I remember Alice encouraging me to sign up for a Laura McCabe class, a two-day workshop that found me, still very much a novice, in way over my head. The woman across the table noticed that I was lagging behind and quietly demonstrated each step again. She was a life-saving tutor over those two days and became a good friend. I wouldn’t be surprised if our seating hadn’t been pre-arranged! That was Beadazzles. I took many more classes at Beadazzles, from both local and national teachers, and eventually, at Alice’s urging, taught some of my own designs at the store.
Alice immediately came to mind when I read Lori Anderson’s idea to dedicate a post on January 12th to honor someone who touched your life and made it better.
Since this is the last bead strand I purchased at Beadazzles, it was my first choice for this project. I remember when I was paying for that final purchase, the staff asked me if I was planning to use these as a whole strand, or individually. I definitely saw them used in pairs ... for earrings, or as accent pieces. Time to readjust my thinking! The tetradic colorway the beads suggest is challenging, and not for the fainthearted, but perfect for this necklace, since Alice’s favored pieces were always large in scale with lots of color.
I had some fantastic tourmaline cabochons in the beads’ blue-greens and red-violets, so they became my dominant colors.
Click over to Lori Anderson's blog and follow the links to the other participants in today's Memories and Thanks Blog Hop. I'm sure we'll be treated to some fine designs and inspiring memories!