Friday, September 30, 2011

So What's New? BEADS - Of Course !

So - what's new at Bead & Glass Boutique?

TONS of new products, beads, classes and fun stuff to come play with !!!

This month, we've debuted a new product called WireKnitZ.
The innovative copper wire tubular knit for artisans and crafters alike. Stretch, stitch, roll, bead, braid, weave, layer and shape it - nothing goes to waste!
Shaped like a tube, WireKnitZ is a product like NO other wire product on the market. It doesn't have any seams, its so easy to work with, and reshape. This month, we have a class that teaches you how to use it as the base for a bracelet or cuff, with a centerpiece of your choice! We currently carry the heavy gauge and the fine gauge. Its about 3" wide and very supple. Check out all the colors we've added to our wire section with this great new product!

-Miyuki has 30 new colors of TILA beads !!! Yes -HAVE all 30 new colors!
They're AWESOME colors too ! Bright and full of vibrancy.

-NEW Miyuki Sharp Triangles, size 8/0 - there are 10 colors of these sharp gems. They sit together so nicely!
These were recently featured in a project in Super Beadwork magazine - and after several requests to carry them, we heard you!!
All 10 colors are in stock - hurry for the best selection.

-Miyuki Delica 11/0 - we've added 40 new colors to our current line-up !
The metallics, the mattes, the luster finishes - OH MY !!
Just in time for your holiday gift making - shop our newly expanded (again) Miyuki delica selection.

In fact - our ENTIRE Seed Bead Section has exploded into an "almost no room left" wall !!
Come help us fix that problem & take some of these new goodies off our hands :)

We now also carry:
-Fireline - available in 125 yard spools in the 6lb size, both crystal and smoke..for the serious seed beader
-Heavy Metal Seed Beads - we've stocked up with lots of new colors of size 11/0, 8/0, and 6/0's

And last, but not least:
-NEW One of a Kind Handmade Lampwork Beads by Amy - shop early for the best selection.


Shelley Nybakke - October 14-15-16
Don't miss her Heavy Metal Classes! They're all stunningly gorgeous!

October 14 - Kisses of Fire, 3pm-9pm

October 15 - Metalsmith's Match v.201, 12pm-6pm

October 16 - Just Feels So Right, 12pm-6pm

Also in October - ONE NIGHT ONLY

Paulette Baron

October 28 - Totally Twisted Pendant - 6pm-9pm
Suitable for a beginner beadweaver with basic knowledge of Peyote stitch

To inquire or sign up, call Bead & Glass Boutique at 856-827-0000
Or email us at


Monday, September 5, 2011

Aemelia - Good Quill Hunting Pattern Test - Official Review

I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time about a week and half ago.

Chris, from Good Quill Hunting, posted a call out on her Facebook page requesting pattern testers for a project she was just wrapping up the tutorial for. The requirements were as follows:

You have-#8,#11,#15,4MM & 6MM Fire polish? - CHECK (I own a bead I have beads? haa haaaa!!!)
Knowledge of RAW mandatory - CHECK
I need it done right away,like today - OK, I can swing a little bit of time today - CHECK
You don't have to do the whole piece, but must commit to me for a TODAY test though - OK, I'll do my best for ya!

So I replied.
And I got lucky & was chosen to participate.
I already had some beads on my Save and Go, as I am typically "in the middle" of 3 or 4 projects at once.
My go-to-colors are always olive green, bronze, brown, copper, and either silver or pewter.
If anyone out there knows me well enough, not only are you laughing hysterically, you know that nothing changes. ;)

I scooped up some 4mm's from a stash I had in the other room (brown, of course) and waited to receive her instructions.

I have to admit. While I thought I knew right angle weave well, oohhh...
I've never done a tubular RAW project. I've done a flat RAW & zipped it up with another row. But never worked in tubular RAW.
I hesitated, and actually thought about emailing Chris to let her know I was in over my head - especially since she needed it worked on right away.
On second thought - here's a chance to try something new, with instructions, and a guide at the other end, if needed !!!

I set to work.

WOW - Not only are her instructions well written - it was perfectly clear what I had to do !
For someone that only had flat and layered RAW experience, I found this a very easy project to complete.
Chris makes her pattern easy to follow, row by row.
Even the clasp construction and attachment was very easy to understand.

Also, I have to admit something - which should speak volumes to you...
I'm what I'd call a technical beader. I am not result driven. I want to learn a technique, apply it until I have a grasp on it, then set it down in the "never getting done" pile. It is rare that I finish projects in a timely manner, and it is quite common that I will get up in the middle of a project and walk away from it.
Sometimes I think I offend whomever is teaching it, but once they get to know my nature, I'm usually excused (*wink*).

It took me a little over a week to complete, an hour here and there, as I just don't get a lot of time to actually sit and bead, uninterrupted.
Hurricane Irene decided to pull a big interruption on my plans during this same time frame.

Can I tell you, from a technical beader - How excited I was about this project & actually had the desire to finish it !?!
That alone - speaks volumes about this pattern.

Now - remember, I had only flat and layered RAW experience.

And I was able to make this:

(Please pardon the quickie camera phone shots - I wanted to get this posted for Chris)

The result is a beautiful, supple, well designed rope.
I can envision using this pattern with LOTS of gorgeous colors.

Please visit Good Quill Hunting and take a look at the great patterns she's published.

Visit her blog to read about the other pattern tester's results !