Utter Frenzy - Tatting Challenge Piece and a Blog Feature

I've been working like a madwoman this month, although from the number of beads I've listed it's really hard to tell what's been going on behind the scenes here at skyisland.

First, I was just featured on Pretty Little Love Objects.

Second, I just finished and submitted the necklace shown here to TotusMel's tatting is not a lost art challenge.

The point of the challenge was to take a hand-tatted medallion made by TotusMel and sold in her Etsy shop, where she presented a choice of size and color for a tatted medallion to use in the challenge and open season on design. My obsession with lampworking and beading led me to design a focal bead style specifically to fit the medallion. It took a month of experimentation to produce the bead I chose to use in this necklace.

I painted the tatted medallion with acrylics to give it a watery feel, then set the lampworked focal into a beaded bezel and beaded and strung the necklace with vintage seed beads and crystals, czech glass, and bali silver.

She's already planning her next tatting challenge, and I'm already dreaming up new designs to mix with her lovely work.

Very pretty work. I also

Very pretty work. I also love the name Skyisland. How creative and pretty.


That necklace is so nice! Thanks for linking to the interview here.

Thanks for featuring me!

I loved doing the interview, it really made me think about how I got where I am as an artist.