This past weekend the Whole Bead Show and Soft Flex Company Glass Art & Bead Festival were in my neck of the woods. If you can imagine the woods having tons of towering skyscrapers, too many people on the subways and the Statue of Liberty. The Whole Bead Show was much bigger, crazier than the Soft Flex Festival which was more intimate and personal. I got some REALLY cool Raku Clay beads from Lisa Peters and some copper and brass pieces from Kabela Design at the Soft Flex Show and my favorite little turquoise and silver beads from Hands of the Hills at the Whole Bead show. I forgot to take a picture of these, so I will post more about these another time.
Right now I would like to wax poetic* about Elizabeth Knodle. She is the terrific lady who taught classes at the Whole Bead Show in NYC back in March. I took her free form wire bracelet class and have been making my own version every since. (Read: Oops, messed that one up too! I’ll just call it unique.) In fact, I think she teaches the classes wherever the Whole Bead Show goes, which seems like everywhere. She lives in Dallas, has her jewelry designs in galleries all over and has been teaching art and jewelry for decades and decades. She’s won awards too. If you go to this link and scroll down, it has a bit of a biography about her and her work. What a lady!http://www.sanfranciscoartscrafts.com/Classes.pdf
In my first class with her she was telling us about buying rawhide hammers. "Make sure you get a real rawhide hammer", she said, " If they try to sell you a fake one, you say, ‘No!’".
She has a bright fire about her and is so much fun. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her, DO IT. If I lived near Dallas, I would take classes from her all the time.
In this past weekend’s class, we learned how to make the multi-strand Pearl Petals one of the new designs she came up with for this round of shows. I learned what a surgeon’s knot and a small french knot is. I used a needle and thread! I am still shaking a little.
Elizabeth puts all the kits together and we get to pick the one we want. Each one is different. I went blue this time. The color of the focal bead is so vibrant! It doesn’t quite show in the picture below. But here it is. My version** of the great Elizabeth Knodle’s Pearl Petals.
*Poetic is subjective
** Oops, I mean, it’s unique!