The Joys of Teaching! Meeting the Talent Behind Sashiko Southwest and Lodi’s Beads
recently I was in New Mexico teaching workshops hosted by The Northern New Mexico Quilters Guild in Santa Fe and The Bead Society of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I taught my Crazy Beading class to The Bead Society of New Mexico, most who had no previous bead embroidery experience. They were a focused group of learners and enjoyed themselves not wanting to stop at our 5pm end time!
That day I learned about two great business which I highly recommend, both whose talented founders were students in this workshop.
Joyce Martin Perz has designed new innovative sashiko patterns, but not of traditional Japanese patterns. She has created original sashiko patterns printed on fabric with a southwestern theme! Can you imagine Prickly Pear Cactus and pottery designs worked in bugle beads or thread stitches? Oh and other patterns such as a rabbit and fish which are not southwest specific caught my eye too. Upon further reading I learned Joyce has done her homework and the rabbit and fish are based on designs of ancient people. Joyce is in the on the left in the front row of the group photo.