Whimsical Freeform Peyote: Beaded Beads

Course outline: Anne Marie Desaulniers will help you stretch your skills by beading your way out of the Peyote Stitch box! Prepare to work intuitively, while covering a wooden bead with different sizes and shapes of seed beads. Add a single freeform bead, to a simple chain, and make a statement…add a few more, for a stunning necklace! A good way to use up some of those leftover beads. Suitable for hostess gifts &/or holiday gift giving! Definitely not a beginner project, as a working knowledge of either Even- and/or Odd-Count Peyote is necessary. Note: a kit is required; see …

Nature’s Muse: Beaded Art Doll

Course outline: Add a little whimsy to your life, by joining me in my latest creative adventure, beading a small art doll! I’ll provide the face, the stuffed form, and detailed instructions, all you’ll need to do is add her unique personality. Your choice of beads and techniques, will transform your doll, into the muse of your dreams. Listen carefully to her whispers, and she’ll tell you how to proceed. Possible themes include, but are not limited to the sea, nature, buttons, steam punk, vintage and memorabilia. Suitable for hoarding, collecting, or gift giving! Students should be prepared to laugh, …

UFO 2 Go: Intensive Support for Intuitive Bead Embroidery, Freeform Peyote & Hand Stitching

Course outline: Has your mojo left the building? Have you run out of ideas, are stuck, not inspired, need a little help to finish your project, or start another one? What if a bunch of us got together, and supported each other on a one-to-one basis? I will be there to answer any questions, give you a jump start, and/or remind you of some of the stitches you’ve already forgotten. There’s no shame in UFOs! We all have them, and some of us (myself included) just need a little quiet time and inspiration to finish off our projects. Please note: …

Capture your style: Bead Embroidered Buttons

Course outline: Recycle a piece of history, and make a few memories, by covering, and then bead embroidering a family button, or two. The focus will be on large, shank type buttons, but smaller, and flatter buttons could be used as well. Frame them, dress up something special, or use them as closures for a favourite bead weaving piece! Definitely not machine washable, but you can buy special pins, to make them removable (for clothing purposes). A special way to turn the ordinary, into the extraordinary! Fast, simple, and oh so satisfying! I guarantee that you will not be able …

Fly away home: Birdhouse Pendant

Course outline: Let your imagination fly free, while working on this delightful little project with Anne Marie Desaulniers! Stretch your skills, and capture a little whimsy, with paper collage, paint, Ice Resin and Iced Enamels. Learn to work with Ice Resin, and Iced Enamels (note: both will be project specific). Although this project is designed to be worn as a pendant, it could also be used as a hanging ornament. Suitable for gift giving! Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Various mixed media techniques, including paper collage, Ice Resin, Iced Enamels, …

Bead-A-Muse: What is this?

What do you think of the term Bead-a-Muse? Or perhaps I should call it Craft-a-Muse? I was actually thinking of writing about collecting beads, in this blog post (and believe me, I do!). However, my ideas tend to be fluid, so somehow collecting ended up as a post about Bead-a-Muse. When I Googled Bead-a-Muse, it came up with a variety of very different images, including dolls, some beaded objects, and a collection of miscellaneous images. Not exactly what I was looking for!!! Here’s my first muse – Fibrella!! Some have even called her my alter-ego! Could it be our inner …

Bead Mixes: A recipe in creativity!

If you like leftovers, you’ll love bead mixes (also known as bead soup)! What do you do, when you’ve finished a project? Some of you choose to re-sort them, but my preference is to jumble them up into a pile! I love to make bead mixes out of them, corralled in small containers, then saved for rainy days! Or, should I say new projects!!! Starting a bead embroidery, or freeform peyote project, requires a combination of new, and stash seedbeads. I add a dash of accent beads, then pour small, tidy piles of beads onto the bead mat. I don’t …

June 2018 Bead Mat Update: Mixing up my media!

I didn’t think that I had much to include on my June 2018 Bead Mat Update, but I was wrong! You’ll find that I’m a little all-over-the-place this month. Does that mean that I have AADD (Artistic Attention Deficit Disorder)? I’m afraid that I resemble that!!! Do you? First up on my June 2018 Bead Mat Update, is one of my personal UFO2Go items. A cute beaded button (that will be turned into a pin), but originally an unfinished class sample from earlier in the year.. Then there’s the stone, metal, and leather bracelet from last year. Almost finished, but …

Statement pendants! Are they the next big thing?

Statement pendants are a current jewelry trend, according to a recent issue of Jewelry Making Daily (Interweave). I find that very interesting, because I’ve been making, and wearing them for years! Does that make me fashion forward? As the article explains, “For spring and summer, pendants of all shapes, sizes, and configurations of materials, on very long strands of beads, chains, or leather cords”. Long lengths are definitely in, but I’m most comfortable with the 30-34″ range. Of course, the runways will always exaggerate and go longer, but those skinny models, don’t need to worry about the daily logistics! Imagine …

March 2018 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

I started thinking about my March 2018 bead mat update a couple of weeks ago! However, I wasn’t able to settle down and do anything about it until now! Horrors! I almost missed updating you!! March has been a very busy month! I’m like a butterfly, flitting around, but not really settling in any one place for long. As I’ve said before, I need focus! I may have found a way to clear my head and corral my mind a little. I believe that I showed you my Stitch Meditations before, but I’ve started adding beads to some of them. …