Studio Musings

Friday, January 11, 2013

Upcoming Classes and Freeform Peyote Beading on Facebook

Fusion Bead's class schedule - with my Corset Beads!
I don't have a lot on my calendar right now in the way of classes, but I do have a couple of gigs coming up in February, both focusing on Beaded beads. 

Sunday, February 3rd I'll be teaching my Corset & Stays Beaded Beads in a three hour workshop at Fusion Beads.  They even included a picture of my beaded beads on the cover of their current class schedule.  How cool is that?

And on Tuesday, February 5th, the Northwest Polymer Clay Guild has invited me to be their guest speaker.  I'll be demoing my Caps and Stays beaded beads as a way to potentially showcase their members' handmade polymer clay beads.

Actually, the schedule says I'll be demoing my Corsets and Stays beaded beads, but I think the Caps and Stays are better when your base bead is something you really want to show off.  So I figure I'll cover both.

The sample here is simply one of my painted beads, but you can see how the beadweaving frames the view. 

Freeform Peyote Beading on Facebook

And on a Totally different topic, I've just set up a Facebook Page and a Facebook Group for Freeform Peyote Beading.  My hope is to create a gathering place for like-minded folk interested in the medium.  This morning I set up the Page, but then I started wondering if that's what I really wanted, since what I'm hoping for is to generate an ongoing conversation, so this afternoon I set up the Group while laughing at myself for my indecision. 

From what I can tell, Pages seem to corral everyone's comments besides the administrator into one box over on the right-hand side, while a Group lists everyone's contributions in a far more egalitarian manner, including them in the main timeline. 

Right now, both are pretty much empty - who am I kidding, they are empty.  But they won't stay that way for long.  I plan to spend some time working on them this weekend, but would love your input.

What would you like to see?  Do you have a preference - page or group?

And I'd love to see you join in, whether you're an accomplished freeform peyote artist, are just starting out, or are simply interested in the medium!   Right now they're awfully lonely. 


  1. Oh, I am excited about the freeform peyote facebook pages. I have been looking at tutorials and gallery images but have been too scared to actually try which is silly as I LOVE peyote. Please let us know the addresses as soon as you are ready.

    Bead Soup Mix

    1. Oops! I linked to both in my post, but I guess it wasn't obvious enough. Thanks for pointing that out. :)

      Freeform Peyote Beading's FB Page:

      The Group:

  2. Oh, I like the idea of freeform over polymer clay beads. I still have some that I made a zillion years ago -- I bet they'd love to come out and play.

    I'm excited about the freeform group! Once it gets a good membership -- and I'm sure that won't take long -- maybe we could discuss a freeform bead retreat? Those always sound like so much fun. :)