Brenda Schweder teaching a class at Knot Just Beads. Says Brenda, "Ya gotta be able to see that wire to turn those loops!"

Brenda signing Steel Wire Jewelry. She says she was "Happy, happy to be spreading the jewelry love!"

(Brenda Schweder, the author of Steel Wire Jewelry, visited Knot Just Beads in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last Saturday for a book signing and classes. She kindly sent in this report! ~ Ray Hemachandra)

I’ve always been attracted to the collection of vintage Swarovski crystal components stocked by Knot Just Beads owner Kim Rueth. And even though I live in a neighboring town and have access to these goodies (and more) since her store has been open, I’ve also shopped her booth at the Tucson shows for several years. picking out this rose montee and that only-the-50s-could-produce-this-pink chaton—the special stuff (that incidentally even Swarovski bought from her for their museum!).

It was those beginnings that led me to incorporate a few of the creamy opaque dentelles in my Gulliver & the Lilliputians Pendant (page 101) in Steel Wire Jewelry. It was that specific non-contemporary color and cut that perfectly complemented the Mexican pottery “sea ceramic” focal. It was also this choice that led Kim to invite me for a book signing the moment Steel Wire Jewelry popped onto the scene (that Kim’s a savvy one!) and for us to dream up a few mini-classes to tie the whole package together.

The whole day was a dream. It’s wonderful when a comfy and quaint environment (KJB is a rezoned Arts and Crafts style bungalow with built-ins and lovely oak woodwork) is coupled with smiling and ferociously note-taking students and (who can deny our obsession with) a plethora of beads-to-die-for?

Heaven in a day!

Brenda Schweder, Kim Rueth of Knot Just Beads, and a blow-up of Steel Wire Jewelry at "Big-Gulp size"!

‘Course having a whole-day platform for me to blah-bla-blah about my wire passion was super-fantastic. too! I’m happy to share a few photos of the experience, and thanks to Kim (and in-house lampworker guy Robert Jennik) for their hospitality and support! Xoxo!


3 Responses

    Anonymous says:

    This post genuinely reflects the creative, compassionate, and enthusiastic spirit that is Brenda Schweder! Her originality and authenticity as an artist and a person is something truly special, indeed! It was a treat to work with her on this fantastic new book. Congrats!

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    Alutsch says:

    Brenda, it was a fun day and I learned alot. Thanks. Arleen

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