The use of computer in drawing,designing and animation became unavoidable as it aids and enhances your creative skills.When you want to be innovative and want to have a special name in the fashion industry stitching and selling monotonous models,though it might be your creation,won’t help! When you have put down your idea as a basic sketch, designing softwares  would be of immense help to come up with a new and trendy model. Join our mailing list and never miss a new beading pattern, beading tips, info on new online classes or beading daily shop sales! Since each of you can’t meet Cristie before you read her book, I asked for a bit more time and asked her a few questions so you, too, could get to know her and have some insight on what helped inspire these beautiful and very royal designs. BD: Let’s get right to the heart of it (and with a little bit of humor behind my words): Are you an Anglophile? Seriously, can you share what inspires the designs in your new book, or how you translate the inspiration into materials we have available to work with? BD: When designing new patterns like these, how many times do you start and stop a design before you have the pattern figured out and looking as good as these do? BD: Can you share a bit about your artistic path and how you found your way to bead weaving? In the late 90’s, I was doing stained glass but looking for something to do that was easy to cart around and work on while I waited for my kids at their sports practices. BD: Do you sketch out your designs ahead of time or just pick up needle and thread then surround yourself with beads and see what happens?
BD: What threads and tools do you find to be indispensable when working with the materials used to create the designs in Bead Royale?
My favorite tool, beyond the basics, is a sharp awl, which is handy for “unbeading,” undoing knots, and trying to decypher a threadpath when I’ve forgotten what I’ve done or my notes aren’t clear enough to follow. Tammy has enjoyed being immersed in jewelry-making education and jewelry design for over 20 years.
PAY NOW and add a 5th issue to your subscription for the same low price – that’s 26% off the newsstand price! Your email address is used to communicate about your subscription, and to provide expert tips & information from Beading Daily and Interweave. I’ve been blogging extensively about creating wrong associations in your mind between English words and also English vocabulary and your native language.
This time let’s look at how to create natural collocations so that you wouldn’t blame me for focusing only on the negative!
Learning new English vocabulary in context is very important because if you come to think of it, the smallest language unit is a phrase as opposed to a word. If you translate directly from your native language when speaking in English, most of the unique characteristics of the English language will be lost on you – starting with English idioms and ending with specific terms – and that’s why contextual English learning is so important. Whenever you hear a new word, make sure you memorize the whole phrase containing the new word so that you can use it naturally instead of just trying to fit it in based on your native language speech structures. I’d rather memorize a natural English collocation such as ‘to perpetuate the stereotype’ so that whenever I discuss a related issue, I’m able to deliver that phrase in a millisecond.
When you communicate with other English speakers, you’ll definitely notice the way they speak and what phrases, expressions and word combinations they use to describe certain things. I noticed that one of my work colleagues uses the word ‘contrary’ to describe certain people by calling them ‘a contrary person’. Prior to that I would only use the word ‘contrary’ as part of an idiom ‘on the contrary’ – meaning ‘to the opposite what was said’.
Now I started mimicking my work colleague and using the expression ‘a contrary person’ to describe someone who always disagrees with what I’m saying. Google is a very powerful tool because it shows you which words go together forming natural collocations through its intuitive search function! I’m sure you’ve noticed that as you start typing in a word in the Google search bar, it offers you a number of related searches. So when you want to find out a meaning of a new word OR you’re guessing what it might mean – perform a Google search before looking it up on a dictionary website.


For example, when you type the word ‘aggravated’ into the Google search bar, you’ll see a number of search terms come up.
I believe that our thinking and speech process consists of three processes – abstract thinking, thinking in a certain language – be it your native or foreign – and speaking out loud (bear in mind – thinking in English is crucial for English fluency!). For instance, when you’re hungry and you think of certain food, do you always have that thought appear in your mind as actual words? I think I can’t go wrong if I say that we all can think of such moments, so it should tell you of the importance of creating a direct association between the image and related English word or term.
I recently drove my car into a bollard and when I was telling about this small accident at work, I didn’t know the word ‘bollard’ which is a short pillar normally found between the sidewalk and the driving part of the road. I explained it to my workmate Will using different words, and when he said the word ‘bollard’ it created an instant visual association between the new word ‘bollard’ and the abstract image of a bollard because I kept seeing it in front of my eyes.
This sort of association is great for building your English vocabulary and making sure your native language won’t mix with the newly acquired English words!
I had recently learnt a new English word ‘swig’ which means a big mouthful of drink like in a phrase ‘to take a swig’. Once a was chatting with one of my native English speaking work colleagues and he pointed out that a swag is a sack that you’d throw over your shoulder and carry on your back; a typical cartoon thief would carry a swag when slinking away from the house he’s just robbed.
Then I said to myself – “All right, a robber carries ‘a swag’, so whenever I want to talk about taking a gulp of drink and the word ‘swag’ comes to my mind, I have to think of the other word – ‘swig’ – and that’s going to be the right one!” So that was the association I created in my mind. Maybe this type of association does hamper fluency a little bit because you’d spend a split second while this mental imagery is going on in the background; yet I believe you’re still better off by saying the right word instead of keeping saying the wrong one.
So use these methods of creating associations between English words, and you’ll definitely see your English fluency come along!
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Cristie Prince and I were due to meet at a recent event to discuss her new eBook Bead Royale (currently available in a collection with her Queen of Diamonds kit in two different colors!). Your new book is beautiful, the instructions and pattern illustrations so well thought out, and the tips you share very helpful. My historical jewelry influence was first sparked by watching the Showtime series, The Tudors.
Sometimes, when I see a piece of fine jewelry, I’ll automatically visualize some component or shape from the design already beaded with certain beads. Often I’ll come up with a component, but not have a clear idea of how to use it, and revisit it at a later date. And I love to learn new skills, so my interests have taken me on a long and winding creative journey.  I’ve done sewing, macrame, counted cross stitch, stained glass, lampworking, to name a few, but jewelry making has been in my life the longest. A friend showed me a peyote stitched amulet bag and I was so amazed that beads, when woven together could create a glass “fabric.” I’ve been bead-obsessed ever since. For better tension control when bead weaving, tighten the thread after each stitch in the same direction as the stitch was made.


Tammy is a renowned writer, educator, and expert in media communication and content creation across print, digital, and video – spanning from her days with Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine, to numerous classes and leadership at BeadFest, Bead & Button, and many more. Fill in the fields below, click on the button, then CHECK Your INBOX to confirm the download! Learning separate words is so old-school; if you really want to be fluent you need to feel instinctively how things are said in English naturally and in what context certain words are used. If you just learn what the word ‘to perpetuate’ means you’ll add it to your passive vocabulary.
Mimicking native and other English speakers and picking up natural collocations along the way. They are the most popular search terms beginning with the respective word; at the same time they’re also words that normally collocate because Google filters billions of English language entries and spots correlation between words. The first one is ‘aggravated damages’ which is a legal term, and the next two are ‘aggravated burglary’ and ‘aggravated assault’. The first stage – thinking in abstract terms – isn’t that easy to distinguish from thinking in a certain language, but I believe that it exists. Don’t you have that split second when you just see an image of roast potatoes and chicken in front of your eyes? Then I repeated the word ‘bollard’ a few times to memorize it, and now it’s settled in my active vocabulary; using it a few times when telling others about the same accident also helped to imprint the new word in my mind.
Still for some reason I would say ‘swag’ instead of ‘swig’ – a word I didn’t even know at the time. Now whenever I want to say ‘to take a large mouthful of drink’, the image of a robber carrying swag on his back would come to my mind. Throughout my entire life I’ve always wanted to speak in English fluently, but because of the way English is taught in schools, I always struggled with my spoken English.
You make these designs with materials we all have access to, and utilize bead weaving techniques that, with practice we all can do. I’m drawn to the richly ornate pieces owned by aristocracy and try to reflect that look in the pieces I design.
That was the case with the star shaped component with the pearl in the center, which became the Corona Necklace. I remember stringing seed beads on elastic thread as early as kindergarten, making chokers as gifts for my classmates. Bead weaving is the perfect activity for me, since I love jewelry, it’s portable, and it fulfills my need to create. Ofte, without realizing it, beaders will make a stitch and then, when pulling the thread through the beads, they pull away from the direction they’ve stitched, which pulls on the bead holding the most recent stitch and results in loose tension. Maybe you’ll be able to use it in conversations, but I strongly doubt you’ll be able to use the word instinctively and spontaneously; you’ll still have to spend a few moments before you realize that it’s the best fitting word for that particular situation.
These two are the most commonly used collocations containing the word ‘aggravated’, and now you can memorize them so that you can use them later on in a fitting situation. Then I’d know that the other word – ‘swig’ is the right one, and then I’d say – ‘to take a swig’. We beaders today are so lucky to have such a vast variety of beads, pearls, crystals and components to work with, many that have the feel of the materials used to create the treasures of the past. If I’m not completely satisfied, I can keep my FREE issue and return the bill marked “cancel” and owe nothing.




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