Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Very Best Delica Bead Source

I love the Delica beads for tapestries and flat peyote pieces. They are so uniform and they just fit together perfectly to form a nice beaded fabric.

When I first started using them I would go to the local bead store and buy them, but they only came in four gram packages and many times I needed only a few. Then I heard about Painters Art Gallery.

Joan Painter is the owner of this wonderful bead store and is a complete joy to work with! She sells quantities from one gram to 10 grams and of course, the more you buy the less you pay per gram.

She has all sizes of Delicas in stock and has a complete color inventory. If you're looking for seed beads, or natural stone, or charms etc. she has those too. Right now, through November 31, she's having a sale on her size 8 matsuno seed beads, so if you're in the market for those get on over there, they're going fast.

She also has a sale on Miyuki size 15 and has added wire wrapping tools and jewelry wire to her inventory. Bookmark this store, you'll return to it over and over.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bead Artists Against Breast Cancer

Once again Jeanette Shanigan is hosting the Bead Artists against Breast Cancer beaded quilts to be auctioned off in Milwaukee in June 2009.

Jeanette has collected beaded squares and sewn them together in beaded quilts to be auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer research for several years in memory of her mother who died of cancer in 1985. Read her story.

If you're a beader and would like to contribute to this worthy cause you can find the guidelines here.

Squares that have already been donated

Jeanette already has some free patterns on her website if you can't make your own, and I'll be posting one here shortly.

Every year more beaders join this worthy cause. Last year 960 squares were donated. Every year the number has gone up. Lets make this a banner year!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Jewelry gallery

I've just started a jewelry gallery and thought I'd post what I have up so far. To see a full sized picture, just click on the thumbnail.


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