Thursday, December 14, 2017

Matubo Inspiration Free Patterns

MiniDuo Hoop Earrings by Nela Kábelová
Beaded by Sylvia Abeyta

During my first year away from my medical practice, before I owned a bead shop, I took a year to focus on creating. I spent many hours beading in isolation in  my "bead room" in the basement.  What I learned during that time was that the more time I spent down there, the more creative I became.  Sometimes, the juices were flowing and I would bead throughout the night, and go to sleep as dawn was breaking.  It was an ecstatic experience with my own inner artist. I was on a high.  But as my creativity flourished, so did my isolation grow.  My life became focused only on family and art.  I felt empty of meaningful work that I had experienced in my medical career.  I wanted to find a way to put my skills to good use for the community. 

My own journey with beads was about self-healing.  I had discovered beads while recovering from serious post-partum complications that affected both my body and my mind.  When I finally made my way to stitching (from stringing), I found new light and sweetness in the darkness and pain of my illness.  

During that first year that I stopped doctoring in 2009-2010, I attended a workshop at the NM Small Business Association on starting a small business.  There, I was pushed to think about what my "mission" or purpose would be with my business. No one gets rich with beads and so individual beaders who decide to make beadwork their business don't do it for the money.   
It is a labor of love, for sure. 

At the time, there were plenty of bead shops in Albuquerque, and I had no intention of pushing my way into the beading ecosystem that seemed so in balance.  I fantasized about having a shop one day.  But I planned to wait for one of the shops to close, and then fill that niche that was already established.  In the meantime, I would explore what my purpose and goals were
 in a "beading business".  

What I discovered at the NMSBA workshop was that my mission was to "Make beading accessible".  I realized that I wanted anyone who wanted to give bead stitching a shot, to have a place to do that.  A place where they would be supported, encouraged, and welcomed.  That's why I love beginners! I knew there would be others struggling with the darkness and pain that life can present.  Perhaps some would also find bead stitching a balm.  Perhaps they would find solace in a bead mat with little piles of sparking colors, like I had.  

Months later, when Margo Field announced she was closing her shop, I took this unexpected opportunity to give my fantasy a go.  Over the 7 years of Poppyfield Bead Company's existence, access to beading has continued to be my goal.  We have 3 free beading events every week.  Beginners are welcome and encouraged at all of these:  Monday's 6-8 PM Book Club and Open Beading, Tuesday's 1-3 PM Wire work Meet Up, and Friday's 4:30-6:00 Happy Hour.  There's no registration. You just show up.  

When I see others in the business, who relish the opportunity to share freely and create access to beading, I enjoy supporting them, and spreading the joy.  The Matubo company has clearly devoted resources to make beading patterns accessible.  Their "Inspiration" web page has plenty of patterns. Of course they, like I and all the others, need to sell our beads.  It's how we stay in business.  But, at the same time, it is obvious that making beading accessible is an important part of their mission.  

Tomorrow's Happy Hour pattern is available on their webpage here
It is a great pattern for the holidays, because it works up quickly.  And...depending on your color way, you can turn these into Christmas wreaths.  Come join us, and enjoy some time inside our rainbow.  Meet some nice people, have some laughs, and make something new.  
You might feel even better than you already do.  

Supplies Needed

**Available at Poppyfield Bead Company**
Bead Bundle available online here

Matubo MiniDuos (40)
4 mm Druks or Pearls (20)
3 mm Fire Polish (20)
11/0 Japanese Seed Beads 
15/0 Japanese Seed Beads
Horseshoe Thread Protectors (2)

Earring Wires
Beading Needle

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Winter is Here

SuperDuo Snowflakes designed by Nela Kábelová
Beaded by Sylvia Abeyta

I do believe it is getting wintry!  Santa Fe and Taos are expecting snow in the mountains tonight.  
Come celebrate the season with us at our 
Friday Happy Hour event:
December 8th,
4:30 -6:00
We'll be making these clever (and easy) earrings using SuperDuos, seed beads, and drops. This is a great pattern for new bead stitchers.  The pattern is free to the public from Matubo beads, the creator of SuperDuos and many of your favorite Czech pressed glass beads.  
Click the link here and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the pattern. You'll notice this link has a wonderful selection of great patterns, all free to you.  We carry many Matubo products and have hosted many Happy Hours with these patterns.  Enjoy!

Do you want us to send you the beads for this project?
click here to purchase the bead bundle and free pattern

Supplies Needed

**Available at Poppyfield Bead Company**

Matubo SuperDuos Color A
Matubo SuperDuos Color B 
11/0 Japanese Seed Beads 
3.4 mm Miyuki Drops
Jump Rings (2)

Earring Wires
Beading Needle

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Silent Snowfall Pendant by Ivona Šuchmannová

Join us for our FREE weekly beading event this Friday 12/1, 4:30-6:00 in our studio.  We'll be making this pendant. Sylvia is working on hers right now - it has bugles in F463K - a beautiful matte metallic pink/ brown / green iris, our new pink metallic Demi beads, and a gorgeous rivoli 
in rose champagne. 
As you can see, this is a unique frame and bezel for a Swarovski 14 mm rivoli.  The pattern is free and will be available at the event.  We'll have some refreshments, as always.  This pattern uses small seed beads, such as 15/0's and 11/0 Demi beads, so bring your "beading glasses".  Because the beads are so small, and there is a front and back to be stitched, it will be difficult for first time beaders.  I'd classify it as advanced beginner level.  

For our remote customers, the pattern will be available for free with purchase of the bead bundle in the sample color way (pinks with the iris bugles).  It will be available on our webstore next week.  

Hope to see you!

Supplies Needed

**Available at Poppyfield Bead Company**

14 mm Swarovski Rivoli (1)
3 mm Bugles (48)
11/0 Demi Rounds (108)
*11/0 Japanese Seed Beads (6)
15/0 Japanese Seed Beads (36)
Beading Needle

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Swarovski Sliders

This Friday's Happy Hour pattern (Khione Bracelet)  comes from a new book by Carolyn Cave called Stitching With a Handful of Beads.  Kalmbach Publishing has given me this pattern to share with you for our FREE beading event.   
Khione Bracelet by Carolyn Cave
(Supply List Below)

It uses SuperDuos, bicone crystals, seed beads and Swarovski Sliders.  Many beaders are familiar with Rose Montees, a sew-on crystal with criss-crossing channels in its metal setting.  Sliders are a very different type of sew on crystal, and are harder to come by.  Sliders are chatons in a substantial setting with 2 parallel holes.  They are an elegant component that adds a lot of class to a design.  We have a nice selection of sliders available at the shop and also on our e-commerce site here

Lisa Kan's Catherine Bracelet
Beaded by Wendy Speare

 I discovered this component when Lisa Kan's book Bead Metamorphosis came out.  You can see them in the center row of the Catherine Bracelet in Emerald set in gold.  They work well to connect the components, which are beaded separately.  I found a source for this unique product and had the sliders custom made.  I still do, and so there is a 6-8 week wait for them.  Our sliders hold a 29ss Swarovski chaton, which is about 6.5 mm in size.  If you want to fall in love with a crystal component, come pick up some sliders.  

Swarovski Sliders in Black Diamond in Gold Plated Settings
Available here

Wendy uses Swarovski sliders in her Sonja's Bracelet pattern, which she is teaching on Saturday at the shop. Here they sit on top of tiles as focal embellishments.  This pattern is a fun way to work with sliders.  
Sonja's Bracelet by Wendy Speare

So, if you've never worked with sliders, and want to give it a go, join us on Friday (no registration) for our FREE beading event (Khione bracelet), or Saturday (registration required) for the Sonja's Bracelet class.    

Khione Bracelet by Carolyn Cave
Supplies Needed

**Available at Poppyfield Bead Company**

6.5 mm Swarovski Sliders (9)
4 mm crystal bicones(36)
SuperDuos (11g)
15/0 Japanese Seed Beads (2g)
3-strand Clasp
Jumprings or Thread Protectors (6)
Beading Needle

Hope to see you!