Secrets and Treasures: We all have them!

Secrets and treasures, but what would the world be without them? A very dull place indeed! Who doesn’t have special little bits and pieces, hidden around their home? Do you take them out and fondle them, or just feel safe, knowing that they’re hidden away from prying eyes? I say enjoy them! Wallow in the memories! Air them out, let them free, dream about them, but keep them close to your heart! What better way to do that, than to make an amulet pouch? I’ve been thinking about amulet, or talisman pouches for a while, but hadn’t settled on how …

Discovering: Kumihimo

Did you know you can create your own customized fibre ropes and cords for bracelets, belts and necklaces? Imagine creating your own patterns in colours that will enhance your pendants and other focal pieces! Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. Kumi himo is Japanese for “gathered threads”. Traditionally, tools such as the marudai and the takadai were employed to make more complex braids in shorter time. Weighted bobbins or tama held the fibres, typically silk, in place as the braid was made. These braids can be round, flat, four sided and …

Fibre facts and frivolous fancies to catch your interest!

Fibre is my first love! Sewing, needlework, quilting, and textile art, are part of my past. They’ve pointed me, to this sparkly place; where I can mix my media; follow trends; and end up with a cohesive piece of work. I’m very lucky! Fibre is textile, and textile is cloth. According to Wikipedia – “A textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, …

Get to Know … Angela Peace

Angela Peace When you take a course – whether bead-related or not – you tend to be drawn to known instructors, right? Of course right! Well, its time to get to know the instructors who teach at BeadFX! In this issue of The Beadful Life we will get to know Angela Peace. Balance and harmony through shape and texture. This is the goal that Angela Peace strives for when she designs a piece of jewellery.  Spiral kumihimo with ceramic pendant Initially, many of us got to know Angela through her teachings of traditional Chinese knots such as the Plafond knot, …