Category: Beading

January 2018

Inspired by the wonderful items we saw at the vintage fashion show that Seattle Children’s Hospital put on for us at our November 2018 meeting, we dived into our closets and brought in items of handwork from our personal collections.


Valerie Day brought these stunning christening gowns that have been used in her family for generations.


Astrid Bear brought hand embroidered items made by her mother, her grandmother, and her great-great aunt.


Toni Burton brought garments and hats worn by her mother.


Christine Stewart brought the silk velvet wedding dress her mother designed and made.


And for Show and Tell, Gail Parris shared these quilted portraits of her mother that she made.

We enjoyed connecting with our family histories and heritage through these textiles and garments.



December 2018

We had our traditional December Plaid Llama sale, where both things we no longer need in our fiber studios are offered to others for theirs, as well as lovely new items made by us are for sale.

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Laura Neff brought a fabulous selection of hand towels and scarves that she wove, which were snapped up quickly.

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Shirley Pauls brought an outstanding selection of jewelry, mostly pieces she made, but also a few that she purchased on her travels.

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Then we enjoyed a sumptuous and festive holiday potluck luncheon. Not shown, the tables with mimosas and desserts!



We note with sadness that member Judy Littlefield passed away in early January.  She was able to attend the December meeting, and we all enjoyed seeing her, knowing that she was very ill, but not knowing that her remaining time was so short.  She was wearing a beautiful blue knitted shawl, a project that Judy had bought the materials for herself but didn’t have the energy to do.  Christine Stewart offered to make it, and she delighted in the warm and softness of it, warming her like a hug.

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She’s wearing it in this picture, which this writer chose to crop tightly in the original post above, feeling (perhaps incorrectly) that Judy might not have wanted to see her picture with “chemo hair” on our blog.  But we honor her bright spirit and share her face with you now.  Her joy at being among friends that day is something we treasure.  Rest in peace, Judy.

November 2018

We enjoyed a fabulous fashion show of historic garments from the collection of Seattle Children’s Hospital! Their Vintage Fashion Collection is a wonderful survey of mostly women’s garments, going back into the 19th century.

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This  dress not only had spectacular beading at the neckline and pockets, but also matching shoes!

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A very glamourous evening look of silver and blue brocade.

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Many garments had astonishing details of beading and fringe.

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This exquisite cotton lawn dress featured tucks, embroidery,  and inserted lace.

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Thank you to the volunteers who collect, preserve, and model these remarkable clothes!  It was wonderful to have the chance to see these garments up close and personal.  The very modest fees they charge for their programs go directly to the uncompensated care program at Seattle Children’s.




March 2017 — Beaded Earrings

Our talented member, Shirley Pauls, led a mini-workshop on making beaded earrings using the new super-duo beads.

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Here are some of Shirley’s samples.  As you can see, you can get quite different effects depending on color choice and whether or not you use smaller accent beads.

We worked very intently on following the pattern!

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The beading thread and needles are so fine.

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Some of our finished earrings and works-in-progress.  Thanks, Shirley, for a fun workshop!


December ~ Bracelets with Shirley Pauls ~ 2014


The December program was an intensive lesson creating bracelets using Swarovski crystals. Well lit, organized and carefully planned. Thanks very much Ms. Pauls.


Show and Tell: amazing woven pillow fabric by Graham Humphrey, quilting by Karla and Valerie were among the the creative treasures.


All in all a “Fascinating” and social group of artisans. Festive!

Fiber Hearts from Fiber Arts

Fiber Hearts from Fiber Arts

Fiber Arts make fiber Hearts

The members of our guild created valentines for Gen Care and Fircrest.

We knitted, felted, embroidered, quilted, beaded, sewed and wove over 100 hearts to brighten the day for the folks in these care facilities. Lots of fun and much appreciated!

October Meeting

Meredith Arnold showed us how to make fabulous silk beads!  We had a blast playing with stamping, glueing, tying, and  beading to create unique soft beads.  Here she’s demonstrating sewing on sequins.

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Here we are, hard at work play.

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For Show and Tell, Valerie brought her completed mini-quilt from last month’s Melissa Williams workshop

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and so did Astrid.

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Glenda showed us two of her hooked and beaded pieces that will be on display at the Mill Creek location of Laughing Ladies Cafe.


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Glenda and Mona challenged each other to intepret the word “North” — Glenda did hooked fiber and beads, and Mona did painting and collage.

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Mary Black brought samples of the kumihimo balls she will teach us to make in November.

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November Meeting

Valerie lead us in a damp but fun workshop onmaking felted flowers.  First a base shape is felted, and cut to the size and shape wanted.

Then, some additional fiber can be felted on to add detail

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resulting in a lovely flower!

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Beads and a pinback need to be added.

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And they can be any color that amuses.

The best thing at Show and Tell was Heather’s amazing wall hanging. This is a hand painted silk warp, woven with a silk weft, that will be installed in the dining room of her client. The framework  will support it vertically and will give the effect of a  cascading waterfall. Sure hope we get to see some pictures of it in place!

Wall hanging

Heather is on the right, above.

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All we can say is, “Wow!”

March Show and Tell

We had another bounty of Show and Tell at our March meeting.  A lot of it was for our Art Page exchange, which I will cover in another post, but here are some others items that were shared.  Please click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

Ruth’s blanket

Ruth wove this beautiful blanket double-width on her 36″ loom.

Ruth’s blanket detail

Here’s a detail of Ruth’s blanket.   The striped effect comes from the way she sleyed it in the reed.  We’re all curious to see how it looks after it is washed, but she hadn’t had a chance to do that yet.

Mary’s wool

Mary has been dyeing wool and spinning it in these luscious colors.  The shorter skein of yellowy green towards the right is silk.

 Mona’s flags

Mona brought some fabric prayer flags that her Monday Night Creative Group exchanged.  They dyed the fabric and printed it with blocks of their own design.

Valerie’s leaves

Valerie made lots of the beautiful beaded leaves that Heather taught us the technique for in February.

Astrid brought two knitted items, a shawl and also a scarf for her charity project.

February Show and Tell

Here’s a look at the some of the goodies that were brought to our February meeting. I think some of the snowy days in January let us get a lot of work done! Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

Ruth’s Towels 

Ruth wove these towels from a slubby cotton.

Patty’s Papers

Patty will be showing us how to make these fabulous painted, textured papers at the March meeting.

Patty’s Hearts

Patty has been making machine-lace hearts on dissolvable stabilizer.

Mona’s Bowls

Mona is making fabric bowls in a fabulous variety of fabrics and colors!

Michele’s Necklace and Heart Pin

Michele used a simplified kumihimo technique to make the cord for this necklace.  The heart pin used some of her stash of quilting fabrics.

Heather’s Dyed Silk

Heather dyed this fine, reeled silk to explore how well Jacquard acid dyes do at capturing the iridescence of hummingbird wings.

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Glenda made these purses by punching wool into a linen base.