Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour

Please join me along with 28 other Artists at Eleven Studios for the Lake Minnetonka Studio Tour!

My Host Marcia Paul — 4350 Wyndhill Circle, Deephaven, MN 55391

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Inspired by Majestic Tapestry

Every thread of your expe­ri­ence cre­ates the fab­ric that weaves together the majes­tic tapes­try of your life.

Every time I see some­ones art, the gift of nature’s beauty or a sense of spirit I’m grate­ful, I’m inspired! With some, the inspi­ra­tion is so pow­er­ful I have to weave some beads and cre­ate a lit­tle piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color fes­ti­val and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share a pow­er­ful gift…Majestic Tapestry! Thoughts and visu­als pro­vided me to cre­ate another visual expe­ri­ence that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits!

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Photo by Bill Weaver

Inspired by The Secret

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never los­ing your enthu­si­asm ~ Aldous Huxley.

Every time I see some­ones art, the gift of nature’s beauty or a sense of spirit I’m grate­ful, I’m inspired! With some, the inspi­ra­tion is so pow­er­ful I have to weave some beads and cre­ate a lit­tle piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color fes­ti­val and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share a pow­er­ful gift…The Secret! Thoughts and visu­als pro­vided me to cre­ate another visual expe­ri­ence that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits!

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Photo by Connie Lehr at Lake Superior

Inspired by My Grandmother

I finally had my Grandmother’s lovely bead work pre­served and framed by trusted friends who work with fab­ric and fram­ing. The bead work proudly hangs in my liv­ing room for all to see! There are a few miss­ing beads in the piece but the seed bead col­ors are still vibrant on the white back­ground of beads and the design is stun­ning! When work­ing on the piece for fram­ing, it was dis­cover that the bead­ing was hand beaded using spot stitch­ing not loomed as I had pre­vi­ously thought, spot stitch­ing is explained below!

It is a lovely piece that was beaded/spot stitch by my Grandmother around 1895 when she lived on a Blackfoot Indian Reservation in Canada and or Montana! The back­ground on the piece is still a bit of a mys­tery but I have found some facts on this type of bead work and it maybe a part of a Bandolier Bag!

The top two pho­tos are my Grandmothers bead work , the framed piece with a closeup shot and the bot­tom is a exam­ple of another Bandolier Bag! One can rec­og­nize the sim­i­lar­ity of the plant and flo­ral designs but no two bags are alike.

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History

Bandolier bags are large, heav­ily beaded pouches with a slit at the top. They have a beaded strap worn diag­o­nally over the shoul­der, thus rest­ing the bag at hip level. The design is cre­ated using glass beads, a European trade good that replaced the tra­di­tional por­cu­pine quills. The bags them­selves are typ­i­cally con­structed from trade cloth, such as cot­ton, wool, vel­vet, or leather.

The Great Lakes Native American beaded ban­dolier bag was copied from those used by European sol­diers to carry car­tridges for their rifles. Early bags did not have a pocket, but were solely for dec­o­ra­tion. Beaded ban­dolier bags were pro­duced mainly from the lat­ter half of the 19th cen­tury through the first half of the 20th cen­tury, but they con­tinue to be made today. The flo­ral design of the ban­dolier bag is typ­i­cal of Great Lakes Native American work. The design first appeared around 1800 and by 1900 had become the dom­i­nant pat­tern in the area. Bandolier bags are con­structed and beaded by women, though they are used pri­mar­ily to com­plete the cer­e­mo­nial out­fits worn by men. There are, how­ever, exam­ples of older women wear­ing them. Sometimes more than one bag is worn. Bandolier bags are con­sid­ered objects of pres­tige within the tribes that pro­duce them.

Techniques of the Bead work
The beaded designs on ban­dolier bags are cre­ated through a vari­ety of tech­niques, such as loom bead­ing and spot stitch­ing. Loom bead­ing uses a wooden loom; the bead designs are cre­ated using tech­niques sim­i­lar to weav­ing tex­tiles on a loom.
Spot stitch­ing was first devel­oped through the intro­duc­tion of seed beads. Spot stitch­ing means that beads are strung onto one thread and laid in place. The beads are then tacked down with an addi­tional piece of thread at “spots” of three or four beads. Large areas could be filled quickly using this method, and the seed beads made it eas­ier to cre­ate curvi­lin­ear designs. The beaded design is sewn onto a sep­a­rate piece of cloth which is then attached to the actual bag and shoul­der straps.

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Photo by Bill Weaver

Inspired by The Source

I’m the source of unlim­ited happiness.

Every time I see some­ones art, the gift of nature’s beauty or a sense of spirit I’m grate­ful, I’m inspired! With some, the inspi­ra­tion is so pow­er­ful I have to weave some beads and cre­ate a lit­tle piece of art myself! It’s a thrilling ride, a color fes­ti­val and I don’t want to go home.

Again it’s time to share a pow­er­ful gift…The Source! Thoughts and visu­als pro­vided me to cre­ate another visual expe­ri­ence that will delight the eyes and lift the spirits!

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