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 …

Plan to reduce, reuse, recycle and create in 2017!

Although I do not make New Year’s resolutions, the words reduce, reuse, recycle and create, are ones that I’d like to adopt for 2017. Yes, I know that I already preach about reusing, recycling, and creating, but what’s all this reducing about? No, not the diet thing, but rather a conscious effort to reduce visible clutter!   Over the holidays, I decided that enough, was enough! It was time to start organizing the archeology dig, I call my studio/sewing room. The bags, boxes and storage totes, had obviously staged a coup, and there wasn’t any room for me to work …

Hand-made gifts and other creative pursuits!

The presents have all been ripped open, relaxation and leftovers are on the menu, and I’m slowly getting back into the flow of things! My hand-made gifts, all arrived safely at their destinations, so all is good for another year! BeadFX is closed until January 2nd, so most of the elves are taking a much-needed rest! Or are they? I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s a good excuse to catch up on reading, attempt to clean and organize the house (boy, does it ever need it!), explore some new creative pursuits, and even think about hand-made gifts …