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 …

Beads and Felt: A sumptuous affair!

You don’t know what you’re missing, if you’ve never worked with beads and felt! Okay, beads on their own are undoubtedly delicious, but there’s an added something special, when you stitch them onto felt. No, not craft felt silly, but richly textured wool felt! It’s absolutely delightful!!! I love working with wool felt! It started off with a simple, wet felting play date with friends! Then I combined some of those pieces with fibre, beads, free motion, and hand stitching. A few were sold, but others remain in my possession. Pre-beading obsession, if you please! This piece of felt was …

What does imagination look like?

Ask me a direct question about my imagination, and I guarantee that I’ll be at a loss to explain it! Imagination, and creativity seem to come easy to me, but I’m not the only one! I call myself an artist, because that’s a label that I was given many years ago, in my fibre art days. Creativity and imagination cannot be separated, and we are all artists! Imagination is not part of some secret club! Own it! You were born with it!! I remember a story my mother used to tell, about when I was a toddler. She said that …

July 2018 Bead Mat Update: Oops it’s August!

When I sat down to write my July 2018 bead mat update, I realized that it would actually be posted in August! How the heck did that happen? The days are flying by too fast!! First up on my July 2018 bead mat update is the continuation of my Stitch Bits/Stitch Meditations series. The one on the top of the pile is my latest, #77! Whew! My plan is to make 100 of these, then decide what the heck I’m going to do with them. Stay tuned! I really needed some antique copper earrings, so wandered about BeadFX, hunting for …

What is a maker?

Are you a maker? I know that I certainly am!! I’ve never liked the crafter term, because I think that it actually dumbs down all of our hard work. But lately, I have been hearing the maker term, and that’s something I can really get behind! Okay, crafters are makers, but then so are artists! As are calligraphers, carvers, bookmakers, knitters, potters, embroiderers, quilters, and jewelers. Professional or not, the list goes on an on, yet many are lumped into the crafter box. It’s time to get out of that particular box!! It must be serious, because we even had …

Polymer Clay Technique Play: Let the games begin!

I’m a technique junkie, so why would polymer clay technique play be any different? When I get interested in a subject, I do everything I can to learn all about it. Don’t you? In the case of polymer clay, I took a class a year or so ago, played a little, purchased a book, surfed the net, then left it all behind. At the end of last year, my interest was renewed (I blame it all on my friend!), and it began again! Oh, I couldn’t just be interested in the odd polymer clay technique, could I? Why don’t I …

June 2018 Bead Mat Update: Mixing up my media!

I didn’t think that I had much to include on my June 2018 Bead Mat Update, but I was wrong! You’ll find that I’m a little all-over-the-place this month. Does that mean that I have AADD (Artistic Attention Deficit Disorder)? I’m afraid that I resemble that!!! Do you? First up on my June 2018 Bead Mat Update, is one of my personal UFO2Go items. A cute beaded button (that will be turned into a pin), but originally an unfinished class sample from earlier in the year.. Then there’s the stone, metal, and leather bracelet from last year. Almost finished, but …

Mixed Media Jewelery: A journey to the wild side!

I’m absolutely crazy about mixed media jewelery! I do like traditional jewelery, but there’s something about all of the surprising combinations that are possible, if you travel to the darker side. First let’s define mixed media! According to Wikipedia “In visual art, mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages and collages are two common examples of art using different medias that will make use of different materials including cloth, paper, and/or wood … Many artistic effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in conjunction …