Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Art Market in DC-Pershing Park

I'm signed up for the next Arts in Pershing Park weekend art market July 6th, 7th and 8th. There are 10-20 juried artists participating in the market which is held every first full weekend of the month through October. Open 11 am - 5 pm each day and held in Pershing Park, A Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Park located at 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW across from the Willard Hotel.

Next Market: July 6-8,2007
An event of family learning and fun and art collecting all in one – live jazz music by The Tom Reyes Trio and acoustic solo musician, Steve Hung; hands-on activities; artist demonstrations including Roderick Turner, muralist; Pindar VanArman and Zanelle, his robotic painter; Face painting; local artist booths showcasing paintings, glass, pottery, jewelry and more!

Arts at Pershing Park!
An open air gallery showcase highlighting the talent of local artists.
Arts at Pershing Park! is a local artist showcase brought to you by Guest Services, Inc., in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Willard Intercontinental Hotel.
For more information on Arts at Pershing Park!
Contact 202-208-4056 or

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Beadweaving Tutorial-Spiral Rope Stitch

UPDATE !!! Filmloop has been replaced by something I can't figure out, so please stand by until I get a Fickr slideshow ready. Stay tuned !!! In the meantime, here are some excellent tutorials to help:
Spiral Rope Chain
How to Make a Beaded Spiral Rope Chain
Beltana's Beads -- Spiral Rope Chain

Here is my next tutorial for another favorite, Spiral Rope Stitch that is very easy to learn. There are also many possibilites for variation so once you learn the basic stitch, you can take it from there !

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Etsy Trashion Events

I’m a member of the Etsy Trashion Team which is a group of over 70 artists from around the world who specialize in turning trash into treasure. The Etsy Trashion Team is about visualizing beauty in unconventional objects and materials. We fabricate art, jewelry, fashion and objects for the home from used, thrown-out & found elements. For us, trashion is a philosophy and an ethic. It encompasses environmentalism and innovation, and respects the human creative and healing potential.

This month, a group Etsy shop, located at http://EtsyTrashion.etsy.com opened for business. Products from all of our members are available for purchase there. A full list of members' shops can also be found there in the profile section.

On Friday, July 27th, we will be hosting a trunk show at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn NYC. (325 Gold Street, Brooklyn NYC. A/C/F to Jay St * B/M/Q/R to Dekalb) We will have recycled art, jewelry, clothing, home d├ęcor & more for sale, plus there will be trashion-themed films, make-your-own trashion activities and refreshments. The trunk show is FREE and open to all ages, plus the first 25 people through the door will receive a complimentary trashion team gift bag. Attendees are requested to RSVP via email at rsvp@etsy.com.

For more info on the group, our Etsy shop and our trunk show is available at:

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Paraguayan Lace Technique

Ever scanning the web for fascinating and beautiful fiber techniques, I ran across these beauties: Paraguayan lace They are done by a fellow DC area resident who is originally from that country and who learned it from her family. She plans to use the proceeds from sales of her handiwork to help a leper colony back home. I would love to try the technique but I doubt I could achieve her level of skill.

Monday, June 11, 2007

New Beadweaving Tutorial-Chevron Chain Stitch

UPDATE !!! Filmloop has been replaced by something I can't figure out, so please stand by until I get a Fickr slideshow ready. Stay tuned !!!

I found a cool way to create a slideshow tutorial for my favorite beadweaving stitches. The first one I want to share is a very easy and versatile stitch that I use alot called Chevron Chain. I include this stitch in my Earring Kit which contains all the materials and a printed booklet with patterns for three different pairs of earrings. The other stitches you can try with the kit are Herringbone stitch and Spiral Rope stitch. Have fun, and check back for more tutorials coming soon !

Sunday, June 10, 2007

DC Area Etsy Team Trunk Show in NYC

Head over to the Etsy Labs if you're in Brooklyn on June 29th from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm to check out the handmade works of art and craft by members of C.R.E.S.T.-the Capital Region Etsy Street Team.