Thursday, March 3, 2016

The weather in Boise has been great, my ducks have shown up again in my yard and I'm getting a little anxious to see flowers.  So have been playing with Pips and Petals and Czech flowers in all my beading.  Here is one I have been playing with using Czech Petals and Czech Dragonscale beads for the center.  Loving the look the Dragonscales add to the effect of the flowers.

And due to customer request, a Garnet and Pearl version of my Right in Line Bracelet kit that was in February's issue of Bead and Button magazine is now available in limited quantities.  You can get the materials kit only or a complete kit with an instruction booklet which includes step by step directions, diagrams and photos.  See in the Kits and Patterns section on our website or click on link at top of page.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Preciosa Chilli Beads and Wine

After taking a break from beading because of the holidays, it was great to get back with friends to take a class.  And with new beads - new Preciosa two-hole Chilli beads - and a new pattern and some wine and cookies....   Fabulous, fabulous day.  Below are some of the things we made.  

Janet's two-toned purple version.  Beautiful.
The p
attern called for Thorn beads,
 we used two-hole and regular daggers instead
Here is a closeup of above.   Janet really liked this pattern
and you can see more color versions on her Blog

Sandy's second bracelet.
She really liked this pattern and made two.
She used some of my favorite colors,
 so I'll have to make this version as well.
My blue luster version with a black diamond AB dagger.
 You would think with a bead store, I'd have
 everything I need - but forgot almost everything.
So thanks to all for lending me
needle and thread and even seed beads.
Sue's very dramatic Metallic Gold Chilli's
and Garnet daggers
.   Also beautiful.
This is Sandy's first color version.
She was unsure about colors since she hadn't done this
pattern and hadn't seen it done before.
She did a wonderful job coordinating the daggers
with the Jet half coat Copper.
 Turned out great.
Judy leans towards Southwest gemstone colors
in selecting beads and this turned out very
dramatic as well.  Interesting that they all take on a
 different vibe - even when using the same pattern.
Sharon had fun with her colorful bead choices as well.
Again, totally different feel -
I'm always so amazed when that happens
 Beautiful work
This pattern, designed by Helena Chmelikova is available free with a Chilli bead purchase available on our website - (or click on the link at the top of this page).  See other great samples under the tab New Chilli beads.  So glad the girls talked me into ordering them.  Lots of fun and we can see lots and lots of potential.

A big, big thank you to  Sandy for teaching  and to Judy for hosting our class and for providing the wine and delicious soup and other goodies.  Like I said, fabulous day!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!

Filled with much gratitude again this year. Thanks so much Boise for 30 years of business where I have met such wonderful beading friends.  We are excited for our online website - have received lots of wonderful comments and helpful suggestions. Thanks so much.  

And the big news, a great Christmas present delivered by UPS on Christmas Eve - a copy of the February issue of Bead and Button Magazine where my latest project - Right in Line - appears on page  56 of this issue.    And, and, to already have orders when I woke up on Christmas Day!... and its not even on the newstand yet.  Just thrilled.    

Lots of work went into this project from the design, with the new CzechMate Quadratile beads, long hours writing the instructions, teaching and testing the pattern and reviewing the final outcome. This was such a joy to see in print.  

Am so excited for the next year and looking forward to new projects, new friendships and seeing what all of you will be beading in the new year. 

Here's wishing (and praying) for a peaceful, healthy, happy and prosperous year for all of you!  Much love...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Bead Street Classes

Don't forget October 30th, our last day at the Glenwood location and we still have plenty of Czech glass, gemstones and freshwater pearls at 30% off.  Hope to see you before Halloween.

This Saturday, October 24th, Sandy is teaching a new bracelet pattern.  If all goes well, this is what the project looks like.

A couple of seats left.  If you would like to join us, let us know.

Beth is doing a show so won't be teaching but Sue may teach a beginner project.  Stay tuned for more information - or you can call Sue this week and ask, 336-9707

Monday, October 12, 2015

Bead Street Closing Sale

After thirty years of retail, its time for Bead Street to close its retail location on Glenwood.  We are having a 30% sale off all Czech glass, gemstones and pearls.  Last day is Friday, October 30th.

By closing, we will have time to expand our online website - adding new products and photographing  1000 colors of size 11 seed beads will certainly take some time.  

Our classes will continue and we are moving to a space that will allow for new exciting workshops.  Stay tuned for classes in Soldering, Enameling, Lampwork beadmaking, using Kilns for ceramic pendants, Metal Clay, and Bronze Clay, We have a waiting list of individuals that want to take these classes so they may not be listed online.  If you are interested in any of these, please send an email and we will notify you of the schedule.  We are also continuing with regular beadwork and wirework classes.

At  some point, when everything is organized at the warehouse, we will have  it open for you to shop.  More info to come.

A big, big thank you to all our customers who have continually shopped with us.  Some of you we have known for almost 30 years.  We will try to continue to stock the products you need and for the locals, still have a place to pick them up.  But the world has transitioned to online sales and we feel the need to jump on that band wagon.

This Saturday Sandy is teaching a new odd count peyote cuff.  We have a very easy way to do this, and if you would like to learn, give us a call - I think three spaces still available.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Art in the Park, Boise, 2015

The annual Art in the Park art show at Julia Davis Park is this weekend. If you have some time, check out some of our local artists displaying this year. Weather looks good and should be fun.

There are some out of town folks coming into Boise to see the show, and they also wanted to take a beading class.  So Sue has graciously volunteered to step in for Sandy and teach Chain'On.  I know we have taught this a number of times; can't believe we are still getting requests.  No doubt they have seen some of the previous students creations....

So, 1:00 Saturday, $15.00 plus materials.  Bring a tube of Super Duos, a few two-hole lentils, 11/0 seed beads and needle and thread.  If you need any of these - we have plenty of colors to choose from - and we can even put together something for you.  

Hope you have a great weekend!

This colorway includes a multi-toned seed bead.
Really nice because you can wear it with almost anything.

Ideal for fall.  Don't remember who did this one.
 If this is yours, please let me know.

This is Janet's version.  And of course, she made it her way -
 using bigger seed beads and a second color of SD's for center.  Beautiful!

We have an entire Board on Pinterest dedicated to Chain'On samples.  Check it out if you need other color ideas.  And, if you would like your photo added, just email me.   We just love to display customers work.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Portalegre' Bracelet Pattern by Eileen Barker

Before the  new CzechMate Quadratiles hit the market, the TrendSetter group received  samples of these unique four holed beads.  Because I am a member of that group, I had an opportunity to play with some samples.

I was honored when one of my submissions, Portalegre' Bracelet was featured in an ad in both Beadwork and Bead and Button magazines.  Kits are available again (after selling out twice) and here are some of the wonderful variations that have been done with this pattern.  Thank you all for the beautiful work, for bringing them into the store, and sending me photographs to post here. 

Have had many requests to do a kit
with this colorway. 

These Czech marbled beads make this version
 very exotic looking doesn't it.
Sort of matches the name
that people have trouble pronouncing.  

Beautiful sparkly version by Sharon Austin

Sandra Taylor's version.
She loves these colors and has a lot of jewelry
in this sage green and black. So, no doubt
 she can wear it with almost anything she has.

Thanks ladies, for buying the kits, making additional bracelets, selecting some wonderful colors for your second (and sometimes third versions) and for allowing me to post here.   I have more to post but didn't want to make this post too long.  Stay tuned.