Saturday, July 30, 2011

kits, kits, and more kits

First off, I just wanted to say that I usually am not the kind of person who buys kits from other bead artist, or at least I thought I wasn't. Being there in on Met the Artist night at the Bead and Button conference changed my ideas. I bought so many kits! I think I came home with a dozen different kits from 6 different artist. I've been working my way through them and have only completed 3 of them. I wish I didn't work full time so I can devote more hours each day to learning new bead weaving techniques.

This first picture is not of a kit purchase on Met the Artist night, but from the kit from Carol Wilcox Well's Master class. This is the third necklace in the series and by far the most time consuming one. I have completed the first two partially in class and finishing in my hotel room in the evenings. But this third necklace was a bit more exact with right angle weave techniques I had to stop and take my time to master. I love the look of this necklace and have worn it many times, but now the ring has stretched out so that it will not properly fasten. I'm going to have to either go back and tighten up the ring or figure out a way to secure a hidden snap into this lovely design.

Speaking of lovely, I just adore the kit I bought from Beki called Julz Spiral Cuff. All the crystals and pearls just add to the beauty of this design. Here is a LINK to some of Beki's kits. Aren't they lovely??? I've been lucky enough to have taken two previous classes with Beki so while I'm reading her instructions, I can actually hear her voice.

The other two kits that I completed were Nikia Angel from BuyTheKit. Here is the LINK to see all of marvelous kits Nikia has to offer. I had so much fun doing the Kaleidoscope bracelet with all those crystals that are my favorite colors. I've never had the opportunity to take a class with Nikia, but I'm sure it would just be so much fun.

Right now I'm working on another kit that I bought from Melanie Potter. Here is the LINK to her kits. I have taken this one bracelet apart so many times, that I don't even have to look at her fantastic instructions to repeat it over and over again until I get it to look just right. Hopefully, I can get that one figured out soon so I can dig into the bag and pull out another kit to work on.


Kristen said...

WOW I wish I had those kits but your beading is just as amazing!

abeadlady said...

Dot, I've had the pleasure of taking classes from both Beki and Nikia. What a treat! Love their work and their kits! Looks like you are having lots of fun.

Dragonfly Creations said...

Hello Dot
Thank you for visiting my blog. I am thrilled to be part of the Bead Soup Party.
Your beadwork is wonderful, I dream of one day being able to attend a Bead Show in the States.