Creative Beading Magazine

Beading Together

“Craft and bead shows provide opportunities for buying up all those findings and special things that just say ‘take me to your bead room’.”

CHRIS AND ANNLEE BUTLER live at Bellbird (near Cessnock) with ‘Malt’ – their Chocolate Burmese cat. They love their beautiful surroundings in the Hunter Valley; and they both love beading.

“The Hunter Valley region is so great to live in,” Annlee enthuses. “We are close enough to Sydney to go there for a day but far enough away that it feels like living in the country. People in the Hunter have not lost that ‘be friends to your neighbour’ sort of attitude. We have an airport nearby. We also get to see some of the best music concerts as we live in the vineyards area. People like Elton John and other famous performers visit our region. We love to enjoy good music while drinking wine and eating excellent food.”

Annlee is the more vocal side of this talented partnership. Her passions include seed beads and thread work, and usually wearable beadwork; while Chris enjoys making glass beads or playing with glass. Lately he has even been making glass marbles.

“I have been interested in beads for about 20 years but

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