Monday, September 10, 2012

Magic, Flowers, and More

Magic Carpet Bracelet by Julia Hecht
The Day of the Dead Free Wire class on Labor Day was a huge success.  Fourteen participants came in, claimed their kits, and got busy making wrapped loops.  We had a range from experienced twisters to first-time newbies.  It was a nice way to spend the holiday.  Great fun was had by all.  I've had some requests for more kits. Yes, I will make up kits by order.  I sold out of some really wonderful charms and milagros that day. The sugar skull and other charms are back in stock - including some new ones.

Some come on in, and get your favorite Day of the Dead Charms, before they're gone again.

I've been having a wonderful time with the new SuperDuo precision cut twin beads.  If you want to make something colorful that works up quick and feels really good, my Magic Carpet Bracelet class is for you (see pic above):  Tuesday, October 16th, 6-9 PM, $35. At first glance the beads seem odd, but once you get the hang of how to work with them there are so many possibilities. We are in process of getting all 70 colors tubed for you.  They are very affordable, starting at $1.80 for 10 grams.   

Tomorrow we have an Intro to Kumihimo class with Wendy at 6:00.  This is a great opportunity to learn the ancient Japanese braiding technique.  On Sept 25th, there is a fabulous beaded rope class that uses Kumihimo techniques.  Create a "Blooming Braid" with flowers that spiral around it.  I made the flower medallion using the SuperDuo beads. I will have the instructions for the Flower Medallion available on Sept 25th.  There is still time to sign up for both kumihimo classes.  

Blooming Braid by Wendy Speare
with Flower Medallion by Julia Hecht
I have been emailing my store customers almost every time I post
here.  But I am going to wean down on that and ask you all to either follow the blog as a "follower" or check from time to time.  I have over 1000 customers in my database, and it is becoming cumbersome to send mass emails.  Plus, not everyone likes having their inboxes stuffed.  So, if you want to find out about new classes, products, and offers, stay in touch with this blog.  Soon, will be a "real" website.  We are building it now and it is very exciting.  I am also now tweeting updates @PoppyfieldBeads, so follow us on twitter.  

Hope to see you soon.  'Til then I'll be blogging, tweeting, and beading.  

Remember Monday night is late night...We are open til 8:00 PM.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Follow Our Joy

We just got a few new orders in! When the UPS truck pulled up, Wendy said "It feels like Christmas!" We have new Miyuki seed bead colors in Delicas and round (rocailles) in 11 and 15's. The Super-Duo precision twin beads arrived in 70 colors. We are busy getting them priced and setting up a new display for these very cool beads. I must admit I was skeptical about these conjoined twins. Seemed like a gimmick to me. But after just one afternoon of playing, I've been won over. They fit together like a textured tapestry. I am working on a new project with them called the "Magic Carpet Bracelet". Stay tuned. I'll be posting to let you know as soon as they are available for purchase.

Speaking of posting... I've set up a new twitter account under the name PoppyfieldBeads. I encourage you all to set up a twitter account and then follow PoppyfieldBeads and get the latest news. I will be posting special offers on both the blog and twitter account that will not be in any emails. So please follow on the blog and twitter so you won't miss out. If you need help getting these set up, just ask us.
Labor Day Monday come join us for the FREE CLASS as we practice wrapped loops to assemble a Day of the Dead charm bracelet. Order your kit today before 4:30. We have 5 seats left. If you miss the kit option, but wish to come you can always show up and bring/buy wire and beads. Don't forget your tools. Class is at 12-1:30 and then the store will open at 2:00.

Stay and bead or twist, or just schmooze with friends at Studio Poppy. Open Beading on Labor Day starts at 2:00.

Remember Monday Night is late night. We are open til 8:00 PM. Hope to see you soon.

This beautiful beaded Poppy was designed and assembled by Jessica McDowell, one of my customers. She used the technique of French Beaded Flowers. Thank you, Jessica, for sharing this with us.
Beaded Poppy by Jessica McDowell