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Hello! i'm new! December 28, 2004 2:40 PM

Hey Now! i just joined this group and wanted to give a brief introduction. My name is tree and i'm a beadaholic. :) i live in virginia and i love bead weaving. i like capturing things in beads like stones and shells and marbles. i work mainly with peyote stitch, herringbone, net and occasionally brick stitch. i work most often with seed beads and gemstones, although i'm trying to get into using silver more..and i'm trying to do more 'big bead' stringing. It's really tough when i'm so used to my seed beads. My husband is a full time borosilicate glass bead maker. So we do alot of the Intergalactic bead shows. i love going to the shows, just so i can shop for beads! It doesn't matter how many beads i have...i always need more! i suppose that it's for now! i look forward to talking beads with you all! Many Blessings, ~tree  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 December 29, 2004 1:26 AM

*welcome* Tree! Wow, it sounds like you know what you're doing! It is very cool that you and your husband have a hobby together (kind of). I can't wait to see some of your stuff.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 02, 2005 1:19 PM

Hey Michelle! Thanks for the warm welcome! i do have a website if you want to view some of our work. Most of the site is a mess, but the beadwork page and glass page are both functional. i just have a had time finishing all the links some times...i don't really enjoy the website work, i'd rather be beading! hee hee. Anyhow, my site address is linked in my profile somewhere. Your totally welcome to check it out. We actually do this fulltime not as a hobby, but we don't get too much together time out of it! My husbands glass shop isn't connected to the house...and he works super long hours. Wei have a three year old, who takes up most of my time. Any other spare minute i may have goes into beading! :) One of these days i'd love to get into the lampworking too. Perhaps when our son starts school. Is this group always this slow or is it just because of the holidays? What kind of beadwork do you do? Are you working on any projects? Many blessings, ~tree  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Beautiful!!! January 05, 2005 8:22 AM

Tree, Your work is amazing. Do you sew all the hippie dresses as well? If I hadn't just spent all my money on a trip I would order one of those goddess pieces right now. As it is I will be keeping my eye on them. Well I gotta go unpack. Welcome and I look forward to getting to know you in this and other groups we're both in.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 05, 2005 12:56 PM

Thanks Brandee, Yah, i make everything on there except the glass, my hubby makes all of that. i've been trying to faze out the clothing, i'd just rather focus my energy on my beadwork. i just enjoy it more. i've had a bit of a creative block lately though. i need to start something new...but i'm just not really in the mood. Our weather has been so unseasonable warm here, that we've been outside hiking and playing almost every day. What type of beadwork do you do? i have a good friend that's going to school in Minnesota :) hee hee. How old is your little one, i just peeked at your profile. :) My son will be three at the end of the month. He's started beading too. At the beadshows we attend, the other venders always find him so cute they give him free beads. He almost has a nicer collection that me! He's got several lampworked artist beads, some of those peruvian ceramic ones, and a carved nut bead that looks like a horse! Lucky kid! Happy Beading! ~tree  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Hi Everybody! January 05, 2005 5:52 PM

My daughter and I both loooooove beads! My favorite beads are made from found objects. I like to take apart old Christmas ornaments, junked jewelry, toys, and whatever else strikes my fancy to make beads. It's great fun making beaded items out of natural products.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 06, 2005 5:31 AM

Hey Hannah! i would love to see some of your 'found object' jewelry! We collected shells and sea glass when we were visiting Maine this year. i love how many shells have a natural hole for stringing. What other kinds of things do you you use? i do alot of nature crafts with my son too, we covered pinecones with white glitter to put on our holiday tree. Then we covered some in peanutbutter and birdseed and decorated the trees outside with them. :) Okay, totally unrelated. My very well meaning Grandmother purchased an insane amount of beads for me for christams. i weighted the box and it's literally over 20lbs of beads. Problem is they are ALL plastic., not something i can use for my beading business. So i'm going to be making my grandmother alot of stuff out of these beads, i'll be making her a necklace and bracelet set probably ever year for the rest of her life. Does anyone have any other suggestions for projects using plastic beads? They look like fake swarvarski crystals ...i have every color imaginable. help! ~tree  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 06, 2005 7:29 PM

Hi again and thanks for the warm welcome. I would love to show you a picture of some of our projects, but am not sure how to go about it. I just learned yesterday how to paste an internet picture onto my post, but that's about it. I'm just an amateur and don't really know much about the technical terms and tools used by professionals. I have a lot of fun though. We have used berries, nut shells, nuts, amber, twigs, and feathers in our beading. These were all found in the forest nearby. Usually, any unnatural found object that I use comes from yard sales and friends' junk collections. I understand about well-meaning relatives. My daughter is given plastic beads for every holiday and has amassed an enormous collection. Luckily, she absolutely adores using them and gifts out the finished products to our friends and family. I know the type of beads you are talking about and found a use for them as well. Someone bought me a couple pounds of red ones awhile ago and I actually found a beautiful design for them. It was in a really hip eco-fashions catalog. I will see if I can find the name of it. Anyway, I decided to copy the design and it worked out perfectly. The original necklace was about $100.00 and was just some type of silk or satin thread with those beads that you mentioned. They were probably glass or gems, though. I used red embroidery floss and a simple crochet loop that you can do with your fingers. I made the beads spiral around about every half an inch. I had to pull an individual thread from the floss each time to thread the bead. I really wish I knew some technical jargon. Anyway, it came out really well. I made enough for friends and family and gave them away every chance I could. I have one of the necklaces left that I decided to keep for myself because it was one of the first practice attempts. I could show you what it looks like if I ever figure the pics out. I still have some of those beads left in my sewing box. LOL.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 January 08, 2005 6:27 AM

Oh oh!!! i really want to see those crocheted necklaces! Can you upload a picture to your care2 photo album? It's really easy, it's just like uploading your avatar. You gave me some ideas too...i bet i could make some crocheted beaded purses too...and headbands!! i know what everyone is getting for christmas next year! hee hee :)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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