Just got back from a 5 day whirlwind to Louisville (Loo-a-ville) - at least that's the way the natives seem to pronounce it.
Stayed with my friend Sharon and her 3 kitties. Taught an all-day Friday beading class for 14. One item in the morning and another in the afternoon. It included everyone from very advanced beaders to never-threaded-a-needle-in-my-life, and all had a good time.
I taught the necklace Planetary Gears (Steam/Bead Punk Style) and some ladies wore their necklaces home that afternoon. The second class was beading around a crystal pendant from Bead City in Tampa. Look at their website for some great values in beads - better yet stop in and say Hi to Jim.
For instructions of the Planetary Gears, in PDF format, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send them to you.
If you are in the Madiera Beach, Fl area, I am teaching classes at Celestial Beads, so drop in, look at the class schedule and sign up to take a class with me or one of the other great beading instructors.
Until next month, the beading tip is: Shorter thread means less knots. Or for those who don't like to add thread, pulling thread through the beads more s-l-o-w-l-y means less knots.