Saturday, February 15, 2014

It's Raining Kens!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

This blog post is going to serve two purposes today. First, I'm participating in Karen's Color Red challenge and blog hop. Our goal was to use red in one of our freeform pieces and to say a little bit about what the color means to us.

Red is Rad!

This challenge made me very happy because it so happens that red is one of my favorite colors, especially paired with black. I've felt this way since I was a wee one, and I realized that all the other girls were crazy for pink -- the first of many, many differences I would notice over the years. And while pink is just another fun color for me to play with nowadays, red is still a symbol of rebellion for me. A reminder that no matter how hard the world may try to slip that frilly dress over my head, inside I'm red and black and fierce all over. Grrr, baby!

Anyhoo. Because the dolls and I are celebrating Dollentine's Day, I decided to make a freeform doll necklace to go with some of their other jewelry. This came with a few challenges. First of all, for the sake of proportion, I was limited to size 11 seed beads and under. Second of all, I was limited in the size of my piece. It has to fit a tiny model, after all, so I can't go too crazy with the width.

Here's what I came up with:

I love the color scheme, and I love the tiny beaded clasp in the back. But the thing is? When creating freeform for a doll, it's better to create it around the doll if you can, not by yourself with the doll sitting on another couch. It's so easy to make a piece too big -- which is what I did. It practically slipped off my girls!

The Man Event (ha).

Luckily, I found another model! When brings us to the second part of this post, and the reason for the silly title. In a previous post, I promised that when Karen's Kickstarter was funded, I'd post some photos of my Ken dolls wearing some... ahem. Interesting items of clothing. Well, here they are!

Tutus, a tiara, and a freeform necklace! My boys went above and beyond. That's Sleazy Ken on the left, Sequintastic Ken in the middle, and Alex on the end, wearing a ribbon tutu from Dolloween.

(Isn't he handsome? He was a present to my girls. Very soon, I'll do a post showcasing all of their presents, including more jewelry... and more handsome male specimens.)

"Yay, Karen!!!! You Ken do it!!!"

Before this post gets any sillier, and before I can make any more Ken puns, I'll stop here and send you over to Karen's blog for a list of hop participants. Also, check out the Freeform Group and see the photos people posted there!

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J Sequins

(And Kens)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Fibonacci Sequins: Nina's Quilt!

Welcome to another Saturday at Saturday Sequins!

In all the years I've been beading and making jewelry, I've only taught a handful of times. When I have taught, I've always had a ton of fun. This was definitely the case when Mr. Sequin and I hosted one of our arty parties last Fall, and I got a chance to sit down with Nina Paley, quilter and cartoonist extraordinaire, and show her some basics of bead embroidery.

Nina was a quick study (she beads like she's been doing it all her life) and I knew that whatever she did with her new skills would be awesome. And when Mr. Sequin sent me the link to her Fibonacci Sequins quilt, I'll be honest -- I made this high-pitched, excited noise that probably disturbed every dog in the neighborhood.

Is that not the coolest thing ever? The pun alone is fantastic. But the really fantastic thing was, it turns out that she made two Finbonacci Sequins quilts. One went to a mathematician friend, and the other was in her studio when we paid her a visit.

And guess what?

And guess what?

And guess what?

She let us borrow it so Mr. Sequin could take some photos of it. That's what.

I don't have much more to say about this quilt, except that I'm a proud beady teacher -- and that I can take no credit for the rest of her awesome skills

Super thanks to Nina for letting us borrow the quilt, and to Mr. Sequin for taking the photos. And of course, thank you for stopping by and showing Nina some love. Be sure to stop by her site, and if you haven't seen it yet, you need to go watch Sita Sings The Blues.

Stay tuned for next week's post, where I tell you all about a tambour class I'm taking via Mastered. That's right! After two years of wanting to learn, I'm finally doing it.

Sequintastically yours,

Sarah J. Sequins