Sep 26, 2018

Float Away Today on Facebook Live

Well, it's almost 10:30am Pacific Time on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 and Kate and Emily are going live with a favorite project. Today's sample is part of our Float Away Series. It uses many of Emily's favorite colors and is knotted on Size 6 Griffin Silk. What a treat!
Emily's Float
For those who love cooler colors (especially blues!), we have an alternate colorway that we'll be making live today. 

We're calling this blue and silver beauty, "Lovely Emily"...with her lovely blue eyes and gorgeous, silver hair.
Sample Ingredients used:

2 Strands of 6mm Blue Calico
1 Tube Size 6/0 Seed Beads in Dyed Silver Lined Blue Zircon 6-1425

After Facebook Live, we will publish the project. Thanks for your patience. Happy beading!

Sep 19, 2018

The Best of FB Live...Laddering and Infinity Stitch

It's Wednesday, and Miss Kate is on vacation! I hope she's relaxing, doesn't she deserve it?

As you know, we took a break with our FB Lives and had been re-posting some oldies-but-goodies instead, along with our usual special sale and some new ideas for the project. So, here's one more "Best of" blog to get us through Kate's vacation week!

So let's take a peek back at what is known for: Laddering!  You can ladder with just about anything, but we like to keep it simple with Tricks to Laddering. My mother always told me to use "the KISS method" when designing and crafting...have you heard of it? With a sly smile she'd say "K-I-S-S...Keep It Simple, Stupid!" It always cracks me up! But, it really is good advice...there is a real beauty to simplicity.
Happy beading!

Personally, I like to use KO thread doubled and Infinity Stitch when I ladder. I also decided to add a briolette instead of a charm, because I just love briolettes and can't get enough!


1 Button Eyes- Copper
1 Spool KO Thread Natural
1 Pkg 1.5mm Metallic Pyrite Indian Leather
1 Strand 6mm Fossil Coral Rounds
1 Strand 4mm Fossil Coral Rounds
1 Strand 4mm Jet Bronze Picasso
1 Pyrite Briolette and 26G Vintage Bronze ParaWire


Organic Bee Button- Antique Silver
1 Spool KO Thread- Dark Grey
1 Pkg 1.5mm Surfer Cord- Gray
1 Strand 6mm Labradorite
1 Strand Shadows-Silver Plate
1 Strand 4mm Jonquil
Lemon Quartz Briolette and 26G Titanium ParaWire

Sep 5, 2018

Evening Time... a lovely counterpoint to Tea Time

Today is our first day back doing Facebook after a month-long hiatus. Kate is sharing a new bead from Dakota Stones: the Double Drilled. These are just so gorgeous!
We'll tell you all about them on the air today, but right now we want to share with you the new color palette that Kate picked out last minute, in case you want to go with this one. It's called Evening Time and it's intended to be a nice balance to Tea Time. This take is done with the Czech glass carrier bead. Isn't it fun?

Kate used:

2 Strands of 6mm Matte Aventurine
1 Strand of Matte Double Drill 
1 Strand 4mm Polychrome Aqua Teal
1 Strand 5mm Mustard Rondelles
1 Strand 10mm Green Turquoise Picasso English Cuts
1 Strand 3mm Ultra Luster Opaque Green Melons
1 Tube 8-4213F Galvanized Dark Mauve Matte
1 Antique Copper 2 Loop Vertical Cleo Clasp
1 Pkg Antique Copper Tierra Heishi

We'll be sure to post photos after the show, along with tools and stringing supplies you need. But for now, let's watch the show!

Flash Sale Friday...get creative!

Last week Kate went shopping for some special strands at a local gem show, and she brought back six stone strands she couldn't live with...