Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I have a Bead Soup Partner! Do you want to know who it is?

Hi Y'all,

I am participating in the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party and mine and my partner's reveal date is August 11th.
Who is my partner you ask?  Well it is Sabine Dittrich.  Sabine lives in Munich, Bavaria (Germany).  I once traveled through Munich back in the late 60's when I was a young girl, my Dad was in the Air Force and was stationed at Hahn AFB Germany.  Germany is a beautiful country and I have many fond memories of there.
Sabine is a lamp work artist and she does beautiful works with glass rods and fire. Sabine told me that working at making glass beads is a way to relax after a long day of teaching.  I love glass in all forms, so I am very excited that she is my partner and so looking forward to what she sends in her soup.  Don't get me wrong I would have been just as excited no matter what type of beader or bead maker Sabine was, it is exciting getting to meet someone new and from another country.
I am collecting the ingredients for Sabine's Bead Soup and will post a teaser of the ingredients before I ship them off to Munich.  You can visit Sabine at her blog and her Etsy shop.

Lori Anderson the creator of Bead Soup Blog Party, an awesome Lady, asked us to blog about, how/why you became a jewelry designer.
It all started for me when I picked up a beading magazine late in the year of 2004, that was in a pile of craft magazines, that a friend of my Mom's had given me.  I have always been some sort of a crafter, from making doll clothes when I was a wee little girl from scraps of material, which led to all kind of other crafts through out my life time, but I must say out of all I have done jewelry making is my passion.  I was fascinated with what I saw in that magazine, so I sent off for a subscription. The name of that magazine was Simply Beads.  Here is a picture of the first piece of jewelry I made.

(This picture was just taken the other day by my Sister. Held up pretty good huh!)

When I saw this necklace I just knew that I had to make it and give it to my Sister for her birthday. She loves bright colors and I thought this would be perfect and besides it did not look that difficult to make. I started looking for places to get beads.  I first went to Michael's, but they did not have what I was looking for. Then I went to A.C. Moore's ( I miss that store) but they did not have any of the beads I was looking for either. So I went back to the magazine and looked at the ads in the back.  Checked out the websites and Fire Mountain Gems had everything I was looking for, Yay!  I ordered way more beads then I needed, which I still have some left today.  I gave this necklace to my Sister in March of 2005.  
It was when I looked at a Bead and Button magazine that I became fascinated with seed beads.  I started out with the peyote stitch and made my first peyote bracelet in 2006, it took off from there.  I would flip flop back and forth between bead weaving and stringing, but since I have joined Beading Babes I know now that my true love is bead weaving.  I will still take a break form seed beads and string a few pieces, but I will go right back to bead weaving.  
I started blogging in May 2010, after a I read an article in Beadwork magazine about Bead Soup Blog Party.  Since I have been blogging I have met so many interesting and kind people, and a few that I have met in person, that I never would have met if I was not blogging.  My life is richer because of all of you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Happy beading Y'all,


  1. Therese, I've missed your daily posts! I think Sabine is a lucky lady to have you as a bead soup partner...I can't wait to see the magic you create from what you receive from Sabine.

  2. Interesting to hear how you became interested in bead weaving and knew it was your passion. I think it shows in your work and we all love it too! Can't wait to see what you do with Lampwork beads.

  3. Great to know about how u have connected with your partner. What a coincidence! Can't wait to see what u are going to send to Sabine and what u will create from your soup.

  4. Sabine's glasswork is beautiful. I can't wait to see what she sends you! Germany is on my list of places to visit someday. Its landscape and castles look so stunning in photos! I love the colors you used in your sister's necklace. The gold tones are so warming.

  5. I had to take a look at Sabine's shop and her lamp worked beads are just amazing. I cannot wait to see what you do with them. Thank you for sharing how you became interested in design and beading. There is something about bead weaving, isn't there? Those tiny beads are just happiness in a plastic tube. :)

  6. I'm very excited to have you on board, and thanks for the lovely blog post!!!!

  7. Wonderful to hear how it all started for you! Can't wait to see what you guys create with your bead soup exchange!

  8. Therese,
    I can't wait to see the exchange between you and Sabine. There's do doubt that some really beautiful pieces will result from this partnership!
    Thank you for sharing the story of how you started your jewelry-making adventure. You've definitely made me think a little harder about sharing mine a bit more.
    Your first pieces have held up very well. I'm sure your sister cherishes them. :)