WireKnitZ® is in full bloom!

WireKnitZ® is in full bloom!
Our days have been full of exciting news….
We are honored and tickled pink that notable beading artists Melanie Potter and Cynthia Rutledge have both created kits with WireKnitZ® and debuting this summer at Beads on the Vine Retreat hosted by School of Beadwork in beautiful San Luis Obispo, CA.
Melanie Potter "Flora"
“Flora” by Melanie Potter
Cynthia Rutledge "Jacobean Floral"
“Jacobean Floral” by Cynthia Rutledge
Photograph by Mark Rutledge
Melanie and Cynthia will share the spotlight at this retreat with artists Laura McCabe and Nancy Cain as they introduce new kits and teach classes as well.  For more information, please visit http://www.beadsonthevine.com/classes.html
The Masks of Arbel Shemesh Arbel Shemesh discovered WireKnitZ® last year and has since created extraordinary magical masks, headdresses and jewelry with polymer clay and WireKnitZ®.  Arbel is definitely responsible for my interest in polymer clay and her designs inspired me to attend a recent class taught by Julie Piccarelo and offered by the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild.
Arbel’s designs will be available for sale in July at the Oregon Country Fair.
Arbel is employed by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
Arbel Shemesh
Arbel Shemesh wearing one of her headdresses.
Arbel and Claire Sierra
Arbel and Claire Sierra frolicking in the park.
Arbel Shemesh
Coquettishly playful.
Claire Sierra
Claire Sierra incognito
.Stylishly Claire
Claire looking stunning!
Arbel Shemesh earrings
Perhaps these were inspired by Carmen Miranda!Watch Arbel’s videoArbel, you were so kind to share your beautiful photos with us!Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild

Naturally, my interest was piqued when I saw Julie Picarrelo was offering a class with a wire mesh component!  Though my results were less than stellar, I had a great day and found Julie to be a fantastic instructor.   I didn’t polish my design but still may in the future, for now, I’m happy leaving it as is.  We intend to experiment more by combining polymer clay and WireKnitZ® and I want to thank Arbel Shemesh and Julie Picarrelo for their inspiration and guidance.
FYI, the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild offers an abundance of classes taught by notable beading and jewelry artists…besides the fact that it is very well run and a great group to belong to.
Find out more about the Guild HERE.

Norma's class results - front   Norma's polymer clay class results
The front and back of my polymer clay class results.

It’s been a busy month for us!

Findings Trunk Show in A2… follow up…

Thank you Gerry Dimond for hosting a successful trunk show and to Renee, Kathy and Judy for keeping everything humming along and well organized.  Helena, Marge and I enjoyed meeting and sharing WireKnitZ® tips with you and your devoted customers in classes and at that handy cabana demo table!

Marge Prezzato
Marge Prezzato wore the perfect dress to show off her Solar Flare Necklace…stunning!

Marge Prezzato's Solar Flare Class

Marge’s On A Roll Class

Helena's class
Helena’s Orbital Cuff class

Norma's Road Ahead Necklace
The class results from my “Barbed Necklace” class, a.k.a. “The Road Ahead Necklace”

Victoria Newton
Victoria Newton looking lovely in her new necklace.

Gem & Lapidary Show… follow up…

Last month’s G&LW Show in Livonia, MI had all the conveniences of home.
We’re looking forward to exhibiting again this October 4, 5 & 6…so mark your calendars!

These are just a few of the galZ that make these shows possible and responsible for keeping me sane…no pressure ladies 😉
Helena & Sheryl
Pre-show beading marathoners, Helena Hatten and Sheryl Lamarand, arrive for a couple of days of coloring (below, color inspiration), lots of laughs and beading frenzy.

Color board
A segment of our color inspiration groupings.

Norma, Sheryl, Marge & Cathy
From right to left: Cathy Ambrose, Marge Prezzato & Sheryl Lamarand with me

Helena Hatten
Helena directing traffic!  😉

Thank you all, you’re the best!

Whew, what a month!

A few final notes…
Wrist Mandrels
Oh thank goodness, the wrist mandrels for shaping your cuffs have finally arrived!

Findings and Components
The Findings & Components page is updated on the WireKnitZ® website!


The Bead&Button classes begin in 2 weeks on May 29.
Eva Sherman and Susan Hitchler present
“Developing Your Creativity With WireKnitZ
Wednesday, June 5, 4:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Launch your inner artist in this fast-paced, creatively challenging, and fun class. The instructors will keep you entertained while demonstrating the many ways WireKnitZ® can be manipulated and incorporated into your jewelry repertoire, as well as sharing tips and techniques to get your creative muses humming.
To register, click here


Stop by and see our new and improved booth making it super easy to identify what you need to make all our new designs!
We’ll be in the same location, booth #622

Although the Show week is May 29-June 10, the Bead&Jewelry Marketplace for shopping OPENS on Thursday evening, June 6, for REGISTRANTS ONLY (badge holders). This is the Private Preview night.

Thursday, June 6: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Bead&Jewelry Marketplace Shopping Hours for Everyone:

Friday, June 7: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday night, June 7: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Shop for free!
Saturday, June 8: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 9: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

I have met so many wonderful people during my journey with WireKnitZ® and I thank my lucky stars for all of you!

I wish you all warm weather and WireKnitZ® wishes,

Norma Melton

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