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I love creating art. I love the Creator! And through that love, I find a little slice of heaven on earth and I give Him all the glory! It's a great adventure and I'm excited to see what's around the bend! Come join me, won't you?
Showing posts with label Montana Treasure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Montana Treasure. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BEADING by Machine

HELPFUL HINTS and TIPS for Beading By Machine 

Detail from "Montana Treasure" Art quilt
—  I prefer a 90/14 size needle as it works best  to pierce all the quilt layers. I also prefer to add my beads once my project is quilted and almost finished, so this size needle works best to pierce all the layers I am working with. Keep in mind that the needle, all the way up to the shaft, must slide through the hole of the bead EASILY.  80/12 needles can work too, depending on the type of thickness and fabric you are beading, as well as the size of the hole of the bead!  Note: the finer or smaller the needle, the more easily it can break going through many thicknesses. 
Detail from "Frost on the Zinnias"
--- Do not use a bead taller than 1/4"
--- I recommend using a polyester thread in both top and bottom, matching your background fabric. Polyester as a stronger thread will not be as easily frayed by any roughness that is typical of the inside hole of the bead.
--- be sure to lower your feed dogs! 
— Be sure to lower the presser foot BEFORE you start.  Remember that you are not using a foot... so it's easy to forget to do this because you can't see the foot physically come down onto your quilt. If you don’t lower the presser foot... you will most certainly have a mess of threads on the bottom in no time... not fun!

— “Frame” the needle with your hands, doing your best to keep the the fabric as flat and taut as you can in order to enable the needle to “catch” and make the stitch.  At times you will see or hear that it skipped a stitch. This is normal! Keep at it, and be patient!  (The large turquoise bead in the center pic below was done by hand)

Detail from "Montana Treasure"
 — If desired, you may hoop the area to be beaded (I recommend a screw-type hoop with a narrow width that will  fit underneath the foot of a machine)  But for me, this means that the tightness of the hoop is likely to warp my quilt, so I don't do this in most instances.
— If you use a hoop, corral your beads in the hoop
— Tie off (the same way you tie off for free-motion quilting)
— May use a stiletto or tweezers to move/push the beads for placement
Detail of Beading on Angel Quilt: "Psalm 91:11 for Jamie"
— For exact placement of a bead, use the hand-heel, guiding the needle tip until it just grabs the hole of the bead, and gently drag the bead to where you want to stitch it. Then, using your hand-wheel, sink the needle into the center of the bead. Then bring the needle back up and take a stitch on the same side of the bead as when you first went in with your needle. For example, if you stitched from the left side of the bead, then go out on the left side, and the bead will turn onto it’s “side.”  VIP: make 3-5 tiny stitches between each bead, which ensures that if one bead breaks off, all the beads won't!  Tie off at the end, stitching 5-8 times.
Keep at it!  
As always, some things never change... practice,  practice... PRACTICE...!  
You will enjoy the extra special detail of dimension and sparkle that is worth this extra special effort!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

am EXCITED and privileged to have my quilts, scarves and pins featured at our local GALLERY 16 through the month of March.  I hope you will join us tonight at the Gallery.  The opening is at 5:00 pm.  It's a dream-like state for me.  God give me grace for tonight's event!   I'm so ... incredibly thrilled, and honored to be THERE - "THE Gallery!"
I have so long admired this group of women artists who started this non-profit organization years and years ago.  Through their hard work and commitment, many people have seen beautiful, incredible talent of many artists.  It is where I first discovered Cynthia St. Charles.  If you don't know of her, she is a Billings, MT artist, and her fiber and quilt art was a featured cover on Quilting Arts magazine a few years ago; 2009 I believe.  April.  Visit her website here.  Her blog is also on my sidebar in case you'd like to visit. You won't be disappointed, I promise!

THANK YOU to Gallery 16 for this honor.   I know I am not alone in thanking God for the opportunities, and the doors He opens up for me to be able to pursue this artful passion of mine.  I have had so many people who pray for me daily, who are near and dear in the family of Christ; who support me in so many ways.  My heart fairly leaps outside itself!!

Just a few snapshots of some of the pieces available at the Gallery:

Montana Treasure - my 'first' art quilt!
Detail Montana Treasure

Bonfire at Sunset

Detail of "Bonfire"

"Joy Comes in The Morning"

"Leaves at Dusk"

Detail of "Leaves"

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