I love my dog but . ..

Don’t get me wrong – I adore my dogs, but $1.8 million for a doggy diamond collar? I’m sure you can make something just as nice with crystals that won’t leave you tearing your hair out when your beloved scratches it off and hides it under the couch. Now here’s a site where the artist is celebrating dogs by making beaded images of dogs, in the form of little pouches/purses. I particularly like the way that she has extended the dog’s face off the square of the pattern in many cases – truly thinking outside the box. (Link to the …

Kate McKinnon – Day 1 Toggle Class

Whew! What a day. I have to say, Kate is probably the most engaging instructor I have ever come across. There were 12 of us in the toggle class today, and our heads are just swimming with ideas. We should have named the class toggles, and everything else you can think of. We covered clasps, rivoting, rings, chains….Probably more besides! I was really inspired by Kate’s method of keeping the parts simple, and building structure and architecture with many cohesive elements. Today I worked on some clasps, headpins, and I’ve got a spinner ring on the workbench to finish up …