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.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bead Street Classes August 22nd, 2015

Sorry about getting this out so late.  The classes have been so full lately that it is hard to turn down requests to include any additional students.  This week's classes are brand new and did have to share these.  Photos were sent over phone and these both are so much prettier in person.  

We  have two cancellations for Sandy's class so let us know if you would like to join us for this one.

New beaded bead design using the new
CzechMate two hole Crescent Beads.
 Vezsuzsi pattern called Chalfie and starts at 2:00

Sandy strung hers on Memory Wire
 (which we have available if you need)
 but looks equally fabulous on regular beading wire.

Beth's class has a full house but I do not know about cancellations. If you would like to attend, you can check with  Beth tonight.  Email at for more information.

'Twister" by Beth - Saturday, August 22nd 1:00
Looks like an incredible project and love how many
 metal smithing classes we now have available
thanks to Beth.