Fourth Annual Swap n Hop-My Beads Have Arrived


After a delay, thanks to the landslide on our road being fixed, I finally received a wonderful package from Linda Anderson.

This is the fourth annual Bead Peeps Swap n Hop. My partner, Linda Anderson, organized it. Linda matched the participants with partners. We sent each other beads to create jewelry.

Linda sent me a very pretty variety of beads and other items for making jewelry. She included some beautiful silk, pearls, Czech beads, tiger eye, and some square crystals. The focal piece is ceramic, made by Michelle McCarthy.

I love the colors of turquoise, brown, gold, and a little silver. I see a bracelet for my cousin in my future. She loves bling and bracelets. The square crystals are perfect for this. The ceramic owl will be a great focal of a necklace. There are plenty of beads for earrings for my sisters. I am not sure what to do with the silk. The reveal will be on March 26. I need to get busy!


About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, Gay Massender, Kris Schaible, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. In September, 2016 I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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4 Responses to Fourth Annual Swap n Hop-My Beads Have Arrived

  1. Dry Gulch says:

    Love the little owl – can’t wait to see the finished pieces!

  2. jewelsofsayuri says:

    Pretty stuff!! you can use the yellow beads and link up to the Honey Do challenge too for that is the theme of this month

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