Designed by Jessy Petit Bijoux
Beaded by Julia
Sometime after I opened the shop in 2011, I had the fortune of dining with a well-known bead master. She developed her reputation in the '90s, during the bead resurgence that heralded the current wave of seed beading. She shared with me her view that the seed bead wave had crested, and we were now beginning the decline of seed beading in America. Sort of disconcerting "news" for me as new seed bead shop owner. Today, I am absolutely certain, that this famous smart person was WRONG!
Thanks to the internet and information exchange, ideas are moving at the speed of broadband. Amazing European beaders and their stunning creative works are in my home everyday...via my little laptop. While our American beaders, the pioneers of the '90's Bead Renaissance, continue to stitch wonders, Europe is exploding. Lately, I have been "traveling" to Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany, Russia and Italy, all with my cat on my lap. The newest beads originate in Europe and you can see what's possible with Rullas and Rizos (our newest items) from European beaders who've been using them while they were still an ocean away from American bead shops. The rising popularity of Perlen Poesie, the German beading magazine, here in America, is just another sign.
One of the easiest ways to plug in to this world is through Pinterest. At Pinterest individuals from all over the world are posting photos. You can search a word like "beadwork" or "rullas" and suddenly scores of beautiful photos are sent to your screen. You can collect your favorites on a "Board" that you set up, or not. If you set up a board (and it's easy to do), your favorite photos (and links to where they originated) will always be there when you sign back on. If you want to let others do the searching for you, you can follow others' Boards. Pinterest is great for inspiration and gawking at some jaw-dropping creations. It is also a source for FREE patterns.
I have set up 2 boards of free patterns - FREE Beadwork Tutorials and FREE Wirework Tutorials. This means you can sign onto Pinterest and search Julia Hecht. You will come to my page and you can click on one of my Boards to look around. If you want, you can "Follow" me or one or more of my Boards. That way, when you sign on you will see the newest "pins" I've collected.
Right now, I'm very taken with a young lady from Rome named Jessy who goes by the name "Petit Bijoux". She posts FREE, in-depth tutorials on "you tube". They are in Italian, but I find that I can follow them anyway. I made this Friday night using a 14 mm rivoli, Super Duo's, 4 mm Fire Polish, 11/0's and 8/0's. It is ingenious, but not difficult. For me, decoding these tutorials from far away lands, whether spoken or written, is like finding the key to hidden treasure. But if foreign languages makes you cringe, don't despair. There are plenty of "photo tutorials" and many people know English and will post in our tongue.
There's a whole big beady world out there, just waiting for YOU to explore. Come see us if you have difficulty, and we'll be happy to help.
ON THE WAY
Two hole tile beads from Czech Republic
3.4 mm Drops / Magatamas in lots of new colors
4 x 7 mm Long Magatamas in lots of new colors