I'm excited to announce that I've been chosen to teach two of my newest designs at Bead Fest Philly in August!
Just Screwin' Around
Wednesday, August 20, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This bold design can be stitched a either a torq-style bracelet, or a bangle with a hidden closure. The torq version uses an interior wire that bends to fit your wrist and holds its shape during wearing. The bangle style is stitched without the spike and crystal ends, and uses a strong, hidden magnetic clasp to form a seamless join, enabling easy on and off.
Heart on a String
Thursday, August 21, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
A free-floating heart is stitched in Herringbone stitch and richly embellished with cup chain, two sizes of glass pearls and crystals. The heart is suspended by a crystal and pearl encrusted bail and hangs from a long Herringbone, pearl and crystal neckchain.
5/29/13 - Cup Chain is
back in stock.
August 4, 2012
Chain of Jewels Necklace
Another bead retreat, coming to
north Georgia in Spring 2012. It's been over a year since our last
collaborative effort and we are asked often when the next one will be
held. We've set aside time next spring, and are rolling up our
beading sleeves to come up with great new designs to offer at a great
new location, now that Red Top Mountain Lodge has closed. Stay
tuned as more details will be revealed soon.
And a big shout-out to the
Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee, who invited me to teach at
their spring bead retreat, held in Racine, WI in March. A great
time, with great beaders at a wonderful location -- for two sessions of
Clinging Vine and an afternoon of Seeing Stars Earrings. Thank you,
thank you for your wonderful mid-western hospitality! I had a
great time and I think the beaders did too!
Inspiration for these fun little pendants came from the passion flower vine in my yard. I first saw a passion flower nearly 30 years ago, when I was dating the great guy I've been married to for more than 25 years (how can that be?!)
The fence along his
yard was covered in them and I was amazed at all the colors and textures
within a single bloom. Later I was gifted with a vine for my own
yard, and after I began beading I often considered how to recreate one
of its gorgeous flowers. When I came across some fringy purple
yarn I thought I could somehow incorporate that with the beadwork, but
it was a few years before I got around to playing with the idea.
Once I came up with the design I wanted to have more colors of the
fringe yarn, but it seemed to no longer be available. Internet to
the rescue - a yarn supplier in St. Louis had 12 colors! And now I
have all 12 colors too :-) See the Beaded Jewelry Classes page for
stores offering this design.
Looks like Fall has
finally made it to Georgia. It's been rainy and cool all day - a
nice change from the 90+ degrees we've had daily since last May.
The class page is updated with the fall classes scheduled so far. Among the offerings - the relatively new Ariel's Gem Necklace, Glissade Beaded Bead Bracelet, Non Pariel Bracelet, and Seeing Stars Earrings (which would make a great gift). Yes, it's time to start planning for the holidays. If you are interested in a class, please contact the appropriate store and they'll be happy to help you sign up.
I'm working on pretty,
sparkly new designs and will have pictures here in the next couple of
What's a Torc?
The Third Annual Bead Retreat is almost filled. If you are planning to attend but haven't yet been in touch with Margie, do it soon. If you've already registered - rest up for a fun filled beady weekend!
I think my email
problems are over, but if you have a problem reaching me or getting a
response, please keep trying. There's always the possibility of
more problems (with technology, you never know...).
Sylvie Lansdowne is
hosting a beading retreat around the New Year's holiday and it sounds
like a great time! More info to come.
Hope you all are enjoying the Fall season and I hope your jack-o-lantern is filled with treats!
Welcome! It's been awhile since I've updated the site, so there's a lot of news to post. Here in the south school starts up in early August, so our "summer" is essentially over, even though the calendar thinks there are several more weeks before Fall. I hope your summer is/was fun and relaxing. Mine was busy, fun, and inspiring. I've lots of new ideas for beading projects and glass beads that I'm working on now. More to come.
The retreat last May
was a blast! So much fun, in fact, that we're doing The Third
Annual Bead Retreat next April 23 - 25, 2010 - so mark your calendar and
hold the date. Margie and I offered our most popular classes
at the last retreat, but for the Third Annual we're coming up with ALL
NEW projects. And there will be an opportunity to sign up early to
guarantee your kit color choices. For more details about
the retreat and Red Top Mountain Lodge, click here:
The Bead & Button Show, held in Milwaukee in early June, was fantastic. I'm in awe of all the incredible beadwork and talented designers and it was overwhelming to see so much creativity in one place. The exhibits were drool-worthy, as was much of the beadwork worn by the attendees. The huge marketplace was filled with everything to make ideas come to life. Inspiration in every direction!
The Gathering (Int'l.
Society of Glass Beadmakers convention) in Miami at the end of July was
a great time too. Four days filled with amazing glass works,
supplies, demonstrations, and wearable creations, all made me desperate
to fire up the torch and create!
Some of my projects are available in kit form at BuytheKit.com
New projects are in the works for fall and will be offered at all the usual places. Check the Beaded Jewelry Classes for pictures and dates. I'm just finishing the first of the new project offerings and pictures of that one will be up early next week.
Last week I took a beginning knitting class with two of my beading pals. Now, I've attempted knitting before and was a dismal failure. My ultra-patient Grandma attempted to teach me knitting on several occasions but to no avail. This time, I caught on. We all had a great time and the instructor, Debi, made it seem easy! The shop, The Whole Nine Yarns is beautiful, and the owner, Caryn, is really nice. Check it out if you're in the metro Atlanta area.
Glassy News: I'm busy traveling to bead stores around the area with fun beading projects. In the next few weeks: Bead Biz, Helena, Alabama, The Beadcage, Columbus, Georgia, and On the Rocks, Dacula, GA, in addition to the metro Atlanta stores, Bead Bayou, Alpharetta, BEADiful in Cumming, and The Bead Hive, Marietta. See the Beaded Jewelry Classes page for the details.
OK, A few friends have
mentioned that it really isn't Spring anymore, so it might be time to
update the site. In fact, I've almost missed Fall as well.
Jeff Barber was in
town to teach a lampwork class for the Southern Flames glass beadmakers
group, using Satake glass from Japan. I really learned alot and
LOVE the color palette of the glass. Jeff is really knowledgeable
and sharing and it was a great class.
In my spare time I'm taking a reupholstery class through a local parks and rec program. It's been a lot of work, but really interesting to learn how it all goes together.
flying by... so, here's the news...
Lush Beads in Lowell, Massachusetts is carrying some of my patterns. Check out their website: Lush Beads Wednesday, April 23 they'll be teaching Pinch Bead Bracelet from 7-9:30pm.
Beginning this month I'll be teaching at The Bead Hive in Marietta, Georgia. We've scheduled Maltese, Star of India, and Cleopatra
Kit sales for the Maltese are going well and the feedback has been great. Supplies are running low on the Black/Silver combination. Swarovski prices have gone up twice this year already, but I'm hoping I won't have to raise the kit price when I reorder. I'll be adding more project kits as I can find the time. Be sure to drop me an e-mail to let me know if there's a particular project you'd like to see in kit form.
Two new projects are scheduled at my normal teaching haunts, Bead Bayou in Alpharetta and BEADiful in Cumming. The projects are shown below and details are listed on the beaded jewelry page.
Thanks for stopping by,
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a happy and peaceful holiday season. I thought I'd have a lot of time to assemble the kits and design lots of wonderful new projects, but as it turned out I spent a lot of time cooking and hanging out with my husband and boys. It was a really nice vacation at home. But not at all productive.
The Maltese bracelet kits are (finally!) ready to go. These beautiful bracelets feature faceted cubic zirconia ovals and Swarovski crystal. They are SO comfort-able to wear. There are four great color combos to choose from and the kit includes everything you need to make one bracelet - even the needle and thread! Go to the Shop page for better pictures and more info.
Black & Olivene Green Purple &
I had another great day of
teaching classes at
in Columbus, GA this past Saturday.
Lampwork coming up in the next few weeks will feature Easter. Watch for a new auction soon.
Thanks for stopping by,
The auction went well - it sold and the beads have arrived at their new home. More auctions in the near future. I'm trying to keep up with demand for Christmas-themed beads for local stores and personal gifts and I'm anxious to start designing Valentine's Day beads.
Teaching is busy too. Check out my newest 2 projects on the Beaded Jewelry page, Cleopatra - a bracelet with two variations and a lovely beaded toggle, and Pearl Pendant, which uses the new Swarovski wavy pearls and works up quickly to an impressive and fashionable flower. Classes have been scheduled at the Beadcage in Columbus, GA and at the Bead Biz in Helena, AL, as well as BEADiful in Cumming, GA and Bead Bayou in Alpharetta, GA.
Well, that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by and please come back next week to see the Maltese kits. Hope you're able to find the time to enjoy the holidays!
On the beading project/class front, a couple of new designs are in the works. An Autumn version of the "bouquet" bracelet, a beautiful new faceted CZ bracelet, and a netted holiday necklace are all in production.
The Bead Biz in
Helena, Alabama invited me back to teach my Lacy Lariat and the
Renaissance Cross in June, and in Georgia, the Bead Bayou (Alpharetta)
and BEADiful (Cumming) are keeping me busy. I'm also scheduled to
teach the Marguerite Bracelet at The Beadcage in Columbus, Georgia in
August. (Another great bead store - check them out if you are in the
4/27 Thanks for making
the March Madness marguerite sale a great success! The sale
officially ends today. Some colors are currently sold out and
others are in low supply.
Look for new lampwork
beads on eBay in the next couple weeks. My seller ID is
GlassyJewels. My newest project, Lacy Lariat is pictured below.
Also pictured, Spring Bouquet Bracelet. I'm currently teaching
both classes at Bead Bayou in Alpharetta, Georgia and BEADiful in
Thanks for stopping by!
If you're in the Atlanta area, I'll be demonstrating a lampworked Easter Bunny head at the Southern Flames meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at Beads By Design, 7:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Hope you are enjoying the later hours of daylight as much as I am!
Happy New Year!
OK, on to the business stuff. The dates for beginning glass bead classes are listed on the Lampworking page. Some of the upcoming beading classes are listed on Beaded Jewelry, with more to be added in the next couple of weeks. New pictures have been added too. Santa left a new macro lens for my digital camera and I've been busy learning to take better pictures. There's still a lot of room for improvement in that area, but they are better than they were.
The Star of India bracelet kits
are up on the Shop page. There are three color combos to choose
The charlottes are now pictured too, in case you were wondering what they looked like.
I was fortunate to take a glass
class with a wonderful artist last weekend, Bronwen Heilman, and I
absolutely loved the techniques she taught using enamels to paint glass
either directly onto beads or on sheet glass that is later wrapped
around beads. Bronwen's a great teacher too. Fun! I'm
hoping to have some glass beads available on the site and, possibly, on
eBay before the end of the year.
I have a really full teaching
schedule this fall, both for seed bead projects and for lampworking
classes. The class pages are updated with my schedule for
November, December, and January. The classes have been going
really well and I've had to add additional dates to accommodate the
signups. Can't complain about that!
Beadwork Cover Photo: Joe Coca
One of my
bracelet designs, The Marguerite Bracelet, is featured in the
April/May issue of Beadwork Magazine, page 32-24!
Can't Find Marguerites?