Stringing buttons in chains

This week I had visitors in my studio…Katie (“I’m 5.” “No, you’re 4 and a half.”) and her younger sister Isabelle. Looking around my stash to find playthings, my eyes landed on my sorted buttons. I dumped the bags of blue and brown buttons into one bin, and immediately Katie said, “Why are you doing that?” “To keep you occupied” …

Button and Netting Necklace

There‚Äôs nothing like a new craft book to get me motivated and scurrying off to my studio. A few weeks ago, I received a copy of beader extraordinaire Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving: Jewelry Lavished with Fringe, Fronds, Lacework & More (Beadweaving Master Class Series). I took a class from Laura several years ago through the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, and …