I originally intended to use this Czech glass button in a steampunk theme bracelet, but you know how that goes ... when you finally sit down to start working on a project, it sometimes takes you to a completely different place.
The Copper Tulip Pendant will be offered as a class at the Gahanna Bead Studio on Saturday, May 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is a good class to get your feet wet for basic bead embroidery ... or if you are an experienced bead embroidery whiz, a quick but spectacular pendant project that you can finish up in a day. And, as noted below, all materials to make the pendant are included in the class price.
The new longer style magatamas are so much fun to work with and what better way to create a spectacular look than to use them in a basic spiral bracelet.
I will be teaching the spiral rope bracelet with the new longer magatamas at the Gahanna Bead Studio on Saturday, April 30, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Gahanna carries a variety of colors for this new bead so various colorways are available if you want to use something other than the spring green or AB purple color used in the samples. Color preferences should be noted when registering for the class so the materials can be gathered beforehand.
Spiral rope is a fun stitch to learn and use in your beading projects as there are so many different variations that can be used, making each project uniquely yours.
The Bling Button Bracelet (shown right) was originally published in the August 2009 Bead & Button magazine and was also included in Bead & Button's 2010 Creative Beading Volume published in the summer of 2010.
This particular bracelet uses a Czech glass button as the focal point and incorporates a lot of Swarovski bicones for the bling.
Offered as a two session class at the Gahanna Bead Studio, the first session will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The second session will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All materials to make this beautiful bracelet are included in the class price.
I have been involved with handcrafts in some form for my entire life. Immediately before beads became a part of my life, I was making applique quilts and teaching cake decorating classes. I came across some vintage beads in a specialty store and had to make something with them ... my entry into the bead world!
I've been fortunate to have made some wonderful new friends who have been both encouraging and supportive of my work. I've taken workshops from some of the foremost beadweavers in the country (and continue to do so whenever I have the opportunity!) and am now, myself, a bead instructor.
I've been a finalist in the Bead & Button "Bead Dreams" and two International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) collaborations, where I collaborated with two glass beadmakers, have been accepted in ISGB's juried competition and subsequent traveling exhibits of the finalists. Additionally, I have had projects published in the Bead & Button magazine.
Listed below are several bead related websites. The list includes several beadweaving/ bead embroidery artists who have taught workshops I've attended. I not only admire their artistic vision and beadweaving/embroidery skills but their work has certainly been an inspiration for me and a catalyst to expand my beading wings even farther. Also included are some of my favorite places to shop!