Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Two New "Reads" Captivate Me

Bead and Button Magazine.  I've raved about it before, and today is no different.  I received my latest issue (Dec 2004) last week, but today was the first day I had the luxury of leafing through it, and dropping my jaw in pure awe.

Featured in this month's issue is a stunning crocheted and beaded bowl designed by Carol Ventura -- renown for the tapestry Crochet technique.  In reading her pattern that coincides with the beading technique, I can see myself getting drawn into brainstorming ... into coming up with a wealth of possibilities of designs created easily with the technique she describes in this issue. (excuse me for a moment while I wipe my chin of excess drool.)

For more information about this fantastic magazine, you can visit their official website at Color Works: The Crafter's Guide to or if you'd like to subscribe to it and save some money at the same time, you can visit the website known as .

 I've also been reading the book, Color Works: The Crafter's Guide to Color, and just love it!  This book was created for the fiber artist in all of us -- and helps explain the relationships hue, contrast, and more have to do with color, and how they react to each other.  I'm really looking forward to learning why certain colors work together rather than by going by intuition.  I think knowing how the relationships between colors work will help me in future projects I create. J

PS: I chatted with my Mom on the phone tonight and let the cat out of the bag ... I told her how I secretly submitted one of her afghans for judging this past summer, and revealed what the judge had to say. She seemed happy to hear the news although there were no ribbons awarded. (Alright Mom!)

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