This past December we enjoyed our bead retreat to the fullest. You can see the table before we arrived and below you can see what the table looked like after we unpacked our beads and treats. For us the treats are just as important as the beads - you must remember, that we need to keep not only our hands fit and supple, but also our jaws.
Once the table inside became too cramped, we moved the surplus bead stash to the big table outside on the patio.
We did make time to enjoy nature and this year even had time to go and do Christmas shopping in Parys. Please note not Paris, but Parys in the good old Free State. Beautiful and very interesting shops can be found in that little town.
There were some sheep herding too, accompanied with lots of laughter and I must admit, I was only and onlooker.
As can be seen on the photo, these girls cannot only bead, they are excellent chefs too! The food was amazing as usual and very healthy too.
Cynthia treated us each to a special foot massage and I thought I died and went to heaven.
The weekend was so much fun, we even extended it with an extra day. Dawn, we missed you.
Thank you Elize, Cynthia and Margie - you are more than just my bead sisters! Love you, bead gals.
It is my great pleasure to introduce Phyllis Dintenfass to you. What a talented lady! Phyllis sparked my interest in geometrical bead designs. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
Starman TrendSetter for the year (August 2014-1015)Beadsmith Inspiration Squad (October 2015 - )
Bead weaving, with all its intricacies, has become my creative obsession. While traveling in Africa, Europe, and throughout the United States, I have always looked for examples of beadwork as adornment. I am committed to carrying on those traditions. The endless array of colors, shapes, and sizes of beads allows me to experiment with new techniques and combinations, so that each piece is unique. My jewelry takes into account color, composition and ease of wearing. Beads are a passion I'm lucky to have.
I have been designing beaded jewelry for nearly 40 years. After years of stringing “big beads,” I became addicted to working with seed beads when I found out I could thread the tiny eye of a needle. I'm fascinated with the many off-loom bead weaving techniques. My work has sold in galleries and to private individuals in this country and abroad.
I most like to design custom pieces for clients, so I welcome commissioned pieces. If you are interested,Since retiring from a career in education, I have concentrated my efforts on teaching beadwork and designing patterns.
It is my privilege to introduce Paula Adams, an exceptionally talented bead artist. My obsession with Christmas is well known and well published. Now I can put some blame on Paula's doorstep! From the first time I saw her ornaments, I just had to have them and bead them. Just look at this amazing Christmas tree.
My own collection of ornaments is not nearly as vast as Paula's, but I am working towards it with a long term plan. My collection will go to my future grand children and I am well ahead on my way at beading up four sets of ornaments, consisting of twelve ornaments each, for my (future) four grand kids (I am going to be in big trouble when my two sons father more children)
The tutorials taught me a considerable amount of peyote stitch techniques. The patterns are well written and easy to follow. If you have not yet tried one, do not wait. I chose October to showcase Paula's talent to give you more than ample time to bead up at least one of her exquisite ornaments for this years tree
I was introduced to beading almost 30 years ago by my office mate and still best friend, Sharon
Shannon. It immediately became my passion. I started teaching within two years and continued until
2005 when I put up my first website. While I was teaching I wrote and published three small books
which are now out of print and no longer available. I have redone most of the patterns with lots and
lots of color picture. I love the design process and I usually visualize the piece from the inside out on the more complicated designs.
My designs have changed over the years from jewelry to Christmas ornaments. My students kept asking
for more and more ornaments. At one point I had about 350 ornaments for my tree. (They wouldn’t all fit.) I still love to design and make ornaments.
On a personal note, I have lived in New Mexico or most of my life and retired almost four years ago. I am
the proud mother of twin sons. When I lost my son, Dale, five years ago, beading kept me sane. I don’t
know what I would have done without it. I also live with my three very spoiled Chihuahuas (two long
hair and one short hair). Lilly, Abby, and Peanut keep me entertained. I just love them.
Thank you Paula for all the hours and hours of joy your patterns gave and still gives me. I really appreciate a talent like yours and please do not stop. What a joy to know you!
Bead weaving is therapy for the creative soul and can heal and mend a lot of pain outsiders do not always see or understand. Some info that you might be interested in, the talent runs in the family. There is a sister Robi-Lynn that also produces beautiful ornamental patterns. (https://www.bead-patterns.com/designed/robi-lynn)
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.