Another month, another monthly Art Bead Scene Challenge. The inspiration for the challenge this month is:
“Housetop”–twelve-block “Half-Logcabin” variation, ca. 1965
Cotton, Wool Corduroy, 77″x 65″
Lillie Mae Pettway, 1927-1990
Gee Bend’s Quilter
About the Artist
Lillie Mae Petway was one of seventeen children. Her mother Aolor Mosely was one of the founding members and behind the scenes organizers of the Freedom Quilting Bee. Lillie Mae and her sister Mary Lee Bendolph shared their mothers enthusiasm for rectangular patterns with bold colors. You can see what others designers did with this palette on the ABS flickr group.
I took my design cue entirely from the color palette and decided to begin cavandoli knotting using a wire square as the anchor foundation for my design. So many bright colors to choose from and I wanted to include them all. After completing the knotting, I was not satisfied with the outcome and proceeded to add buttons, small large, plain and fancy. Then I was stumped on what to do for the cord and at this point the necklace began to take on a life of it’s own. A colorful yarn wrapped cord, and few lampwork glass bead, some links,chain and bead caps, and the final result is ragtag patchwork design. You know how some artists sketch out a pattern for their designs? Well, I don’t operate like that…