by Sharon Alves
Everyone that knows me knows that I believe that everything goes better with beads. You can never have too many beads.
In 2008 I saw the most incredible beaded piece by Larkin Van Horn. I was so enamored with the piece that I signed up for her class and flew to Washington to take the class. Needless to say, I was instantly smitten with beading on fabric. Beading on fabric has become as much of an addiction as quilting is for me.
In the beginning I didn’t wish to over do the beading.
This was my first piece after Larkin’s class. I belonged to a monthly journal group at the time. Our theme for the month was music. I just couldn’t stop myself!
I audition my beads just like I audition the fabrics for my quilts.
Now I am creating beaded cuffs with bead embroidery. This is a fun process that you can just lose yourself in. What could be better – beads and shiny objects? Then you get to wear it and be a bit flashy.
Now, here’s my news. I decided that I would teach a workshop for beading on fabric at our Artistic Alchemy retreat. I will have a bead packet ready for you to use. All you need to do is show up with a pair of scissors. We will do this in the evenings after dinner. You just need to sign up in advance so I know how many kits to prepare.
Until next month…….. Happy quilting and beading!!!