Favourite bead styles: Working in and out of your comfort zone!

Do you ever bead outside of your comfort zone? We all have our favourite bead styles, but what have you done to challenge that? I just seem to keep beading variations of the same theme. My early bead education, included stringing, and a range of traditional bead weaving stitches. I quickly abandoned them for mixed media, freeform and intuitive beading. Do you think that it’s time that I returned to my roots? Okay, perhaps not entirely, but it would be interesting to see what I could do with traditional stuff! I confess that two, three, and four holed beads, intimidate …

Nature’s treasures: We’re all on the same page!

What do you think of, when I speak of nature’s treasures? If you’re thinking gemstones, you would certainly be right, but not in this particular context. I’m talking about all of the beautiful animals, we are fortunate enough to share our planet with!! I haven’t been able to see these magnificent beasts in their natural habitats, but admire them I do! My family visited from out-of-town, and one of their many adventures, was a visit to the Toronto Zoo. They invited me along, for the trek! I bet you’re wondering what the heck this has to do with beading? Patience, …

Mixed-up media madness! Let the games begin!!

What do you think of, when I say mixed-up media madness? For me, it’s a total change from what I’ve been working on. But then again, is it really? My love for beads, may only be surpassed by my love for fibre! Is that like picking a favourite child, or pet? Is that too cruel? Or perhaps, just human nature? Let me say right now, that I have no intention of giving up beads! My mixed-up media madness, is sure to show up, every couple of years. It materializes in weird and wonderful ways, including a need to work with …

August bead mat update: Tales from the recycling bin!

I like to think that recycle, reuse, and repurpose, are the main messages in my August bead mat update! Serious words, that must play an important part, in the world we live in! When I dig through my quilting fabric boxes, I think of fabric twine (amongst other things). I always even off the selvedge edges, before I tear any fabric strips (call me obsessed!). Then I end up with a pile of colourful fabric strips, that are somewhat uneven! How could I let that happen? What the heck should I do with them? Are they useful, or not? Waste …

Forgotten treasures: Digging through the clutter!

Forgotten treasures, are not a thing of the past! Very much in the present for me, so I expect for you as well! If the horror be known, I’ve been having a little check and chuck, in my spare room/studio. Perhaps you know that figurative room? It might be a closet, drawer, desk, dining room table, under the bed, your basement, or even the garage (or all of the above)! The place of shame where you would like to create, but cannot, because of all the clutter. Would that I could, de-clutter in just one day! However out of the …

Pantone Fall 2017 Colour Trends – What are they wearing on the runways?

I’m certainly not an expert, but the Pantone Fall 2017 Colour Trends, seem to influence how we view colour, in both fashion, and jewelery! Watch for these colours!! You’ll see them in the stores, the street, and in magazines! According to Pantone: “Every season the team at the Pantone Color Institute evaluates the colours shown by fashion designers in their collections at New York Fashion Week. This information is then used to create the PANTONE Fashion Color Report where we highlight the top 10 colors for men’s and women’s fashion for the upcoming season. For the first time ever we …

The Freeform Wars! Peyote Stitch or Intuitive Bead Embroidery?

There’s something inside my head that I like to call the freeform wars. Should I start a new peyote stitch project, or how about Intuitive Bead Embroidery? I love both techniques, and I have a hard time choosing between the two! I’ve been up north the last couple of weeks, and I decided to bring a handful of my UFO’s (unfinished objects) along for the ride (see last Wednesday’s blog post). My head wasn’t into it! I chilled out with books, family, food, and nature! What more could a girl ask? But then I came home, just before the long …

Bead like you mean it: Adventures up north!

Are you a true bead fanatic? When you bead like you mean it, your beads will prevail, and your muse will be happy! Even though all of my creative goals have not been met (as laid out in last weeks blog post), I still plan to work on them. Ambitious goals are never a bad thing! Holiday activities require fluid plans! Change and challenge is quite often the norm! When I say bead like you mean it, it always brings Intuitive Bead Embroidery to mind. It’s one of my favourite beading activities. I reach for it first, and it’s my …

July Bead Mat Update – To goal or not to goal!

My July bead mat update is all about working on neglected projects and supplies. Will I be able to attain my goals? I would like to finish something! Challenges are always good, and it will certainly be fun to try!! Why don’t I have time to finish all of my projects? Do I bite off more than I can chew? Or should I just blame it on the class samples I need to make? Each time I teach a class, I end up with at least one more sample to finish, and more than a few leftover supplies. Is my …

Birds and beads: A spicy mixed up post!

The focus this week, is on birds and beads, but please excuse the pun! My “Fly Away Home: Birdhouse Pendant class” ran last Friday, and I thought that you might like to see the results. Five lovely students, good glue, flying paper scraps, all mixed up with a ton of creativity! We had a lot of fun, but let’s have the results speak for themselves. The evening was full of colour, laughter and imagination! Students pieces (Note: the screw eyes still need to be attached, for hanging): Shhh, don’t tell! Ideas for display include (but are not limited to) holiday …