With all of the summertime hullabaloo here in The Hollow, I’ve had very little time or inclination to sit in front of the computer. But I have made time to play with beads!
During my down time during the school break, I have been making pretty little beaded beads. They are a great project size – I can finish one in a couple of hours – have plenty of embellishment potential and they fit nicely on my Pandora style bracelet with the beautiful lampwork beads my kids have bought for me as gifts. (What can you give a mom who makes all her own scarves and jewelry? Artisan Glass Beads!)
The beads are woven using 11o TOHOs in Right Angle Weave. I used a pattern by South African artist, Heather Collin of studio 183 to get me started working on this scale. Her Satellite beads and Sabine Ring patterns result in nice, sturdy structures that hold their shape and don’t leave a lot of exposed thread. Once you have tried the basic patterns a few times, you can start embellishing on your own – making the beads bigger or wider and introducing different bead styles for embellishment.
I have two more going on my bead tray this weekend and loaded a bunch of them into my Etsy shop this morning. You can find them in my Artisan Beads and Pins
section. Maybe I will even bring some to the Remington Arts Festival next month! I’m even thinking of playing with this basic bead style and scaling it larger to become a scarf ring.
The Buyer Days show in Saratoga Springs last week was a great learning experience. I didn’t sell much but met some wonderful artisans & shop owners and found that there are a lot of things I need to prepare differently for my next trade show.
One major bonus of doing the show is that I now also have a lot of new inventory that needs to be photographed! That feels a bit daunting but I recognize that it is a great opportunity to refresh my ArtFire shop. I normally only produce work on this scale in the fall, when it flies out of galleries faster than I can photograph it! During this slow season I can afford to take some time to document my recent work and offer some ready-to-ship pieces online. We are hoping for some warm weather tomorrow so maybe Molly will model for me outside. The tool shed makes a great backdrop and I’m really excited about the Rustic scarves I made for the show.
One thing I really need to have made up, besides working on this site, is a great brochure. I have so many different types of scarves that a price sheet just isn’t sufficient for sending home with people. So as I get photos done, I will be adding complete descriptions for each of my scarf styles here and posting ready to ship scarves in my ArtFire shop. If you took a wholesale price sheet home from my booth and have come here seeking enlightenment about scarf styles, I promise that epiphanies will be available by mid-April!
I’m preparing to attend ANCA’s 2013 Buyer Days show in Saratoga Springs at the end of March. It is a big step for me and there’s a lot of work to be done in the studio to get ready. I’m excited – and terrified!
When I get back, I will work on adding a gallery of past work, tutorials, book and product reviews and information for both retail and wholesale customers on this site. In the meantime, please feel free to visit me in the following places: