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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
ONE DAY PATTERN SALE.


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.
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Mary was very anxious to see what her pattern became.
She wove faster than I have ever seen.....at warp speed!
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Maureen's frog will also receive a beaded 3D flower,
to sit ontop of the stems/leaves this frog is holding.
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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.
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Betty's theme is her passion...sewing and smocking.
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Deb collects Teddy Bears.
She has such an extensive collection that it will passed on for exhibits one day.
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Eunice adores neon colors.
We had fun waiting, for her to see this Koi Fish Pattern come to life.
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Mickey...is actually weaving a Mickey cuff!
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Beth loves to travel to shores where lighthouses abound.
She too was unsure, of this pattern, for many rows.
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Nancy is a fine needle artist.
This "Asian Floral Motif" is perfect, hoping she'll add more embroidered accents.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!

13 comments:

  1. Without a doubt, you are THE BOMB!!! Loved your blog post and seeing all the patterns. Now I'm kicking myself for not buying more!! Class on Saturday was the best ever and I just finished up a blog post on the subject. Can't wait to have fun finishing my cuff...I ran out of thread!! Love to you girl...you are one of the most fun and generous folks I know.

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    1. LOL!!! I hope you blow up with me!!! I adore your blog posts. Always, always something for everyone. It is wonderful sharing time with you, on or off a loom. I just read your new post and adore seeing the cuff finished. Also, you done good with the pic if me...lol...Thanks again, Susan, for being apart of my classes. I look forward to many more gatherings with you.

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  2. Looks like everyone had a great time and will enjoy finishing their OOAK cuffs....
    Wonderful designs and so special that you tailored them to the participants in the class....lucky bunch !!

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    1. Thank you Leanne! The one thing missing, that day....was YOU!!

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  3. Facebook keeps telling me you removed this post and that I cannon comment on FB! Just wanted to share what a great, neat idea this is. It would be a lot of fun to do.

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    1. Hi Judith. Ol' FB gets in moods, doesn't it?
      Thank you so much for your thoughts.

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  4. What a wonderful class that had to have been. What a marvelous idea. I so enjoy your creations, blog & FB page.

    ~cryssT

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  5. H Crys! Thank you for your post. I enjoy sharing with you too!

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  6. I believe you are the most thoughtful and caring beading teacher EVER! Doing seventeen personalized patterns for your students is unheard of. Each design is amazing and beautiful. Everyone looks so intently happy to be creating their cuff. Extreme Beading Bliss Dear...

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  7. I love your work and wish I we had someone like you here in Arizona!

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  8. Erin, I am so blown away by all these cool patterns you created. I love the fact that they were personalized to each person. I would not have been able to loom, for running around looking at everyone's piece! :)

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  9. Fabulous designs you created! Wow!

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  10. Erin, you have got to be one of the most thoughtful, hardworking, sweetest teachers ever! I can't even imagine how much time went into this day. What a blessing for all your students. Thank you for sharing all the pics also. XXXOOO

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