so i took up bead stringing. that lasted for a short period of time and the next step came along which was to mistakenly order a subscription to "all wired up" magazine. since i was lazy and did not fix it, i read the magazine and that led me to youtube. the first wire-wrapper i came across was Magpiegemstones. so there you go..... i was on my way to learn all i could. susan szarka gets a lot of credit for teaching good skills. and she teaches ethics and honesty and she sells good beads. she also hangs out with other great artists like sherry from "Sherrys'jewels" and Karen meador of "Dreamcatcher's designs". they are good teachers all.
i also benefitted by reaching out and finding other ways of surrounding beads and wire together from lots of artist/teachers on youtube. "Camille" let me watch her videos till i learned what she was teaching me and then she kind of poofed and dissappeared from the radar screen. by then, i was on fire. i found "Off the beaded path" and owned by a delightful woman named Kellie dale. she introduced me to seed beads and bead weaving. i want you to know, i throw a mean peyote stitch now. that is if it is even count. if it's odd count peyote, i am going to try to run away and do something different. i still have things to master....
i have yet to make a kumahimo braid with beads incorporated into the weave. it's on my to-do list.
the to do list..... i had the worst work table in the world according to mess. wirework stuff, leftovers from other projects, just needing to be put away, today's mail, a dog toy, and a gazillion projects started and then stopped. there were focals and cabs over there, at least all in one place, more or less. strands of beads that i did not want to foget i had and waiting for the magic to happen whe i saw design ideas in my stash. but my stash was on my desk. so was my hammering block. my work desk was turning into another bead storage place.
now..... we are adding in one more piece of the story. kalambach books asked me to be a contestant in a "bead-soup necklace contest" and i accepted. they sent me some bead soup and in the rules, i need to used some of their stuff and gather from my own and take pictures of before and after. i knew i was in trouble over that desk and needed to do something right now.
i have gathered up all the started and stopped projects and put each one in a zipper bag and listed it on a to do list. i have 2 big projects on the list to do. each of them have deadlines. the bead-soup contest has the first deadline and the design has only begun to flesh out in my mind and on some paper what it's going to do. the other project is a custom job, making a "bandolier" of little bells for a you woman for ren-fest after halloween. i already have the stuff all together and only need to make some braids and attach the bells and beads. easy.
my work desk is as clean as it's been in a long time. it won't stay that way, but that is okay. this is a start.
this is my new desk scattered with some beads i have pulled for the contest. i even have my visitors cleaning my own bead soups by color so i can see what i have in my stash for this thing. i got to mark off 2 of the 22 chores that need to be done on the to-do list.
the next picture shows what i got from Kulumbach.
it's not a great picture. taken with my phone. ;the rest of my desk is what i pulled from my stash so far. i will likely put lots of it back, but this is part of my process.
i hope to get a better handle on consistancy here. i need it. someday, i may even find i have to take back my grammer tools and write old-fashioned so people will be able to read easier.