Thursday, February 11, 2016

Well, I finally finished another piece of my 'Bits and Pieces' jewelry, and will add another one that I haven't shown before.  These are fun to make,  but take time and can be a little tedious, so I just do them when the mood, and time, strikes.


 This is the newest piece. It also has a pouch on the back for your glasses, amulet, whatever. ?????
The 'opal' in the center is polymer clay (also made by me) - much more sparkle in person.  Amazingly looks very much like a true opal.  Wonderful things you can do with polymer clay.

This is the other, older piece I mentioned above.  Perhaps it's my bad photography, but this one looks a Lot better in person than in this photo.  (I just got a new iPhone 6S, so hopefully my photos will improve now)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

One more 'Bits' piece completed, and now working on number three.  I'm enjoying the hand stitching and beading on these pieces, then it's off to backing, which I'm doing in microsuede, and making the fasteners for the neck cords - first one in copper, this one in bronze, perhaps silver for the next one?
So, here's number two:




Now to finish number three.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

collinsstudio: I just finished one of my 'Bits' pieces.  Decided ...

collinsstudio: I just finished one of my 'Bits' pieces.  Decided ...: I just finished one of my 'Bits' pieces.  Decided to make it into jewelry using some of my beads and collectibles.  Thought you migh...
I just finished one of my 'Bits' pieces.  Decided to make it into jewelry using some of my beads and collectibles.  Thought you might like to see what came up.  Don't know for sure if it's finished, but I think so - perhaps a little tweaking, we'll see.

Now for a few close-ups




Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

I've been stewing all week since getting back from an incredible time in Taos with Diane Ericson and Holly Badgley. As usual, I don't have any large, finished masterpieces from my time there, but my brain has been going round and round, so thought I'd share a few pieces that have been happening.

These two little pieces are what I'll call Bits.  An odd piece of linen, then painted, then I went around and picked up bits and pieces off of the floor.  With twenty women working on fabric stuff, there were a treasure of 'bits' on the floor.  The wrapped piece is a twig from the cottonwood trees around the Mabel Dodge Luhan property where we were staying and working, and the fabric piece an odd piece of linen I had from a vest I had cut out that day.  I felt these bits from all these women of my tribe would form a memory piece from this time and place, and might be incorporated into the vest I was working on.

So, here are two more I have made since coming home.  I'll do more hand stitching on these, and they may also become a pocket, or decoration of some sort on a future garment.

There is some construction work going on at my studio so these are the perfect little things to stitch while chaos is surrounding me for a few days.  It will be great when it's finished though.  New heat/air units - much better than the old, wornout swamp cooler.

These are so much fun to make that I think I will make more.  Just for the fun of it.

Friday, September 18, 2015

collinsstudio: Fall is definitely here today.  The days are short...

collinsstudio: Fall is definitely here today.  The days are short...: Fall is definitely here today.  The days are shorter, a little cooler and some of the leaves are starting to turn on the trees.  I haven&#39...
Fall is definitely here today.  The days are shorter, a little cooler and some of the leaves are starting to turn on the trees.  I haven't had much time to stitch or paint this week, and I'm feeling the itch to stitch pretty bad, so maybe a little hand stitching this evening.
 We are getting ready to do some remodeling on our kitchen so that has been taking up most of my time.  Picking the new counter top tiles and backsplash and sink and faucet, and, and, and, on it goes.  But we're almost ready to actually start the project.  Yay!
Next weekend I'll go to Taos for a Design Outside the Lines Retreat with Diane Ericson.  I can hardly wait for the time to spend sewing and painting with friends old and new, and Taos is always beautiful in the Fall.  I'll send pics.
I decided to include a new photo of me and my studio mate, my African Grey parrot, Allee Bird ( aka Beeper).  She's great company for me in the studio, and loves having her picture taken.

Hope you're having a great Autumn and getting lots of great creative projects done.  I'll be back in the studio soon - and with a nice, new kitchen to play in.