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My Seed Bead Dragonfly is Finished.

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I wanted to share this with you because it will give you an idea of how you can re-create expensive jewelry with seed beads. When I saw the amazing dragonfly on the left I immediately fell in love. The piece is available on Etsy but it really belongs in a museum. It's made of 18K yellow gold and silver and the stones are real diamonds, rubies and peridots.

Dragonfly 1 copy

When I saw the price I realized that I had two options:

1. Keep going and forget about it.

2. Or make my own modest version inspired by the amazing original piece.

Dragonfly 2 copy

I'm glad that I went with option #2 :) My goal was to create something that captured the spirit of the original piece and the Art Nouveau feeling. I love the result. I don't know the name of the artist that designed the original dragonfly but he/she was/is amazing. It makes me happy when I discover something that moves and inspires me.  

 


Dragonfly Bead Embroidery in Progress.

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I think that working with beads is magic. Those tiny pieces of glass with a little holes for the thread to pass through them are tiny miracles. Whenever I start a new piece I experience such a thrill. The more familiar I get with beads the more I see their possibilities. What a wonderful world!. I'm in love :) 

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Little Paper Fox :)

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Fox detail copy

This is something special that I made when I was illustrating my pop-up book Fables de la Fontaine. I had so much fun making it! I love working in miniature. The little shadow box measures 3" x 4" x 1 1/2". I have other little shadow boxes like this one ready to be filled with some sweet characters. I will do it as soon as I have a chance. The foxy above is now available on my Etsy shop.

Have a wonderful day!

Elsita :)


Needle Punch Embroidered Fox Necklace.

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Fox run copy

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Since Ana Sender shared a link on this blog to a great piece that she embroidered in the technique of Punch Needle I have been fascinated by this new (to me) way to embroider. Thanks a lot for the link Ana!

After discovering this technique I immediately did my homework; I got the tools, I taught myself how to do it and here you see my first creation: a mischievous fox running as fast as he can :) The foxy measures about 6" from side to side. It would look beautiful with a black turtleneck sweater in the winter.

Needle Punch is great for jewelry. It's basically like making a rug but in miniature. I can't wait to use needle punch also in my embroidery artworks combined with other embroidery stitches. It will be a lot of fun!

Linda Repasky has a nice web-site where you can learn the basics of needle punch. She also sells the materials and tools needed for this technique in miniature. If you want to buy a single book to learn what you need to know about needle punch all you need is this one writen by Linda Repasky as well. There is also this web-site with an extensive list of needle punch supplies.

This fox will be running around over here on my Etsy shop until he finds his soulmate. (foxy already found his soulmate :)

Have a great Thursday!

Elsita :)


Sunny Embroidery by Sunny :)

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Imagine my delight when Sunny (Teruko Gourneau) sent me an e-mail with the photos above! She embroidered my owl pattern on linen fabric. I feel so honored. This is Sunny's other blog. I think that she did a beautiful job. And the most amazing thing is that Sunny is new to embroidery. Did you notice how she used tiny bead accents here and there? This piece is now framed in her living room. Sunny is the busy Mom of a four year old girl but she found the time to embroider this piece. Isn't that great? 

Congratulations Sunny for sharing your embroidery work. I wish you all the best in your creative journey. Greetings to you and your family!

Elsita :)


My First Embroidery Piece is Finished!

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1aa copy

2b copy

3c copy

4d copy

Yay! My first adventure in embroidery as art is finished. This piece has been already purchased by an art collector. It will be leaving for the new home very soon. The shadow box measures: 11" x 15" x 1 3/4".

I cannot wait to start my second project in this exciting medium. 

Have a wonderful day!

Elsita :)

 


Two Free Embroidery Patterns for You.

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Here is a little gift for you. I drew these two scenes in case you feel like starting a fun embroidery project.

Some of the things that you could use this patterns for are:

*A bag with a simple shape and the embroidery on the front.

*A decorative pillow for your sofa or bed.

*Framed embroidery art.

*An apron.

*A skirt.

*The front or back of a simple shirt.

If you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them!

I hope that you enjoy these patterns :)

 

Download the hight resolution images below:

Bird and fish embroidery pattern: View this photo

Owls embroidery pattern: View this photo

 

(If you ever embroider any of these designs I would LOVE to see a picture of it) 

 


First Embroidery Piece in Progress.

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I couldn't wait to share this with you!

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Embroidery is full of possibilities! I'm still taking baby steps because this is only the beginning of a journey. The figure that you see will go in a shadow box. She will be pinned to the background with tiny golden pins. I will also add other elements to finish the visual story that I'm telling.

The story is about a woman that feels lost and is trying to find herself. One day, after walking and walking for a long time, she decides to stops. The woman makes a big discovery: she realizes that in order to find herself she doesn't need to go far away, because everything that she is has been within her from day number one. The story is about accepting ourselves 100%.

This idea sounds cliché but it talks about the origin of an important part of human suffering. There is nothing more liberating that accepting ourselves exactly the way we are, with our unique characteristics and limitations. From a place of acceptation we can do so much! Being unhappy with who we are demands lots of precious energy from our brain. If we use that same energy in constructive ways amazing miracles will happen :)


The Story of my Paper Jewelry :)

Today I want to share something that makes me very excited. It is the continuation of an adventure that started up in a primitive way many years ago, I was exactly 18 years old. Way before I started my adventure in papercutting

BELOW IS THE STORY:

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Back in time when I was living in Camaguey, Cuba, I was literally a starving student. My body weight was about 95 lbs (my healthy weight is about 120). I needed cash for the most basic thing that every human being needs: food. 

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My need for cash was the main motivator for starting a tiny student business that provided me with enough money to eat a little bit better for a while. I sold paper earrings (and other crafts) to the ballet girls in my school. My art school was a mix of visual arts and ballet. I got to build a whole club of fans formed by ballet students who would buy whatever I made with my hands. God bless ballerinas!

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The paper earrings that I made back then were part of a "line" that consisted on simple shapes made out of thick card painted with tiny little birds, flowers etc. I covered the paintings with some crazy varnish that was popular In Cuba made out of gasoline and polystyrene and then I made the metal hooks out of some hand-to-bend bronze wire from my sculpture class.

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Here I have to say that because of my lack of tools I had to use my teeth for shaping the wire for about 2 years. Thanks to that all my frontal teeth are slightly worn out. The only person that have noticed that was my dentist here in LA. I didn't tell him the story that I am telling you know :o

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Once finished and nicely organized in a box I brought my "products" to school and they sold out in a second. The price for each pair of earring went from 5 cuban pesos to 8. Converted to dollars that is basically nothing. Right now I think that one USD dollar is about 20 cuban pesos. But the tiny money helped me buy something to eat at the supermarket close to my home called "La Palma". How can I forget La Palma? Going there with a few pesos to buy a box of crackers was heaven! God bless La Palma as well!

The thing is that those hard (and important) times of my life were left behind. But whatever you did when were very young has always the potential to be revisited when you're older. That's what I did recently. I created a pair of paper earrings in order to revisit my creative past with the new skills that I have gained from my experience of working with paper.

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I am delighted with the results! This is right now my favorite pair of earrings! So colorful, detailed, happy and cheerful. I will be wearing them often. Making them presented some technical challenges but each one was overcome one step at a time. I cannot wait to make new pieces, the possibilities are endless.

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Besides using hard thick card for the main construction and paper with other weighs I also used teeny tiny glass beads and some beautiful sparking vintage crystals. I also gilded some areas where you notice the gold look.

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These earrings don't look like they were made out of paper at all. That's the beauty of paper, it can become anything you want if you approach it with an open mind. The same thing happens with your life, you can make it turn into whatever you want with a little bit of creativity and lots of enthusiasm :)


Falling in love...

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My heart has found a new passion that's keeping me awake at night and dreaming during the day: Embroidery. I'm feeling exactly the same thing that I experienced when I first fell in love with papercutting.

In a relatively short period of time I have gathered a whole library of books about embroidery, covering all the different techniques. I have also gotten the foundation materials to start my journey in this new direction and my brain hasn't stopped dreaming and visualizing all the creations that will come out from this new love.

I have fallen in love many times in my life; with painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry making, papercutting...my husband. These are the periods when I feel most alive. 

This post is not exactly about embroidery but about falling in love with anything. It could be a person, it could be a project, or a song...anything. At an early age I understood that love could really change everything. Right now that I'm an adult I realize that love IS everything. We cannot move forward if we don't experience it. We cannot dream or create if our hearts are empty. Love is all about our state of mind. It's all about being alert so we can notice what's going on within us and around us. The world has plenty of amazing things for each one of us. Let's enjoy them while we're still alive.