Beading conundrum: Where will this lead me?

To bead or not to bead, that is the question! Spring is finally here, but beading seems to be on the back burner. Will this last?

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Warmer temperatures, lead me to believe that we have turned a corner, but I’m still wary! No garden to dig, but lots of spring cleaning to do! I’m reorganizing my craft/sewing room/studio. Sad to say, goodies from years ago are tempting me to stray from the beading path. I hope that I’ll be able to stand my ground. Fibre is such a tactile temptation, but then so are my paints and papers. Where will my muse take me? What will I do? Stay tuned, as all will be revealed, in future weeks!

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Pam and I represented BeadFX, at the Art Waves show last weekend (for the second year in a row). A small show, and far more painting and craft related, than many of our other shows. An interesting experience!

We tempt artists and crafters to look at our products in a whole new way! You know that beading is just one of the many things we do? We stuff our rafters with knotting, metalwork, metal clay, mixed media, stamping, leather, and wirework supplies. In addition, the lampwork torches burn brightly, during classes and on Monday nights, during Happy Hour Torching. These ladies (and a few gentlemen), loved our samples, demos, mini- classes, and workshop information. It was a valuable exercise! Ice Resin was the hot item last year, and this year it’s Artist’s Concrete! On a personal note, I set a budget for myself, and only spent money on perfectly smooth wooden circles (for a mystery project), brushes, and new paints! Okay, I also bought a canvas roll up type of thing for brushes, but I promise that’s all!!!

It’s been a busy week! Monday, I played with fire, by torch enamelling some metal beads (check out Ann Shewan’s upcoming class). Yesterday, I watched a demo on a new (to me) type of resin and molding material. More on the beads next week, and I’ll report on the rest, when I get a chance to play with the products. Thanks Marg! I just love new stuff!!!

On Sunday, I left the house at an ungodly hour, and met up with the family in Burlington (they were there for a hockey tournament, and staying at a hotel by the lake). I had a short but lovely visit, and even managed to pick up a few gnarly pieces of driftwood (far more than those shown), on a very rocky beach. Great photography props, perhaps a future exercise in sculptural bead weaving, and a few suitable for jewellery purposes. They’ll need to age, until the ideas percolate!

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I plan to do a little beading on the Easter weekend! But then what about painting, stitching, and playing with that new resin? I want to make time for that as well. Not to mention, fitting in another beachcombing trip! Be safe, enjoy the weekend, and make sure that you take a little time to get up close and personal with your beads!

Components to die for…and I’m not kidding!

A messy keyboard is not a pretty thing! Whenever I surf the Internet, &/or flip through magazines, I drool over exciting new components! Cabochon, pendant or bead – who cares? I’m not a purist, and I believe that you should experience anything your little heart desires. Art jewellery is generally viewed as its own entity! Not all makers, sell finished jewellery! They make components to sell to consumers, and other artists. A nice production line, and the revenue it generates, is very seductive! Perhaps you don’t want to spend time and effort, developing components of your own, but you want …

What’s on my bead mat – March, 2017?

My bead mat has been a buzzing this month, with both old and new friends! It’s impossible to choose a favourite project, so I’ll just let them speak for themselves. I started out the month with a couple of resin classes. One impromptu evening session, and a second scheduled workshop. I’ve already shown photos of my students work, but here are a couple of examples of my own work. A floral pendant, started in a previous class; another pendant, this time starring tiny stones; an acrylic and resin tile; and finally, a couple of metal clay pieces, too fragile to …

Leather, beads and fibre: Totally drool worthy!

Have you ever noticed, that the combination of leather, beads and fibre, is a match made in heaven? I’m personally drawn to the look, despite the thoughts of the runway divas! Leather, an enduring fashion trend, is actually more than just that. It’s something that refreshes the memories of your past. Do you drool, when you think about the letter jacket worn by your first crush? I found leather pants to be a little more daring, but very attractive on the right person. I remember buying my very first leather coat. It was a navy-blue trench coat, knee length, and …

Style: Have you developed your own personal one yet?

Style is a funny thing! Some people have it in spades, while others continue to develop it slowly. In reality, it’s a constant, evolving process, often requiring changes to your mindset (not to mention wardrobe!). Should your jewellery, continue to match your clothing style? Syncing them is probably a wise move, but often not entirely necessary! Has your style changed over the years? Does it still vex, and puzzle you? If not, why not? Here are a few questions to ponder on the subject: 1. Are you a casual, or perhaps a formal clothing person? 2. Is it your preference …

What’s on my bead mat – February edition?

Not sleet, nor snow, nor freezing rain, will stop me from sharing my latest bead mat update. Well, a power outage might, but so far, I’ve been lucky! February is a busy month, on the old bead mat! I’m working on a 3-strand, leather, stone and metal bracelet, and still need to add a coat of resin to my Pebeo Fantasy Paint, heart bezel. Both are close to being finished, but I need to set aside a little time complete these projects. I’m happy to say that I’m making progress on my loomed bracelet, but visions of freeform pendants, and …

Metalwork techniques! I’m a woman obsessed, with learning about them!

Okay not just metalwork, but I’ve always had a fascination with learning new techniques! The actual technique doesn’t matter, but I do need to feed that obsession, when it gets hungry! Should I be personalizing this? If it’s important to me, it’s probably a good idea! Over the years, I’ve fed my obsession with quilting, hand embroidery, fibre art, bead embroidery, beaded art dolls, paper swaps, paints, resin, and photography. It was ,never enough! Am I crazy? I’ve never been obsessed with housework, exercise, or cooking. Does that make me a bad person? Or just a creative one? Weaving has …

Creative hands, make happy work, on a winter’s day!

One of my favourite quotes, is this one by Timothy Attwood: “Creative mess equals creative thought”. Hands (along with other tools, like our imagination), interpret this mess into our jewellery, and art projects. Never take them for granted! They’re not always pretty, and don’t work the way they used to, but they certainly do come in handy (if you pardon the pun)! I thought that you might be interested to see some of the hands, that were put to work, in my Freeform Peyote class, last Sunday. Not all of the photos turned out! I could blame my own hands, …

Fibre facts and frivolous fancies to catch your interest!

Fibre is my first love! Sewing, needlework, quilting, and textile art, are part of my past. They’ve pointed me, to this sparkly place; where I can mix my media; follow trends; and end up with a cohesive piece of work. I’m very lucky! Fibre is textile, and textile is cloth. According to Wikipedia – “A textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, …

What’s on my bead mat – January/17 edition?

As I write this, I realize that it’s been a strange type of January day! We started with snow, but ended up with above freezing temperatures and rain. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? For today, I think that I will finish off writing this post, pour myself a cup of tea, and then sit down and stitch for a while. I seem to be all over the place! Are you surprised? Mystery beads, were dropped off in my box at work, and although nobody has admitted leaving them, they’ll come in handy for my January and February, Freeform Peyote …