Thursday, March 15, 2012

 I was in Barnes and Noble waiting for my husband so I decided to  browse the magazines.  I came across the March/April issue of Piecework in the craft section with a tambour hook on the cover and I had to buy it.  

The tambour article was great but another article in the same issue by Arlene Baker really caught my interest.   Arlene is a bead artist,  and author of Beads in Bloom Interweave Press 2002.   She has an extensive collection of vintage ribbon flowers and flower making tools, and offers a large variety of classes in flower making and beading in her studio next to her home in sunny California.  She also sells kits to create some of the flower bouquets pictured in the photos below.  Arlene has a collection of 50 different antique metal molds used to make flowers, leaves, and petals.  She has had the molds reproduced ( by her husband and brother!) and sells the molds separately.

Arlene does not have a web site or a blog... so sad.... but she has e-mail or can be called at (562) 928-3583.
I e-mailed inquiring about the flower molds and  received a wonderful e-mail back from her with loads of information.  She asked for my telephone number and called me the next day.  We had a long conversation, it was like talking to a longtime old friend.  I explained what I was looking for and she is going to make some flower samples and mail them to me. Can't wait to get them!!  If you get a chance pick up a copy of Piecework and read the articles....

P.S. I have finished all my psychedelic circles and the second quarter of the background is beaded.  I will photographed it when I get it all basted together.


  1. *yummy* ! I particularly like the orange/red and olive green flower. Have lots of fun!

    Looking forward to more photos of the circles :-)

  2. I had the pleasure of meeting and visiting Arlene's studio when I was in southern California last June. She is an incredibly talented artist and I had such a good time chatting with her as you did. Look forward to seeing what she comes up with for you.

  3. Arlene's work is beautiful! It really is a shame that she doesn't have a website, but I'm glad you got to have such a nice phone chat. :)

    Also, I love your circles! You do beautiful work. Let me know if you'd like to be a Featured Friday artist on my blog -- I'd love to share your work with my readers!

  4. I have been looking for these metal flower molds everywhere please tell me how I may buy them!

  5. Arlene does not have a web site or a blog... so sad.... but she has e-mail or can be called at (562) 928-3583.