When Carolyn Cave’s book Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads arrived at BeadFX in I eagerly opened it up and saw lots of wearable designs that I instantly fell in love with. I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Carolyn when we were both teaching at Bead and Button in 2015 and again in 2016. I knew she would be a fantastic addition to our visiting instructor roster at BeadFX! The result? Carolyn is teaching four classes at BeadFX: Constellation Beaded Bead and Pendant (April 28; 10:00am – 1:00pm); Octagana Bracelet (April 28; 2:00 – 5:00pm); Atlantea Necklace (April 29; 10:00am – 5:00pm); and Piggy Blossom Necklace (April 30; 10:00am – 5:00pm).
So, let me introduce you to Carolyn Cave…
“Creating jewellery started about 15 years ago when a young niece gave me a pair of earrings that she had made,” says Carolyn. “I really liked her design but it needed a little adult intervention. So I went to the local bead store and discovered a whole world of shiny round things with holes in them. About the same time I was invited to a ‘pearl party’ by my sister-in-law and the local craft store started selling pearls in packages. I bought a necklace at the party but then made more of my own.”
“I’ve always been involved in creative activities,” Carolyn explains. “My mom taught me how to sew, knit and crochet when I was very young, and from there the creativity spilled over into other areas, such as cross stitch, paper quilling, spinning, dyeing, weaving and quilting. I have always had some sort of project on the go.”
When it comes to jewellery making Carolyn is primarily self-taught. “I learn by looking at how things are put together, then by spending a lot of time experimenting with my beads. I have a large collection of books and have learned a great deal from other authors methods.”
“Often I create projects to fill a need. For example, I am on the BeadSmith’s Inspiration Squad and they will need a new design for their advertising. I take my needle and thread and begin to play. I also need to create, and beading fills this void.” Her inspiration? “I am inspired by the colours of nature around me, the colours and styles of vintage jewellery, and by the beads themselves.”
In addition to her inspirations, Carolyn actively collects ideas for her projects. “I cut things out of magazines if I see a fun colour combination. I will sketch ideas that come to mind. I carry a sketch book with me to record a shape or a pattern or an image when I see one. I also have a Pinterest account. If I use all the ideas I have collected or are in my head, I will have to live to be at least 142!”
“When it comes to teaching, I love sharing the excitement of creating something new with the students, and seeing your designs come to life in someone else’s hands,” says Carolyn.
Outside of beading and teaching, Carolyn has a degree in music. “I am the wife of an encouraging and loving husband, and mother of three wonderful young women,” says Carolyn. “I am a musician and am involved in the musical life of my community, as the pianist for two choirs and as a cellist in the local University Orchestra. I also do contract work for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.”
Carolyn’s advise to others who create? “There are no mistakes, only more opportunities!”
To register for any of Carolyn’s classes, please call or visit the store. BeadFX will be hosting a Meet and Greet for Carolyn on Friday, April 28, 6:00 – 7:30pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.