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Posts Tagged ‘Beading’

Meet Road 2018 Vendor and Teacher i-bead.com

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Beadwork – the art of using glass beads to embellish fabric art, jewelry, and other personal items – is as popular as ever.

For over 20 years, Amy Kupser of i-bead.com, has been creating unique bead designs and art applique patterns and kits that she shares with the world—including Road to California. i-bead.com specializes in offering kits that are easy to put together and ready to go. They are perfect to take along on road trips. Most of the fabrics in the quilt kits come from either Sew Batik or Anthology.  The beads Amy uses in her kits come from all over the world. Some of the beads featured in her booth were from Japan as well as some glass, hand-pressed buttons from the Czech Republic.   Road 2018 was i-bead.com’s 5th time vending at the show.  Sharing space with Amy in the i-bead.com booth was Cloud—a white shepherd medical alert dog that adores children. Cloud was modeling one of i-bead.com’s dog collars that are handwoven and fair traded from the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula.   In addition to vending, Amy also taught three popular bead classes at Road 2018:

Empress Bracelet

Celtic Dance Bracelet

Just a Little Snippy

“Beading is not as hard as you think,” remarked Amy who loves to share her knowledge and joy of beading at shows, bead retreats, bead escapes and bead cruises. A fun way to embellish jewelry and quilt designs, is to add BRANCH FRINGE. Amy has developed an easy method for using this technique. Simply add beads to desired length for the fringe. Go back up to where you want the first “branch.” It is usually 4 – 6 beads or more depending on how dense you want your fringe to be. Continue until you have the number of branches you want. Adding a larger or unique bead to the end of each branch gives added dimension. Also try creating branches in different colors. To learn more about i-bead.com or to get information about joining Amy for one of her bead adventures, please visit her website.  ]]>

Comic-Con Meets Road to California

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Do you know Comic-Con?

Comic-Con International-San Diego is the premier convention dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art-forms. It celebrates the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. Comic-Con began in 1970 when a group of comics, movie, and science fiction fans banded together to put on the first comic book convention—a one day affair in San Diego, California. Today, Comic-Con has grown to a four-day extravaganza, attracting over 140,000 visitors!!! [caption id="attachment_5031" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Photo Credit: Comic-Con[/caption]

What does Comic-Con and Road to California have in common?

Creative artists interested in furthering their passion.

Four Comic-Con employees spent a day at Road 2017 getting inspiration. Leslie, Pam, Robin, and Mary are all sewists and met through their work with Comic-Con. [caption id="attachment_5035" align="aligncenter" width="625"] Comic-Con Friends (L to R) Mary, Robin, Pam, and Leslie.[/caption] They also share an interest in beading and making ball-jointed dolls.   Robin who is Vice-President in Comic-Con’s Events Division, and herself a master level costumer, was attending a gem fair in San Diego in 2016 when a vendor there (who knew Robin sewed), suggested Robin would enjoy going to Road to California. Robin contacted Pam, Leslie and Mary and the four co-workers drove up from San Diego to spend the day at Road to California. What did they think about Road 2017? “It’s been awesome,” said Robin. They all enjoyed looking at and purchasing sewing machines, sewing tables, fabric and notions. The four women all commented how they liked the variety of vendors, especially those with their own fabric lines. Mary commented how she liked how there were “different styles in different booths.” Pam shared her experience of the show: “I wasn’t sure what to expect.” She was most impressed with vendors selling “art, not simply retail.” Many of Comic-Con’s visitors create their own costumes of their favorite comic book character ans wear them to the conventions. [caption id="attachment_5034" align="aligncenter" width="980"] Photo Credit: NASA[/caption] The women remarked how much their visitors would benefit from coming to Road to get ideas and supplies to make future costumes. They plan on spreading the word that comic book fans and quilt fans indeed have a lot in common.  ]]>

Meet Road 2017 Faculty: Rose Mary Jameson

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Rose Mary Jameson will be teaching 4018R Laguna Crochet Necklace on Thursdaylaguna-crochet-necklace

5019R   Bead Embroidered Needle Case on Fridaybead-embroidered-needle-case

 6019R   Beaded Felted Cuff on Saturday beaded-felted-cuff

And 7012R   Infinity Button Bracelet on Sundayinfinity-button-bracelet

Rose Mary Jameson is all about reinvention. A graduate of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), she began a custom design business, working in Ultrasuede for professional women and then later, designing bridal gowns.rose-mary When a local ice skating rink opened, she connected with the first coaches and showed them a few costume design ideas. For more than seventeen years, she designed costumes covered with Swarovski crystals and sequins for competitive skaters and a few pros who traveled the world. When the rink closed and the skaters moved away, Rose Mary replaced the ice with the dance floor and began to have the same relationship with dancers. [caption id="attachment_4357" align="aligncenter" width="398"]Costume for Cirque 1 Costume for Cirque 1[/caption] Following the opening of a large quilt and bead store, Monica’s Quilt and Bead Creations in Palm Desert, California, Rose Mary approached the owner, armed with her designs and an idea. As a result, Rose Mary has been a teacher, pattern designer and consultant for the store for over 10 years. Her adventures have included best-selling patterns, such as the Twirly Batik Skirt she developed in 2009.14b6ed_bc066a1e06a8517d7a58e1d23477cb05 Inspiration for Rose Mary’s bead designs come from “everywhere:” birds and flowers, architecture, the beach, and current fashion trends. She writes her ideas down in a journal, along with a quick sketch, notes on color combinations, or ways to wear a piece. [caption id="attachment_4358" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Rose Mary made this necklace for her daughter's wedding. Rose Mary made this necklace for her daughter’s wedding.[/caption] Rose Mary is not a new face to Road to California. She has taught several Roundabout events in the past, meeting lots of fun and creative people. “I always love being in a good space where there is creative energy and Road is certainly one of those places.” Although most guests come to Road for the quilting, Rose Mary feels that “having a little diversion could prove to be great inspiration.” She hopes that by the guests getting their hands into something a little bit unusual, perhaps their brains will start to think in different ways, leading to more excitement with their first love, quilting. Rose Mary knows many quilters who love to bead, paint and write and thinks it is “healthy to know and practice our art with diverse group of skills.” Who should attend one of Rose Mary’s classes at Road 2017?  “Anyone who might like to learn more about the art of bead-weaving or adding a little bit of bling to their lives or to their quilts. And who doesn’t like a little bit of sparkle now and again?” Rose Mary says that quilting skills translate easily into this medium and that she is looking forward to sharing with her students the “many ideas that are swirling around in my head.” She enjoys watching her students play with her ideas. “Helping others realize they might already have the skills needed to create something from a little stash of beads is always heartwarming.” You can learn more about Rose Mary Jameson on her website, Sewfast Design, or on her blog, Sewfast Beader. .  ]]>