit her website to see more of her wonderful jewelry.

Mosaic Mona Eltahawy

 
 
 
 
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Twelve Days of Twelves: Part Three

February 16, 2011, 09:01 am  Posted by needlearts
 

We’re moving forward with day three of our celebration of Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge. Each day, for twelve (business) days, we’re interviewing one of the talented quilt artists who contributed to the book. Some days (like yesterday) include a giveaway! For more information on the book, click here. For more information on the Twelves, or to join them on their current group challenge, visit their website.

Today’s Guest: Karen Rips

Location: Thousand Oaks, California

Karen, how do you describe your own quilting? Has being part of the Twelves group changed your perspective on your own work?

I see my own work as a form of exploration and not necessarily an evolution of a single style or voice. The challenges, and the size requirement, make the Twelves the perfect venue for experimentation.

Also, being part of such a talented group of women has enhanced my own artistic self esteem.

 

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