To Be Or Not To Be…

In nature as in life a lot of things are connected but always have the opportunity of reinvention.

Lately I have been doing beadwork. What I like most about working with crafts is the ability to take something plain or raw and make something useful and hopefully beautiful out of it.

Sun Stone Quartz Pendant

The above picture defines my point. I took a rough piece of Sun Stone Quartz that I mined out of the NC mountains, added some decorative black jewelry wire for a harness and now it will have purpose as a pendant.

Not unlike this rough stone we can reinvent ourselves. Sometimes this reinvention occurs as a result of an event in our lives or like me just a desire to be the best I can be.

Have a great Sunday.

Bead By Bead

So today I have been beading. I started out the day doing simple earrings:

Simple beads threaded on an eye pin.

This afternoon I started a Native American style fringe earring. These are worked with very small seed beads added to a beading needed. You first start by making a ring and then working back through half of them to start the brick pattern. These take quite a while to complete but worth the effort. There are patterns on pinterest and on the Fire Mountain Gem website.

Seed bead fringe earring.

The Barn Quilt Trail

I have always had an interest in barn quilts. A few years ago I started photographing barn quilts on both the western end and eastern end of the trail.

For those who are not familiar with barn quilts, they were original placed on barns as a sign of welcome and friendship. They have since been recognized as pieces of art.

Western Carolina – Marion/Flatrock Area

Most barn quilts like these are patterned after traditional quilt blocks. Most are constructed of plywood or sometimes barn wood.
Some like these are very whimsical.
While others display information or lifestyles.
There are those that relate to the type of business like these ice cream cones that referenced an ice cream shop that was also housed in this building.
This one captured a moment in time.

These guitars quickly let visitors know where the local music shop was.

Eastern North Carolina – Martin County

This was in a campground.

Thank you for taking this journey with me on the Barn Quilt Trail.

Creating Art & Crafts

I guess I am a strange duck, so to speak, but it is not unusual for me to take something that would be considered a craft and make art out of it.

Hillbilly Madness

I purchased this toilet tissue holder last night at an auction. It was very plain and I just knew I had to give it a new life. To me a house should not be just a house but a structure that should contain pieces that give it character. While I love painting in the traditional sense, I also like doing things like this.

This piece after being stained will be a conversation piece in my guest bathroom.

When you are painting it is sometimes easy to get “stuck in a rut”. It is always good to experiment with different projects and differrent styles. I have been painting a long time but still learn something new when I watch other artists.

Expand your horizon and reach for the stars or even paint a few. Have a great day.

Needlecraft Lesson

Daisy Granny Square

Ok ladies. If you like to crochet, here is my version of the Daisy Granny Square. Actually, I probably should call it a sunflower because it has 12 points, not 8. With an H hook ch 3 and slip stitch into 1st stitch to form loop. Work 12 hdc into loop and slip stitch into beginning dc ch 3. 2. In top of first hdc dc + 2 more dc in same stitch, cross over and slip stitch into stitch prior to the ch3 then go forward to the stitch after the 3rd dc was made and slip stitch and then repeat (ch 3 2dc in same stitch cross over and slip stitch into stitch prior to ch3 then go forward to the stitch after the 3rd dc was made and slip stitch) petal made. Repeat until there are 12 petals. For next row, slip stitch into center of the first petal ch 3 and repeat around. Slip stitch into last petal. Next row, to form corner 3dc in loop between petals ch3 3dc all in same loop, ch1 3dc in next loop. Continue in pattern around. You should now have 4 corners with 2 sets of 3dc in between, slip stitch into top of beginning ch, ch1 and sc around. Your block should now look like the one above.

Hope you enjoy.

A Little Sunday Creating

In addition to be a photographer, I have my hands in a lot of things. Needlework is just one of them. This is cross stitch. It is an early form of embroidery dating back to the 1600s. While then done on fine linen it is now done on fabric and canvas. I particularly love to work with Aida 14. The number 14 being the number of blocks per inch. Here is my latest creation along with a few more.

Garden Annie

While this little garden girl was done freehand, I also convert photographs for more complex projects. Here are just a few.

Prairie Girl

I scan the image into my cross stitch software to create the pattern for this pic. Merging the pic and the pattern together I create the complete pdf pattern that can be easily downloaded.

Elf Madness

At Christmas I sketched out this crazy pic and also created a cross stitch pattern from it.

From the patterns I frame some and make pillow covers from others. If you are interested in learning how to cross stitch you can email me for instructions or you can also find videos on YouTube.

I have the first pattern and others in my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/FolkwaysCreations?ref=shop_sugg

Hope you have enjoyed this little segment.

Creativity and Crafting

My creativity is not limited to photography. Making sonething beautiful out of very little is what drives me. You don’t have to be an experienced crafter to do these projects. Being a crafter is very rewarder. While I don’t sell a lot, I enjoy it a lot.

This is cross stitch. This piece will soon become a pillow top

Below are some of the recent patterns I have created. You can purchase these in my Etsy Shop “FolkwaysCreations”.

Hope you have a great time stitching. The biggest reason I do cross stitch and other crafts is because it is a healthy way to relieve stress. Try a new craft project today. If you are a beginner, feel free to email me if you have questions.

Email: sgheath1@hotmail.com