July 2020 Bead Mat Update: Another mixed bag!

This July 2020 bead mat update, just about knocked me on the head! But how did it get so late in the year, and what will we do when summer is over? Well, with the heatwave that we’ve been having in Toronto, I’d say that cooler weather will be a welcome change, but then it’s human nature to complain about the weather, no matter what it’s doing. Last year, had so much rain, that at least one of the Lake Ontario beaches was closed, for most of the season. Now we have stinking hot, and a pandemic to deal with. …

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 …

Woven Jewelry: Would that I could!

Woven jewelry fascinates me! I’m talking about artsy jewelry pieces, that have more in common with basket weaving, and knotting, than anything traditional. My friend in Australia, took a week-long class with Mary Hettmansperger. I saw the photos, then immediately rushed out to order as many of her books as I could find (thank you Amazon!). Mary comes from a weaving background, so it’s only natural that she would be a master at woven jewelry. She’s even written a book on it, “Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping, & Twining with Fiber & Metal”. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Believe me, …

Forgotten Objects: To use or not to use!

Using forgotten objects in your beading and jewelery is an art! That’s my opinion, and I’m sticking to it! Of course, I wouldn’t dare to suggest that you just use forgotten objects, but it certainly is fun trying to combine them with new stones, chains and findings from BeadFX. I’ve been doing that for years! Resin, intuitive bead embroidery, then more recently with fabric collage, slow stitch, and Stitch Meditations. But what about talismans? I love forgotten objects, found objects, organic elements, pre-owned, pre-loved, and vintage. Fabric dyed with rust, is a real treat, yet I’m still tempted by boiled …