Monday, April 26, 2010

Fake It Till You Make It

That's what I decided to do after yesterday's post.  I opened up an Etsy store MFD Beadwork Originals and listed my first three items.  I had forgotten how long it takes...getting the right photos, writing about the pieces, adding the tags and all that jazz.  I'm planning on adding a new piece a day until everything I have on hand is listed, then hopefully two new pieces a week.
If they don't sell there then it's off to the gallery with them.

At some point today I need to apply to SRAJD, EBW and BAO and see if they'll have me.

I was busy last night playing catch up, making this sample of freeform peyote for an upcoming class. I hardly realised I was working because there were some great movies on last night including The Crying Game, which I haven't seen in ages. Good movies, beading and a latte...heaven!

I get to write the pattern today.  Of course, a pattern for freeform is an oxymoron and what it will actually be is instructions for lots of little techniques used in a simple freeform design.  I love the textures you get with freeform, I don't know why I don't do more of it because any of my freeform pieces tend to draw lots of attention.  Teaching it will!
I'm coaxing my students to put a little of their own design into things next month and that's challenging for all of us.


  1. Lovely post!! I really like your free form bit - and I wish I could come to your class, as I would really like to get better at that. Straight peyote, no problem, but free form doesn't ever look NICE when I'm done with it!!

  2. Thanks Nancy. It helps to just work in one color when you start with freeform. The results tend to be more pleasing for a first attempt if all you have to worry about is texture. Lord, I'd be honored to have you in a class!

  3. It would be so much fun to be close enough to take a class with you! Maybe I'll have to try a "staycation" in southern Utah. I love all your work--thanks for the one-color tip for freeform. CJ

  4. Yes, thanks for the tip with one color! All my freeform looks like a kid played with beads and made a huge mess.

  5. Thanks's great to know there are people wanting to take classes with me. I do enjoy teaching and seeing people develop a love for beads. I hope the tip about one color works for you...I think working different colors in when you're learning is overload.


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