Friday, October 2, 2015

Appreciation Photos from Jasmine Tea Designs

I started offering my beaded kumihimo designs as tutorials and kits not so very long ago.  Towards the end of 2014 I think it was that I offered four beaded kumihimo tutorials without the elements/kit to create the design.  It was a bit of a rocky start for me because I had never really thought about what would go into writing a technical step by step equivalent to what I create.

Having had a few published beaded kumihimo necklaces that required a short detail of instructions was the only previous experience I had.

Jasmine Tea Designs now offers eleven tutorials and several kits!  Growth is great.  What I'm finding as the best part of offering this service is the pictures I receive from the folks that have bought a beaded kumihimo tutorial or kit from me and how they make it their own.  I have also met many more people in the last year that share in the our common interest of beaded kumihimo and have learned so much from them.

I would like to take a little time to show a few pictures of Valerie Goodman's results using the Kaleidoscope Recipe Tutorial and beads she purchased through Jasmine Tea Designs and some from her own stash!  The tutorial leaves how you finish the focal design, the kaleidoscope, up to you.  You can use ribbon, chain or seed beads and extend the braid work.  I really love the choices Valerie made in finishing the kaleidoscope with seed beads!
Kaleidoscope Recipes Tutorial
Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice & Indian Summer

Valerie Goodman's Winter Solstice
Valerie Goodman's Indian Summer 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Belle Armoire Jewelry Autumn 2015

I've been lucky enough to have one of my designs grace the beautiful pages of Belle Armoire Jewelry and to celebrate Stampington & Company would like to give away a copy of the Autumn 2015 issue!

Autumn 2015
'Marsala' ~ an embellished, beaded kumihimo collar by Diana Miglionico-Shiraishi for Jasmine Tea Designs

I have been a fan of the publications of Stampington & Company from their very first publication of Where Women Create.  The inspiration I have found on the pages of many of their publications has lead me to wonder and create my own expressions of beauty.

I feel honored to have my work beautifully photographed and presented by Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine.  Without a doubt my favorite thing about Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine is to receive it and turn the pages of beauty and take it all in.

We would like to know...What is your favorite thing about Belle Armoire Jewelry?

Leave a comment and let us know.  A winner will be randomly selected on September 30th to receive a free issue of the Autumn 2015 issue!   

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jasmine Tea Designs' Blog: Design Space

Jasmine Tea Designs' Blog: Design Space: When I looked at the calendar today I was amazed to see how much time has passed since I wrote in March. Time certainly stands still for n...

Design Space

When I looked at the calendar today I was amazed to see how much time has passed since I wrote in March. Time certainly stands still for no one!  

Our family closed March with the happy news that we would be welcoming a new member to our family this November!  Our son Sean and his beautiful wife Carissa will become parents for the first time and in turn we become Grandparents.  I expect there will be many changes for all of us this fall and many reasons to give thanks.  

April...we celebrated my husband's 59th birthday, I met Dave Mason (one of my favorite singers, song writer and guitarist, among other musical talents of the 60's, and onward) and saw his retrospective tour, 'Traffic Jam'.  As a surprise my son took me to the Fox Theater in Oakland, California to see the Moody Blues' tour, 'The Polydor Years'.  It was all too beautiful...(referencing Itchycoo Park)...April felt like the Wayback Machine! (referencing Mr. Peabody)

I'm telling you about April because I think it greatly influenced May.  I went into a regroup and redesign awakening.  It was expressed through my moving my work space completely upside down.   I wanted to have a space where I could work on a design idea without looking at inventory.  It took a few weeks to tweak what I had in mind.  I'm happy with the results and I thought I'd share the spaces with you.

You can still look for Jasmine Tea Designs in the October Issue of Jewelry Affaire and a still to be determined issue of Belle Amoire Jewelry.  Both are published by Stampington & Company.

Raw Materials, Kits, Tutorials and Packaging

Once I have my design plan I can pull from my inventory and build a tray 
of what   I'll need to make the piece or see what I'll need to order.  
 The mirrored closet is lined with draws from top to bottom too.

Design Bench, Sourcing,  Reference Material and Ready to Ship Inventory

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tutorials and Kits and Beads, Oh My!

There has been another big gap between now and the last time I posted.  Why?  I started sharing my designs through the art of writing a tutorial.  Writing the tutorial lead to requests for the ingredients so I started my journey of kit making that then led to selling some of my unique beads that no matter how hard I could try, I would never be able to use them all.

I feel very responsible for the tutorials I've written and I support each purchase with a note that I am available for any help or questions during the coarse of working on the design.

So far it's been a great experience and has helped me more than I could have known!

What's on the horizon?  There will be an upcoming issue of Bella Amoire Jewelry that will be featuring one of my kumihimo designs.  I'm very excited to be in this issue because I was sent to Bella Amoire through the editor of Jewelry Affaire.  I feel like I just might be getting somewhere!

Here are a couple tutorials that are available through my Etsy Shop currently...check the shop for beads and finished jewelry too!

Kindest Regards,

Tutorial and Kit
Asymmetrical Steel Blue Periwinkle
Beaded Kumihimo Necklace


Tutorial Only
Asymmetrical Steel Blue Periwinkle
Beaded Kumihimo Necklace

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Entering the World of the Written Tutorial

When I started Jasmine Tea Designs I thought at some point I would like to teach a class or two centered around my work.  What I have discovered is the art of the tutorial as I looked into teaching a little further.

One thing I know for sure, it is hard work traveling to teach or traveling to sell your work.  

I had a long career as a floral designer.  I know most people thought it was a wonderful career and one of those charmingly feminine endeavors.  Even sexy some would say especially if you had a beautiful shop filled with scents and textures that could stimulate even the dullest of senses.  Truth is, it's extremely hard work and physically laboring, and yes I wouldn't have traded it for the world. 

As I turn 60 this year I am well aware of the arthritis my choice of career has encroached on my body.  It's time to slow down but you can't slow down creativity.  I do have to take care of myself now so that I can be creative and express what comes to me.

I started beading in 2009.  I have seen such growth in my designs these last five years that I truly think I am able to share what I know and have learned.  I'm going to choose a softer road this time by remaining at home and offering my tutorials and my help through the internet.  What a blessing the internet can be!  Connecting us through common interests and a willingness to reach out. 

 My plan is to post here the tutorials and kits I offer at my Etsy Shop.  My goal is to be available to help guild you as you progress through our common interests whenever I can.  Maybe even learn from you too.

My first offering is this embellished, beaded kumihimo, collar.  Shown here in bronze, it is also available in Antique Gold and Antique Silver.

Embellished Beaded Kumihimo Collar
Bronze Findings Kit 
Embellished Beaded Kumihimo Collar
Tutorial with Bronze Findings Kit

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Autumn issue of Jewelry Affaire 2014

The Autumn issue of Jewelry Affaire is ready to order! 

I'm very excited to be published for the first time with Stampington Publishers.  It is an honor to be represented in such a beautiful magazine and by a company with their aesthetic values.  This is truly I high point in my beading journey.

Jewelry Affaire Autumn 2014

Table of contents ~ Jasmine Tea Designs can be found on page 50 Among Nature
Flowers in Art by Diana Shiraishi

Monday, June 30, 2014

Feeling Guilty...

Let me just say, I feel very guilty for neglecting my blog for what now seems to be the entire month of June.

This being June 30th I felt that I could at the very least write how badly I feel about not having a single post in the month of June.  With that said I hope you will check in on me from time to time because I very much want to work on the written expression of what I do...another learning curve for me.

I have a peaceful summer picture for you though...

I'll be seeing you on the pages in July!  

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mosaic Pendant Workshop with Heidi Kummli

We had a great treat here in Sacramento!  U Bead It hosted visiting artist Heidi Kummli  to instruct her 'Mosaic Pendant Turkey Feather', design.  I have been a fan of Heidi's art for a few years and own two books, 'The Spirit of Bead Embroidery' and 'The Art of Bead Embroidery'.  The latter being co-authored with Sherry Serafini

As we embarked on the path of learning I thought about a couple of  lines at the very beginning of Heidi's book, 'The Spirit of Bead Embroidery', a story, Light Woman's Spirit Bead, written by Rose Red Elk-Red Feather Woman ~ 

It is our way to show humility to the Creator, to show a flaw in our beadwork. 
 It expresses how we know we are not perfect, only the Great Spirit is.
Getting started ~ we began by making the mosaic.

The mosaic and the turkey feature have been glued in place on the
 ultra suede and the details come alive with accent beads.

Finishing up at home.

My finished piece!  I love it and the experience!

The turkey feature is one of the beautiful porcelain designs by Laura Mears.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Bead Soup Blog Hop 2014

Soup's On...aka The Bead Soup Blog Party Reveal...

I'm amazed how much design work I've done in the last 72 hours!  I am happy to say I've completed my designs for the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party and I'm looking forward to checking out everyone's designs and relaxing.  I have my paraffin heating up and will place my hands in the hot wax as soon as I finish this post!  Can't wait for the relief!

First, I would like to introduce my partner Andrea Rivers of Turtle Soup Creative.  I could not have guessed that the two of us would be partnered because neither of us had ever participated in Bead Soup before.  We were put together and we figured things out. Soup ingredients were held hostage at the post office on Andrea's side.  Once we got through that and opened our boxes we were both amazed at the similar tone of ingredients we had sent each other.  With one exception, what I sent Andrea, you could say, had a dash of paprika!  We hit it off from the start and I'm happy to have her as a beading friend.  

Besides beading and the love of lavender, animals and nature, we both love the show Portlandia.  So in honor of our witty sense of humor I am calling one of my pieces "Put a Bird on It" and the earrings and necklace set I'm calling "Egg Drop Soup"!
So without any further ado...
A wonderful box of ingredients from Andrea!

My Bead Soup Designs

"Put a Bird on It" 
"Egg Drop Soup"

I used kumihimo (Japanese braiding) for both necklaces.

For a list of participates in this year's Bead Soup please visit
Lori Anderson's Pretty Things Blog 
A very special thank you to Lori for creating such a wonderful event for bead designers and artists to meet and share their passion for beads!

This piece "Put a Bird on It" started life as a full beaded kumihimo necklace.  I learned a valuable lesson ~ Do not design with a limited number of beads if you want symmetry.

Once I realized I wasn't going to be able to get more of the 6x4mm drop beads I had to change my plan...I do have a photo of it at that stage but I'm not going to post it here.

When I see where this design finished, I realize the first attempt needed serious self editing.  The necklace seemed huge to me.

This is an edited version of a design gone wild!

Friday, May 9, 2014

The Eleventh Hour...

I have done it!  I have taken apart my Bead Soup design at 8:00 am pacific time...

I have an install this morning at the American Visions Art Gallery and then I must get back to my soup...

Definition of The Eleventh Hour:  a point in time which is nearly too late.

I'm really hanging onto nearly...

Got to make soup!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

On a Slow Simmer...

I haven't posted too much lately because I've been working on my first Bead Soup Blog Party...

   1.  Started a Blog
   2. Signed up to be a participant in the 8th Annual Bead Soup Blog Party
   3. Got accepted
   4. Got assigned a partner
   5. Sent my partner some soup ingredients
   6. Received soup ingredients from my partner
   7. Been making soup
   8. Will take pictures of my soup
   9. Will Blog about my soup
 10. Saturday 5/10 everyone will taste my soup!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bead Soup with Rice and Cabbage!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Creative Mojo on the Fritz...

There are times I need to take a brake from just about every demand in my life even those I most love. Beading is one of them.  But, as I find myself growing just a bit older and dealing with the physical limitations that have come along with it, I feel lost knowing the reprieves I once took on a walk in the woods or hiking with my husband and dogs are not quite an option anymore.

Museums, travel, reading and workshops now replace the physical release with the cerebral expansion of ideas.

On Saturday, April 5th I participated in a workshop by Deborah Butterfield of Exultation Arts and I fully planned on blogging about the wonderful day upon my return home.  But, I came home to my male yellow lab, Max having been bitten by a rattlesnake...all is well now, but the week came and went and blogging just didn't happen.
Max recuperating after his rattlesnake bite!
With life back to normal I want to take the time to share the information for what was a wonderful day that took me miles away (in my mind anyway) from the day to day demands of life...

If you're looking for a day well spent with a teacher who has your day well planned please look into taking this workshop.  Not only will you enjoy yourself you will also love the setting, have a sense of accomplishment and you'll go home with a beautifully finished framed work of art.

And if you're a dog lover like me you'll fall in love with Gracie!
Gracie is Deborah's golden retriever...she attends class too!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Part Two ~ An Eight Warp Kumihimo Braid and a Foam Disk makes...

There are endless possibilities using the most 
basic of kumihimo braids.  

This is most likely the first kumihimo braid you will make.

It is an eight warp, hollow core kumihimo braid made with 
black satin cord.  

'Silvery Sea' 

You can also make 'Silvery Sea' with the exact same eight warp,
 hollow core pattern!

You will load your beads in a specific order but you will braid exactly the same way as the plain black satin
 cord necklace pictured above.

This is the method I use to layout my design and how the braiding threads will be loaded.

Step by Step and Materials List for 'Silvery Sea' 

'Silvery Sea' is an original beaded kumihimo necklace designed by 
Diana Miglionico Shiraishi for Jasmine Tea Designs.

 For a materials list and step by step instructions please visit my Etsy shop at: ~ You'll find a few kumihimo tutorials for purchase. Thank you for your interest in my work and I hope you have fun creating! 
Kindest Regards,