Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Spiritual Journey

I am a person of great faith.  Faith has gotten me through more than one tough spot.  While I am a great believer and love the God I worship, I am rather discontented with organized religion.  For me, religion has lost God in the commercialism of what "faith & worship" are supposed to look like making it difficult to find God in any of it.  I am fascinated in other religions and beliefs, giving credence to things others scoff as "hokum".  Recently, I have found my way to learning more about Native American totems.  I purchased the book "The Spirit of Bead Embroidery" by Heidi Kummli.  It covers the topics of totems as part of Heidi's beading work.  I found too, that I am attracted to working with ravens in my bead work, and today I looked up the meaning of that.


Gosh, who knew!  I have always loved the idea of magic and magical places.  It took a HUGE amount of courage for me to take my first bead embroidery class with Sherry Serafini, whose first book was written with Heidi Kummli.  I find that bead embroider is the beadwork I do for ME.  It allows me to work outside my normal "box" and branch out, experimenting with stitches, techniques, and materials that invigorate my beading.
The photos shown here are some of by embroidery and raven designs.  Couldn't find the raven piece I wanted to show you, will have to hunt more for the picture. 

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