InspirationFX: Tanzanite Jellies

Tanzanite Jellies   by: Dwyn Tomlinson Are these too much? Are they too over the top? Of course they aren’t. Wear these and hold your head up high – which helps to take the sag out of your jawline and make you look younger. See – big earrings are more flattering. They are surprisingly comfortable, actually, and really are flattering. These two new shapes from Swarovski look like they were designed to fit together, and perhaps they were. The centre stone is from Swarovski’s designer of the year (for 2016) – Celine Cousteau – a designer with her soul in …

Colour Comparison: Swarovski Graphite

Graphite – one of the new colours from Swarovski – is a pure, neutral grey – a much needed addition to the colour palette. The existing greys are not truly colours – they are “effects” – meaning they are coatings – so they have a tendency to look different from different angles. Not necessarily a bad thing – but definitely a true grey is a welcome addition. Think of it as a darkish neutral gray – leaning a little to the bluish side. It seems to happily want to reflect little flashes of blue. Here we see, from the left, …

The New Swarovski Colours will Make an Impression

I’m impressed. You’re impressed! Everybody is impressed! You can whale away and have a whale of a good time making your mark, or hammer out what lady-bugs you. And if that strikes you as a bit of a challenge, maybe you need our Simple Strike jig – which holds the stamp perfectly upright and keeps your fingers safe! You need one for each size of stamp, 3 mm, 4 mm and 6 mm. I did ask the manufacturer about this, and they apologize – but they couldn’t find a good way to make the jig hold any size as securely …

Confessions of an extreme stitcher!

In a recent post on my personal Facebook page, I referred to myself as an “extreme” or “rebel” stitcher. These terms most definitely apply to my bead embroidery, bead weaving, hand and machine embroidery. Oh, I’m quite capable of stitching in the conventional way (and still do at times), but there’s a little devil in me that simply loves to break the rules! My subversive qualities stem back to my fibre art days. A week long class with the extraordinarily accomplished embroiderer, Sylvia Naylor, taught me how to torture the threads, just enough to turn them into a garden full …

Drilling Stone and etc.

We do get lots of people asking about how to drill their own holes. We blogged about drilling glass a while back, but we found a couple more really good resources, and so I wanted to put them here – so I can find them again. 😉 This article – Just Drill It! – A Tutorial on Drilling Stone and Other Material by Kristin Oppold is very detailed and comprehensive – so if you aren’t sure which end of the drill to use – this is your resource. This facebook post by David Horste is also very good – also …

Late-April Classes will Shower you with Creativity

Forget worrying about showers of rain (although we all love May flowers), this April you can count on showers of creative classes! We have a number of NEW classes during the last half of April including a new Chinese knotting project with Angela Peace. Tuesday Tasters continue with an added evening session; you’ll love the little beaded bead! Jen Rosen has a fun new wire bracelet and metalsmith Kelly Garland will share how to do a beautiful flower pendant in sterling silver. Of course we have lots of encore classes! Iris Rogers Melamed will show how to do cold connections …

InspirationFX: Green Tiger

Green Tiger    by: Dwyn Tomlinson Tyger, tyger – glowing green, slinking through the forest unseen. What immortal hand or eye, dare paint gilders paste on thee? Well – me, that’s who. I love these stone pendants, and I have a large number of them – pretty much every one ever made in Lapis of a dragon, I think. But it kind of bothers me that you often can’t really see the carving and the detail unless you do some squinting and holding it just right in the light and looking at an angle. So I decided to add my …

Pretty in Pink and Blue!

Pantone declared that the colours of the year for 2016 are “Rose Quartz” and “Serenity” – pink and blue. Colour-crazy Leatrice Eiseman – whose mother loved colour so much she once painted the stove – which was fine till someone used it! and her team picked the colours based on – wait – some of you have guessed it already – hydrangeas! And I have picked these stones, so that if you find the soft pinks and blues of hydrangeas inspiring too – then voila! Rose Quartz for Rose Quartz was something of a no-brainer – but most of the …

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, …

Love Soutache and Bead Embroidery?
Have a class with Amee K. Sweet-McNamara!

Calling all Soutache and bead embroidery lovers – and everyone else who loves working with a needle a thread! Join us for a class with artist Amee K. Sweet-McNamara!  Amee uses Soutache and Bead Embroidery to create textile jewelry with sinuous, organic shapes in brilliant hues. She takes her inspiration from all things color-saturated. Mucha posters, Venetian glass, Renaissance paintings, and Hollywood dance-costumes have all, at one time or another, influenced her creations. Formally educated in both, Interior Design and Fine Art, Amee is a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. She teaches out of her studio in …