February 2018 Bead Mat Update: A technique extravaganza!

Is my February 2018 bead mat update more of the same? Or is it? Only my readers will know!!!

You know that it’s February in Canada, when you get winter, spring, winter, spring, and giant potholes! It’s hard to know what to wear, but I’m certainly glad that we’re in the spring phase right now, for however long it lasts.

February 2018 bead mat update

 

I’ve never really liked February in Toronto, because in my home city of Vancouver, you would already be seeing signs of spring. Ha! They got snow last week!!! I know, it won’t last long, and the bulbs will be popping, but still!!

February 2018 bead mat update

I didn’t show you a photo of my freeform peyote bracelet (demonstrated in the class), in my last blog post. Well here it is, a work in progress, in all its blueness!! My favourite colour! I spotted the wonderful Dwyn (Dragon Jools) bead, on the lampwork consignment table, so it was easy to choose my palette of beads. I love the watery feel, but there’s a whole wack more work to be done!!! My plan is to introduce pearls, and perhaps a little more silver and white, but only the muse knows for sure!

February 2018 bead mat update

The Mokume Gane process, for polymer clay (yes, you could also call it an obsession), is absolutely wonderful! The results are unexpected, and it’s so exciting to take the first couple of slices off the block. Here’s a photo some of the pieces that, I’ve made from my latest, and most favourite, block!!! No sanding and polishing yet, but I’m very happy with the results! There’s lots left to play with, so you might get sick of seeing these colours! To tell the truth, I’ll probably get sick of the sanding!!!

February 2018 bead mat update

Off the beading path, I’ve been playing around with Stitch Meditations, so decided to show them as part of my February 2018 bead mat update. They’re little hand stitched fibre collages, born out of Liz Kettle‘s beautifully simplistic process (check out her Stitch Meditations Facebook group). They’re quick, easy, forgiving, inexpensive, allow you to play with colour, and use up some of those special bits and pieces, that you’ve been saving for years. I will never use up all of my scraps, so I’m thinking of sharing the process (I already have Liz’s permission), in a quick and dirty workshop! Don’t worry, I will call it something else, and it will definitely include beads, so keep tuned!

February 2018 bead mat update

It’s the end of the month, so it must mean that I’m behind on sending out one of my paper swaps. Ha! This one is actually ready, and I just need to take it to the post office. Tomorrow, I hope!!!

February 2018 bead mat update

February 2018 bead mat update

But where are my “Inspirations” you say? I’ve been a little tardy, but I do have two in the works! Or should I say, in the bags? I hope to get at least one completed this weekend.

February 2018 bead mat update

February 2018 bead mat update

My February 2018 bead mat update, puts me in a very happy place. My muse is humming around, and I’m feeling content with all of the work that I’ve done. Spring is just around the corner, and I’m dying to get to the beach!

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