Starting anew is always a good thing! Here is Vol. 1 of "Artful Living on the Bluff" for you to enjoy. While I am not contributing new material to this blog, please feel free to look around and then visit me at the new and (hopefully) improved "Artful Living on the Bluff" blog at

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Chinese Lantern - A New Woven Neckpiece

The holiday season seems so busy for me this year - not that it actually IS busier than usual, it just seems that way! I was beginning to wonder if I would ever finish the necklace project I had started a couple of weeks ago. But I did, finally, almost, last night... it is still lacking a neck strap and so not entirely "finished" but we're getting there.

For now, I am calling this piece "Chinese Lantern" as the inspiration came from a bright red, embroidered silk jacket I have and then from the lovely vintage necklace pendant once for sale in my vintage shop on Etsy - it never sold and I was secretly glad of that! Originally, It had some faux pearl drops but I replaced them with freshwater pearls, gold-plated chain fringe and gold-plated bead caps. Matching earrings are in the making, as well. A more exotic moniker may come to me and the name will change but for now... it's "Chinese Lantern".

Here are a couple of photos I wanted to share - more to follow... Please feel free to comment - I would love to know what you think! :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

New Weavings

I have two new projects under-way right now... I'm really happy with my pinweaving jewelry but have started to become interested in tapestry weaving (and investigating methods for incorporating macrame into tapestry weavings) and coiled basket weaving. ALthough I haven't started on a basket yet, I have started a tapestry sampler in a handmade frame loom - made using a cast-off picture frame and small nails - and have a new necklace project underway.

Here are some photos of things I'm working on now... I hope you enjoy seeing them! Please leave a comment - I'd love to know your thoughts :)

New necklace in the planning...
... and in-progress!
A sampler of tapestry techniques on my homemade frame loom using a variety of found fibers