Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Time To Stitch!

Hi there, beady friends!

Today is the day of the A Time To Stitch blog hop, hosted by Therese and Christine. I've participated in A Time To Stitch hops before and always had fun, but I'm extra excited about this one because it's all about... bead embroidery stitches! Bead embroidery just happens to be the form of beadwork I love the most.

I saw this challenge as the perfect opportunity to get back into beading after a long hiatus. It was also the perfect time to use one of the cabochons I'd hoarded bought at the Idea Store a few years ago. And because this was a challenge, I decided to use blacks, browns, and tans -- all colors that usually take a back seat to the brighter ones in my bead stash. Here's the result:
Doing the embroidery was a lot of fun because it was mostly unplanned. All I knew was, I wanted to use my crazy lace agate, some earthy colors of beads, and a sequin or two -- because sequins. I like the way this turned out, and I'm looking forward to turning it into a finished piece.

What are my plans for this piece, you ask? It's going to be a necklace. Once I brick-stitch the edge beads on, I'm going to do some crazy freeform beading around the edges. And then I may or may not do a brick-stitch loop for a cord to go through, the way I did with this piece:

Other than that, the only thing I know is that there will be black faceted beads somewhere in the design, because that's what my beader's instinct is telling me to do. Whatever happens, I promise to share the result.

So that's my piece for the hop. Now it's time to mosey on over here to see the rest of the participants. I can't wait to see what they did! I bet it's awesome.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A fundraiser for puppies!

Jones, one of my favorite rescue dogs. Photo by Ken from the Dog Den.

Dear beady friends,

Earlier this month, I did a small favor for my favorite horror author, Vincent V. Cava. Because he is an extraordinary person in addition to a fantastic writer, he wrote me an email expressing his gratitude and stating that if I ever needed a favor, he would be happy to oblige.

And because I am an opportunistic little pest, I asked him if he could get in touch with his friends in the horror narrating community and set up a fundraising event for one of my favorite animal charities, A Place To Bark  The founder of this animal rescue, Bernie Berlin, rescues hundreds of dogs and cats every year from animal control, often taking on the most difficult (and expensive) medical cases. She works non-stop to keep homeless animals safe and healthy and is one of the kindest people I have ever seen.

And because Vincent is a great guy, he contacted his friend Mr. CreepyPasta, who also happens to be one of my favorite narrators of scary stories. And because MCP is also a great guy, he agreed, and he set up a NachoBirthday campaign.  He has raised a fair bit of money so far, but is far from the 5,000 dollar goal. And there's only one week left!

So if you could, would you donate to this very worthy cause? And if you can't donate, could you spread the word about this fundraiser and this charity? I would appreciate it very much, and in turn, I would owe YOU a favor. Send me your receipt, or proof that you shared this post, and I'll do something for you in return. Maybe you want to be a featured artist. Maybe you live in the US and want some sequins in the mail. Maybe you're struggling with a creative project and need some advice. Maybe you're looking for a specific object, like a cigar box, and we happen to have it at the Idea Store for super cheap. Whatever it is, within reason, I'll be happy to help.

So here's the link again!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Beaded doll purses!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I just love it when my interests intersect. This is exactly what happened when I started making beaded handbags for my Barbie dolls!

I love these bags because they're a lot of fun to make... and also easy. I may love taking risks and doing crazy things with my bead embroidery, but when it comes to weaving, I'm a slow learner and tend to make itty bitty changes with each new design. These are just tubular peyote stitch with the bottom beads sewn together like zipper teeth.

I did take a big step and make a beaded messenger bag, though. A rainbow one, no less. If you want to see how it turned out, hop on over to my doll blog and check out the rest of the photos!

I'm hoping to post more over the summer. I have a featured artist for you, a fundraiser for one of my favorite animal charities, and... I'm thinking of either holding another Sequintastic September or doing Barbie Meets Beads, so that both dolly friends and beady friends can participate.


Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins