Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bead Embroidery going....going....going..............

Just a quick little update after spending time visiting all my lovely beady blogs that
I follow:

First visit you need to make is:

I have always loved visiting her blog but today was special.  She has a " giveaway "
going on for a lovely Sandblasted ( yes, sandblasted ) Color enhanced Crazy Lace Agate
Cabachon.  I have never seen a cabochon Sandblasted but it has me intrigued.  I would love
to take a look tonight at the other cab's she has sandblasted.   SO COOL!

Additionally, she has put together a lovely presentation of the Spring 2015 Pantone colors.
Still drooling. I love the colors for this Spring season.  Pantone really keeps us stimulated.

and another visit: 

Liz of Crimsonmoon has a lovely little bracelet pattern as a freebie called " Flower Child "
that you can download.  I love the flower and the tutorial looks well made to follow.

It looks like Lori McDaniel Anderson, the " Blog Swap and Hop Queen ", is working
with a team for a new Blog Hop Exchange.

Congratulations!  We're so THRILLED to have you involved in our Swap N Hop!  

It's going to be an INCREDIBLE adventure - and that's because of YOU!
Now, the matching process begins!  It's going to take some time, but we are
excited to get that started, so y'all can get on your way to having some awesome fun!
This is a good time to start gathering ideas and/or pieces that you'd like to send
to your partner.  Some folks likes to see who their partner is first, and that's ok, too. 
As a reminder, artisan components don't have to be expensive - just special
a good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if what you're sending is worthy of your best
friend, a magazine editor, a mentor or someone you look up to in the jewelry world.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be sending each of you an email with your partner's
information.... please keep a look out for that.  In addition, we will also be sending
important information that you need to know to your email.  PLEASE
make sure  you read what is sent. =)    

So now that you're IN.... we'd like to encourage you to get blogging (especially if you
have a new or dusty blog).  Having some entries on your blog will help IMMENSELY
with the matching process!
So, here are 5 things you might want to cover in a blog post or two. These are things
your partner, and the rest of us, would love to know more about.   

1. Why or how did you get started making jewelry?

     " It was by accident actually! "  A good friend who was a wonderful clay potter
wanted to take a beading class in West Palm Beach, FL but did not have the courage
to go alone so I volunteered to go with her.  I had been a fiber ( quilting ) artist for  
over fifteen years and I had beaded one wall hanging that was donated to the Boys
and Girls Club for their annual auction and this piece had hung at two shows and well
received. hard could it be?  Yeah!  I am now a prolific beaded ( Bead Embroidery )
and Bead weaving and my lovely friend is an outstanding potter, living in Jupiter, FL.   

 2. What style(s) of jewelry do you like to make?

      I am a prolific Bead Embroiderer and Chainmailler.  A bead weaver when I find
 a pattern that I just cannot live without.  And over the past year I have learned to
cab my own stones.  The Indian Paint Stone in my header was cabbed by me.  
Fearless even if I am left handed.  :)

3. What materials do you prefer to use (and which ones do you avoid)?

     Needless to say seed beads, superduos, tilas, size fifteens everywhere, pearls,
firepolish....and the list keeps going.

4. What techniques do you prefer (and are there any you don't like)? 

Very weak on Herringbone but I'll get over it.  And I am not a crotchet person.  Kumihimo
 Is another story though - I find Kumi very meditative.

 5. What colors do you use most, and which do you run screaming from?

I have yet to find a color that I ran from.  I am finishing a bead embroidery piece that has a
 " pea soup green " that I turned my nose up on.......but the cab was one I cabbed
and that color blended so well.  I was wrong.  I'll be posting photo's this weekend. 

Congratulations again!  In the famous words of Simon Cowell...."off we go!"

Linda and the Bead Peeps Team - Lori, Tammy, and Cynthia

Last year my Exchange Partner was Chris Eisenberg a lovely and
talented artist.  I cannot wait to see the pairing for this year. 
and now on to the biggest challenge.....putting my Battle vision to a
paper pattern. 

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