Wednesday, September 13, 2017

National Beading Week & Perlen Poesie

Cosmic spirals
Hello dear friends,

I should take the pen more often, for now I have plenty of exciting news to share with you and for some things, I really am late (and sorry about that). For other things, I had to wait for a green light...

I didn't procrastinate the past months, oh no. I beaded a lot. I studied the behavior of several Cosmic Spirals, using heptagonal Diamond Weave. It seems that it took forever to create the tutorial, but finally it is here! It is some sort of master class, for advanced beaders, and knowledge of Diamond Weave is necessary. If you have never done Diamond Weave before, there are other tutorials in my shop that are less difficult to start with. There also is a free video showing you the basic stitch, available on the FB page of the book, which I made for the second birthday of the book, as well as for International Beading week. I hope that you'll find it inspiring.


International Beading Week, what is that? In July, with National Beading Week (NBW) coming up at the end of the month, we beaders all got excited about the many "bead alongs" organized by talented designers, like the lovely Katie Dean of Beadflower. NBW is a beady celebration taking place the first week of August. It was initiated by the Beadworkers Guild 3 years ago in the UK to bring beading to a broader audience. Lots of free tutorials are offered by designers for this occasion. Among my contacts on FB there were plenty of people not in the UK who also wanted to be part of it, and we thought that it should be International Beading Week. So without further thinking, I created the International Beading Week group on FB for them, to share the fun with the whole world. I also contacted the Beadworkers Guild about it for it is not something separated, it is the same as NBW. Did you know that the Beadworker's Guild is open to members around the world? If you become a member, you will receive their awesome quarterly journal and more. Learn more about it here.

IBW August elements
IBW September elements.
As the Swiss say, the above information comes a bit "like a hailstorm after the grape harvest", but it took much more time and effort to set up the group than I thought it would, and I had many other things to do and write.
However, know that you can become a member of the FB group any time. We are slowly heading towards the 2018 edition of Beading Week by making each month something in the color of the banner. It can be anything. I made peyote hexagons and peyote Yukka flowers. When we'll have all the colors of the banner done, we'll assemble it all and celebrate IBW/NBW 2018. You can participate if you wish. It is fun!

You may also like to read Katie Dean's blog post about IBW/NBW, and visit the dedicated website sponsored by the Beadworkers Guild for more information about the 2017 edition.

Faraday Cuff
And now the news I couldn't tell about earlier: I created a project for the beautiful Magazine Perlen Poesie for the month of September and one for December. Let me present to you the Faraday Cuff, named after Michael Faraday, known as the inventor of electro-plating!! and his famous anti-electromagnetic cage made of metal mesh, that stops radiations / emisions.

It is a bracelet with beautiful Art Deco flair, made with a Diamond Weave octagon-stitch. I hope that you will love making it, especially those of you who have so many bugle beads and who told me that there are not enough patterns using them ;-).

I will list my own tutorial for the Faraday Cuff on my website in November. In my tutorial it is explained in my style, and in the Perlen Poesie issue of September, you will find it with their explanations in their style. Note that is in good company.

Perlen Poesie no. 34
Perlen Poesie is a beautiful beading magazine available in German and in English. The two founders of the magazine, Andrea and Freddie Ott, travel around the world to meet with beady people and discover everything beady to share it with us later in their columns. In this number (#34), the wonderful Nadya Gerber is in the spotlight, and her cover project is awesome. In addition to that, there are many other talented artists who designed beautiful projects for this edition. I really love the name of this magazine, because when you think about it, this is exactly what we make. Poetry. Poetry with beads. We often tell stories with our beadwork, and this as beautifully as possible, exactly like a poet artfully tells stories with beautiful rimes.

Now the most exciting news: Andrea and Freddie came to meet this crazy bird, fish and bead aficionada that I am, in my old flat here in Switzerland... They are totally adorable. We talked and laughed and had coffee and cake and I showed them my creations and how I work. And we talked some more. They took plenty of photos and ... 
... drum roll ...

The lovely Andrea and Freddie Ott sandwiching me :D
in December you will be able to read their article about yours truly!

There are no words to express how much this honors me, but let me try to describe it: being on the cover of this magazine is like having your very own star on Hollywood Boulevard! I have sort of an "I can't believe that it is true" feeling. It's a dream!


About the project in the December issue I cannot reveal more but one thing: what you will learn from the Faraday bracelet will be helpful for the next project. ;-)
Happy beading!!


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Shop, New Designs, and my Toho Challenge piece in an Advertisement in Bead and Button Magazine

Today 16 May 2017 is the day of the opening of my beautiful new shop. 

I left Etsy, or let's say it as it really is: I'll let them 'suspend my seller's rights' on the 18th, because their new mandatory payment system is not very sustainable for us here in Europe. I hesitated to do this when their obligation to collect VAT on our sales of electronic files resulted in 30% increase of the price of a tut for some customers in Europe, because they are a gigantic platform. But I'm not. I stayed because Etsy's advantages still outnumbered the disadvantages. However, their rude e-mail, less than 4 weeks ago, not giving us a reasonable deadline to change (on purpose, I guess) ended up being the incentive I needed. Please forgive the mistakes and imperfections - tell me about them so that I can improve your shopping experience. Or just write to say what you think about it, I'd be really pleased!




I thank Mikki Ferrugiaro who paved the way and opened a shop with IndieMade a simple, inexpensive solution to easily build a nice website for stand-alone-artist like me who don't have a phd in i-technologies. I also thank Heather Collin who gave me a simple but very efficient tip that was that the listings, once transferred by csv file from Etsy to Indie, could quite easily be modified to become digital items instead of physical items. Certain things among which shipping need to be adapted. I suggested a profile be created for a bulk modification and maybe you will soon benefit from that option in the future. Their support is extremely fast and good. And sofar the cyber attacks of the past days haven't affected the shops hosted there. It may be a little bit slow at some moments, because of the firewalls being active, but that is another reason why I am happy with them.

Sadly I will loose the 5-star feedback you folks gave me on Etsy. I would like to thank you for that, and for your support over the past 4 years. If it wasn't for you wonderful peeps and for beading, this would never have been possible. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.




Note: the thank-you coupon code which was valid in my Etsy is also valid in my new shop (the Etsy shop will be closed on the 18th of May 2017). I hope that you will visit often to discover my new designs, or maybe order something custom-made. I love to make OOAK jewelry, things with a meaning. 


To welcome you to my new shop, you can have a special 25% discount on your first purchase. Use coupon code

CATHSNEWSHOP

to include before you complete your order.


This is valid only during 2 days on your first purchase

***correction - this is valid until the 20th of May 2017***

In French they say that "a good new never comes alone". In English it is always plural, and it's true:

My arms are better and my desire to create and write tutorials is back. I'm working on pretty designs and tutorials for you. Preciosa Ornella sent me Farfalle beads and Twin beads to participate in two challenges in February and March that greatly inspired me, and both designs I made were chosen as winners. 

The tutorial for the February design is already available, I called it Farfalle stitch, a new pentagon stitch mixing DW variations. It draws lovely little butterflies, bows or pretty flowers.


  

I will soon work on a tut for the Pinwheel cuff, winner of their March contest:


 

Right now I am working on the tutorial for the beautiful Cosmic Spiral (below left) based on Colima├žon spiral (below right) part of my Toho Challenge. It offers lots of options, you can use many sorts of beads, and make it spiral a lot or a little.


  

"Time has Wings" will be exhibited in Milwaukee in less then a month - it pleases me to be at the show somehow! Toho chose my design to appear in an advertisement in Bead & Button Magazine, which makes me feel very proud:




The photo in the ad shows only the Wings of my piece - see everything and learn more about i in my blog article about the inspiration and wip regarding this piece. I am so happy with how this piece came together. It represents two months of true creative bliss. This piece made me realize how much I love beading.

You can see more photos on my blog, but also in the portfolio on my website where you can (re)discover my work other than the tutorials (still adding photos).

Last but not least, you probably know that the book Diamond Weave was finally published on Amazon through their Print-On-Demand press. I couldn't be more proud of it! I was happy with the POD option because printing only what is necessary represents a limited toll on Mother Earth, which is a subject dear to my heart, as you may know. However, Amazon is admittedly very expensive when a book exceeds a certain number of pages, so if you have been waiting for the book to be published electronically, you might be happy to learn that it is available in my new shop as a PDF, an even more ecological solution! The reviews about the book are very positive, which makes my heart sing. I hope that you will enjoy it too. It is a 200-page bundle of bead bliss and knowledge with great projects, beautiful photos and clear illustrations.


  


Writing about all this, I felt the sudden need to found the group of Indie Beadweavers, which I immediately did. I nearly started working on the blog, but I really need a good rest now, and many things need my attention: my plants are nearly dead and my apartment needs a good clean.


I'd love to have your feedback about all the above!

Thank you very much for your support!
&
Happy Beading!


Cath


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