Nobody has posted about this workshop yet so I'll do my best:
Jamie started by saying that the workshop was for all levels - beginners
to advanced. I have done a lot of bead stringing and he was absolutely
right in my case - I knew many of the techniques but it was really
interesting to see how another goes about it (that was what I had hoped)
- he also had some new ways of doing things I'd not come across. His
teaching was very clear and we were given an excellent booklet written
He recommends the use of "Conso" cord for virtually all bead stringing.
It is nylon and dyes well. He showed how to make wire beading needles,
how to use two strands to thread a necklace, wrapping techniques,
crowning which gives a wonderful braid effect in the areas between beads
and at the fastening end of the necklace. He says to never use crimps
to finish a necklace properly - I do agree with him but crimps are very
useful for beginners. We also covered making flat knots for finishing
and various methods of stringing beads with variable sized holes.
He uses a lot of macrame techniques and some that I recognised from my
work with sailing ropework which I have applied across to my own bead
stringing but he has approached from different directions - such as
This was a very worthwhile workshop - although not polymer clay, it had
great relevance to anyone making polymer clay necklaces and jewellery.
Sue in UK