For the first time ever I am offering several of my One-of-a-Kind jewelry pieces for sale online. These pieces are from my earlier years as a designer and I remain proud of them all. But it is time to let them go as I develop and show newer work. As a result, all are deeply discounted from their original retail prices – at least 50%!! – and being offered as FINAL SALE. No returns will be accepted. Each piece comes with a signature, custom made, satin Studio B pouch that coordinates with your chosen piece. Perfect for gift giving AND safe storage.
Click on over to the Studio B Store to view additional pieces, original and sale prices, multiple images and purchase the pieces directly from the store. Contact me via email with any additional questions.
The Holidays are coming! Just sayin’……. Studio B Store
I’m getting ready to head out to Stitches West in Santa Clara and so excited to be teaching at this amazing Expo once again. My 7th year! (It certainly doesn’t hurt that it will be at least 50 degrees warmer than it has been here on the East Coast this week!) See you there! SOON.
I’m also thrilled to share that I have been invited to teach for the first time at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, a fiber institution here on the East coast since 1974! Registration for classes is now open and you can sign up for all festival fiber workshops HERE. The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 & 3, 2015. The MDSW website doesn’t have class related photos so if you’d like to SEE what we’ll be doing in class, you can link over to my Ravelry Group where there are lots of fun things to read about and look at or just link directly to my MDSW schedule (with visual aids!) HERE. I hope to see you in Maryland in the spring. It will be warmer then. ;-)
I am very excited to share with you that my bead knitted scarf (shown above) is going to be raffled at the upcoming Stitches Midwest Expo (8/7 – 8/10/14) as a fundraiser for Halos of Hope, a charitable organization I’ve written about before and that is truly worthy of our support.
But I wouldn’t “tease” this raffle if there weren’t a way that all of you could have a chance to win the scarf, whether you can attend the Expo or not. Good news! Raffle tickets, at $5 each, which will be available at the event, are now also available for purchase online here: “Celebration of Hope” Scarf Raffle.
Know that you must purchase your online tickets no later than August 3 for them to be included in the raffle!!
You can learn more about the work of Halos of Hope HERE Continue reading
It is the season of giving and I’m hoping some of you may have something left over after your holiday shopping to help support Halos of Hope, a truly deserving organization that was founded by cancer survivor Pam Haschke, who is doing amazing work with an all volunteer staff. These are people we can all admire.
You can read more about Halos HERE, but the short story is that they collect hand knitted and crocheted chemo hats and caps to send to cancer patients around the country. Folks continue to be truly generous in making and donating hats but the organization still must bear the not insignificant expense of shipping out the hats to over 180 centers around the country. So fundraising is CRUCIAL! They’re always happy to receive cash donations but also sell lots of wonderful hat patterns on their website for folks to use to make these much needed, much loved creations.
Here’s where I come in. :-) Several years ago Vogue Knitting sponsored a contest to help promote breast cancer awareness, asking knitters to design scarves towards that end. I submitted my first original bead knitted design, a cashmere scarf covered in pink beaded logo ribbons and was thrilled to win the grand prize in the Mixed Media category. For years I made the pattern available as a free download on my website. I have now decided to put the pattern to more productive use and have donated it to Halos of Hope, where 100% of the proceeds will go to support their work.
If you want to read a bit more about the story behind the scarf, my good friend Benjamin Levisay, who sits on Halos Board, kindly wrote a blog entry about it. You can read it HERE. If you would like to purchase a pattern to make the scarf or any of Halos’ wonderful hat designs, you can look at and buy them HERE.
I hope that some of you will consider supporting Halos of Hope in whatever way you can. Knitting a single hat makes a difference. Buying a pattern makes a difference. A donation of any amount makes a difference. Bottom line? We can all make a difference.
Thank you and happy holidays to all! <3
It always makes me happy when my classes sell out when I teach around the country. Apparently not everyone feels the same way… More and more, I have students telling me how UNhappy they are because they have been unable to enroll in my Stitches classes because they sell out so quickly. Sorry! Kind of… I guess… ;-)
But for awhile at least, as of today (12/9/2013), there are still places available in all four of my classes at Stitches South this coming April 2014. Are you a Bead Knitting newbie? Check out my “Bead Knitting Sampler Class”. Want to learn my new ABACUS bead knitting technique and make a bracelet in class? Then “Get Hooked on ABACUS Bead Knitting!” is the class for you. Are you the kind of knitter who wants not only to make a bead knitted jewelry project but wants to know all of the design secrets as well? Spend the whole day with me in the “Betsy’s Beaded Bracelet” class. Or take your bead knitting to the next level by joining me for “Be a Bead Knitting Show Off” and learn how to analyze and work beads into your favorite mixed-stitch patterns.
This year Stitches South is being held at a brand new venue that we are all really excited about. Get all of the Stitches South 2014 details HERE and I hope to see you in April. Don’t get closed out this time!
Tick tock, tick tock…
I’m thrilled to announce that the new Studio B Knits Shop is open for business. We’ve turned on the lights, unlocked the door and I hope you’ll come on over and take a look around. You can simply click on the “STORE” Navigation Link on the left side of this page or click here: Studio B Knits Shop.
What will you find there, you ask?
Patterns and Materials Kits to create my new line of ABACUS bead knit jewelry, like the “Sine Curve” Bracelet on the left and the “Cat’s Eye” Necklace on the right:
And Limited Edition Jewelry like these Slider Bracelets and Bead Balls for necklaces:
And the store is open 24/7. Just so you can shop in your pajamas. Doesn’t everyone? ;-)
Heading off next week to another wonderful Stitches South Expo in Atlanta, GA. Teaching classes, doing some book signings and demos in the Marketplace and meeting lots of friends, old and new. Going down south in the Spring! What could be better?
Stitches South 2013 Info
Many of you already know that I am a huge fan of the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat held each February in Tacoma, Washington. The founder of this retreat, Suzanne Pedersen is an ardent supporter of the fiber world and a true nurturer of all of us who work in and love this world. She is always looking for ways to help us along our path, asking thought provoking questions, providing platforms so that we may share our ideas and creativity and making us feel valued in oh so many ways. I could not be more excited to share that I will be leading a Madrona Fiber Arts Spring Workshop: Adventures in Bead Knitting Design , a three day Design and Creativity workshop at Suzanne’s home this May.
From what I have been told by others who have taught or attended Suzanne’s workshops, you WANT to be there. In addition to the ample time we’ll have to work (and play!) together, know that classes are held at Suzanne’s beautiful lodge style home in the Cascade Foothills just 30 minutes from downtown Seattle. If commuting is not possible for you, there is limited space to stay FOR FREE (!) at Suzanne’s and other accommodations are close by. And I hear the food is amazing! Can’t beat that!
For full class descriptions, costs and to register for the workshop: Contact Suzanne at Suzanne@madronafiberarts.com or 425-222-3554. Remember the class size is limited. Would love to see some of you there!
Madrona Fiber Arts
One thing I know for sure is that I will be in California for Stitches West from February 21-24. And see those little “ETC” dates, Feb 25-26 on the image above? I’ve been invited to stay after the regular Stitches event to teach a two day workshop entitled “Adventures in Bead Knitting Land.” So while all of my regular Stitches classes are already sold out, (thanks students!!) there is still room in the ETC workshop. Here are some photos of the things we’ll be working on. Trust me –
it’s SO much fun!!
Click on this link Stitches West ETC for more information.
Do any of you remember the old military recruiting slogan that said “Join the Navy! See the world!”? Today I’m feeling like the slogan should read, “Become a knitter! Make friends around the world!” Over the last few months, mostly due to the release of my book, and my class on Craftsy.com, I have discovered that I have a lot of new friends all around the world. I’ve gotten wonderful emails from Denmark. I read lovely posts to my Betsy Beads Ravelry Group from London. I even discovered a picture of the cover of Betsy Beads in the middle of a Russian blog written all in Cyrillic! And now I can share a new interview I was asked to do for an Arts organization in Melbourne, Australia! Deborah Blakeley, the head of Zone One Arts in Melbourne was a treat to work with and her blog is interesting, informative and inspirational. Check out my interview from the link below and then spend some time wandering around the site, getting to know some truly unique and exciting artists. Thank you Deborah! I’m honored to have my work showcased on your site. Now all I need is someone to invite me “down-under” to teach…
Betsy’s Interview on Zone One Arts
What a wonderful surprise when Marcia Young, the Editor-In-Chief of the magazine Fiber Art Now called me this summer to tell me she was interested in featuring my work in her magazine. Those of you who know me are aware of my life-long struggles with the meaning and significance of “A” words like art and artistic, etc. So to have been asked to write an article about my creative process and submit pictures of my work for publication in a magazine with “ART” in the title feels like quite something. I think the “something” is proud. Life is full of surprises, isn’t it?