Wednesday, November 21, 2012

a peek at some pieces

A few brooches have popped up amongst the stones this week.   I'm sending these off shortly but wanted to share a couple of photos before they went.

I also have a couple of vessel pieces completed that I'm happy with.  Like little gardens to wear around the neck.

The wood from each of these necklaces came from these yard sale finds from this summer.  I'm always on the lookout for pretty wood tchockes to take to the band saw.  

I believe the jaguar to be acacia wood, like Mr. Giraffe was.  It finishes so smoothly, I wish I could find more of it.  Plus, it smells like black pepper when you cut it, and I like that.  The black wood, on the other hand, has an unholy stench when cut.  It's extremely heavy wood, even more so than osage orange and absolutely beautiful despite its fragrance.  I'm wondering if it might be ebony.

Working with wood and wool together is really the best of both worlds for me.  I love my time at the saw and sander as much as I do with the needle and fiber.  Happiness is.

Wood and wool.  It's a good combo.  Coffee and sugar.  Ebony and ivory. (you're singing it now, aren't you?)
What are some of your favorite combos?


LaAlicia said...


Petra said...


I'm in love with your garden necklace.
So beautiful.
Do you sell it?
Winkewinke from Fermany

Sonia / COZY MEMORIES said...

WooL and WooD are just a letter away ... and you're a master at both ! These pieces are just amazing !

Els said...

I love that tiny garden on the wooden "stone" ;-)

joanie said...

Every piece you make, big or small, whatever the medium is amazing.
Can't tell you how much I love that last one. If it was mine I'd stare at it all the time, even when it was around my neck then I'd probably run into a wall or something.

Glo said...

Nobody answered your question...

Peanut butter and chocolate
Orange and grey
Vodka and tonic

Sue A said...

I'm liking feathers and lace lately.

Marilyn Buss said...

Wood and wool does it for me, and I really admire your mastery and style in combining them. 35 years ago, when my husband and I were just starting out on our crafts career, we did weaving and made looms. I had visions of combining the media in the same product. Things intervened and we became Buss Wooden Boxes, our business for more than 30 years. Now wool is coming around again.

prpltrtl946 said...

DROOL!! 8*)

And, I can't believe I am OK with you cutting up a TURTLE, but I know the makeover will be exceptionally beautiful... 8*)

Again I say DROOL!! 8*)

StaroftheEast said...

They are all gorgeous!

HollyM said...

I like hand and machine, stitch that is, and paint and fabric.
Your wool and wood pieces are beautiful!

Kelly Casanova said...

Wood and wool are definitely made for each other! Chocolate and cream springs to my sweet toothed mind too :)

Gail V said...

I think your wood turtle was a Mexican ironwood carving: read here--

My daughter collects them. You do wonderful work.

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

Gail V - I think you're right! I just read on a wood turner's site about the stench too so I think you're right on the money. Thank you!

Olivia said...

You tiny creations remind me so much of something one might find in a Cabinet of Curiosities. I certainly would love a cabinet full of your miniature curiosities.


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