Friday, 2 September 2016

Chenille Flower Bracelet

The Chenille Flower Bracelet Pattern now available at
This is such a beautiful bracelet with its own clasp.  Yes, the flower is the clasp.
The pattern is written step by step with detailed illustrations, and I have added photos to about every step this time. Even a beginner can create this bracelet!  Twelve pages to print.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Inspirational Beadweaving

Maggie Meister of Amphora Designs  is my September 2016 Inspirational Bead Weave Artist. We all have our own signature style and I found that we tend to lean towards other artists that fit your own style.  Maggie's work speaks to me.  From her choice of color and her style of beading to her love for two drop peyote stitching and the 3D designs. Her deep interest in history is showcased in every design.  Just by reading the description of a piece is a history lesson on its own. I can smell Italy and ancient times gone by, by just looking at her designs.

Maggie's work is regularly  published in various international magazines and she is highly regarded as an artist to be respected.  She teaches all over the world  and her bead inspired tours of Italy, well known.
What I love about Maggie's work is it is functional and wearable.  I personally worked up a few bracelets and they are amazingly beautiful and comfortable to wear. Her interesting use of shaped lines, that no one else ever dared to tackle, makes the designs priceless.  She transforms difficult forms and shapes made with mosaics into a bead design. 

Background   by Maggie

The love of ancient history, color and patterns have followed me throughout my life and my designs have come to fruition during the time my family and I lived in Italy. In looking back, beads have always been a part of my life – from playing with Mardi Gras beads or collecting semi-precious stones as a young girl to my love of ancient and ethnic jewelry as I became older. Today seed beads have become the medium I use to translate my sources of inspiration into personal designs for adornment.
When living in Naples, Italy, I was surrounded by ancient history. The fragments of Roman columns, mosaics and frescoes are my inspiration and I am grateful for those “ancient voices”. Translating these voices into designs fills my days with joy and wonder and I cherish my “connection” with the past. Teaching and beading are ways for me to share this wonderful experience and bring those voices of the past into the present.

Visit her website to get to know this inspirational artist.

 Thank you Maggie, for your valuable contribution towards our craft.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Inspirational Bead Artist

I want to honor one of  my most favorite inspirational bead weaving artists.  Eva Maria Keiser is well known throughout the world for her exceptional designs and use of color in her designs. Her passion to  architect  structural bead work designs, leaves me in awe time and again. The detail added in layering beads makes her designs one of a kind. Bead&Button, Perlen Poesie and Muses magazines are just a few in which her work was published.  

    "When I'm not beading...I'm sleeping."
    -Eva Maria Keiser

     Eva shares a vast collection of well written tutorials for free.  
    Years ago, when I fell in love with the art of seed bead weaving, her work was  and still is today, very inspirational to me. The dedication to the bead world is carried on through her daily inspirational quotes, ideas on the use of color and the artisan tutorials, to introduce us to new and upcoming artists
    Eva Maria Keiser, thank you for your unselfish love for beads. You are an amazingly talented  artist

    Sunday, 7 August 2016

    Illustration Sunday, I need to complete long overdue projects to be published in my Etsy store.

    Saturday, 6 August 2016

    New design

    Playing around with a new pattern. I decided to work with the bright colored beads. Who needs dull looking projects!

    Tuesday, 2 August 2016

    August news