Let’s go walkabout!

Does anyone but me, think that it’s a tad strange to see (and feel) the temperature soar to almost 30C (or did it surpass that) yesterday? We were already geared up for warmer temps, but that high and this early in the year? Toronto is quite unpredictable! Winter, spring and summer, in the space of a couple of weeks…and I’m not exaggerating!!! Is everyone prepared for the change? No of course not, but as true Canadians we’ll adapt, and soon be complaining about how freaking hot it is!! I still need to clean my air conditioner filter, and I haven’t …

What’s on my bead mat? May edition!

I just realized that I’m cheating a little, because I didn’t actually take photos of the pieces on my bead mat. I forgot!!! It doesn’t matter, because each has been on said bead mat, at least once during the month. You wouldn’t want to see it right now, because it’s very messy, full of beads, and just waiting for me to either cram them back into their tubes, or get frustrated and mix up some bead soup! You know how it goes!! You’ll notice that while the purple doll is still naked, I’ve actually made progress on my green one, …

Bead mat update – April!

In the last update, my bead mat was a fairly sorry sight. My muse had been on vacation, and I was just getting back into the swing of things. I’m happy to say that my batteries have been re-charged, and I’m now brimming with inspiration! Most (but not all) of my beading projects have been motoring along, and new ideas are coming at me faster than I can remember them. Don’t you just hate when that happens? I really do need to write them down. Despite not finding the original (started in my last class), I completed another freeform peyote, …

What’s on my bead mat today?

My muse has been a little ornery these days, but I seem to have put a little crimp in her snit! I can’t really identify the problem, but I just didn’t feel like doing anything creative. Does that happen to you? I filled my time with reading and such, and while I’ve always loved doing this, I’m afraid that it cannot always compete against a full on burst of creative energy! If the scientists studied this carefully (and I know they have), I’m sure that they’d find out that creativity stimulates either your endorphins, or some other chemical in your …

A budding fascination!

What is Assemblage Jewellery? I’m jumping out on a limb here, but my definition would be jewellery that is made out of recycled &/or repurposed elements (and perhaps a few new ones). Raid Granny’s jewellery box, pull out your Mom’s old earrings, and then visit the local thrift store for some interesting bits! After that, use a combination of glue, stringing, wirework, and perhaps rivets, to combine the various elements into a unique piece of jewellery. Have I actually done this? Well no, but it’s certainly something that interests me! It’s my belief that old is just as interesting as …

Rings and things and resin!

I started thinking about what I was going to write this week….and then….absolutely nothing!!! Don’t you hate it when that happens? Nothing funny or bright or even remotely interesting crossed my thinking path. Were my creative neurons on strike? What to do, what to do? Then I started reflecting on what was going on around me, and came up with a few ideas! The first one is freeform related (see last Wednesday’s post), and has to do with my obsessive need to try out everything that interests me. Karen Williams posted some delicious little Valentine rings on her Baublicious blog. …

March into Spring with
Terrific Classes

The coming of March it means that Spring is finally just around the corner! If you’ve been suffering from cabin fever, then break the monotony and come on out for a class or two and get those creative juices flowing again. We have a number of NEW classes in the first half of March. Pauline Peskoff, a new instructor with BeadFX, is teaching a bracelet and earring set that is perfect for daytime wear or glammed up for evening wear. Metal enthusiasts will love Iris Rogers Melamed’s updated spinner ring. Liz Reynolds is teaching a 2-day metal clay class using …

Freeform is the star!

I may have mentioned my love of Freeform Peyote stitch in the past, but this time I’m dedicating my entire post to the subject. I drooled over it for years, then made one or two aborted attempts before getting a little “kick start” from Karen Williams‘ “Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading” book. I made a bracelet fairly quickly, and then turned around and beaded the little pendant in the same colours. Do you think that I like turquoise and acid green? Was it merely a phase? It’s obvious that I wasn’t ready to abandon either my Intuitive Bead Embroidery or …

Beading on the wild side!

There’s beading and then there’s beading! Most of us start out learning the basics of stringing. Others start with bead weaving, loom, wire or metal work. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with these options, but wouldn’t it be fun to be a little more adventurous from time to time? Traditional peyote stitch (also known as the gourd stitch), is an off-loom weaving technique, and may be worked with either an even or odd number of beads per row. The free form version of this stitch is very organic, as it bends and even breaks many of the rules of traditionsl …

Let’s talk texture!

Texture is one of those things that we seem to take for granted. It’s all around us, but how often do we make a conscious effort to notice it? Raindrops on a lake, cracks in cement, rusty metal, peeling paint and rippling grasses, are all examples of textures in the great outdoors. Now let’s examine some ways to include texture in your work! Pair the creamy texture of pearls, with the soft sheen of silk. Match semi-precious stones, with fibre, wire, leather, buttons or metal. Create a collage of textured elements, and then add a smooth coat of resin. Or …