Colour Play – All the Way!

It’s only going to get colder, so colour play is extremely important at this time of the year! Why do we need dark and dismal, when we could take a bath in colour instead? I know it’s a strange topic for a post, but it’s something that popped into my head this morning! If you look at my wardrobe, you’ll see a lot of black, grey, and navy blue (but mostly denim these days). Is this a leftover from the corporate years (not the denim), or perhaps a personal choice? I love colour, but I don’t wear it that much, …

November 2018 Bead Mat Update: Texture & Contrast!

When talking about my November 2018 Bead Mat Update, I think more about the differences, and less about similarities! I love techniques! Yes I’ve told you that before, but this time my words are matched by my actions. Do you want to see? First up on my November 2018 Bead Mat update, is the bezelled cabochon that I talked about in my last blog post. I lifted the next two photos from that post!! Now here’s the update! I beaded some more, then glued the backing on, so all that’s left to do is bead the edging. But wait! What …

Holiday Gifts Countdown, Part 2

The Christmas movies have started – are you feeling the panic set in? You know you want to make some of your gifts, but not sure exactly what and you’re wondering when can you get them done. Okay, let’s reduce the panic a little; here are some more ideas from BeadFX’s Inspiration Gallery that will make perfect gifts. By the way, if you’re in the Toronto area and looking for dedicated time to work on your gifts, why not drop by Open Bead Night or Afternoon Bead Tea? If you’re a metalworker or lampworker, Open Metal Studios and Happy Hour …

Bezelled Cabochons: What are they?

In the last week, I decided to spend a little quality time with bezelled cabochons? To bead, or not to bead, that is the question! Of course, that’s not really the question, as I have no intention of not beading!!! Yes, I could surround it with a silver, or copper bezel, but for me that would be too much work!! I know! Working with little tiny beads, isn’t really work, is it? I’ve had a love/hate relationship with bezelled cabochons for years. Take this one, for example: I probably started this piece at least ten years ago. A plus-sized Howlite …

Bead-A-Muse: What is this?

What do you think of the term Bead-a-Muse? Or perhaps I should call it Craft-a-Muse? I was actually thinking of writing about collecting beads, in this blog post (and believe me, I do!). However, my ideas tend to be fluid, so somehow collecting ended up as a post about Bead-a-Muse. When I Googled Bead-a-Muse, it came up with a variety of very different images, including dolls, some beaded objects, and a collection of miscellaneous images. Not exactly what I was looking for!!! Here’s my first muse – Fibrella!! Some have even called her my alter-ego! Could it be our inner …

Things that go bump in the night!

What do you think of, when I talk about things that go bump in the night? It’s Halloween on this side of the world, so definitely a current topic! Image – Wikipidia Okay, maybe not everything goes bump, but there are definitely some scary things out there. Especially on this particular night!! Ghoulies and ghosties, and not to forget creepies and crawlies!!! My skin gets goose bumps, just thinking about things that go bump in the night!!!! Do you suppose there’s a beading genre that celebrates this particular holiday? No, I don’t mean the Mexican Day of the Dead, because …

Bead Embroidery: What the heck is it?

When I talk about bead embroidery, I’m normally discussing the intuitive type. However, that’s not the only art form out there! Image – Robin Atkins Where did bead embroidery originate? I’m sure that there are readers that will know more than I do on this subject, so I hope that those people (and you know who you are), pipe up with a little more information. I’d like to start with a definition according to Wikipedia: “Bead embroidery is a type of beadwork that uses a needle and thread to stitch beads to a surface of fabric, suede, or leather. Bead …

Autumn Sparkles: Reflections on the season!

Though later than normal, autumn sparkles if you take a good look around you! I need to talk about beads, but I also want to talk about autumn leaves. Couldn’t this post be about both? I rarely work in autumn colours, but I actually created an entire Bead Journal Project (BJP) series, working with fallen leaves from 2014. I collected, pressed, and bead embroidered a series of 12 leaves (actually 13, but I didn’t like one of them). I’m really a blue/green type of girl, but I did slip in a couple of fall colours! All suitable for pendants, or …

Peyote Stitch: A dream of a stitch!

I must admit that peyote stitch is my favourite bead weaving stitch! I adore the simplicity of this stinking stitch! Believe it or not, I actually followed the rules, in the early days! The three bracelets shown below, illustrate the start of my addiction! The one with the bugle beads, was made in a class I took with Marilyn Parker & Maureen Warland (George Brown College), many, many years ago. I ripped that sucker out, many times, before finally getting with the program!!!! I did make one more bracelet, of this type, before vowing never again! Heh, heh, ladies…but I …

September 2018 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

When I started thinking about my September 2018 Bead Mat Update, I thought that I really hadn’t accomplished much this month. But I was wrong! During the “Back to Class” event, earlier this month, I played with the Freeform Peyote Bracelet, that I had started in my last class. I need to decide on a closure of some type. I think one of my bead embroidered buttons, will finish it off nicely. Rose Gold Plated Hematite rounds, pair nicely with these Czech 6/0’s, to make a simple necklace. This one is around 30″ long, and will look maaavelous dahling, with …