June 2019 Bead Mat Update: Blue, with a dash of red!

Time for my June 2019 Bead Mat Update! I haven’t actually been doing a lot of beading, but I have a suspicion, that’s about to change!! I need to do some beading, but then there’s also Stitch Meditations, Ice Resin, and that giant package of Quick Cure Clay. What’s a girl to do? I’m not ready to expose my Quick Cure Clay to my blog readers yet, but it should be ready for a July unveiling. All I can say right now, is that it’s interesting to work with, is sticky, smells a bit, yet takes colour really well. It is …

Fun with Freeform!

The fact that I have fun with freeform, is probably no surprise to most of you. I bead it, I stitch it, then sometimes even combine the two! It’s an intuitive way of working, that allows you to create, without following a traditional pattern. It is a fairly free way of working, but still requires a certain amount of order. Without that, there would be chaos! This one, entitled “Worms”, is a little chaotic, but it was an experiment, that just kept on giving. I still love it!! When I create, I let my mind flow free, but I’m always …

Getting Creative With Cement – Bangles and Jangles

Course outline: In this class with Ann Shewan, you will build on your mold making skills and move on to creating molds that are circles or irregular shapes. You can create rings, bangles or pendants, again each one will be uniquely yours. The molds are used once, so no two pieces will be exactly the same. We will do a quick review on adding colour and how to get a good pour and then start making molds. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Plus Prerequisite: Working with cement and making your own molds (click here …

Denim Dreams: What do they mean to you?

I believe that denim dreams are a state of mind! We wear them, we love them, but do we accessorize them? Now, that is the question? I know that denim dreams come in many colours, but I’ll refer to the blue variety, for this blog post! I grew to love it in my school days, so that’s what I’m going to talk about today!! Today’s denim is a heck of a lot more comfortable (but we were kids, so what the heck did we know?), and you can even buy them with ragged holes!! In my day, you needed to …

Mix it up!

When I say mix it up, what do you suppose I mean? I’m not really sure, but it’s a subject that we’re going to explore! I call myself a Mixed-Up Media Artist, and that’s because I like to play with just about anything. Beads, paint, alcohol inks, stitch, fabric, resin, concrete, paper, stones. Also, enamel, polymer clay, felting, metal, rusty objects, and even driftwood. But is there anything else out there that I’m missing? Well, I’m not really into knotting (except for pearls), have never done any lampwork, and have had minimal experience with wire wrapping, metal clay, and metalwork …

Late Breaking News: Of the publishing kind!

I should have shared this late breaking news earlier today, but I simply forgot to include it in my earlier blog post! Dwyn wanted me to call it a “Hot Flash”, but I just wasn’t going there!  LOL! I’m excited to announce that two of my articles, that include six different jewelry pieces, have been published in the Summer edition (out in June), of the Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine!!! This is a high-end, beautifully photographed, artsy, teaching, mixed media, jewelry magazine, and it fits right into my wheelhouse! The publisher is Stampington & Company. I simply love this magazine, and …

May 2019 Bead Mat Update: Freeform, stitch, and stories!

My May 2019 bead mat update is late in the month, but then so is spring in Toronto! But here it is, and believe it or not, we’ve even had a few, very nice days. Not enough yet, but you learn to take what you can get! Nothing is better, than spending time with enthusiastic students! I love every minute of it, and it’s even better if you have something to show at the end of the day. My Freeform Peyote Beaded Bead class, last Sunday, was no exception! Of course, none of the beads were finished in the class …

Woven Jewelry: Would that I could!

Woven jewelry fascinates me! I’m talking about artsy jewelry pieces, that have more in common with basket weaving, and knotting, than anything traditional. My friend in Australia, took a week-long class with Mary Hettmansperger. I saw the photos, then immediately rushed out to order as many of her books as I could find (thank you Amazon!). Mary comes from a weaving background, so it’s only natural that she would be a master at woven jewelry. She’s even written a book on it, “Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping, & Twining with Fiber & Metal”. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Believe me, …

Playing Around and Finishing Up: True or False?

I’ve been playing around, but not finishing up all that many projects. It’s not because I don’t have any U.F.O.’s (unfinished objects), but rather that my mind has been occupied with other things. I do have stash enhancing projects! That’s what you call making stuff, that you add to your stash, to prepare for making other stuff, at some later date!! I’ve been doing that a lot! When spring calls, and I’d rather spend time out of doors, I tend to work on simple things. Like Gelli printing (mono-printing with a commercial gelatin-type plate), paper decorating, fabric altering, and all …

Beading Surfaces: What do you use?

When I talk about beading surfaces, what do you think of? I started beading the traditional way, with needle and thread (peyote, square stitch, right angle weave)! Then I branched out to stringing, done with crimps, and beading wire. Was that enough for me? Heck no! I joined the Bead Journal Project in 2008 (or so), then started beading on a heavy weight stabilizer, called Peltex (it stiffens the bills of baseball caps). Then, I discovered Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, Flexi-Firm, stiffened felt, and Good Felt! All good beading surfaces, but there’s more! I beaded on (or around) small beach stones, …