Yesterday a few of us opted to meet at the hotel so we would wake on-site for the Bead Blast. A group had rented one of the conference rooms and finished early. Management offered it to us for the evening. It was such a treat to enjoy a few hours of Bead Blast in advance of the actual event!
Today the roomed filled right up with beaders, laughter, the fragrance of Janet's famous brownies and beads, beads and more beads. Foreground to background: Mary, Sarah, Amy and Louise busy at beading.
These little components that combine bicones or fire-polish crystals with pearls and seed beads were the hot item. One person taught another and then that person taught the next. You could say it went "viral", in the best possible meaning of the word.
Above are Sylvia, who has organized our blasts for the past few years, and Cathy, her partner in monthly beading events on Long Island.
In addition to teaching a new project each month, they offer a line of kits and an array of Japanese and Czech seed beads. The kits above feature their necklace designs using the stitch I call peyote-carry-one. By adding strategically placed extra beads to tubular peyote stitch, I found the otherwise stiff rope became supple as bead crochet. Cathy said that their L.I. beaders love coming up with new bead combos for this stitch.
Fireflies at Midnight is my current design featuring this stitch. I'll teach it at Studio 34 in Rochester on the 20th and at the Bead & Button Show in June. This one shown was made by Janet. She beaded a cylindrical beaded bead to cover the magnetic closure. Its exquisite fringe makes it a focal element.
As mentioned in an earlier post, 3 beaders agreed to bring their husbands' wood-turnings. Anne's husband John turned these vessels.
The pens, wine corks and crochet hooks are Bob's work (Janet's husband). Irma displayed her husband Steve's earrings not visible on the far left of the table.
Best of all, in a day full of bests: we get an extra hour. We'll be beading. How will you use your extra hour?
More tomorrow...- Posted using BlogPress from my iPod