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Melanie Potter workshop

Flora beadwork kit by Melanie Potter

Flora beadwork kit by Melanie Potter

The Portland Beading Society is bringing Melanie Potter to Portland! So excited to be taking 3 workshops with her.

This Flora necklace, made with WireKnitz, comes in 4 different colors. I chose a pretty Henna one – well, they’re all pretty but I am thinking about my wardrobe….um. I like this gold too, but in the end the henna got my vote.

There’s homework for this workshop. Yikes!

WireKnitz

WireKnitz

 

 

Cool stuff this WireKnitz. And it comes in all sorts of colours.

I have a video: Beadwork Designer of the Year Series: Bead Stitching Chevron Chain with Melanie. Rather intricate so more of a challenge and therefore keeps me busy thinking.

Metallic bronze tila bead bracelet made with tila, bugle and seed beads. Chevron stitch beadweaving. Finished with a slide lock clasp. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Here’s a Bronze tila bead bracelet I designed after watching Melanie’s video.

Melanie Potter Labyrinth necklace kit

Melanie Potter Labyrinth necklace kit

This is another of the workshops – Labyrinth Necklace. This can be worn with anything! No worries about wardrobe colours here.

Versailles Cuff by Melanie Potter

Versailles Cuff by Melanie Potter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are making a very pretty Versailles cuff too. I’ll be thoroughly decked out when these are all finished.

One day……

Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence

Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence

Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence

Having spent 3 days in June 2013 at Marcia DeCoster’s Masterclass – Playing with Possibilities it would be remiss of me not to review her book Beaded Opulence. This is from the Lark Books beadweaving master class series.

I bought this book a while ago as I understood Marcia was known for her right angle weave designs – and I do love the Lark Masterclass books. Truthfully I haven’t made any of the pieces yet but the book is constantly being pulled from the shelf, there are so many cool ideas.

There are 8 Chapters. The usual Basic Beading Kit and then the Fundamentals which are always necessary. I enjoy reading these chapters as each artist uses different tools. Plus they have useful tips on how they, in particular, work their stitches. Continue reading