On the Set of Quilting Arts TV!
Wrist Pincushion Tutorial

Fabric Bead Necklace

I was on the set of Quilting Arts TV (check out the mid-demo screenshot) representing Kaleidoscope Collections and the Kaleidoscope Kreator invented by Jeanie Sumrall-Ajero.

The Kaleidoscope Kreator is a computer program that allows you to create a ton of unique kaleidoscopes from any photos.  For my first project I shared how to make these awesome fabric beads:

Remember this art journal layout?

I took a photo of the rays on the right side...

...and turned that one photo into a whole sheet of small circle kaleidoscopes!

I printed the circles onto fabric, stitched up the beads (you'll have to wait and watch the show to see the how-to), and voila!  A necklace was born!

I couldn't decide whether I liked the picture on the bust or off.  So that's why you're getting two images!  Which do you like?

As for me, I can imagine using all sorts of artwork for this.  My mind is racing with all of the cool, totally me, art I can create without having to draw it all out.  Do the work once and then let the computer take over!  I think I'm going to make a million of these beads!  They're perfect for taking on a long plane ride!

Before I leave, though, I thought I'd share some goofy pictures of me wearing the necklace!  (I took these a few weeks ago right after I made the necklace.)

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. My husband says it looks like I made a necklace from pincushions and macaroni!

P.P.S. Don't worry if you don't get Quilting Arts TV on your PBS station. You can download project sheets for free on their website!  And you can buy the DVDs of the whole season too!

P.P.P.S.  Take a peek at this promo for my theatre company's upcoming Fall show: Malfi Inc.

Too funny, right?

P.P.P.P.S. I will post the winner of the Art Journaling Week box of goodies tomorrow!