JPL with Three Metals

General Virtual Class web outline: Course outline: Join Gillian Clarke for an exciting class using JPL weave. JPL or “Jens Pind Linkage” is one of the fundamental weaves in chainmaille. It has a three-ring repeat and is three-sided, so using three different metals (or three colours) is a great design choice, and makes it easier to learn. JPL has a reputation for being difficult, but that really isn’t true once you know the trick… Exact ring size is very important for this weave so please note the specific materials list below.   Type of class: Virtual. A few days prior …

Interwoven 4-in-1 Bracelet

General Virtual Class web outline: Course outline: Join Gillian Clarke in making a Interwoven 4-in-1 Bracelet. This is a lovely chainmaille weave – one of my absolute favourites for bracelets. It is constructed of two layers of European 4-in-1 with the edges cleverly interlaced. If you use two colours you get a reversible pattern.   Type of class: Virtual. A few days prior to the class you will be sent an email containing the class instructions and the electronic link to the Zoom class. Once these instructions have been sent, refunds and cancellations will not be permitted. Kit fee: Custom kits …

Two-Hole St. Petersburg Bracelet-2 Sessions

Course outline: Join Pamela Kearns to create a beautiful bracelet using SuperDuo two-hole beads! St. Petersburg Chain is a lesser-known beading technique that creates a beautiful design. The addition of SuperDuos increases the texture to create a statement bracelet. You’ll also see ways to create some personalization for your bracelet for a one-of-a-kind project. This is a two-session class and will take place on Tuesday, June 22, 6:00 – 8:00pm, and on Tuesday, June 29, 6:00 – 7:00pm. Session 1: Design options How to get started and continue between classes Session 2: How to finish your bracelet   Type of …

What is Artistic Fear? Plus other ramblings!

Artistic fear is just like any other fear, but it’s still a paralysing emotion, that can cause a ripple effect in your life. Let’s start with the definition of fear, but I don’t intend to leave it at that, because fear is not always a bad thing. Definition of fear: “An unpleasant emotion, caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. If you are an artist, then you have definitely experienced artistic fear in your life! It’s that blank page, or canvas syndrome, fear of opening tubes of beads, or even …

May 2020 Bead Mat Update: A study in contrasts!

May 2020 bead mat update, is definitely a study in contrasts. The world is starting to open up, but we’re all holding our breath, to see which way the tide will turn. Fingers, toes, and everything else crossed, that all will be well! This is a brand new world, and we need to adjust to it! Everything still feels pretty grey, but I’ve decided to continue to experiment, then paint my personal world with colour! Why do that, you say? Well, I’m the eternal optimist, cannot bear to watch the nightly news, but then tend to read all about it …

What Sparks Joy?

What sparks joy when you really give yourself a chance to feel it? Is it a colour, that first spring flower, or the feel of the sun on your face? How about a new tube of seedbeads, then the look, but not the scent of lilacs (I’m allergic)? I’d vote for all of those things, but also a brand-new pair of scissors, a sharp pencil, the feel of soft rain on my face, and forget-me-knot blue. Then, I couldn’t leave out the smell of bacon, and fresh baked bread. Delicious! I guess what sparks joy, is not really the question, …

Dream a Little Dream!

Dream a little dream is how I want to remember this scary time. I know, it’s not really a dream, yet rather a lesson from the universe, to the world at large. But this craziness must stop! Enough preaching, now let’s get on to the fun stuff! But how can you have fun during this terrible time, you ask? Well, by using your time wisely, then having something to show, when the world returns to normal, or at least to our new reality. Is that too much to ask? I think of myself as a realist, but then again, I’m …

I Need to Bead: You Need to Bead!

I need to bead, and it’s obvious that you need to bead! But please excuse me if I ramble. We love your support, but that’s not all! We also love that you’re getting back to basics. Our seed beads are literally flying off the walls!! We need to work our fingers to the bone, to keep up, while still harassing our suppliers. Yet it makes us happy, and also keeps us out of trouble! You might be patching up holes in your bead stash, but I’m guessing that there’s an awful lot of bead weaving, looming, Kumihimo, and other seed bead …

April 2020 Bead Mat Update: I’ll keep on dancing!

My April 2020 bead mat update, is a bit of a mess! Something old, something new, something paper, then a bit of resin. I dreamed about a freeform peyote project, that had no particular point, no timeline, definitely colourful, but needed to use up some of my leftover beads. This is the start! I reach for this project, when I need a distraction from the stresses of our new normal. But that’s not all! It keeps both my mind, and my hands occupied, while using some of the leftover bits and pieces in my stash. Isn’t that perfect? There is …

Beaders Gotta Bead!

Yes, beaders gotta bead, but in my case, do all sorts of other stuff as well! Dwyn did razz me about it, in last week’s update, but I confess that she’s not entirely wrong. I’m happy to see that she introduced the new Creative Art Pigments, so that gave me a chance to mess about! No, I did not buy up all the powders, but I did purchase my fair share. But in my defense, so did Amanda, and I expect that Dwyn has squirreled away a few as well. I hinted about these products, in last week’s post, then …