Saturday, March 03, 2007

Extra Extra Read All About It!

We are taking a big step here, trying something new. In the past I have sold my own designs and hand made jewelry, sold at art/craft shows and loved being in the thick of crowds, with the people who love to shop and talk of good jewelry. People who want to know so much more about wire crochet, and this excites me. I have been asked for several years if I would consider teaching or selling patterns or kits.

Didn't think I would, really. I had been writing for Lapidary Journal Magazine since 1997, when the editor of Jewelry Journal, the inset that featured 13 workshops of projects each month from start to finish in step by step methods. I felt very lucky to have been asked, and got that project out very quickly, sending in a second in the same package. And another and another...I was very spoiled. 13 projects
in 10 years was wonderful.

(Golden roll up rose,very easy)

I already have projects thru the publications, Step by Step Beads and Wire, but most of the very old projects are on the very old computers, so I'm gonna be doing some high tec digging to get back directions. There will be just the patterns, on projects, that I will have on the website.and there will be kits. Lapidary journal is also selling online several of my projects on their own.

Kits will be complete with beads and wire, all decorations necessary to complete the project. Directions will be written out in the manner I did for Lap Journal, in my speak, not crochet speak. My shame, I can't follow a written pattern, can't understand the way they are written.

Guess I should also mention I am still making new items and still taking special bridal orders. The bridal line is new this spring, and is wonderful.

I have also started to give classes thru our local bead store in Pinole Ca. I hope to branch out to a couple other local stores, but haven't reached out too far.

The reason/ Well, some of you already know, health concerns have reached the level where doing shows are no longer possible. There are a couple this spring my daughter Amanda will be doing with me, last time I did one on my own i was found face down on my table, very embarrassed, a jade teardrop stuck to my forehead. I was told it was tasteful.

Cancer is not pretty. It is not kind or fair. However, it can be slow, and I have be very lucky in that regard, in that I spent most of 2005 in Hospice. I was kicked out of Hospice in December 2005 because I was not dying fast enough. A personal best! I'm not giving up nor giving in to this illness. so there.

The fact that I have not lost weight really ticks me off. even my dr told me I can't even get cancer right. Hey, he has been my dr for 20 years, he knows me. And he gives great hugs when you leave.

So, anyone who has wanted to make sometning they have seen on my site, contact me if you would like a special kit made up just for you. If there are enough people asking for the same one, that will be the first official project that will go out the door, and I already have a vendor who will sell it for me.

And of course, i will still be selling the hand made beauties I still make on a daily basis I have some new designs that will just be perfect for summer, and for the end of the year Holiday season. Ebay and maybe Esty look out!

Keep going, doing what you do best. i will try to find out why i can't do pictures

Monday, January 15, 2007

wire crochet and St. Valentines Day Countndown

Time can get away from you, as it has me again. This blog was started back on the 15th of January. 2007. At least it is the same year.

When you make jewelry, that can be bad. When there are deadlines that can not be fudged. You may have heard of them, Christmas, that is a biggie. Mothers Day, another big gift holiday jewelry folk and Valentines Day. That indicates you should have brushed off your beads of pink and red hearts/silver and gold hearts/white and irridecent hearts, way before now.

Romantic jewelry is in now, and would be in wether it were around heart day or not, styles are showing amazing designs in Swarovski(tm) Lead Crystals, in lampwork by hot glass astists like Diane, Saternschild on She has some beautiful work, both hearts and flowers! I also owe her a huge apology, she told me I oculd use her full name, and now I can't find her email. I'll correct it as soon as I can. But, please check her ebay store, she has no website. You will love her work. I will add the links as soon as I get them found.

Another lampworker I adore is Mavis Smith, her site is
and her ebay is

Actually I just spent way more time than planned peeking around, check out the

With the choices of hearts and flowers you will creat wonderful things, to be focal points for your wire crochet designs. Like mine!

Monday, January 08, 2007

wire crochet....not your granny's tablecloth

I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice
I will not post the same blog twice

Sunday, January 07, 2007

counting 1234? part 2

Don't hold your breath on this one... well, there was more to follow on this.

However, I have no idea what happened to the rest of this entry, but there is one whole, actually several missing. I am going to have to research to find out what could have happened to have them dropped from the blog. We can tell that I have more to learn about blogs.

I would like to tell you about my favorite stitch in crochet, the afghan stitch. congers up long flowing soft panels of woven yarn that is then stitched with designs, and when joined completed to be as big or small as you need it to be, and with the promise of years of use to keep you and your loved ones snug.

Um, no. The afghan stitch, yes, same one, the hook, way different. the complete work, oh so way different. But it does translate well to wire crochet. In normal times, the afghan hook more resembles a knitting needle in length, but has the hook end. You carry the stitches on the hook, just one, not at all like knitting.

When you are making jewelry, you have the crochet hook to use, so you are limited to how wide your piece will be, as you can only carry about 15 stitches on the hook at a time. I have made some pieces, Amulet Bags come to mind, OutStanding in his Field, a Sharon Peters Blue Cow bead, published by Step by Step Beads, January,2005.

(This can be seen at middle album. I am not sure why I couldn't get this to post here on the blog.)

I needed more room than the standard 15 max. I ended up adding on to each side with bringing the strap down to the bottom of the bag, so each side gained 5 stitches, so I had a total of 25 across. More than enough to build my field, crocheted fruit tree, which indeed grew every fruit you could imagine as it stood tall. There was also a smiling sun, that was placed mid way on left strap, offset the size of the cow and the tree.

So, we adapt!