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How do they do that?

I'm sitting here at my computer, trying to keep myself focused on charting a new design, but my eye keeps wandering to the chair next to mine.  Nina is sitting at the other computer, editing a video, listening to some Japanese pop music and singing along!?!?  Earlier today she was experimenting with Garage Band, arranging the beat, the music, I don't even know what she was doing!    

I don't care what people say about the "youngsters of today".  (You know, about how great we were and how they just aren't the same).   I think these young people are wonderful!  They know so much, but still stay so curious to learn more.  They are citizens of the world and at the same time loving beings in their own homes.  




The E-Z Needlepoint-Ruler.  A ruler that counts stitches on needlepoint canvas.   There is a side for 10, 12, 14 and 18 count canvas.  Did you know about this? 


So before stocking it in our shop, I thought I would check to see if it's really as good as it says, and...

YES!  It's perfectly accurate.  I counted 93 and look at the ruler, it says 93!!  I'm in love!


Those Eyes, ahhhhhhh

They say it all.

We love you, Nomi.


A Harvest of Color and Dolci updates.....

The Adorn Hues Deluxe Package

We have just put together a whole slew of hand-picked, custom thread packs called AdornHues. Every delicious pack includes 6 thoughtfully coordinated, all-silk skeins. Each 8-ply skein measures 5 meters. 

All of these beautiful combinations are one of a kind. Buy a single, or treat yourself to a few, and give yourself some new color to play with! Also available is the deluxe box which includes over 60 skeins of color overload. 

In Dolci news: more beads back from our wonderful, specially trained finisher! Angela  is perfecting the art of the Dolci bead and taking it to levels of detail and consistency we could only have hoped for. Her work is amazing!  Contact info and pricing for her services will be included in your kits.  We just cannot get over how completely "on" her work is.

If you have not had a chance to sign up for the Dolci bead class, or if you just need more information, follow this link here.

Spots are filling up fast!


Free Gift and Finishing Details!

As a little something special for the holiday season, we had these wonderful little Adorn Travel Tape Measures made up. They are really handy---perfect to throw in your purse or travel bag.  We will include them with every order we send out to you, until supplies run out.
The Adorn Travel Tape Measure

AND for all you Dolci students --- wonderful news. If you normally go to a finisher with your needlepoint work, we wanted to make sure you had that option for the Dolci Cyberworkshop. SO-- we have secured a finisher for the Dolci class who, if you so choose, can complete the Dolci beads from the stitched canvas you send her. She's been carefully trained, does marvelous work ---- we could not be happier with her skill. We will include her contact, pricing and ordering information in every kit!

A sample from our trained Dolci Bead Finisher

Back in a bit!


The Awesome Days.

The holiest of the Jewish holidays begins tonight.  Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement. On this day we atone for the sins of the past year, we search our souls and ask forgiveness for our sins against God.  While this is most important, as we plea to God to inscribe our names in the Book of Life, I find the second part of our duties on this day to be most beautiful.  It is our duty to ask forgiveness for the sins we committed against our fellow human beings.  We are asked to shed our bad thoughts, our anger, our guilt, and to come with outstretched arms toward any person we may have mistreated, asking for forgiveness.  Doing this wholeheartedly has no perks.  It does not insure our fate in the coming year, it has nothing to do with our relationship with God.  This is between us and our neighbor, our family member, our perceived enemy.  We hear a lot about how forgiving someone who wronged us lifts a burden off our own shoulders, frees us from the weight of anger and hate.  These are not modern day concepts, they are at the center of this Holy Day, Yom Kippur.  We ask forgiveness, we forgive others and in doing so we free them and ourselves of the burden of anger and resentment.  We set forth into the coming year lighter, unburdened, and with a loving heart. 



Hello All!

We have decide to go into detail about the options for the new Dolci class, to answer any questions that may be out there.  Let's start off with what you guys like best: THREADS!

Any Option that includes threads in the title includes the following:

 12 skeins--- 2 metallics and the rest silk. It also comes with seed beads to do the sewn beadwork that
shows up on some of the individual designs.

There are two colorways, MOD and NOUVEAU. This is a MOD colorway Bead:


Mod is all about bright contrasts, purples, apple green, red, lilac. It's on the louder side. Bright, flashy, cheery.

This is a NOUVEAU colorway bead:


As you can see, these colors a little softer--teal, turquoise, browns, and tangerine. Elegant, refined. To see more of each colorway, check out the past two blog postings, go to the website or the product page and you will find many variations on the theme! It really is just two colorways, it's just different combinations!

Here you will see the eight bead patterns you are going to make. The picture shows some of both colorway, but there are eight distinctly different patterns:

The Eight Bead Designs for DOLCI: The Cyberclass

Now, onto the anything that contains "metal" in the title! In each Metal Kit you will receive professional jewelry tools such as round nosed wire wrapping pliers, flat nosed pliers and wire cutters. You will receive headpins, beads, jump rings and other jewelry findings which will be utilized in the finishing of the beads. This kit also comes with the seed beads that are used as accents on many of the individual designs.

Now Options:  To figure out which option is best for you, go to the cyberworkshop page. This page will give you detailed descriptions of each option. If an option lists "Threads" in the title, it includes all the threads for one colorway- Mod or Nouveau. If it lists "Metal" in the title, it includes all the things listed in the metal kit. If the title has Metal and Thread in the title, it includes a "Metal" kit, and a "Thread" kit in whatever colorway you choose!

Every option includes the Class Pass, which gets you into class! Each lesson will be posted in an easy to download, printable PDF for all students, no matter which option you choose.

*** We have also just added a Fifth option as requested by one lovely customer--just in case there wasn't enough to choose from! Option 5 is the Metal Kit and Both Colorway Kits--Mod AND Nouveau! So get all your supplies and roll around in all that silk, if you wish--you can make every bead you see, from beginning to end with this kit!


Congrats to Geeky Heather, who has won the latest "My Family" free giveaway kit! Please email us with your snail mail address and we will send you a wonderful array of threads to go with the latest free design.

Please feel free to post any and all questions you have about this class---we will answer any and all questions, and maybe your comment will help others out!


Modeling Jewels

Over the holidays, this past week, Shiri agreed to do some modeling for my Dolci bead jewelry.  Looking at her, so poised and beautiful, watching as she mothers Nomi with such love and gentleness, hearing her chat with Reid about legal "stuff" with the eloquence of a seasoned, sharp attorney,  I just about burst with pride!!

We also took a photo of a bunch of Dolci beads in Shiri's hands so that you can get a good idea of their size.  I think they are so beautiful bundled up in her hands, Yummy!


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