Friday, December 6, 2013

Into the Big Time

Kimmie here:

I am completely chuffed, thrilled, and excited to announce that I will be teaching at Bead&Button Show 2014!!

Joan created a special version of her charming, first-place-winning Robot Party beads for me to build a class around. Here's a photo of our Party-On Robot pendant!

Don't you love that control panel, those colors?!

The beadwork here is basically a cabochon setting holding the control panel piece, peyote stitch around a foundation of modified right-angle weave; the RAW gives it a uniquely graphic look:

It's a simple project, suitable for an intrepid beginner, and students should be able to finish it in a single 3-hour class session!

The print version of the class catalog is out now, and online browsing for classes will begin December 10. Class registration begins January 7. There are only 12 spaces for this class (Friday June 6, 5-8pm), so get in there early!

Not going to the Bead&Button show? Joan and I will be offering this kit online soon.
If you are interested in ordering or pre-ordering, do let us know--contact Joan through her website,

We are also thinking about a more advanced version of the robot kit, with different types of arm/leg constructions. Sound good?

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dancing Doll KITS!

Kimmie here--

How's this for collaboration?

Joan and I have come up with seed bead kits so you can make your own Tiny Dancer pendant!

Joan is making these marvelous heads and body beads to wear the seed-beaded tutu dress, and as you can see they are perfectly charming. We are offering white, black, and pink ballerinas to start. The kit includes ballerina parts, needles, thread, beads, wire, and a jump ring. It is suitable for an adventurous beginner who is familiar with peyote stitch. There is a little wire-working involved; you will need to make two wrapped loops and open and close a jump ring.

Want to pick your own colors? You can order the parts and instructions separately, too.

We can't wait to see your creations!

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A little bit of history on the doll pendants.  My first doll faces were made for Penny Michelle's "Heavenly Body" component.  These are some of my first faces and the beginning of the doll series(my best guess is this was about 2003.)
I first met Kim Van Antwerp through Penny Michelle.  Couple of important milestones in the evolution of the dolls.  Kimmie designs the first beaded dress for the bunny component.
Which inspires my porcelain dresses for the "Bead Critters" 
The shoes from Imelda Caterpillar are now being used with the dresses.One more happy accident and we're almost there.
Penny and I develop a vertical caterpillar which now gives us an arm component. We also had witch hats that we were using on pumpkin beads. The concept of a doll was born out of the parts.  One day I put it all together and we had the first doll pendant.  I can not put my hands on the pic of the very first witch but here is one of her descendants. 
The beaded ballerina kits represent one of those full circle moments in life.  I am so thrilled to be working with Kimmie on this "new" aspect of the doll pendant.  True collaboration is so much more fun than working solo and as you can see by the timeline here it can also keep you going for years.