March 2018 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

I started thinking about my March 2018 bead mat update a couple of weeks ago! However, I wasn’t able to settle down and do anything about it until now! Horrors! I almost missed updating you!! March has been a very busy month! I’m like a butterfly, flitting around, but not really settling in any one place for long. As I’ve said before, I need focus! I may have found a way to clear my head and corral my mind a little. I believe that I showed you my Stitch Meditations before, but I’ve started adding beads to some of them. …

February 2018 Bead Mat Update: A technique extravaganza!

Is my February 2018 bead mat update more of the same? Or is it? Only my readers will know!!! You know that it’s February in Canada, when you get winter, spring, winter, spring, and giant potholes! It’s hard to know what to wear, but I’m certainly glad that we’re in the spring phase right now, for however long it lasts.   I’ve never really liked February in Toronto, because in my home city of Vancouver, you would already be seeing signs of spring. Ha! They got snow last week!!! I know, it won’t last long, and the bulbs will be …

Freeform Fancies and Other Treats!

Immersing yourself in freeform fancies, is a perfectly lovely way to spend the day! Have you every done this? If not, it’s something that you should consider. I love everything about freeform! It doesn’t matter if it’s peyote, bead embroidery, collage, painting, resin, machine, or hand embroidery, it’s all good to me! I taught a freeform peyote bracelet workshop, at BeadFX, to a wonderful, talented, group of students! Nine ladies, and one gentleman. One of the ladies, brought her husband along, so that she would end up with two bracelets. Smart lady! Of course, she picked out the beads, but …

Words to live by – and other fripperies!

Its 2018, and its time to focus on some words to live by! Which words, I do not know, but hope to by the end of this blog post. New Year’s resolutions have never been my thing, and that’s something I share with many creatives. For me, it would be just setting myself up for failure! As words seldom fail me, they will certainly be a better option! The logical first word will be CREATE! I would go crazy without this word. Of course, you’ll say that I do that anyways, and yes that’s true. However, with looming workshop deadlines, …

Tangled Techniques – and other stories!

If the truth be known, I’m all about tangled techniques! The tanglier (of course, that isn’t a real word), the better!! There’s not really much that I haven’t tried. I doodle, but do not tangle (as in Zentangle). I paint, but mostly Gelli print. My stitching life is not current, and I neither knit nor crochet. Collage and Eco-printing are favourites of mine, but I do not scrapbook, or make cards. I do know how to draw and sketch, but do I do it now? Not often! Resin is a definite yes, but I’m sadly behind on my artist concrete, …

A beaded surprise! Plus other whimsies.

What better way to resolve a gift giving dilemma, than completing a beaded surprise? I drew our fearless leader’s name, for our annual Secret Santa exchange! Yikes! What do you buy for a person who owns a bead store? It’s problem solving time, but then again, it’s an awful lot of fun!!! The $ limit is low, but we are encouraged make a handmade little something! Thinking cap on, then tune quickly to a beaded surprise. Yep! That’s the ticket! It’s not like I’m not personally flush with beads! Blush! A trip to the beach, a couple of weeks ago, …

November 2017 Bead Mat Update: Exploring my options!

My November 2017 bead mat update, is all over the place! Should I blame the weather, the upcoming season, or admit that I need to play? I am full of creative ideas, but I’m not always organized! Both Intuitive Bead Embroidery, and Artist Trading Cards (using paper collage, paint, and stamps), are on my November schedule. Is it any wonder that I’m confused? They are very different animals, though both very freeform in nature! This piece is a sample from a previous workshop. I made the cabochon! Is it a landscape, or a seascape? Why is it so organized?? Where …

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 …

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 …

The Freeform Wars! Peyote Stitch or Intuitive Bead Embroidery?

There’s something inside my head that I like to call the freeform wars. Should I start a new peyote stitch project, or how about Intuitive Bead Embroidery? I love both techniques, and I have a hard time choosing between the two! I’ve been up north the last couple of weeks, and I decided to bring a handful of my UFO’s (unfinished objects) along for the ride (see last Wednesday’s blog post). My head wasn’t into it! I chilled out with books, family, food, and nature! What more could a girl ask? But then I came home, just before the long …