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My Passion Fulfilled – Guest Blogger: Barb Fox

February 3, 2013

“And so you say your bead book is finished…”  Yes, indeed, my bead book is finished.  It is the culmination of two years of work and study encompassed in the Level 2 Design and Experimental Stitch course here at the Gail Harker Center for the Creative Arts.

The bead book itself is comprised of pages of beading techniques we learned as a part of the studies included in this Level 2 course.  We used our own hand-dyed fabrics to stitch the bead samples on. We then proceeded with beading the edges of the pages and designing a front cover to complete the assignment. Holding this book now is a wonderfully tactile experience. And along with that comes the realization of a course of study that is changing my life.

The Level 2 Design and Experimental Stitch course has helped me realize my ability and potential as an artist. Gail’s unique talents and unwavering patience augment her ability to systematically teach using her extensive knowledge and background. The course sessions included design and color, paint, print and dye, portfolio of stitched samples, integration of design and embroidery, historical research and study, techniques and special effects in fabric manipulation, fabric book binding, sketchbook work and documentation, and the list goes on. It has been two, very enjoyable years of studying deeply, working with other like-minded students and realizing my passion is being fulfilled.  I just returned from my next course of study which is the Level 3 Art and Design and look forward to each session with great anticipation.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeri permalink
    February 3, 2013 6:21 am

    Lovely. I am curious what kind of binding you used on such a thick little book. Mind sharing?

    • February 3, 2013 9:26 pm

      Hi Jeri, The binding is one that I have developed especially for this and other classes. Ocassionally I teach a one off class on stitched books – and I also hope to publish some of these unique methods in the near future. Gail

  2. enid kulesh permalink
    February 3, 2013 7:19 am

    Barb Fox, your bead book is so beautiful. I’ll bet that you will lovingly look at… AND caress your treasure (even if for a brief moment on busy days) every single day for the rest of your life. And so you should love and enjoy it. Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. February 3, 2013 8:04 am

    Barb, it’s really lovely. Congratulations… I’m starting level 2 in May and can’t wait!

    • Barb Fox permalink
      February 4, 2013 10:11 pm

      Thank you and enjoy the Level 2 class. I sure did…

  4. February 3, 2013 4:24 pm

    Gorgeous! We are just finishing our bead books up and it was lots of fun.

    • Barb Fox permalink
      February 4, 2013 10:12 pm

      Thank you and I agree, loads of fun and great learning experience…

  5. Penny Peters permalink
    February 3, 2013 7:10 pm

    Lovely to see your completed book! I am so pleased you have gone on to Level 3 design. I know you will enjoy it.

    • Barb Fox permalink
      February 4, 2013 10:13 pm

      Thanks Penny. It feels so good to have it completed and truly looking forward to my next Level 3 Art & Design course.

  6. Nancy Piepenbring permalink
    February 4, 2013 2:41 pm

    Beautiful work! What a wonderful way to start the work week, looking at something so rich!

    • Barb Fox permalink
      February 4, 2013 10:15 pm

      Thanks Nancy–and yes it is rich. Think I’ll leave it out to view for awhile…

  7. Sheila Asdal permalink
    February 5, 2013 11:45 pm

    Congratulations Barb on your beautiful Beaded Book and on taking Level 3 Art & Design.
    Your little book is like sunshine on this grey, rainy day. 🙂
    Have fun creating.

    • Barbara Fox permalink
      February 6, 2013 5:03 am

      Thanks Sheila–it’s such a confirmation of the work that we do at the center.

  8. Lexa Shaw permalink
    February 11, 2013 3:07 am

    A lovely book Barb. I have just finished the level 3 Art and Design and have forgotten how to use fabric! You’ll love the course. I will now be doing this course which should put me back into fibre again.

    • Barbara Fox permalink
      February 11, 2013 5:43 am

      Thank you Lexa, I am beginning to love putting color to paper; always have had a love of paper with texture…

  9. Marilyn permalink
    June 14, 2015 4:24 pm

    Beautiful work and so well thought out and executed. Oh to be able to create such a book! From a beginning student

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