Sunday, March 8, 2009

Come vote on the EBW Challenge!

It's official! The voting is now open for the Etsy Beadweaver's Challenge. I am honored to be in the company of such amazing bead artists and I enjoy participating in these challenges SO much. The theme for the February Challenge was "Temptations", and it is absolutely fabulous to see all of the incredible entries. My entry is "Sweet Beaded Temptation" and it is #13 in the picture below.

To vote for my piece or any of the other fabulous creations, visit . Your support of our wonderful group of artists is much appreciated!

In other news.....

I am so excited to have been asked to be a guest teacher at Indigo Beads in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Starting on March 28, 2009, I will begin a two part "Bead Embroidered Pendant" class. When that is finished, I will be teaching a beadweaving class. I love to teach beading techniques and see the excitement in the eyes of the students. What a wonderful thing to look forward to!

Also, my very favorite student has finished her first Bead Embroidered Cuff, and it is fabulous!! My Mom, Kay Easton, has been doing embroidery of all sorts for as long as I can remember. Sometime around Christmas, I finally convinced her to try bead embroidery. She made a beautiful pendant and was instantly hooked. Now she has completed her first cuff, and here it is!

This cuff was inspired by 6 Atlantic seashell focal pieces and adorned with freshwater pearls, gemstone chips, swarovski crystals, Czech firepolished beads, delica beads, seed beads and Charlottes. Isn't it beautiful?!?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Hello again! It's been TOO LONG!

Hi again. I can't believe it's been so long since my last post. Yikes! It has been a long couple of months, but the bead work goes on. In spite of all of my trips to Klamath Falls and hours of dental work, I have managed to finish several pieces. Here are some examples!

This piece is called "With A Twist". I really love how it turned out. It is a bead embroidered cuff with a lime green soapstone cabochon as the focal point. I also used Austrian crystal rondelles, Czech fire polished beads, pressed glass leaves and several kinds of seed beads/delicas. It is the first bracelet I have done with a curved band, and I am SO happy with how it looks.

After much consideration, I named this piece "Sweet Beaded Temptation". The focal pieces are 6 gemstone cabochons, all in different shapes and colors. The embroidery on the band incorporates swarovski crystals in several colors, freshwater pearls, gemstone chips, Czech fire polish beads, pressed glass leaves and countless seed beads and delica beads. I am thrilled with this one! It was created as my entry for the February challenge for the Etsy Bead-Weaver's Team. The theme this time was "Temptation". This cuff represents all of my favorite temptations these days. I just can't get enough of beautiful beading components. Ahhhhh.

I will be posting more pictures in the next couple of days, so stay tuned.... : )