I began gourding when I was just 10 with my mom, helping her decorate gourds for the Christmas tree. My love of nature, the outdoors, farming and gardening, and my Faith play a big part in the kind ...
I began gourding when I was just 10 with my mom, helping her decorate gourds for the Christmas tree. My love of nature, the outdoors, farming and gardening, and my Faith play a big part in the kind of gourds I create. I began selling gourds in 2001 and my passion only grew from there. I wanted to learn all the gourding techniques there was to decorate a gourd. As I experimented and created, it hit me. It was impossible for me to learn everything - the gourd canvas has endless possibilities; well as endless as ones imagination! This fact caught my full attention and I flew with it. I don't think I will ever stop gourding. I think I caught the gourd fever!
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In this tutorial I would like to show you how to make an inlay beaded gourd with the image of Mother and Child inspired by a famous religious painting titled Zoja e Bekueme or Our Lady of Good Counsel.
The technique of beaded gourds has always fascinated me. I have made many over the years, all with a religious theme inspired by my Faith. Beaded gourds have this sense of sacredness and mystery about them, much like the stained glass windows of old.
This tutorial is geared toward someone with some experience with power tools and a woodburner. Although, one of my first gourds I ever made was a beaded gourd of Our Lady of Lourdes and I had almost no experience then. It came out beautifully, too! I believe a technique like this one can be a starting point for gourd crafting. I am happy to help you along if you have any questions. bernadettesgourdcreations (at) gmail (dot) com
YOU WILL GET:
Step-by-step instructions with color photos on how to make your own inlay beaded gourd of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Pattern drawn by me is also included. 8-paged PDF file.