Blank Bead Syndrome: Do you ever experience it?

I never though that I would admit it, but I sometimes suffer from the debilitating effects of Blank Bead Syndrome. I bet you’re wondering what that is, and will soon enter it in the Google search bar! Never fear, the answer is here!!! I just made up Blank Bead Syndrome on the spur of the moment. It’s actually a close cousin to Blank Page Syndrome. According to Wikipedia – “Blank page syndrome is similar to writer’s block, but is not a psychological term. It can happen to a writer at any point in time, irrespective of their career success. This …

September 2017 bead mat update: Freeform in all it’s glory!

My September 2017 bead mat update, is all about freeform! Two of the projects are freeform, and I’m recycling fabric scraps in the other. That’s sort of freeform, isn’t it? I love anything that’s either freeform &/or intuitive. No intuitive this month, but boy did I return to freeform! I simply cannot teach a class, without working right alongside my students! That’s the only way I teach! I’ll show them what to do, by demonstrating the technique, on my own project. Then I’ll proceed to the next steps, while letting everyone work at their own pace. At the end of …

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 …

InspirationFX: Baby Blue and Earrings

Baby Blue and Earrings Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The soft pinks and blues of the Powder Blue Impression Jasper strike me as very soothing and pretty. I went to town and make a whole suite of items from this lovely stone. (Check out previous weeks for more Inspirations) My first thought was to combine gold-plated metal findings and beads with the Powder Blue Impression Jasper, but I found I did not care for the look. The bright copper metal beads and finding – that was another story, however! The combination is gorgeous! The pinky tones of the bright copper perfectly …

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 …