The first ever workshop I held in my store recently was a lot of fun! Sarah Beardslee, a local multi-talented jewelry artist chose the above bracelet for everyone to make. She supplied all the different ‘ingredients’ and described further equipment the participants could buy if they wanted to continue learning beading techniques such as specially focused lights and crimping tools. I observed and took pictures while the participants learned how to thread and crimp the clasps on the end of the beading wire.
Next, they were shown how to separate the different shaped green beads; by threading them in different ways, they turned into ‘leaves’. Criss-crossing the beading wire thru flower beads and repeating the process eventually created the bracelet.
The technique the participants learned can be used for other kinds of beaded bracelets.
A good time was had by all!
via Daily Prompt: Craft
I just created the word, “craftstyle” in response to the Daily Prompt. It’s obviously not a word since spell checker has red-lined it. That’s great! I created a new word and now get to create a definition that no one else has created! So, “craftstyle is a lifestyle based on handcrafted goods. That is, living a life that is based on either making handcrafted items, selling handcrafted items, or purchasing handcrafted items.” Craftstyle!
As the owner of a small retail store, I sell gifts handcrafted by 140 local artists. Therefor, I help support the artists’ craftstyles. And my customers bring a little of that craftstyle into their lives when they buy gifts for family and friends, promoting craftstyle to those they know and love. My job is living a craftstyle!
Do you fit in the definition somewhere?
Some People Drink, She Cuts Glass.
Jennifer’s father was her first stained glass art teacher when she was about eight or nine years old.
She took stained glass in college and continued to learn after she moved to Boston.
She uses a lot of imperfect glass from Blenko in Milton, West Virginia. Jennifer doesn’t focus on finding perfect colors, she focuses on colors that she likes and thinks look nice together. She generally creates her own patterns, but looks for inspiration everywhere.
She has never cut herself so badly where she needed stitches!
“I don’t believe that art must have a deep meaning to be considered art. It simply needs to make someone happy, either the artist who created it, or those who stop to admire it.” Jennifer and I invite you to stop by Blue Cloud Gallery to see a selection of her stained glass art creations. And you can sign up to win one of her stained glass stars – no purchase necessary!