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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Gourd Spirit Necklace
Yes, I also play with gourds. I grew these little jewelry gourds several years ago. I have shown the different stages of creation. First you get a little dirty dried gourd, wash it very well, cut it in 1/2, sand off the rough edges, and clean out the inside..
Now you are ready to paint, or stain your gourd.. I like to spray it with a sealer before I use the wax linen thread to do the knotless netting technique. I learned this technique years ago from Lynn Everett in Orange Co.. She will be teaching April 17 & 18th. in Visalia, go to the Calif. Gourd Society Web site for more information. On these gourds I have used beads for the face area.. I complete them by adding beads, and charms.. People are surprised that they are a natural gourd. I love it when I see collectors wearing my pieces. It is all part of sharing friendship, and a love of nature.
I am a mixed media fiber/quilt artist who loves to work with gourds,and jewelry. I am easily distracted with the next project, and have many going at one time. I have been teaching Fabric Dyeing and Beginning gourd art for many years. I am blessed with my own home studio. We live in the rolling hills near Yosemite National Park, in central Calif. U.S.A. This is a place of Inspiration, Blue Skies and Great Friends. I volunteer with several organizations,and have memberships in P.E.O., Coarsegold Historical So., Sierra Art Trails, Madera Circle Gallery, Yosemite Western Artist, Timberline Gallery and Sierra Mountain Quilters. I teach at my home studio and at local quilt gatherings.
My web site is: www.vivianhelena.com,