Friday, December 28, 2007

New and Improved Ambrosian Beads Website !

Before my trip to China, I started work on re-designing the Ambrosian Beads website I share with fellow jewelry designer, Lynnelle Ediger. I found the perfect webhost, Squarespace which included a blog feature and the ability to add PayPal buttons. I also added links to certain items that I have in my Etsy shop. All in all, Squarespace offered more features than I had with my previous webhost. The website is as always, a work in progress, so check back to see what new jewelry designs Lynnelle and I have listed. You can also RSS my blog.

Silk Factory Tour

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On our recent trip to China, we were taken to a silk factory in Beijing. Here we see the ladies stretching cocoon silk over a form. They will next take the layers and stretch them out into a bed sized layers to make quilt batting. Check out additional photos of silk production .

Travels in China

DCP_3639, originally uploaded by ambrosianbeads.

My husband and I recently traveled to China on a choral trip and were able to see demonstrations of weaving, silk production and jade carving. Here are some photos of the weaving demo

Friday, December 7, 2007

We have a winner !

Congratulations to Swanee and her winning entry in the Etsy Beadweavers monthly challenge. Stay tuned for the next challenge in January.