Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Bead Society of New Orleans.

It was my turn to teach last night at the Bead Scoiety of New Orleans. Trying to come up with something orginal to teach is sometimes a challenge. I wanted to do something that would be useful, along with learning a new bead technique. On one of the beading list I belong to they had a discussion about scissors which range in price from a couple of dollars to hundreds of dollars. I designed the scissors case using Ultra Suede. The trick with the surface embellishments was to attach them with only two knots. I did not want a lot of threads on the back side to catch on the tips of the scissors and possiably cut the threads. It was a good class and everyone enjoyed the project. Our mission statement: To provide an opportunity to meet together for the purpose of learning about beads. Website for the New Orleans Bead Society.

Monday, March 07, 2005

The Humming Bird

I am attracted to hummingbirds and had an interesting time reading about their folklore. If you do a search on google for hummingbird folklore you will find many very insteresting stories. The pattern for this 3-D humming bird can be found at Dragonfay's website. The next step will be to design a necklace to display this little bird. I have visions of beaded flowers and leaves. Stay tuned for the finishing touches.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Getting over the Beading Block

I always find after I come home from traveling that I suffer from beaders block. I look at my beads and can't create. Here are a few things I do to overcome the block. 1. I look through bead magazines like Bead & Button and Beadwork. 2. I search the internet for new books that will inspire me to try something new. I bought a book called Beaded Critters published by Bead & Button. I have always wanted to make a square stitch Humming bird by It is slow going but my hummingbird is taking shape. I can't wait to finish it. It is a beautiful design.