Thursday, April 23, 2015

Colored Pencils on Sale!

Hey folks,

I just noticed that the colored pencil set I'm recommending for my May/June color theory class is on sale big time at the online Interweave store. This set retails for about $40.00 everywhere, but right now it's on sale for under $18.00, which is better than most of your big box store will get you, even with a coupon. Plus, this set comes with lots of accessories, including the pencil sharpener and blending stick I recommend for the class.

I do not know how long this sale will last...

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Online Color Theory Class Registration Open! May-June 2015

Some of you know I've been teaching color theory since the dark ages. (Ha, that's a color joke.) I published my first article on the subject in Beadwork, Winter 1999. And now, starting May 26, I'll be teaching color theory online for Craft University.

The course lasts four weeks and will consist of downloadable worksheets, lecture notes, discussions, games, and the occasional video. With yours truly. You log in whenever you want. The supply list is short -- you just need artist-quality colored pencils, access to a black and white printer, and some white paper. The price is good too...check out all the details here:


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Guest Column in Beadwork -- Bead Embroidery Primer

Wow, just got my advance copy of the latest Beadwork magazine. Thanks, Jean Cox, for letting me guest-host your "Stitch Pro" column this (April/May 2015) issue!

Lookie! Bead Embroidery Primer...
The two-page spread covers a couple of basic stitches, starting and ending threads, and some tips about materials. And some nice illustrations. And... a humongous photo!

I do believe this is the largest photo ever published of my beadwork. I love it! You can just about see every bead. This piece is called Road Trip and I talk about it a lot in my recent webinar for Interweave called Bead Embroidery: Techniques & Inspiration. (HINT: Sometimes the download goes on sale for $14.99...)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Rustic Elegance Jewelry by Diane Marie

I always enjoy seeing what my customers make with their purchases. Here's a necklace by Diane Marie, on Etsy as Rustic Elegance Jewelry.

She purchased one of my copper-themed bead packs and used the Dutch East Indies coin as part of the pendant.

Nice work! Looks earthy, unique, and very wearable!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Welcome to My Shop!

On the home improvement shows, they always say, "A room should have a purpose." Well, in my small house, most rooms need to have more than one. Our dining room, for example, is also my Etsy jewelry supply shop. I thought some folks would like to see where I process your orders. Others might enjoy seeing how I cram all this stuff in here!

 My supply shop (on a clean day). This is a nice room in the winter, thanks to the large skylight and deep south-facing window. When company comes, we can put an extra leaf in the table.
See? I'm an organized hoarder. In front of the shelves I have a rolling cart that acts like a shipping station (bottom right). It rolls out of the room and into my studio when a bunch of people come over.

This awesome antique desk is crammed with inventory. The top shelf holds vintage beads and findings that are all counted and ready to photograph.

And this is where everything goes that's listed in my shop. These carts also roll out of the room when it needs to be a dining room again.