Tag Archives: Brenda Schweder

Teaching at Bead & Button in June

Next month the Bead & Button Show returns to Milwaukee. I love going bead shopping there, and this year I will also be teaching. This year, Brenda Schweder of Now That’s a Jig! Fame will offer 20 in-booth workshops. The Now That’s a Jig! Booth, number 907, will be teeming with wire designers who will […]

Brenda Schweder Day

Right after fair season ended, it was time for a fun day. Now That’s A Jig! inventor Brenda Schweder had ordered an Ugly Sweater Angel via Instagram, which was a fun challenge. I used some of my Belgian felt pieces as embellishments, picked some ‘ugly’ paper, and then ‘uglified’ it more by creating as much glittery […]

Jigging with Brenda

Recently I took a mini-roadtrip to Waukesha to visit Brenda Schweder in her studio. I have been intrigued by her Now That’ a Pliers! since she introduced them, but wanted to take them for a spin before committing to another tool investment. She showed me her fabulous studio space that has various sections to run […]

Jigging at the Bead & Button Show

Two years ago I visited the Bead & Button Show for the first time and was overwhelmed. It is amazing how a convention center can have a block worth of bead booths with all of them offering different wares. The plethora of colors and sparkles resulted in me only buying a few strands, since I […]

Jigging a Daisy

In 2011 I learned to make wrangled bangles with Brenda Schweder. Little did I know that intro to wire class would lead to a whole new career! Wrangled Bangle by Brenda Schweder in 2011 At the time I considered myself a paper collage artist, and encaustics were just beginning to show up on my radar. […]

Jigging Frosties

My offline life is speeding up so the online blog is getting off-schedule. Here’s a peek at what pulls me away from the computer these days. In mid-October I was able to purchase Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig Starter Kit, which I eagerly anticipated. I consulted with Brenda via email on the various Rounds […]

Fall Bead Bazaar

Ayla’s Beads held a Bazaar in Highland Park’s Art Center last weekend and I could not resist going. Having learned from the Bead & Button Show, I took a visual inventory of what I had in stock. I sort of had a budget in mind, but made exceptions for exceptional beads in the 4 rooms […]

Exploring Beads & Buttons

This year I attended the Bead & Button show for the first time, and it was a blast. I laughed at Milwaukee’s interpretation of compact cars. My intent was to systematically go down each isle, but there were too many sparklies and bargain tables distracting me. So I meandered and enjoyed the colors, the inspiration, […]