“Hey, who’s been in my chocolates?”

2004

Techniques used: Bead embroidery, freeform over prepared forms, peyote, square stitch, couching.


Materials used:

Seed beads, accent beads, pearls, wooden forms, felt, Nymo™ thread.

Chocolate with

bite out of it.

Di’s tip: To achieve the look I wanted for the chocolates I had to invent a new way to bead over a form. There were many trips to my local craft and hardware stores searching out any potential items that could be used for the bases of the chocolates. Then after numerous trials and tribulations I figured out a way to cover wooden forms and bead over them. Where there’s a will, there’s a way! There is always something perfect for projects like these just waiting for you at your local craft and hardware stores.

For fun I created a chocolate guide map in the lid of the box using bead terms and names for the descriptions.

Techniques used: Bead embroidery on machine-pieced, quilted fabric


Materials used:

Seed beads, accent beads, pearls, lucite flowers & leaves, Swarovski Hotfix™ flatback crystals & bicone crystal beads, Nymo™ thread, polyester stuffing, Ultrasuede™ backing, image transfer on fabric for the face purchased from Artchix Studio.

Beaded Dolly - 2007

This piece is dedicated to the memory of Dona Anderson who loved these beaded chocolates, and told me so every time I saw her.

She always made me laugh and feel special.

We all miss her sunny, happy, giving spirit, and I’m sure she’s still beading and smiling down on us all from above.

Miscellaneous Beadwork

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The Gatekeeper

2011

Little Imps - 2011

Techniques used: Bead embroidery, peyote stitch


Materials used:

Vintage Kewpie heads & body, carved cabochon face, seed beads, accent beads, lucite flowers & leaves, Swarovski bicone crystal beads, feathers, charms, watch gear, stampings, Nymo™ thread, Fireline, felted balls.

Techniques used: Bead embroidery, peyote stitch, sewing


Materials used:

Vintage porcelain doll head & arms, fabric, seed beads, accent beads, lucite flowers & leaves, Swarovski bicone crystal beads, feathers, sequins,  Nymo™ thread, sticks, Ultrasuede, wire, felt ball, plastic letters, cardboard cone.

Ladybird

2012

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