I woke up to a snow covered world and stayed home from work and finished my second January page. I really need to learn how to use a thimble because one of the fingers on my right hand looks like ground meat.


KV said...

I love this piece, Diane!

Good luck with the thimble learning -- I never could get myself to use one either -- and I so understand that feeling of a ground-meat finger . . .

Kathy V in NM

Robin said...

Well, there's a very easy to use thimble if you can find one... it's leather... I just Googled "leather thimble" images and found one here (scroll down about half way).

And now for the important part of this comment... Diane, I just want to give you the biggest hug in the world. I have often said that I "love" beadwork by others, but this one has to be my all-time, all-time, bestest, most favorite piece in the world! Every single thing about it delights me. If I hadn't already published my book, I'd add a Gallery and feature this piece right on the first page.... Do you get it how fabulous it is????

Carol said...

Look for the leather thimbles in the quilting department of your local fabric store. Also, I have some small circles of rubber kind of stuff...kind of like the bigger ones that you use to open jars..you grasp the needle with it and pull it through. Works great. If you can't find a leather thimble, email me and I'll scrounge one up for you.

Now the important stuff...
You are a bead addict for sure when you use the excuse of a little snow to keep you home so you can bead! LOL

You know I think this page is absolutely wonderful and you can't get a higher compliment than to have Robin say she would want to put it in one of her books.

Now the bad part...how you gonna top that!!!

Love it

pam T said...

Oh Diane, this is a GREAT page! Love everything about it, the colors, the textures... even the bits of blood from your poked and meaty fingers. (KIDDING!!!)
I could just sit and look at this page for hours with all the different techniques you used and all that you are showing. Great job.

a2susan said...

Hi, Diane. Like the others have said, this is a wonderful, great page! It leaps out of the monitor and into real life!

I don't use a thimble, but have these rubber things that look like thimbles that you buy at an office supply store. You wear them for turning pages of paper. They have dots that stick out. When you wear them, turn them inside out so that the dots are inside and have friction on your finger. They are thick enough so I don't think you'd pierce them.

I'd like to see what you do if you get even more snow! It's coming down here for the next few days.


Brenda said...

I don't think I can say anything more that hasn't already been said.
Great page, it is almost like it is celebrating!

Sabine said...

Diane, this is so, so beautiful! Sorry for your finger, but I think the pain was worth this wonderful piece. It will soon heal, and we can look forward to some more eyecandy-art.


Marty S said...

I love it, too. It's so full of interesting things to look at.

I always used a thimble, and it worked well. Now my knuckles are so swollen from arthritis that the thimble won't stay on. I have a rubbery one that I try to use but it doesn't have the feel I'm used to. My daughter-in-law uses a little cork stick on dot as a thimble for hand quilting. She suggested I try that. You can get them at quilting stores.

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

MizDenise said...

What a beautiful piece!!

Hurry up, hurry up mr. postman and bring me my birthday books!! (Robin's two latest)

I'm with you on the needle-pricked fingers! I also start having strange reactions to the nickel content in the needles!

I've never gotten along well with metal, leather or rubber thimbles, but I have used Thimble-it, a small self-adhesive plastic oval that I cut down to fit my small fingertips. I also like the the round grabbing things that Carol described. Let us know how it goes!

heidibeads said...

This is truely delightful! Love it! Wow!

MixPix said...

WOW! This page is gorgeous! I know what you mean about using a thimble - I only use one after my fingers already have holes in them. I just finished a new quilt and both my index fingers are holey.

freebird said...

I don't know why I've kept from coming to see what you are up to. I always enjoy the colors you use and the way you use them. Wonderful piece. Snow seems white but sometimes you can see all the colors reflected when the sun glints off of some bits of it. That's what your page reminds me of.