I am excited to announce that on Saturday, October 29, I was juried in as a new member of the Santa Barbara Art Association for my abstract mosaic style-stained glass pieces. Currently of the pieces is being exhibited at Gallery 113 for the month of November.
One of my goals this year was to create a website to showcase the jewelry I have been designing and making in the past year. Thanks to Weebly, creating the website was easy and fast to do.
I started sewing in junior high - and made many of my clothes for the next dozen years or so.
In high school, my sister taught me to crochet a granny square, and from there I taught myself to learn additonal stiches and made numerous afghans and other items in my spare time for about 10 years or so. (I sill have the 2nd afghan I made in my home, the 1st one was pretty awful.)
When I went back to college and started a new career in IT after graduation, there was a group of women I worked with who did counted cross stitch at lunch. This started the launch of numerous cross stitch, needlepoint and plastic canvas projects throughout my IT career. I have framed cross stich projects throughout my home. (which I learned to frame through SBCC Adult ED).
After more than 25 years in IT, I started dreaming about retiring and all of the many wonderful craft classes I could take through SBCC Adult Ed. This dream became possible last year. In January 2011 I started with jewelry making, as I had become fascinated at the jewlery a friend was making, She taught me a few basics and I was off.
I enrolled in Laura Gasparini's Beading classes and Mary Ribet's wire-wrapping class, learning new techniques weekly. I spent the summer reading, browsing the internet and experimenting with new techniques and ideas. This website showcases my journey over the past year from simple beading and wirework, to kumihimo, wire crochet, chainmaile and more complex wire-wrapping projects.
This year in addition to continuing my wire-wrapping class, I have started to learn basket-weaving and am re-learning how to crochet by crocheting a sampler afghan to use up some of my yarn stash.
Paula Gregoire-Jones is a retired IT professional who has always loved doing crafts in her spare time. She discovered jewelry making and stained-glass creation through the Santa Barbara Continuing Education. She currently teaches jewelry making.