June 2020 Bead Mat Update: Beads, stones, and fibre!

June 2020 bead mat update, is a mix of many things, but all of them are colourful! When I think June, it’s the end of school, and the beginning of summer, but that’s gone all wacky on us this year. Summer started early, with a series of hot spells, yet no school days, except the home school variety. It’s definitely a different start to the vacation season. Speaking of vacations, the cottagers will still be heading north (or wherever), and the rest of us will probably be vacationing in place. Sigh! Speaking of hot spells, I’m still waiting for my …

Stitching and Straying!

Stitching and straying is a pretty funny title for a blog post, but is it? My creative spurts seem to be going in many different directions, so is it any wonder that I’m straying from the beading path? I guess that I should show you the only beading that I’ve been working on, my “Dancing” pandemic piece. As I’ve mentioned before, this piece came to me in a dream, has no end date, yet doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up. But it is a welcome distraction, uses up stash, and definitely serves to keep me …

May 2020 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

May 2020 bead mat update, is definitely a study in contrasts. The world is starting to open up, but we’re all holding our breath, to see which way the tide will turn. Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed, that all will be well! This is a brand new world, and we need to adjust to it! Everything still feels pretty grey, but I’ve decided to continue to experiment, then paint my personal world with colour! Why do that, you say? Well, I’m the eternal optimist, cannot bear to watch the nightly news, but then tend to read all about it …

April 2020 Bead Mat Update: I’ll keep on dancing!

My April 2020 bead mat update, is a bit of a mess! Something old, something new, something paper, then a bit of resin. I dreamed about a freeform peyote project, that had no particular point, no timeline, definitely colourful, but needed to use up some of my leftover beads. This is the start! I reach for this project, when I need a distraction from the stresses of our new normal. But that’s not all! It keeps both my mind, and my hands occupied, while using some of the leftover bits and pieces in my stash. Isn’t that perfect? There is …

Beaders Gotta Bead!

Yes, beaders gotta bead, but in my case, do all sorts of other stuff as well! Dwyn did razz me about it, in last week’s update, but I confess that she’s not entirely wrong. I’m happy to see that she introduced the new Creative Art Pigments, so that gave me a chance to mess about! No, I did not buy up all the powders, but I did purchase my fair share. But in my defense, so did Amanda, and I expect that Dwyn has squirreled away a few as well. I hinted about these products, in last week’s post, then …

Resin Dreams: What’s that you say?

Resin dreams are a subject that I’m a little reluctant to talk about. It’s definitely mixed media focused, but I realize that not all beaders are interested. It’s not like I want to leave some of my readers out of a post, but I do need to talk about my other passions. Close your eyes, if you’re just not interested! Resin is something I fell into, just like most of you. I took a class, then decided to explore a little more. With my normal obsessive behaviour, I researched the subject, then decided to develop my own class. No, I …

Play is Good: But beading is even better!

Play is good, especially when you’re teaching a group of very enthusiastic students! I love teaching, but that’s not all, I also love my enthusiastic students!! It’s no secret, that my interests are quite varied, but this month seems to be covering it all. I taught my Needle felted Landscape Pendant class on the 29th, but then I turned around and taught a Resin class the very next day! After working all week, I should be exhausted, but strangely enough, I’m not! When you gather together a group of students, you never really know what to expect, but I must …

Random Thoughts and Beauty Shots!

Why random thoughts and beauty shots? I didn’t have anything else planned, but thought that you might be interested, in everything else that I’ve been working on. First, the freeform peyote stone, I started on January 19th, in my Freeform Peyote Explorations workshop. I beaded like crazy, and am happy to have it finished. But I confess that it did become quite the obsession! Isn’t that always the case? You don’t work on anything for ages (due to broken elbow, of course), then overdo just a little. No pain anymore, but my eyes took quite the workout! I’m happy with the …

January 2020 Bead Mat Update: Bluesy news!

My January 2020 bead mat update, is a work in progress! Also, I forgot to photograph some of my pieces on a bead mat, but that doesn’t worry me one little bit! My Explorations in Freeform Peyote class ran last weekend, and this is the project that I worked on. Yes, another stone, but with a different colour scheme, and I’m beading again!!! My arm was a little achy the next day, but I managed to bead, while holding a stone in the palm of my hand. Quite a feat, but then who doesn’t want to bead, holding a weighty, …

Itching for Stitching!

I’m itching for stitching, but that’s not a lie! Luckily my elbow feels pretty good now. I’m still putting weight on it gingerly, but stitching is no longer out of the question. However, I think that my get up and go, got up and went! But that will only slow me down, but will not stop me completely. My friend and I, have plans to make some slow stitched needle books, yet all we need is a little time. Of course, I also need to dig out some supplies, but that shouldn’t be a huge problem. I have an infinite …