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” didn’t seem like the right … Continue reading Stringing buttons in chains

Button and Netting Necklace

There’s 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 I really like her needle-and-thread … Continue reading Button and Netting Necklace

The What Now Necklace

The word panels in this necklace are made from shrink plastic that I stamped and hole-punched before baking. This necklace was made as a sign of solidarity with a friend who was struggling with office politics at work. She would often call with her struggles and I would try to help her put it in perspective. This necklace was my statement that “it’s always something.” Continue reading The What Now Necklace