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Friday, August 26, 2011


As we sit here waiting for Hurricane Irene, I thought I would do a blog post about the two classes with Sabine Lippert that I took at Beads by Blanche earlier this month for those who haven't seen the Facebook photos.
I got up nice and early to go out to Blanche's in Bergenfield, NJ--it is actually easy to get to by bus.
Here are most of the class getting to work. Sabine is at the head of the table.

Here are some examples of Sabine's work. For those of you who don't know her, you can find out more at She is fluent in both German and English so we had no trouble with instructions.
This was Sabine's sample of Sparkling Spots, the first project of the day.
Here is Sabine showing off her fun side.

This is my finished Sparkling Spots bracelet. Wendy, at Blanche's did a wonderful job of putting together color combinations for each class project. I managed to find this lovely clasp at Star's Clasps on our trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia last week.

This is my finished version of the Riddle Pendant, our second project of the day.

Here are my friends Maureen Chin and Yoshie Marubashi posing for a photo on Friday. Maureen is a former New Yorker who came up for the class and it was great to see her again. Some of you may know Maureen from bead shows and classes in the North Carolina area ( Yoshie's work has been seen in publications and exhibits all over the world (
This was one of Sabine's pieces that we admired during Friday's class.
Here are some of Sabine's rings. These she does for fun and does not write up her instructions.
This is one of Sabine's samples of the Renaissance bracelet,
Friday's challenging project.

This is my version of it in progress. Although the bead combination looked good in the tray, there is something about it that I don't like once the beads were together . I bought some other beads at Bead Fest and will play around a bit.
So, we had a great time and I learned more about building three-dimensional shapes with needle weaving. Plus I have some new jewelry to wear!