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Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Time, on a Bead Loom!

Spring is finally here!

In celebration, my next 'Bead Loom Class', will have a flower theme. 
"Daised Cuff", below, offers 3D petals arranged in tailored spacing.
The upper edge is actually 'wire crochet'. This is called 'capture chain'
 because it also has a line of 'ball chain' running inside.

Next cuff offered, for this class, is a velvety petal 'Cone Flower'.
The background is woven using 'Tru Cut Permanent Metallic Silver Beads'. 
You can notice a slight glint of light, in this picture. It occurs when the light hits a few of the cut edges.
The petals and leaves are 'matte finish', offering a great contract to the silver background.

Another 'Cone Flower' color way, below. This time with Teals and Black. 
The pattern offers more flowers, in this garden. 
A detailed fringe, using Superduos and crystals, offer a nice sway of Spring!

Each of the cuffs have a 3D addition, in petals or a leaf. 

I am not very versed, in hand weaving beads, or using some of the amazing style beads available today, 
but I did try my hand at weaving a pair of matching earrings!

Now that this line up is complete, I am ready for April 5th and April 12th,
the two day class being held at BEAD SOUP, in Savage Maryland.

June will be my next session, (June 21st & June 28th), sharing all I know, about the bead loom.
I am thinking a 'Summer Theme'!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Adorning Patterns Beyond the Warps!

I recently shared some patterns I created, specifically for the students at Bead Soup. The 'Mystery Loom Class" was a huge success. Now, I am looking over some of those patterns, wanting to recreate a few myself! The "Kitty Boo" was such a whimsical design, I just had to weave it.
The edgings are completed using Super Duo Beads, crystals and 11/0 seed beads. The clasp is still underway, being cut and finished, so any final pictures will be available on my website. This picture is being posted in hopes to offer some inspiration.

Consider adding hand weaving stitches, of beads, to your warp edges. These initially add width, but they also add further to the simplest of patterns.

While working up the final pattern, for my Spring Class, at Bead Soup, (April 5 and April 12, 2014. Call for reservations.), I am starting to recreate some Summer themed patterns. The one below is a serene look at waves beating the beach.
Now, I will be dragging out the Adirondack Chairs and some Flip Flops!!

One more thought. I receive emails, daily, requesting info, about the proper loom and warp management techniques. I am putting together a detailed post, offering some of my thoughts on specific looms, in the industry, and techniques a bead weaver can consider. Stay tuned :D

Monday, February 17, 2014

"A Mystery Bead Loom Weaving Class"

It was an awesome event!
I can't begin to explain the lessons learned and the friends we made.
But, I will try to do so, with each picture I share here, in the caption.

Since all patterns were gifted, to each student, as their personal OOAK cuff, they were able to make the decision whether or not to allow their pattern to be sold, should another student want it. All but two were up for sale, and many many many went out the door, along with the necessary bead colors, for this

Each Student was handed a "Bead Legend" and a "Word Chart"...not knowing what they will be weaving, only seeing the colors. It seemed there were faster weavers this day, then in any other class I taught. Everyone wanted to see the picture come to life.

Below, is the other side of the room, knowing they are a bit behind the rest...but determined to hang those beads on the warps!

Emily asked me, first thing in the morning, "Erin. Would you mind helping me create a golf themed cuff pattern." Of course, as I always kid, "No way!" As she gathered more rows on the warps...she laughed out loud...."It is GOLF!!"

This is how far Emily completed, half way through class.
Also shown, the original pattern created, for her.

Mary was very anxious to see what her pattern became.
She wove faster than I have ever warp speed!

Maureen's frog will also receive a beaded 3D flower,
to sit ontop of the stems/leaves this frog is holding.

Another of my favorite patterns....this is a BEE theme.
Bees have been included in Jewelry designs, for centuries.
I thought this the best offering to Avie, as her skills and design concepts mimic a bee gathering glorious pieces, from a garden,
then recreating something special....honey.
For Avie, she gathers beads and recreates gorgeous wearable bead art.

Betty's theme is her passion...sewing and smocking.

Deb collects Teddy Bears.
She has such an extensive collection that it will passed on for exhibits one day.

Eunice adores neon colors.
We had fun waiting, for her to see this Koi Fish Pattern come to life.
_____________________________________________ actually weaving a Mickey cuff!

Beth loves to travel to shores where lighthouses abound.
She too was unsure, of this pattern, for many rows.

Nancy is a fine needle artist.
This "Asian Floral Motif" is perfect, hoping she'll add more embroidered accents.

Lisa was challenged, not only with the pattern subject, but also with the technique.
Her "Munchkin", a Pomeranian, will be completed,
with sparkles surrounding the portrait.

Susan has one of the best blogs...Plays With Needles. Be sure to stop in and see what wonderful things Susan creates and shares. This cuff is a rendition, of her Blog Header.

Poor Anna...had no idea and was last checking in, with the theme.
Yarn and Knitting Needles were part of how Anna first met everyone at Bead Soup.

Linda was feeling left out, with only 4 bead colors.
But when you see the final piece, as in the pattern sample above,
it shares what drove me to create in four colors.

The following are the final patterns, offered in class.
Some students were unable to make the class, due to a snow storm or illness and another was working to swap out colors. I hope these pattern find them all well!

This class offered more lessons, than I have ever been able to share in past classes. The Students experienced the thrill, of watching a pattern come to life, from the perspective, of a Designer, setting out on their first trial. They calculated the beads needed and we discussed many options for edging and accents. We are now discussing a class offering a 'hands on tutorial', of how I create patterns, for the loom. There is no date set, but I think it is already sold out!

One final thought. I feel I have given each one a canvas to work so they may add their personal creativity. I am also suggesting they name their final piece, which is not something many students need to do. I am looking forward to see all the final cuffs!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bead Loom Woven Winter!

My goodness, I have been creating patterns and weaving beads, on the loom, with Winter in mind, for the past few months. So much so, I think it is time to share two, I haven't shared here yet.

"SNOWMAN PORN", is the name of this cuff. Created in soft pastel colors, yet offers a 'sassy' snowman, in a fun pose. The edging is intricately completed, with Swarovski Crystals and glass seed bead. The simple scarf, folding around the edging, in areas, is a simple design, not to compete withe the edge.

A Snowy scene, with a cozy cabin. This cuff is a two part piece. The upper section, a wider woven portion, is completed with very light blue Delica Snow. The color choice was selected as the snow is reflecting the dark midnight sky. Snowflakes are falling, in three different shades of Silver lined Delicas, and group closer together as the perspective moves back, in the valley of the snow hill.

A closer look, at the lower section, of this same cuff, is a Snowman Village. Each Snowman is a star dust finished bead, in 3mm and 4mm sizes. These are so small, the scarves and hat brim are only 3mm round, with the hat being topped off using an 11/0 Glass bead. Each pine tree is stackedk, with Margarita Crystals and placed on different levels, of the snow. The silver edging, top and bottom of the lower portion, was created to 'lift' off the loom plain. Doing so, created a deep channel style band, where the snowmen and pine trees sit up level, with the thick silver edge. The lower portion, could actually be a cuff, on it's own.

I've really enjoyed my snowy days and winter cold, so much so that I was able to recreate the same, on the warps. Each, of these cuffs, will also be added to my Website, showing completed pictures and the custom clasps included. Also, I have some further pictures, of my cuffs, as I complete them, on my Facebook Page.

I am getting my next set, of pattern ideas lined up, for the April Class, at Bead Soup. This will be a Spring Theme and my head is already spinning with ideas!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Finalizing Another Class

I hadn't shared the final pictures, of this cuff, on my Blog, yet. But the weather we are experiencing feels like now is the time!

The first picture, above, is the actual cuff, taught in my Class at Bead Soup. The second picture, offers a kicked up version, I offered to those Students who took more than one class, with me, and would be better at maneuvering around this design.

Because some students have such small wrists, which I mention they weave the 'cutest bandaids', I also offered a pattern of just Two Snowmen. Some also took a further step and swapped out some of the original pattern colors.

This cuff was actually completed by a student, meeting the bead loom for the very first time, Madeline McLaughlin. She is now hooked!! :D

I also offered custom clasps, for each student, which we will be attaching, in the next class, this Saturday.

Last Saturday, part one of the two day class, we a great time. It was originally to be held 11:00-3:00, but lasted until 5:00 pm.

As with most of my classes, this too was full....about 30 students!

Since we were weavinig "Art on the Warps", I invited a good friend, Rick Wright. He is a very well known Caricature Artist. You may have seen him at Oriole and Ravens games. Be sure to visit his web site.

Everyone was so pleased with their picture. We had a chance to get to know each other better, by discussing their hobby's for each drawing.

This Saturday, is the second part of this class. I'll take more photos and share, early next week.