Handmade gifts! Is it better to give or receive?

“The time has come, the walrus said” to speak of handmade gifts! Should you start your holiday gifts early, or leave them until the last minute? A conundrum for sure, but both strategies have merit! Early gives you lots of time, and a certain amount of peace of mind. Late gifts you with an adrenaline rush, and also the chance to show off your latest skills (perhaps learned in a BeadFX workshop?). To help you get through the season, I also prescribe coffee, chocolate, and medicinal liquids! If you need a kick-start, there’s still time to take either a November, …

Bead Bombing: Sharing the sparkle!

I consider bead bombing, to be a perfectly acceptable beading activity! But then again, I’m a bit of a rebel! What is it? Have you ever tried it? Is it something that you would consider doing it in the future? Perhaps it’s time for a little more discussion! Bead bombing is a fairly new art form, but to understand it better, we should first look at the area of yarn bombing. Lets start with just one, of many definitions: “the action or activity of covering object or structures in public places with decorative knitted or crocheted material, as a form …

October 2017 Bead Mat Update: Mixing it up!

My October 2017 bead mat update, is really a poem to my eclectic tastes! I could tell you that I specialize in one thing or another, but that would be a lie! I love all things creative! Sometimes I just need a taste, to satisfy my craving, but I certainly couldn’t focus on everything. It would be pretty boring, if I only did what was expected! Wouldn’t it? To start off my October 2017 bead mat update, I want to announce that I’ve finished the beading on my little purple minx doll. Hooray!!! That’s really just a working title, but …

Beading woes! Is this the ending, or just the beginning?

Are you familiar with the subject of beading woes? I feel that finishing a project, brings on a certain kind of emptiness. It can only be satisfied, by starting another project. I don’t have many unfinished projects! I do have components, made for the sake of making! Stash is not the same as unfinished projects! They are teaching experiments! That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!!! Freeform peyote bracelet finished – check! I will use it as a teaching sample (early 2018). Sad to finish, but I will work on another soon! Is that a new beginning? Freeform peyote …

Beading emergency! To bead or not to bead?

What do you do when you have a beading emergency? Do you panic, or just buckle down and get the job done? Your time is precious, so think about this carefully! Today is more of a blogging emergency for me! Turkey day (Canadian Thanksgiving) gifted me with an extra day, to spend quality time with some of my older projects. To my delight, I was able to put three of them to bed (sorry, only in-process photos, this week)! My freeform peyote bracelet, a freeform peyote beaded bead (the one with the fall palette), and a wire embroidered, beaded brooch. …

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 …