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Monday, February 9, 2015

Attaching a Box Clasp, to a Bead Loom Woven Cuff!

We are getting together, at Bead Soup, in Savage Maryland, Saturday Feb 21st & 28th, for a " Bead Quilting Bee"! Here, we will focus on attaching a 'box clap', to a Bead Loom Woven Cuff. The Simplicity of design will take a back seat, to t...he detail methods being offered. This class will allow you to learn how to "finish any bead loom woven cuff", in many style clasps, size and shape, or even
multiple clasps, to accommodate any width cuff.

I look forward to this class because it opens the doors, so the students can sign up, for my many scheduled "One Day Classes". The "One Day" venues allow me to offer new techniques and not spend the time discussing how to finish, with a clasp.

If you are interested in joining in, call Bead Soup 240-456-4568 for availability. If this class is sold out, please inquire about my future confirmed teaching dates.

Monday, February 2, 2015

I'm Creating More Bead Loom Patterns, Than Ever!

So many new things to share, but first, I have reopened my Etsy Store!

I've decided to offer a limited quantity, of older and new patterns. The reason they will be limited, is to keep the shop fresh, with new patterns and keep me moving to make more :D 

You may also look over the sold patterns, to see what other Bead Loom Cuff Patterns I have created!

"Playful Break Through" Bead Loom Cuff Pattern

"Maddest About Color" Bead Loom Cuff Pattern
This cuff was loom woven by Carol Ashworth.
She created the cool edgings, you see on this cuff.

"Floridian Solice" Bead Loom Cuff Pattern

I'm also very excited to share a new cuff, which is logged for publication. More on that soon!

My last class, held at Bead Soup, in Savage Maryland, offered the following three pattern selections! They seem very fitting, for the recent weather and 
Punxsutawney Phil's prediction today...."Six more weeks of Winter". 

"Friends to the Betta End" Bead Loom Cuff

"Joyous Snowman" Bead Loom Cuff

"Margaret's Winter Wonderland" Bead Loom Cuff

My next class will be held on February 21 & 28, 2015, 11-3:00 each day.
The focus, of this class, will be attaching a box clasp, to a bead loom woven cuff.
Call Bead Soup, in Savage Maryland, for availability. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Designer Loom, to fit your Bead Loom Weaving Style!

I have been perfecting a loom design, since I have been teaching, or even before. 
Now, I have moved up a notch to also offer an original designer loom finish, too! 
Here are a few, of the latest looms, recently created, with many other
colors and patterns to choose. 

I'm sure you will be seeing these, being used, in some of my future classes!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Giving Clear Thanks" this Gorgeous Fall Season!

Such a gorgeous time of year and my favorite. In celebration, of the gorgeous colors around us, I created a new cuff . This cuff design includes the pure aspects of
The Fall Season. 

The picture below shows why I titled this new cuff pattern "Giving Clear Thanks". 
You can see how the background is woven with a transparent line of Delicas. 
This allows the opaque design to show more dimensional.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Weaving Along the Warps, with Interlocking Beads!

I am teaching a class, at BEAD SOUP , next Saturday. It was arranged for me to include those who were in my first few classes, Not only was I new to teaching, but they were new to bead weaving, on a loom. Well, we've all come a long way, Baby!

This cuff is sharing a method I had fun figuring out. I pulled every bead style I could think of, in 14kt Gold overlay, Gold Permanent Finish Glass Beads and Opal. Also thrown in,are some crystals, Glacier Air Opal and Pacific Opal. 

I believe the beads actually created their own pattern, 
as you can see how this has dimension in areas and 2D in others.

The width allowed me to attach two clasps. 
The relief filigree was a perfect match, but I decided to also Gilt an Opal Patina, over the filigree. 

Notice how this stands on it's own, even on the scalloped points? 
This too is due to the interlocking structure of the selected beads.

Thanks to BEAD SOUP, for offering me this chance to share my love of the bead loom. And, thank you to all the students who supported me. They have been creating such gorgeous things, along the warps. I see them when ever I visit the store. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hummingbird stopped in action, with beads on a loom!

I have been creating painted patterns, for quite sometime. Lately, I started to realize a lesson learned, during my days as a Photography Major. Motion in pictures can be stopped, according to the camera speed selection. I decided to do the same, in my pattern program....adjust the speed! 

Hummingbirds flap their wings so darn fast, it is hard to even see them. Mainly noticed is their body gracefully hovering over a flower. I wanted to include that fact, in this pattern.

The pattern of wings are dabbled in silver lined beads, mixing with the blue background colors to offer a sense of movement, in flight. 

Adding more to the dimension, of the pattern subject, I created a silver netting, over the cuff and surrounded the picture like a framed portrait. This adds a vintage feel. 

The netting is secured, at all intersecting points and the edge includes 4mm glass pearls, in pink. A Silver Clasp is glazed, with patina, in a shade of green, matching the leaves.

Note: You may be able to see a hint of the back. The netting does not effect the neat finish.