Thursday, July 17, 2014
Lark Books called and asked if I would be interested in writing a book. Interweave's Beadwork magazine began their Designer of the Year series and asked if I would participate. Bead and Button Show accepted my classes, nominated me a top ten teacher and asked me to teach a Master Class in 2013.
I've traveled the world including Australia, England, Germany, and Japan. I've met loads of really lovely beaders, on line and in real life.
I wrote two books and curated one, and contributed to a few others. I've designed a lot of beadwork, learned illustrator to write directions, and put together a few kits.
I am fully engaged the rest of this year, but slowly….whispering…..I've been hinting at 'retirement' from this second accidental career.
I'm now saying it out loud. I will not disappear from this wonderful bead world of ours, the one that has treated me so well and gained me so many friends.
I presume I will continue to design and I know that I will accept the odd engagement that really touches my fancy. I have another video planned because I loved working with the Interweave team and I want to do it again.
I will continue to partner with friend Susan to bring you Beading by the Bay, and I would sure like to continue to teach for Bead and Button if they'll have me. I have a couple of more European plans in store, and some far reaching, fun venues in the next couple of years. There may be a cruise in my future as well.
But I want to balance all of that with hugging grand babies, spending time with my children, exploring this country and this world with the love of my life. I'll bead of course and I'll knit, and I'm not sure what else. I doubt I'll garden although I fantasize about it, I really don't like the dirt…..I'll read, I'll nap, I'll visit with dear friends.
I may bring artists into my studio, I'll for sure travel more in the airstream, I'll walk more beaches, hike more trails, enjoy more quiet time. I'll cook more, and savor the recipes and I suspect I'll still bead.
I'll bring you new designs….I have a plan to revisit some older designs and make them better with new knowledge. I hope that kits and at the least tutorials will be something I will share in the years to come.
I relish the rest of this year and all of the many bead friends I will spend time with.
And I relish what the future holds.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I love the two originals with their pave teardrops and matching 12mm round pave beads, but I wanted an alternative solution so I decided to see what I could come up with using materials on hand.
One and two look like this…..
On this version I inverted a corrugated brass bead I had on hand and used a 12mm Swarovski glass pearl. I love any opportunity to use my beloved loch rosen (crystal sequins) and in this design they really show up nicely. Also beloved are 2mm crystals which give added sparkle to the top, in this case using the really precious 2mm gold arum's which are hard to come by. I love how luminscent the resin balls are. I usually make a simple raw chain to hang these from but in this case I used a ribbon I had on hand….if I weren't impulsive and impatient I would wait to show you one where the ribbon was a better match but you get the idea.
I think this color way takes the design from whimsy to regal which is a nice change, don't you think?
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Update: All three kits have been sold. I really should make these again some day, they are just happy beads. For the time being though they will be shipped to the three fast girls who ordered!
Return of the retro ringlets….
Well not really but I did find 3 sets in my stash and so I've put together 3 kits. I'm not going to list them, but if you always wanted to make these now is your chance.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The front (well whose to say it's the front, it's just the side I originally thought of as the front), has an extra row of sprockets off the front face.
The bottom teardrop will make a great sprockety earring, something I intend to work on in the near future. For now I have another pendant that needs some attention before the Bead and Button submission deadline.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Being released are Vienna
The Cassandra Bracelet
The Sundial Pendant
A new design, the Spirit Flight Ring
I still have a significant travel and teaching schedule, so I have limited quantities and I don't know when they'll be replenished, but if you've been waiting, I wouldn't wait too long!
I'm home (mostly, with one trip to Creative Castle) until August 5th when I leave for Europe, followed by Alaska, Milwaukee, New Hampshire, Texas, New Jersey, Florida and Georgia! Whew…..next year will not be so much of a whirlwind, and there will be more kits in the store!
Monday, June 30, 2014
Do you see a connection?
Here is the Pat version of Dream Keeper Vessel Rings, named after friend Pat whose go to colors are Aqua and Gold
Ringlets, I've discontinued the kit, but it could make a reappearance one of these days….it so so fun and colorful!
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Earlier this year I filmed a video in the Interweave studios. It's been available for a while now and I must say I am happy with it. I think the Interweave team does a great job. Audio and close up beading shots are very clear making it quite easy to see what is going on.
Initially we had scheduled only RAW instruction but I stepped out some CRAW fundamentals in the event we had time and we did. If you have been struggling with CRAW this may be helpful to you. I go over starting, counting cubes, turning corners, making a join and doing multiple rows.
The video is available for download or on DVD and comes with accompanying illustrations. do be clear though, there are no project instructions, this is a process or skill set video of a project video. having said that you will gain the skills to tackle most any CRAW or RAW project you come across.
The video can be purchased here.