Saturday, August 22, 2015

Featured artist: Eleanor Pigman

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

I've been a fan of Eleanor's work for several years, and she has been a participant in both rounds of Sequintastic September-- which she completely rocked, by the way. I'd always wanted to have her as a featured artist, and when she posted a photo of some of her recent pieces on Facebook, I knew that they absolutely belonged in a blog post. Domingo, Rodrigo, and Roberto Flamingo agreed, for the obvious reasons.

Flamingos. A whole flock of beaded flamingos, accompanied by a beaded shark! Here they are with some adorable shrimp.

In the next photo you'll find starfish, manatees, whale tails, shells, and shark teeth! I see some sand dollars, too. Eleanor has a terrific sense of color, and I am in awe of her ability to create realistic-looking images with beads. If I put one of those shells up to my ear, I would fully expect to hear the ocean.

Here are more shrimp. They look like they're going to swim right out of the photo!

And here are more starfish, framed and mounted. A simple, but elegant, way to display such lovely work.

You can find more of Eleanor's work here, and also on her blog. The pieces I have shown you today are just the tip of the iceberg, if you pardon the watery pun. I mean, can you even believe this turtle? I love it.

Thank you for checking out Eleanor's work, and thank you for stopping by. Stay tuned for more!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Featured Artist: Karen Holshouser

Greetings, beady friends!

Once again, beads and dolls have come together with beautiful results. Today I'd like to introduce you to Karen Holshouser, who makes amazing one of a kind doll clothing.

I met her through one of the many doll groups on Facebook, and her work took my breath away. Not only does she use beads in her designs, but she also has been known to use...

Yes, she uses sequins in her work. Do you hear that high-pitched noise in the background? The one that's making every dog in the neighborhood howl? That would be yours truly, squealing excitedly. Here are a few more of her fantastic pieces.


One of the (many) reason I love Karen's work is that it shows the different looks you can create with beads and sequins as embellishment. They can be sparsely sewn for a subtle, ethereal look, or you can bead entire sections of a garment, for a more dramatic effect. Either way, the result is something that any doll would be thrilled to wear. Mine are already hounding me.

To see more of what Karen does, check out her website, Karen's Glamour Dolls. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins

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