Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Bead Storage - Solution No. 6

Recently I bought these great shop storage tubes from Lee Valley. What I like is that they come in different widths, so I can accomodate a wide variety of bead sizes. The black lid is very elegant and it screws on, so no accidental spills and they stack or stand very well. I've moved all my semi-precious stones to these. Back to Lee Valley Tools for "Shop Storage Tubes".

Friday, May 13, 2005

Flowers and beads - is there anything better?

Harriet, or KYBEADMAKER on Ebay made these fantastic beads. I love the colours, the shapes and the decoration. This photo with the flowers is perfect. I hesitate to share her work with you - it'll only drive her prices up!

Incredible photo - incredible beads!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Playing with colours!

I love to play with colours, and beads are perfect for that activity. Today I found a great online tool, a colour match program for picking 6 colours for a website. It's just as easy to use to pick colours for beadwork! It's called ColorMatch and you just slide the red, green and blue bars and it will generate colour palettes for you. It's VERY addictive, just like beads .

Friday, May 06, 2005

Regal Embellished Collar Class

Tomorrow I'm teaching my Regal Embellished Collar at Beads of Colour in Dundas. Should be fun, I've made a couple of samples in different colours, and have detailed instructions. If the class goes well, I think I'll kit this up for the Bead Fair next week.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Bata Bead Bonanza!

Last Thursday I attended and this Thursday I participated in the Bata Shoe Museum Bead Bonanza. All the usual suspects were there... including but not limited to: Marilyn, Roxann, Maria, Flo, Laurie, Kirsty, Sue, Dwyn, Cindy, Marg, Gloria, Kim, Shelley, Anne and ? I'm sure I've forgotten someone. It was relatively well attended - a steady flow of people, but it was a nice quiet event where you could really talk to people, and just bead (no sales allowed). I was next to Marg, and her bead spinner was a hit! She had a beautiful wood one, but you can find instructions to make your own out of a margarine container on the net. Many people who have never considered beading, but who knew how to crochet or knit were fascinated. A lot of interest was generated for the Bead Fair next week. Thanks so much to Marilyn Gardiner for getting the Bata people to do this.

Hey, maybe next year we can have a make your own bead spinner on techniques night!

Monday, May 02, 2005

Square Flip Top Containers (see below)

Square flip top containers, photo from Out on a Whim

Bead Storage - Solution No. 5

I have purchased these square flip top containers that look like Tic Tac boxes. About Beadwork recommends them highly. I had to get them from the States because I couldn't find them here. I really like these - they are easy to fill, and stack neatly together. You can even get small plexiglas cases to hold a variety of sizes - perfect for project planning (puddling as Marla Gassner says).

I'd really like to get these here... anyone know a wholesale supplier or manufacturer?