Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Sylvia Returns

Join Us For Happy Hour!





I am so happy to report that Sylvia is back to lead our Happy Hour beading events.  Join us this Friday 10/13  at 4:30 for a fun and easy bracelet project using the new Cali Beads.  This pattern comes from Linda Genaw at Linda's Crafty Inspirations.  You can find the supply list and free pattern download here It's a good pattern for brand new beginners.  

Hope to see you.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Tiny Bead Netted Earrings

I am continuing on my exploration of netted beading techniques.  Here you can see the same pattern with a variety of beads. 

Beaded by Julia Hecht
Pattern By Miroslava
https://youtu.be/Tv8D8_NG-XI

 The larger piece is done using 15/0 Japanese seed beads.  The smaller ones are done using 16/0 Czech seed beads (the red and pink beads) and 15/0 Czech Charlottes in gunmetal, gold, and copper.  You can see the size difference.  The small ones are 1" in diameter and the larger one is almost a 1/2" bigger.  It is important to remember that 15/0 is not a fixed size...but a relative size and varies with the origin of manufacture.  Even among Japanese manufacturers, size and shape differ a bit. Some intricate patterns done with Miyuki beads will not work well with Toho or Matsuno beads and vice versa.   Huichol TV is a Youtube channel by Miroslava and this particular tutorial is narrated in English.  If you want to try this pattern yourself, you need only 3 colors of seed beads.  Click here
and have fun.



Join us for our FREE Happy Hour Beading Event

Friday 9/15 4:30-6:00 PM

Twin Tracks Bracelet
by Anna Elizabeth Draeger



An all levels project with CzechMate lentils and accent beads to sparkle it up. Use crystal bicones, Fire Polish, or pearls....or a combination of those.    

There's no registration:
JUST SHOW UP!


This pattern is exclusive to particular bead stores and is not available to the public.

How it works:
We will provide printed copies at the event.  The supply list is below and you are welcome to bring your own beads from your stash.  We hope you will buy some beads from us.   Feel free to bring what you have, and fill in with 
what you need.  

Join us for a fun and supportive beading event at the shop.  

Supplies Needed


**Available at Poppyfield Bead Company**

*CzechMate Lentil Beads (120)
**3 mm accent beads (140)
15/0 Seed Beads (6)
Fireline 6 or 8 lb
Size 11 or 12 Beading needles (2)
Jump rings (2)
Clasp

*CzechMate Bar beads may be used
**crystal bicones, fire polish, pearls, or a combination of these may be used.  


A message about Sylvia....
Sylvia will be out for several weeks as she recovers from surgery.  We wish her a speedy recovery!

A message about Happy Hours...
While Sylvia is out, we will continue to have our Happy Hour events.  There will be patterns, refreshments, and I am confident, we'll still have lots of laughs.  They'll be self-supported for a few weeks, so I'll strive for easy to do patterns.  





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Cube Delight by Smadar Grossman


Join us for our FREE Happy Hour Beading Event


Friday 9/8 4:30-6:00 PM

Cube Delight by Smadar Grossman



Beaded By Sylvia Abeyta

Learn to make this "cubic cuff" with 3 mm cube beads and seed beads.  This pattern was a Bead and Button cover design a few years ago.  
This pattern is for all levels including brand new bead stitchers.    

There's no registration:
JUST SHOW UP!


This pattern is currently available to the public here 

How it works:
We will provide printed copies at the event.  The supply list is below and you are welcome to bring your own beads from your stash.  We hope you will buy some beads from us.   Feel free to bring what you have, and fill in with 
what you need.  

Join us for a fun and supportive beading event at the shop.  

Supplies Needed

**Available at Poppyfield Bead Company**

3 mm Cube Beads (6g)
11/0 Seed Beads Color A (10g)
11/0 Seed Beads Color B (5g)
15/0 Seed Beads (3g)
Fireline 6 lb
Beading needle

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Whose stitch is it anyway?

During my recent vacation in Poland, I had the pleasure to meet with a member of the Rusyn-Lemko minority community.  They are known for their colorful netted collars using Czech seed beads.  



https://goo.gl/images/hMTtvy
Rusyn-Lemko girl 

While I was researching these netted collars on the internet, I came across beautiful netted collars from the Embera People of Panama, South America, as well as the netted beadwork of the Huichol indigenous people in Mexico.  


Indigenous Embera tribal member
In today's globalized planet, where hardly anyone creates in isolation, it is difficult to sort out whose beadwork belongs to whom.  At least, it is for me.  At the same time, it is worthwhile to be aware of how to pay respect to a culture and how to avoid exploiting their shared cultural knowledge.  For more on a business model selling Embera beadwork click here.   

While I had hoped to meet with a Rusyn-Lemko bead weaver in southern Poland, it wasn't possible.  So, naturally, I took to the internet to expand my netting techniques.  I came across an instructional video from Colombia, where the word for bead is mostacilla.  I am following along and learning the technique.  Here is my first creation.

Beaded by Julia Hecht

It is meant to be the base of a flower.  I used Japanese 11/0 beads, and it is too large for me to use as jewelry.  But I had a lot of fun learning the technique. I've brought home lots of pretty Czech beads from the shop.  I hope to explore this technique and come up with some of my own designs.  For those who understand Spanish, or want to follow the video, the channel is found here.

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Join us for our FREE Happy Hour Beading Event

Friday 9/1 4:30-6:00 PM

Kilim Cuff by Carole Ohl


Beaded By Sylvia Abeyta


Create the look of woven tapestry with an assortment of Czech pressed glass and Japanese seed beads.  Welcome autumn with these warm tones, or unleash your creativity to create a whole new look.    

This pattern is for all levels including brand new bead stitchers.    

There's no registration:
JUST SHOW UP!


This pattern is exclusive to bead shops and is not available for public download. 

How it works:
We will provide printed copies at the event.  The supply list is below and you are welcome to bring your own beads from your stash.  We hope you will buy some beads from us.   Feel free to bring what you have, and fill in with 
what you need.  

Join us for a fun and supportive beading event at the shop.  

Supplies Needed

**Available at Poppyfield Bead Company**

CzechMate Crescents 1 or more colors (92)
5 mm Pinch Beads (43)
8/0 Demi Rounds (2.5g)
15/0 Japanese Seed Beads (1g)
Fireline
Beading needle
Clasp