The Cube Queen Visits
Virginia Jensen, The Cube Queen
Yesterday, a browsing customer remarked that I don't carry 2 mm cube beads. I happen to be very proud of my cube inventory and thought to myself indignantly, "Who does she think she is...The Cube Queen"??? It turns out it was Virginia Jensen, the author of the new book on beading with cubes, Contemporary Cube Bead Designs. I have dubbed her The Cube Queen and she happily autographed her books that I have in stock. We chatted about cubes and other things. She was visiting from Grand Junction, CO, where she lives. We discovered that my son and her granddaughter are in school together and know each other. Small beady world, isn't it?
My mom had already tested Virginia's book on her last visit to New Mexico and gave it a thumbs up. She remarked that "the instructions are very clear and easy to follow". She thoroughly enjoyed making her bracelet. It worked up quickly and is beautiful. It will be on display at Poppyfield soon. Come get an autographed book and some cubes and work up your own.
I hope Virginia will come teach at Poppyfield one day. If she does, I may even start carrying 2mm cubes.
HYBRIDS ARE HERE!!!!
Some of my customers who are on the cutting edge of bead products asked me about Hybrid beads. HUH??? Again, it's a small beady world. In this age of global exchange, Japanese bead company TOHO and Czech bead makers have collaborated to bring us the best of both worlds: mixed breed beads - commonly termed hybrids. These seed beads have the best of Japanese seeds - high quality, uniform size and shape, and large holes, with the unique finishes of Czech fire polish beads. The are marbled, lustrous, and sometimes metallic, and have finishes that are called Apollo, Picasso, and Vega. I have 25 new hybrids out. I am starting with size 11's and 3mm Magatamas. These will look great in your seed beads designs. Try the magatamas in Kumihimo braids. Ask us where and we'll show you these new additions. More colors, shapes and sizes will be forthcoming.
A sample of the unique, new "hybrid" beads
FREE DEMO - METAL STAMPING!!
Change of Plans
We have 2 upcoming Kumihimo classes open for registration through the Bead Society.
Intro to Kumihimo is on June 4th 6-9PM. The class is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
I have had to change the date for the 2nd class, Kumi Bangles. It will be July 9th (Monday evening) from 6-9 PM. Also $20/$25. Call or come by Poppyfield to register. Bead Society members may also register on the Society's web page.
More Poppyfield Classes
Fun With Filagrees with Julia Hecht, July 16th 6-9 PM - Design and Cold Connections, Basic wire and Riveting. All levels $35
Enchanted Primrose with Margo Field - Intricate Seed Bead Necklace. Intermediate to Advanced Level only. 3 Mondays: June 18th, 25th, and July 2nd 6-9 PM or 3 Saturdays, August 4th, 11th, 18th, 1-4 PM, $75.
New Poppy Products
New TILA Bead Colors - yellows, pale greens, oranges, - Perfect for spring and summer
New Swarovski Bicones in Double AB's - Siam 2 AB, Jet 2AB, Amethyst 2AB, and more
Kumihimo Endcaps - Bullet Style now in Copper and Gold Plate sizes 4mm-8mm
Kumihimo Tubular Bails in Silver, Gold and Copper.
New Swarovski Crystal Pearl Colors: Lavender, Brown, Rose Peach (toooo gorgeous)
Coming SoonBeadsmith's Bead 'n Go Junior (The new small sized fold up bead mat and tray)
Tinier seed beads - More on these when they arrive