Every weekend, I try to set aside several hours to just bead. Then I bead like crazy for a few hours, catch up on some of my Hulu shows. I take pictures and have grand plans of blogging about my weekend.... then on Sunday night, I put together my to-do list for the week....Monday comes around and the train starts moving at full speed....then here we are on Friday afternoon and I"m finally finding a moment to pull those pictures off my phone and blog a little!!!
So, I shall backtrack to last weekend! Sometimes I don't have a real plan for my bead time. When that happens, I try to refresh my skills in areas that I want to improve. This past weekend I decided to pull out Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork: Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch (Beadweaving Master Class Series), and work on dimensional peyote shapes. Diane's book is a wonderful source for practicing these shapes. For a long time I used to get stopped up right at this point, ready to add the second layer...
But after a bit of practice this weekend I am feeling more comfortable with creating these layered shapes! Now I just have to decide what to do with them!
Thanks to a credit I had sitting in my Amazon account, this week I also treated myself Melinda Barta's new book: Mastering Herringbone Stitch: The Complete Guide. I came to herringbone stitch late in my beading life and could use some more instruction and guidance. The projects in this book look fantastic and I can't wait to try them!!!
In other news....there is a new issue of Creative Spark available. ZNet challenged designers to create something spring-y and there is some great design inspiration in the issue!
See you tomorrow for Focus on Life Week 12!