Tower base WIP

One of my beading goals is to make a large 3d castle. But I am still experimenting with the best way to make it happen. One of the my experiments is a 3d tower in CRAW (Cubic Right Angle Weave) stitch I modified for my Fibonacci project so that it would work given it needs to be mathematically accurate.

I started this tower in Jan 2021 and worked on it a bit on and off till July 2021. It is the slowest most time-intensive beadwork stitch I have yet to come across. Trust me to make things harder for myself.

Anyway, I stated back up again in late Oct of this year and managed to get up off the base and first row of the tower.

I won’t end up using this stitch to make the castle, but I do want to finish this tower as it is a cool project in its own right, even if it will take forever.

It is in some ways very different from my

usual style, given that it is rather solid and while still based on a geometric shape it is not a polyhedron. Though it still has the minimalism of my usual style and it is made with one colour.

The rainbow grey looks great as a choice for a tower IRL but is not the best in photos and can make it a bit hard to see details in the photos though the shadows do help.

The tower is also one of the few projects where I drew up a basic design before I started, to help me keep a track of the 3d design as I worked given it is not the same on all sides.

Not that it has stopped me from changing the design as I go along. You can see in the photo how the windows use to be smaller, and were changed to be bigger, because as my cousin pointed out it was a lot of work to make the stairs if you couldn’t really see once the tower was finished.

I ended up settling on the windows being combined so that they are five rows wide, after all, it’s not a functioning tower so it doesn’t need to be defensible with small windows. I also changed the walls, unfortunately after I started going up, so it is a bit painful

adding in the outer layer now, but I felt that one row was just too thin. and also what really decided it was that I broke two beads and had to add new ones in but they ended up bulging out. I’ve learnt not to make the rows too tight, and the mistakes will be hidden in the middle of the wall now.

I’ve learnt a lot making this, like if I ever do something like this again in this stitch I will leave a gap in the floor under the stairs and hide it by having the stairs be covered in. This will give me room to move on the lower stairs as I am adding them in. As it was I broke some needles and had to use my pliers to get the needle into some of the beads and through them as the angels were all wrong and I couldn’t get my hand in the space. I might also try adding in the outer layer of the stitch on the sides,

instead of on the top and bottom. It would give the walls a different look.

Still, I am happy with how it is turning out though it most likely not be done until late next year at the earliest as it takes so long to do and I have other projects that need to get done.

Hopefully, people find it as interesting as I do as it is one of my passion projects. Not that any of my beadwork is not a passion project, but I really do make the things I am interested in and want to see. How ever this is one that I have been wanting to do for a long time and have continued to work on despite the set backs I’ve had with it.

Anyway, I had better get a move on with printing off my patterns for order and writing out the word charts so I can get them made. My next post will have some news about the world record, it’s a bit complicated but will hopefully work out.

Lou.

3d Beadwork Stars

My minor obsession with stars has been an ongoing thing through the years and so has this growing mini-star collection. I’ve been emptying out my old beading containers as they are no longer useful to me for beading and have repurposed for the moment to sort out my star collection. It’s not the best solution but is the best one I have come up with so far.

The end goal of the collection is to make as many unique stars as I possibly can, using every single Delica colour available. each star will be unique with it’s colour combination and pattern so that I hopefully end up with thousands of unique stars.

It is also a good way to use up smaller amounts of beads and smaller bits of thread, that would go to waste otherwise. I typically make them as I am making other projects as I end up. with bits of thread long enough to make a tiny warped square but nothing bigger. But some times I put the thread aside to use later.

Currently, I am working on orders and making extra stars and baubles for Christmas but have also been adding to the mini-star collection.

With the beads I currently have, (I’m waiting for my current supplies order) I’ve been working on using up what beads I have and making stars will all the patterns I’ve made so that I can get photos of them for people to see when they want to order, so that know what can be done.

I will go back to working on the tower closer to Christmas and then in Jan and Feb, it will be time for the international Patchwork sculpture to be the focus again.

It has been a hot summer so far so we’ve had the aircon on at home and normally 13 would get shitty if I accidentally flung the cover on her but she decided it was cool enough and stayed snuggled under. My vicious little beastie looks so cute. ❤️

She has decided to give me a tiny lick when she wants pats, but she still claws and bites when she wants me to stop giving her pats. Oh well.

Unfortunately mum has covid at the moment and while I’ve been testing negative I’m only going out when I have to for work or food.

I had been hoping to get back to the Mackay Art Society this week as I missed last week but it wasn’t to be. Hopefully, I can get there next week.

I had also wanted to go to days for girls as I had managed to get a whole lot of material for free for them, and had washed it on Friday so it was ready but hopefully I can get there this Saturday as it is the Christmas party.

I also have a lot of leftover material for my friend but it will have to wait as we don’t want to risk her boys catching covid even if I am testing negative.

There was actually so much material that I washed for DFG I actually got a little sunburned taking it off the washing line. I filled up the big one and the small one and used all the pegs we had. Despite the time I took to sort it out there might still be some that is not suitable as it can’t have words, or faces and a few other things as well has having to be cotton. Still it will all get used by someone.

Other than that I’ve not been feeling the best, it is possible stress or just being a bit burnt out. So I’ve let a few things slip. Trying to get things moving on the business front is difficult and the timing with the state of the world isn’t the best but oh well.

It is what it is. But hopefully, next year will be better.

On the work front the school we are cleaning won’t be doing covid cleaning so they are going back to having one company so we are not quite sure how next year will work out as the team I am in currently only has the one office lined up, which is about a 2 hour job for the 2 of us, which is not enough. Our boss is looking at taking on other contracts so hopefully it works out as I don’t want to have to look for another job.

Oh and I’ve been having trouble posting up the video tour of the seed beads exhibition which is why it isn’t currently up. Hopefully, I can get it up today. I’ll also be writing a post about the tower wip so far, and then I have to print out some patterns I designed yesterday for an order.

all the best Lou.

Seed Beads First Solo Exhibition

Jubilee Community Centre

Hey, it has been a little while since I have written a blog post so I am going to catch up with all the updates now. My first solo exhibition went well, it had coverage in two local newspapers and both the Mayor of Mackay and our Member for parliament tuned up for the opening night. Unfortunately, the canvases didn’t turn up in time but the lovely team a the Jubilee Community Centre found out that they had turned up they offered to hang them up for me for the last few days.

Glass print of Green Thing Beadwork Sculpture

I did also buy an amazing glass print that brings out the colour of the beads really well.

I’m thinking about offering to sell prints and canvases but will have to look into it, however you can find digital prints online now on my buy me a coffee profile and in my etsy store.

Canvas print of beadwork sculptures

I might also do an art calendar next year (for 2024) if I get enough interest in it. Business is not my passion but to keep creating sculptures I’m going to have to work at getting it functional as a business.

I do have some Christmas orders and will hopefully get a few more this month.

And some lovely people have donated some money and beads to help me keep creating which is beyond amazing.

Mum

Mum was away for the start of my exhibition but on the second weekend she came with me to open up and we crafted in between visitors. She was making a pair of shorts for a friend and I was working on my tower project.

One of the ladies from the art department came over to tell me how impressed they all were and how many people came in during the week to see the exhibition which was great.

dress collection of seed beads exhibition during set up

I took a few photos when I was setting up but forgot to take good ones when it was all set up without the wires on the walls. Some times I am completely hopeless.

I did take a video after it was set up so I will try to upload it onto my facebook page.

Daily Mercury Newspaper clipping

I will write another post for the non-exhibition updates but I’ll add some more images to this one so keep scrolling.

Mackay and Whitsundays Life Newspaper clipping
Julieanne Gilbert MP Member for Mackay, Louise Cater and, Mayor Greg Williams

Beading the night sky

I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather so I haven’t done much more than making this Night Sky meteor these last few days and a starter for the Triangle love project.

This little meteor is a star viewer, where you can peek in and see the night sky, or a representation of it at any rate. I learnt a few things making this, and will hopefully be able to make a larger more cool star gazer in the future when I get more matte black beads and silver lined gold and crystal to make the night sky. I’d also love to make an outer layer in

blue to look like the daytime sky, or to make it look like a cave or something.

The hardest part of this was adding the metallic black beads over the herringbone stitch to cover the gaps and help stiffen the sphere up so it held its shape. It is not completely dark as the small gaps between beads let light in but you can cup your hands around the meteor so that it only lets light in through the top to get the best effect.
It would be cooler If it had a second layer to block more of the light and had lights to shine in onto the sliver lined

beads so that they sparkled even more when looking in.

Still, I am happy with how it turned out given my limited supplies for the project and my lack of knowledge on how to make it work and I now have serval ideas on how to make a better one from making it. After all the best way to learn is to do.

Ana Cravido

I have been mostly busy with my up coming exhibition which is approaching fast! but have also been working towards doing interviews for the blog and am making a new cover for the international patchwork sculpture group. Ana’s awesome photo of a number of the pentagons she has made will be in the banner, along with hopefully a number of other photos from other members of the group. If you are participating in the project and want photos of your pentagons in the cover please let me know so I can add them in when I update the cover.

Ana’s photos has her own pentagon designs, the Swirl pentagon design by Debby Zook and some of mine, all made by Ana with her unique colour choices. She has such a lovely colour palette going on and I really need to buy more opaque beads in future are they can be just as amazing as the silver lined ones.

You can find some of the designs in the files of the International Patchwork Sculpture group on Facebook and the tutorial/pattern for the pentagons in the group as well as on the International beading week website.

Well I don’t have much else to say so I will get back to it and get a move on. I will hopefully have another post for you this week.

Louise.

Out of my comfort zone

Well, today I went around the city centre and handed out some flyers. I didn’t go into every shop as I couldn’t bring myself to talk to that many people but I did hand a few out. I wore some star earrings and my red decorative scarf, which ended up as a funky bracelet before I finished. It was going to be longer but it works fine so I might actually leave it at the length it is. And my face is a little red from the heat and from being embarrassed as I don’t really like going out of my way to talk to people I don’t know.

And I’ve been getting replies from the Mackay council members I’ve emailed and so far everyone who has got back to me has said they will check it out

when they can as some of them are out of town for the first week. And some said they will come to the opening so that is exciting.

My decorative scarf had to be wrapped around my wrist as it gained length to stop it from pulling as I worked, as the weight would pull it down. And then it had to go over my shoulder as it got longer as it was too bulky to work with around my writs.

I guess if I leave it at the length it is now it will be more of a necktie than a scarf.

And here is the DIY earring display from last week. It is not the best but it works and that is all I really wanted. And it has room to spare! The display my cousin Kea gave me is now empty and can be filled up again so I can make lots more.

Other than sorting out my exhibition not much else is happening so I will leave it at that. Catch you next time, Louise.

Custom Order

Well, it has been an interesting week, that has gone by way too fast. I can’t believe it is already Sunday evening but then again it is almost Oct as well.

So I got this awesome dodecahedron earring order and I love them, they will be heading off to Austria tomorrow as a gift for a lady who collects earrings!

And one very kind lady offered to send me some beads after I relied to a tweet (what is your dream for yourself) with a photo of several of my empty bead containers and that I dream of having full ones to work with. The bigger dream is to have

enough money and income to be able to buy what I need when I need it. Some people are truly angels.

Progress on the WIP is done for the moment, I did finish it and it is strange and staying on the desk for further thought.

I did spend a few days making fringe earrings and now have too many earrings for my earring displays. It was going to be too expensive to buy a big enough one so I brought a picture frame, spray painted it and will staple wire across the back to hang earrings from.

here is a photo of the back of it. I couldn’t get the metal tags out but will just press them against the frame out of the way. And bonus I managed to buy a secondhand frame that could stand up by its self. It is a decent size so I am happy with it but even from the op shop it wasn’t super cheap. Still I saved a fair chunk of money by making a DIY earring stand and it will be one of a kind. Maybe I should get some more frames and sell earring displays? Only if people ask otherwise it would be a wasted effort and money as I don’t make that* many earrings lol.

I found some of my old photos from about 2008 – 2015. not many of them but some I had thought were lost forever after my mum accidentally spilt wine on my back up hard drive and her husband for some reason downloaded movies onto my lap top (without asking) and wrecked it a few days later. The A*hole. Apparently I had some saved in google photos. Some of which are on my current phone but a number of them are not.

This one of the croc was from a reptile park down south, I actually gave them a copy of the photos I took there and I hope they managed to get some use out of them.

For several years I was seriously considering photography as a profession but people kept asking me to take photos at their weddings and would keep asking after I said no so eventually I was put off and then I changed from glasses to contacts and for some reason couldn’t get the view finder to get just the right focus. So I gave it up as a hobby. By that time cameras did have viewing screens but its not the same and while I could take it up again as a hobby there are so many photographers other there that it seems a little pointless.

Some of my earliest beadwork was on barbie doll clothes, it was kinda cool if a bit painful. It was good to find the photos of them though to see how much my beadwork has changed. I am super grateful to have found the 3d beadwork movement and all the incredible things I’ve been inspired by and been able to dream up and make myself.

Anyway, I should actually get some beadwork done so I shall catch you later.

Louise.

Gold, luxurious Gold.

It might not have been super obvious just how much I like gold and working with the colour. After all, I only have a few pieces actually made in gold so it would have been easy enough to miss. However it is my fave colour to work with. Not the only colour I want to work with but if I did have to chose it would be gold. And the 24k gold is the best but it is also expensive, well more expensive at any rate.

My work colleague Ana was back on Wednesday and well it wasn’t bad working with the boss I am glad. Ana’s sister went home to New Zealand for the week and brought back treats to share.

The squiggles hokey pokey is awesome and the others are delish as well. Whittaker’s is my fave brand of chocolates now and I am glad we can also buy some of the flavours here. I have also been naughty and been buying Macca’s because the Monopoly is on at the moment. I’ve won some small vouchers and really, really want to win the gaming pack for my brother & brother-in-law. They would be thrilled. It’s not likely I’ll get that last ticket but it would be so epic. I also would love to win the fuel or the car. Not that I am holding my breath or anything.

So if you haven’t seen my posts about the gold dress collection on my social media accounts then let me tell you a little bit about it. Of three I have attempted this last week only these two worked out after a few changes. The third one I tried fail at least five times so I have left it be for now.

The solid gold dress was an experiment, I was really just going with the flow as I made it, not settling on any one idea. I really liked how it turned out, especially how it flares out at the hips. and the other dress was inspired by an ancient Egyptian dress dating back to 2323-2150 B.C.E. It was found in a tomn in Giza and reconstructed by Sheila Shear. According

to the Museum of Fine arts Boston.
Mine is not as fancy as the ancient dress due to size constraints and my lack of netting skills. it is a skill I have to work on but to be honest it is not something I intend to do much of at the moment, considering the netting it’s self is not 3d.

I would have loved to have this one contoured to the mannequin but it didn’t want to work like that and I am happy with how it turned out.

Both dresses will be in my exhibition next month along with my other miniature dress designs and beadwork.

Chloe on the beach

On Sunday I went on a picnic to the beach with mum and the Farmalie and had a great day. I really need to take more days off from work, it gets to be too much and a refresher is a great way to reset. The dogs and I had lots of fun splashing in the water. I might have shouted ‘fish’ a few times as I spotted a small fish in the water where I was splashing. I did get sunburned but it was worth it and, mum Sonya and I went geocaching afterwards and then for ice cream where we caught up with Michael (my brother) who just happened to be finishing work at that time and I saw him.

©National geographic

On twitter yesterday someone posted a video of of a small snake eating a large egg, with the description stating that the whole process takes about two hours. And some one posted ‘Jesus fk, what planet is this’ (imonkey.eth) and I had to post a gif of this Grashopper mouse howling at the moon. And said:
The one where mice kill poisonous scorpions and howl at the moon.

It has 4 comments, 6 retweets and 174 likes so far. 😂.

One of my most popular replies. I’ll leave a link to the video below its worth watching. Also, this little mouse is my spirit animal because it is cute and fluffy and also a complete badass!

Anyway at the moment I am working on this and have decided to try making a bottle from it. It was hard to change directions as it was going to be contoured to the glass bottle it was started on, so the bead count left me with limited options of how I could expand upon it. So it will be a completely different bottle shape to the one it was started on. hopefully it will work out, we shall see in time I guess.

Other than that I don’t have much news except if you are in Mackay and want to come to my exhibition opening night on the 20th OCT than can you please message me as numbers are limited.

Have a fab day, Louise.

https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/video/tv/grasshopper-mouse-hunts-scorpions-howls-moon

Broken

Well, it has been a week. I did some extra hours at work and have spent a fair amount of time with my family this week.

I also made more pentagons for the IBW 22 project and started a new project of my own. It was going well (though I hate beading on things as it is a pain) until mum tried to show it off and dropped it. There had been a light cork (for fairy lights) in the top I had been trying out and she held it by that which was not secure in the slightest being plastic and the bottle of course slid off and smashed.

She did clean up the broken glass and brought me a replacement bottle though I said she didn’t have to as I am not sure I really want to start this project again. Maybe I will at a future date.

I did manage to save most of the beadwork as it was only wrecked in two places, so I pulled out a lot of rows at the bottom and then fixed a small patch up the top where a few beads were broken. From the outside it looks as good as knew although I have no idea what I am actually going to make with it now. It is a solid tube though so I can make something from it no problems.

Maybe it could be a ghost bottle? lol kinda like when you make things on a balloon and pop the balloon. though the neck is a bit wide for a bottle if it is not on one.

So there is a month and a few weeks until my OCT exhibition, so I will be contacting the media and starting to hand out flyers this month so that Mackay people know about it. Hopefully, it will be a success and expand my local audience.

hum other than that a random on Insta said they liked my work (they did actually follow me and like my stuff) and would like to send me some money and I did give them my payID I mean you can’t do much with it other than send or request money so I wasn’t too worried. I was like um ok. anyway they send me a screen shot of my payid in the search and I’m like yep thats me.

And they were like I’ve sent the money it couldn’t be delivered without the charge of $25.

and then when are you gonna pay, and I’m like I got no PayPal notifications. 👐

And she hasn’t asked me to pay her or give her details so I’m not sure if this is a scam or not but why is this random messing with my emotions? Needless to say if she dose ask for any of that stuff she won’t be getting it, but damn its cold 🥶 trying to scam people out of money.

I was on PayPal checking for notifications of any kind (given I was kinda worried about it being a scam) and saw the giving fund thing.
Well I set one up for my 1st exhibition/birthday gift (since the exhibition is my birthday gift to myself this year). I’m not promoting it or anything but i figured it can’t hurt to set it up if anyone wanted to send me some money for my birthday to help my little exhibition be the best it can be. I am totally not a workaholic 😂.

um other than inept scammers and broken work I don’t have a lot else to talk about my life is kinda boring at the moment. I have managed to save an extra $85.35 in my money jar over the last few weeks so that is something. lol.

Oh and I almost forgot dad and I saw a baby whale last week, I can’t remember if I posted about it or not but it was playing in the waves. it was a bit too far out for my phone to get a good video of but it was super cool to see. this week we got coral spawn. 😂

well i had better do some work I guess.

Lou.

Organising exhibition and Christmas

Hey there, I hope everyone is well. I got my first covid booster shot on Tuesday and I feel like rubbish. I did a covid test and I am fine, just responded badly to this shot for some reason. Oh well at least it is one less thing to organise as I prepare for my exhibition which seems a long way off as it’s not until the end of October but as the person who has to sort everything out it seems too soon.

I have sorted out the printing of the flyers and event brochures as well as tickets for the opening night. The space is payed for, I have a Fb event for it up and have at least 11 more things on the check list to sort out. I also did up some social media flyers for Christmas orders as I am only taking orders till the end of October this year for this Christmas.

Today dad and I went out for our usual lunch and got to see a baby whale playing in the waves. I did get some video footage of it on my phone but it was just a little too far out to really see much of anything in the video. I mean you can tell something is creating a splash but that is about it.

Hum well other than that not much has happened on the beading front since last week, given how much time I sent on design flyers and such. Hopefully I shall have something more exciting to post about next week.

All the best Lou

Shapes and more.

It has been great to see everyone getting involved in both international projects and all the enthusiasm to add in open pentagons. I offered to make a tutorial just as something interesting for people to learn but several people are keen to make them for the project as well. I’ll be editing the videos after this as I was interrupt and had to make two seperate videos, which I will join together.

Last week was jam-packed as I started doing deliveries to boost up my income. I only did a few hours over the

week but I earned $160+ before tax and super. It’s not the best pay ever and all the running around and talking to people stresses me out a bit but it is worth doing at the moment to I can get ahead with my finances. Thankfully a while ago my mum lent me some money to pay off my credit card which had become a major nightmare after having changed jobs for my mental heath. Which has been amazing in giving me the space to sort out my money and once I pay her back I will be debt free! which will feel so good. I’ve also found some amazing financial podcasts and books that gave me the information I was missing.

SHELLEY ENGWIRDA

You might be wondering what this has to do with beads, well they are kinda expensive and it means that once I have paid for my expensive car part and then payed mum back I can set that money aside just for beads as much of the extra delivery money after tax and super is going towards that and to buffing up my bill paying account (which I have been trying to do for ever but it keeps getting drained) so that I don’t have to take money from other places to pay bills. And I have been putting extra money aside on week when I have extra into my art account.

SHELLEY ENGWIRDA

Ok enough about money.

So I went to a workshop on writing about your art on Saturday, where I met some lovely ladies and learnt a few tricks about how to write about my art. It was really good except for one part where we moved to a second instillation to practice writing about art which was a chaotic noise thing which was horrible. It gave me a headache and made me queasy and another lady had to leave the room. People more sensitive to noise then I am would not have been able to stay in the room but everyone else seemed to think it was grate. I mentioned that it was a rather ableist piece given that people sensitive to sound would not be-able to be in the room with it but that was ignored.

Which did make me wonder if the acknowledgement of the first nations people was just a bunch of BS virtue signalling. I hope not but as much as I like the art-space it needs to work on being more inclusive. Many of the artworks it displays in the main gallery tend to be conceptual who-har that leave most residences of Mackay feeling like they don’t belong in the art world or that art is a bunch of BS and a waist of time and money. This is especially true of the older residents who are down to earth farmers or workers who come in wanting to see what it is all about. The entry all on the other hand often has wonderful art that is skilfully made and who’s concepts are clear to see in the artworks them selves if they have a concept. The quilt and the glass work in the photos above are examples of some of the better entry hall art.

Also on the weekend my aunt and uncle came up from Brisbane Saturday night for a birthday party and we spent Sunday fixing my aunty Joan’s townhouse (because the builder she hired was an incompetent git) ready for my brother and brother-in-law to move in. hum other than that I have to work early on Wednesdays which is a pain though it tends to push my pay up to $600 a week which is fantastic, though I still hope my boss can find someone for the job so I can go back to normal shifts on Wednesday. Oh and I am missing just one HP card for my collection of course it is the Ron that you have to get from Coles express with banana bread and I started a second collection for my nephews as my friend shops from wollies and am only missing 11 cards from it.

Well, I had better get cracking on that video tutorial before I have to get ready for work and I will try to write my next blog post on Sunday or Monday. I’ve got another busy weekend ahead but that just means I will have things to write about.

Oh and Monday night at a building I clean I was taking some large rubbish bags downstairs when I heard clinking. Turned around and there were coins and a USB stick on the stairs that had fallen out of a tear in the bag. So when I got downstairs I went through the bags (with gloves on of course) and pulled out several more coins and several cans (worth 10c each) and washed them all off before chucking the rest in the bin out side. Some of these office people are so waist full, they chuck out brand new office supplies, new wine glasses (I assume they had been gifted to them by another company) and all sorts of perfectly good stuff I even saw a whole pack of smokes still in the plastic wrapping in one bin and they are like $50 a pack or something. Things they could have given to other people or even sold on FB for a few dollars. I mean you can’t sell the smokes but the other brand new things you could have.

anyway catch you later Lou.