Let me catch you up to date! There's been work, stuff with the kids... And now to the beadwork and jewelry making part.
As you may (or may not) know, I've been writing for the beadwork site at about.com. There have been a lot of changes since I joined in January 2015 with many more to come. All of it is good, since the site really needed some re-work and it is always expected after a company is acquired.
One of the biggest changes for me personally, was being asked to shift my focus from writing new
projects and tutorials to updating previous articles. Definitely different, but it's great opportunity to learn new techniques and take my skills in directions that I might not otherwise go.
It's as if someone lays a huge beadwork instruction book on your lap and says you must make a certain number of items from the book every month and share what you've done. That is pretty much the way I always approached learning jewelry making, so it's all good.
A more recent change, and one that I'm sad over, is that I will no longer have a weekly newsletter from the beadwork site. Who knows, that may change, but they have decided to do away with 'expert' newsletters in favor or channel newsletters, such as Arts and Crafts or Needlework. So, if you would like to get projects, you will need to sign up with one of those newsletters (the link is on the beadwork home page)
Or you can always follow me here using the many ways I list at the end of each article. I may consider a more formal newsletter in the future, but for right now, you can get my projects through email from this site or on social media where I typically post them.
Speaking of projects, here is what I made this weekend. It is double spiral rope stitch and there is a free tutorial at the link. It's incredibly slinky, substantial in size, and really pretty. I've tended to stay away from thicker ropes, but the more I make them, the more I appreciate the look. I'm tempted to say dramatic, but that's not always true.
If you don't visit the beadwork site, you may have also missed this patriotic peyote flag ring pattern and tutorial I made for 4th of July.
I like that by turning the ring it can either be a flag or a stars and stripes pattern, depending on how much of the star border you let show. It goes halfway around the ring.
If you don't normally read peyote patterns, I think this is a pretty easy one to start with.
I have about a gazillion other things backed up to share with you here. Lots of new tools and supplies, storage solution, tons of beads, and some new to me books that I picked up in used bookstores in Colorado last month,
I'm trying to do a little more wire work too - I miss it a lot. I'm all about immediate gratification jewelry making and no matter how small an off loom beading project is, it takes a lot more time. I needed to learn patience though (ask anyone who knows me).
I hope you are enjoying summer!
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