Saturday, January 21, 2012


My latest obsession is nettting. I've always loved the way beaded netting flows: loose, open and silky smooth. But it doesn't come naturally to me.

I'm one of those visual people. Peyote stitch, tubular herringbone, even cubic right-angle-weave all make sense to me; I can see how they're constructed. But netting? It's baffled me for years. Until now.

The book BEADED ALLURE by Kelly Wiese finally presented netting in a way I can follow. (Unlike a few other books I've picked up over the years). The cover promises romantic beadweaving projects - not my usual style - but inside? It's packed with step-by-step instructions to create beautiful netted designs.

My first project:

This is the basis for one of Kelly's more elaborate designs, but I like it as is. As a matter of fact, I'm already trying to visualize an adaptation to showcase some of my lampwork glass beads. I love feeling inspired!

Kelly's book can be found on her website:

Happy beading!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Happy New Year!

I've been busily working behind the scenes to pull together new designs: beadweaving, lampworking (yes, baby, it's cold out there!) and class material. I just don't post! So: One of my many new year's resolutions--business wise--is to post twice a week to let you all know what's going on in my little beady corner of the world!

First up: New Class Announcement
This Sunday, January 15th, I'll be teaching another 'tween class at the Brighton Memorial Library at 1:30 P.M. ('tweens are anyone 9-13 years of age).
Class is FREE, but pre-registration is necessary! Call the library at (585) 784-5300 to register.
The project is a peyote stitch bracelet with Delica beads, fire polished rounds and a clasp by Tierracast. Colors are: Ice Pick Silver, Snowflake White, and Skate Pond Blue. Sensing a theme here?
All materials are provided thanks to the friends of the BML. Yay!

If class is full, leave your name and phone number with the library just in case someone cancels -- it happens more often then you'd think. (Next time I'll try to give you more advance notice.)