Thursday, January 22, 2015

About me

After signing up for the Beed Peeps Swap and Hop, we were all asked to answer a few questions about ourselves. Ultimately, I found that I answered many of them in one of the original posts on this blog (here), and that not much has changed.

I really like to make cuff bracelets; however, I really dislike wearing cuff bracelets. They always seem to get in the way of my daily life, so I quickly take them off. I also find myself making pins a lot, which I, myself, don't wear, but that I seem to sell fairly easily. (Though I've been told too many times that I don't charge enough for my work, so that probably has something to do with it). I also like to make big collar necklaces, but have only made two (working on the third) because what to do with it once I'm done is always in my mind. Selling it for what I would be satisfied with seems unlikely.

Right now I'm in love with using Shibori silk in my bead embroidery. I honestly want to buy it in every color. Right now I'm trying to hold off on buying more until I use what I have. I love the colors and folds of it. I love how the colors inspire me to make something I hadn't originally planned. I dislike how it's harder to use in the winter because it's so dry here in New Hampshire, and I'm terrible at moisturizing my hands. Any little rough patch on the skin can rough up the silk and cause little snags.

I avoid using big beads. At times people have given me some larger beads that many would use for stringing. I don't know what to do with them. I'm a seed beader! What am I going to do with a bunch of 16mm beads? The only time I buy anything big is if I could use it as a focal or a cabochon.

When I look at my seed bead collection, I have tons of greens, blues, and purples. I have almost no yellows and few reds and oranges. One thing I love to do that works well with bead embroidery is buy mixes. I find that it's a great way to get some yellow beads if I only need a few, instead of buying a whole tube of something I'm not going to use again.

Here is a picture of what I'm working on right now.

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