Friday, August 14, 2009

I Am In Love With Fabric Beads

What fun I had today! I felt like a 5-year old because I had a play date with a good friend.

I belong to a Yahoo Group called "The Altered Art Divas." We are a small group and many of us have belonged to this group for over 5 years. Needless to say, we have become very close friends even though we may have never met in person. On Monday, I met one of the Divas, Bev, and we shopped in the Garment District of NYC (see previous post.)

Today, another Diva friend, Santa came over so that we could experiment making fabric beads together. This is something I have always wanted to do but I never got around to it. Knowing how much "stuff" we'd need to work on this project, I dragged a bunch of supplies down to the dining room so we'd have plenty of room to spread out.

Here are a couple of pictures of what was strewn all over the room.

Everything looked very neat to start with, but you should see what the room looks like now! We don't have earthquakes here in NJ but it looks as if one just shook the house.

It was great to bat ideas around with Santa and we explored and experimented the day away. Here's Santa busily gluing her bead.

A few months ago, I bought Fabulous Fabric Beads by Kristal Wick. I am a bookaholic as are many artists. However, I usually buy a book, look at it, promise myself that I'll make every project in the book, buy everything I need to make every project in the book, and then never get to it.

However, this book was exceptional. It kept calling to me and I could not ignore its siren song. The song kept getting louder and louder until I listened and I'm glad I did.
I suggest if you have any interest at all in making fabric beads, you purchase the book. I know Amazon has the book. If I've done everything correctly, you should be able to follow this link to see the book at Amazon. Once there, you'll be able to click on the cover of the book and see some of the inside pages.

The photography in the book is superior. I wish I could say the same about my photos, but unfortunately I found it extremely hard to get good photos of the beads even though I was using my brand new light box. I think it was because the beads are shiny. So this is the best picture I was able to get. If you click on it, you should be able to see more detail of the beads.
All in all, it was a great day. As an aside, since I have everything out, I am planning on making more beads in the days to come. I'll be sure to post pictures of any new beads I make.


  1. What fun! I love the blue and silver ones best! They're vivid and elegant - I can see many of them strung into a long garland for Hanakah decorations. The other beads are regal and rich!
    I was way off on my guesses and I didn't realize I was supposed to guess the guest - I would have guessed Santa since I know y'all are in the same state.
    Glad you got to play together - I know it was a blast!

  2. Judy these are wonderful! How fun! I would have never guessed beads with all that bounty spread out! OOOH- I think I feel a Diva swap for next year....
    Thanks for the tease and thanks for sharing!

  3. Ah, I wonder if you're gearing up for the diva rosary bead swap? It's always nice to hear of divas having fun together. Good job!


  4. Judy, what fun! The beads are beautiful, love them! I just have to know what was in those foil bricks. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Waaay cool beads. And, nothing beats playing with art friends! I look forward to seeing all the other beads you're going to make. Now, I wanna make fabric beads :~)

  6. Your beads are wonderful Judy. I may have to check out that book. So glad you had a fun play day with Santa. Art friends are the best!

  7. OK I think your post is going to create a fabric beading frenzy. The book looks awesome and inspiring. And Santa looks cute and right at home :)

  8. Hey Judy, Santa, and Blogsters!

    Thanks so much for your shout out of my book, Fabulous Fabric Beads. Your pics are fab and looks like a fun day with you 2 fabric divas! Wish I were there...

    Hey, great idea! Get your Diva Clan together for a weekend and fly me out for a fabric beadalicious journey. I travel worldwide and teach my techniques to guilds, private classes, quilting/beading clubs & groups of all kinds.

    We could also do a fabric bead swap and/or contest. Very fun!

    I have an offer for all you gals as well. You can purchase my book signed by me via my website: or you can get it on Amazon like Judy said.
    Either way,if you post a comment on about my book and email it to me along with your snail mail address, I'll send you FREE original Sassy Silky beads!!! We all love FREE, don't we?!!

    Feel free to check out my Bling Blog for some fun news and tidbits:

    I wish you all loads of fiberous finery in your creations and boundless inspiration!

  9. I just loved those beads and thank you so much for the large photos! I wanted to comment before I followed the link to say your beads look wonderful and I want to get this book! I could not see all of the ingredients on your table, but what is putting on the glitz and that large clear roll to the left? Sign me nosy in Sweden :)

  10. this would be great to do at our montly meetings!