Saturday, May 11, 2013

Toho Design Challenge 2013

   To help promote the Toho Design Challenge 2013, I made a few designs for the Bead & Button Show coming in June.
   I'm not one to enter design challenges. I just enjoy promoting great new products and playing with beads.  So when Joelle Nicholson, Creative Director of Marketing at Starman, Inc., asked me if I would like some beads to play with, of course I said yes! Well, she didn't actually say, "Do you want to play with some beads?" That's just what my mind heard. 
   These wonderful kits will be available to the public starting at the Bead and Button Show this June.
   Before I show you what is in the kit, I want to share a couple of designs I came up with using mostly everything in the kit. I tried not to use items from my own stash. For me, this way of designing pushed me to be more creative.

   This necklace incorporates magatamas, cubes, round seed beads, and large drops. It reminds me of pieces I've seen worn by in the 19th century.
The only beads I used from my own stash were an 8 mm Chaton and Toho Treasures for the bezel.
   I recently posted these earrings, but I wanted to show them again because they were also made using the beads from the kit.
    I hope this inspires you to request a kit and see what you can create. So, without further delay, here is what the kit looks like.

   Blessings and happy beading!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bead & Button Magazine

    My first published design! How weird to think this was just a hobby four years ago. All because I'm too wimpy to handle gardening in Idaho! Three more publications coming soon in Bead & Button and Beadwork magazines.

   You can find my bracelet and instructions in the June 2013 issue. There are many projects in this issue that I can't wait to make!
   It's very humbling to be in print. This is especially true after seeing and admiring so many amazing designer's work in Bead & Button Magazine. 

   Here it is, the "Meandering Garden Path" bracelet. It can be made using Czechmates Two-holed Tile beads (green/blue bracelet) or Tila beads (pink bracelet). The possibilities are endless. Have fun and happy beading! 
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