Now I’m “In the Zone,” Way “Down Under”!
Read my interview in a great Australian Arts Blog

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



I’m in Fiber Art Now!
Fall 2012 issue is available now at Barnes & Noble stores

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?



Fall Classes!! Full Speed Ahead
Have Beads, will Travel…

Fall is my favorite season of the year. The cooling trend of the temperatures and the changing colors of trees and shrubs here in Pennsylvania wakes me up, helps me focus and stirs my creative juices. I’ve already traveled to the lovely town of Maryville, TN to provide a trunk show and workshop at the beautiful store of fellow designer/instructor (and all around delightful human being) Antje Gillingham.

Next week I’m heading up to Hartford, CT for another fabulous adventure at Stitches East, including a first for me: Following my regular Stitches classes (all SOLD OUT I’m afraid), I’m teaching a two-day ETC workshop on Monday and Tuesday, Oct 15 & 16. It’s called “Adventures in Bead Knitting Land” and I couldn’t be more excited to spend two whole days with the same group of students. We’ll knit, we’ll talk, we’ll explore the many facets of creative process and we’ll design and start original bead knitted projects. Heaven! And there’s still a bit of room for any late deciders. See here: Adventures in Bead Knitting Land

And on Nov 17 I’ll be in New York City teaching two workshops for the fabulous members of the Big Apple Knitting Guild. How lucky can you get?

I’ve already made some great new knitting friends in Tennessee and now I can’t wait to share some new techniques, see lots of old friends and make some new ones in the next few weeks. See! Fall IS great. :-)



Come Take a Class with Me Without Leaving Home!!
‘Brilliant Knit Beads’ Now Available on Craftsy.com

If you’d like to learn how to make and use my wonderful bead knit beads but can’t get to a group class, I can now bring this class directly to you! I worked with the great folks at Craftsy.com to film a new class entitled “Brilliant Knit Beads” and you can sign up and watch it in streaming video on your computer from the comfort of your own home. At your pace. On your time schedule. You can ask questions and I’ll answer them. AND……you can watch the class as many times as you’d like. Forever. Wow.

Brilliant Beads Title Card

Follow this link to view class previews and learn more:     Brilliant Knit Beads      Go now!  :-)

 



I’m Gonna Be In Pictures!!   Summer 2012
Look for my upcoming Bead Knitting Class on Craftsy.com

Craftsy Logo fullI’m really excited (and flattered! ) to announce that I have been asked to teach a  Bead Knitting video class for Craftsy.com. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this innovative new website, you need to check it out ASAP. Classes are streamed to students in full HD video with the kind of production values usually reserved for Hollywood! And their platform allows you to buy and then watch the video on your computer or mobile tablet as many times as you’d like, with access to the same functions as your TV’s DVR – pause, rewind, fast forward, etc. – FOREVER! You can also tag the video with reminders of places you’d like to revisit, post questions for the instructor and engage with the community of students who have also signed on for the class.  Welcome to  education, 21st century style!

The class will offer great basic bead knitting techniques as well as lots of variations on my fun, fabulous (and slightly addictive…) bead knitted beads. I’ll be filming in Denver in early June and will post an update about the class launch date as soon as I have it. Now you can take one of my classes from the comfort of your own home! What will they think of next?

Visit Craftsy.com



Yarnings Shop to Host Workshop, Book Signing, Trunk Show & Sale
Friday & Saturday, May 18 & 19,2012 in Skippack, PA

An exciting weekend is coming up in my local area! Yarnings is a beautiful yarn shop in Skippack, PA, about 30 minutes north of Philadelphia. On Friday evening May 18, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, they are hosting a book signing, trunk show and sale of jewelry. You’ll be able to buy my book, Betsy Beads, view selected pieces from the book and I’m also bringing along lots of One-of-a-Kind and Limited Edition jewelry that will be available for sale. The following day, Saturday May 19, I’ll be teaching my Design & Knit Beaded Bracelet class  from 9 – 4 pm and the Trunk Show and Sale will continue. And of course you’ll be able to take a gander at all the fabulous fiber that Yarnings has to offer. Stop by and say hello!

 

             

For directions to the shop and further information, visit the Yarnings website



New Website!!

With the publication of my new book and so many exciting opportunities coming up in the future, I decided that it was the perfect time to “freshen up” the website.

More news, more pictures, more links to resources and friends and, believe it or not, I’ve decided to tiptoe into the social media universe. (read Brave New World, below.)

Who says you can’t teach an old dog….? Look around! As always, I’m happy to hear what you think.



Next Stop? Stitches Midwest
August 9-12, 2012 Schaumburg, IL

If I decide to leave my cozy summer cabin in Maine in August ( and miss my husband’s birthday this year! ), it must be for a good reason and Stitches Midwest IS a good reason. Betsy Beads will again be available for sale in the fabulous Stitches Market where I’ll be doing book signings and demos. Even more Market vendors will have kits with all of the fibers, beads and findings for creating some of the most popular projects from the book. Look for a large listing of these vendors in the XRX booth as you enter the Market. When I’m not teaching classes or in the Market, look for me in one of the hotel’s many relaxing nooks and crannies that are perfect for knitting and making new friends.

Hope you’ll find me and say hello. More info and class registration here: Stitches MIDWEST