Thursday, May 7, 2015

A Book Review - How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs by Genevieve Crabe

 Some of you may know Genevieve Crabe as a wonderful Certified Zentangle Teacher, she has also developed a whole heap of Mandala Stencils as well.   

Her book published by Creative Publishing International, is a wonderful resource for bead artists as well as those who do embroidery.  I think the designs would lend themselves to being used in a mixed media journal that includes substrates such as fabric, paper and cardstock to name a few. 

Genevieve's book is a wonderful introduction to beading on fabric.  The designs are easy to follow and instructions in the Technical Support chapter are well set out.   The designs are wonderful and would also be useful for combining embroidery and beading.  Overall, this is a great book with some great designs and ideas on beading.  I am glad to have it in my personal book collection. 

You can check out Genevieve's web page here. Amaryllis Creations

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Little JEM, a crochet lace scarf

I am so happy to bring to you my own designed crochet lace scarf.  It is a little light something that is perfect for that quick make for a loved friend or family member as a gift.  Also the perfect size to use up some of those left over bits of yarn as you will make a nice scarf from between 11 to 20 grams of laceweight yarn. The pattern can be made up in any weight of yarn, just make sure you change the hook size accordingly to achieve the lacy look.
 The pattern can be purchased through my web store here :  Jane Monk Studio  
or on Craftsy here  The Little Jem pattern. 

I hope you enjoy making this pattern as gifts for your friends and family.  Thank you for your support in my designing work.   Jane x

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Maelo, the LifeSize Elf

This is a long term project I have on the go.  Today I did a little bit of hair styling on Maelo. Decided to make wool felted dreadlocks for his hair instead of the blond flax locks that I had previously put on him. This makes him so much nicer. Just need to permanently fix the skull cap to his head, funky up his clothing a little and he will be finished. I can then think about making his little wood nymph mate... he is a (OOAK) One of A Kind Art Doll, hand made by me with Polymer Clay on a heavy duty wire armature with a felt body.  His hands and feet are also polymer clay. He is approximately 4 feet tall.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Little Easter Greeting

I would like to share this little Easter Garden design I drew for you all to print and colour in. I hope everyone has a safe Easter Holiday period.  Share with others so they can colour it in too,  but please use the image only for personal use.     Jane