The ISGB Gathering Bead Swap

The ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers) has a convention each year, called The Gathering.  I love the name – a gathering is the blob of glass you put on the mandrel before you spin your beads!  I have never had the chance to attend – I’m not sure if I could, given I feel intimidated as heck by all the glass talent out there!  But I’ve always wanted to.  This year, I stumbled upon the chance to do a bead swap with other members who aren’t attending the gathering as well!  Sign me up! Here are the beads I received!

 Patsy Monk
 Janet Peterson
 Cindi Brunell
 Bertie Beattie
 Tracey Alfaro
 Rayren Hockett
 Lynn Hahn
 Natasha Lenaghan
 Chris Haussler
 Debi Dufrene

And if you know me, you know I forgot to take a photo of the beads I sent, but they were a selection of beads like these!

This was fun! I’m glad I got to do the exchange, hope I remember to sign up next year!

Art Elements Theme Challenge – Amulet Bags

I had all kinds of high hopes to get some amulet bags done for this post, but I scheduled a trip away and there’s just not enough time.  Cathy chose Amulet Bags as the theme and I know that all my teammates are going to have some amazing things to show.

So here’s mine.  It’s a Native American pattern, not sewn up yet.  I had purchased a pattern and kit but as of the day I left for my trip, the beads and kit weren’t even mailed so, so much for that.

 Starting the loom with size 11 beads is extremely hard, at least for me.

 I finally got it going.

 The last row is also very hard…but I got it done (after about 10 times relooming the last row because of missing the warps).

And here it is.  I will sew it up into a very small amulet bag, add fringe, and it will be an appropriate size to wear as a necklace.  I do like it, looming 11s is hard but satisfying.  Check out what everyone else made!

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Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 7

Stars is the theme of the week – I just happen to have some stars!  I made these little mini cabochons a while ago for a component of the month – I really like them!!!!  The top star is from glass that looks like agate, and the bottom two are turquoise glass that fumes metallic!

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 6

Better late than never, right? I have such a hard time keeping up with EVERYTHING – however, I learned this cool collage technique on my Potomac retreat – more about that later when I steal everyone’s photos – and made this.  The subject is JOY!

Not a great photo, but you get the idea!

Art Elements Weekly Challenge::Week 5

I had to miss last week, Spirals, because I just didn’t have enough time.  But since I was chosen to pick the theme for this week, I made it!  The theme for this week was monochrome.  I had to check with art friends to make sure that just didn’t mean black and white.  It doesn’t! So my offering is this monochrome berry 2-drop peyote bracelet!

Tune in next week, for a new theme!