July Bead Mat Update – To goal or not to goal!

My July bead mat update is all about working on neglected projects and supplies. Will I be able to attain my goals? I would like to finish something! Challenges are always good, and it will certainly be fun to try!! Why don’t I have time to finish all of my projects? Do I bite off more than I can chew? Or should I just blame it on the class samples I need to make? Each time I teach a class, I end up with at least one more sample to finish, and more than a few leftover supplies. Is my …

Bead therapy – Solutions for everyday woes!

Do you ever find the need for a little bead therapy? I don’t always require it, but do think and dream about it, on a regular basis. It allows me to see the world in a better light, and helps to keep my sanity in check! Everyday beading is therapeutic, but really not what I mean, when I mention bead therapy. Do you bead regularly? Would your TV watching experience be complete, without a beading needle in your hands? Do you spend more time choosing beads (that would be me), or clothes for a vacation? This sounds like everyday beading! …

May bead mat update: Toddling right along!

You might not know it, but my May bead mat update, is actually a snapshot of me doing everything and nothing! Seriously, I do know what I want to do (well maybe?), but I still want to experiment. I’m not afraid of hard work, but I am deathly afraid of being bored, so that’s why I jump around so much. Is that what mixed media is all about? I’ve hardly touched my bead embroidery for months, and there’s still that little purple doll hanging about. I won’t show her in my May bead mat update, but wouldn’t it be nice …

What’s on my bead mat – March, 2017?

My bead mat has been a buzzing this month, with both old and new friends! It’s impossible to choose a favourite project, so I’ll just let them speak for themselves. I started out the month with a couple of resin classes. One impromptu evening session, and a second scheduled workshop. I’ve already shown photos of my students work, but here are a couple of examples of my own work. A floral pendant, started in a previous class; another pendant, this time starring tiny stones; an acrylic and resin tile; and finally, a couple of metal clay pieces, too fragile to …

A reflection or two!

Do you believe that reflections on the future, can often be found in the past? It’s something that I believe in, and it’s certainly the only way to proceed into an uncertain future.   Art is funny that way! You can go merrily along on your way, and then stop suddenly, when you come to an unexpected roadblock. It could be health, financial, time, lack of inspiration, and even work or family related. These roadblocks tend to ‘smack you in the face’ when you’re least expecting it, but are easy to overcome, if you reflect back on how you reacted …

Let’s go walkabout!

Does anyone but me, think that it’s a tad strange to see (and feel) the temperature soar to almost 30C (or did it surpass that) yesterday? We were already geared up for warmer temps, but that high and this early in the year? Toronto is quite unpredictable! Winter, spring and summer, in the space of a couple of weeks…and I’m not exaggerating!!! Is everyone prepared for the change? No of course not, but as true Canadians we’ll adapt, and soon be complaining about how freaking hot it is!! I still need to clean my air conditioner filter, and I haven’t …

Confessions of an extreme stitcher!

In a recent post on my personal Facebook page, I referred to myself as an “extreme” or “rebel” stitcher. These terms most definitely apply to my bead embroidery, bead weaving, hand and machine embroidery. Oh, I’m quite capable of stitching in the conventional way (and still do at times), but there’s a little devil in me that simply loves to break the rules! My subversive qualities stem back to my fibre art days. A week long class with the extraordinarily accomplished embroiderer, Sylvia Naylor, taught me how to torture the threads, just enough to turn them into a garden full …

Bead mat update – April!

In the last update, my bead mat was a fairly sorry sight. My muse had been on vacation, and I was just getting back into the swing of things. I’m happy to say that my batteries have been re-charged, and I’m now brimming with inspiration! Most (but not all) of my beading projects have been motoring along, and new ideas are coming at me faster than I can remember them. Don’t you just hate when that happens? I really do need to write them down. Despite not finding the original (started in my last class), I completed another freeform peyote, …

Beading on the wild side!

There’s beading and then there’s beading! Most of us start out learning the basics of stringing. Others start with bead weaving, loom, wire or metal work. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with these options, but wouldn’t it be fun to be a little more adventurous from time to time? Traditional peyote stitch (also known as the gourd stitch), is an off-loom weaving technique, and may be worked with either an even or odd number of beads per row. The free form version of this stitch is very organic, as it bends and even breaks many of the rules of traditionsl …

There’s nothing wrong with your beady status quo!

But it might be time to evaluate, just where you’re going, in 2016.  If you’re anything like me, you rarely make resolutions, but when I do, they are quite unstructured.  I do make plans, but most of them evolve and expand, naturally over time.  Ideas committed to paper, make me feel anxious and guilty, and no one needs that type of negativity in their life.  No guilt allowed, as it’s sure to mess with your creativity!  Loose plans, can always be adapted, to the changing nature of art, work and life.  Planning is a positive thing, and combined with goals, …