Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Dazzling Dangles

Sadly, this was
my last published
project for Threads
They closed down
after this issue.
I enjoyed writing
for them.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Monday, 21 December 2009

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Passion Circle Pendant

I used my African Circle

Cover project

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Spring Fever

Herringbone bracelet embellished with
glass flowers
Extremely popular piece, I still
get feedback from the readers.

Arm Candy

On this project - I was asked to
design a bracelet with
right angle weave. It was to introduce the
readers to the technique and my
orders were to write it so that
everybody - even a beginner would
bead it with ease

Classy Circles

I really enjoyed designing
this piece.
Clean lines appeal to me

Beaded Clutch Bag

I did the bead embroidery project for Threads&Crafts
because the WAU had a competition going and their
members wanted to learn more about the techniques.
I had help from Sherry Serafini. The WAU is a non
profitable organisation for women.

Monday, 14 December 2009


In this issue, the editor had a Gerbera theme
and I decided on a ring and bracelet combo.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Christmas Stars

My first attempt on Christmas Stars were very successful. The

Editor did not want traditional colors and I loved the purple and minty green crystals. Eventually, I also created a necklace using the stars. And earrings ..

Friday, 11 December 2009


My first encounter with the BeadBook came when I
won a competition and
one of my prizes were a free two year
subscription of the magazine. The editor
Christa van Rooyen wanted me to do a
bracelet with pearls for them. Needless
to say, this had been one of my most

popular designs I ever did. When I design
and write a pattern, I try to write a
project that can be completed by all
skill levels.


I am sorting out my workspace and decided
to look back on my published work.
Every day for the next week you'll see
some of my work that I did for various
magazines. The arum lily necklace were the
first project I did for Threads&Crafts, a very long time ago . The stress nearly killed me, I was so nervous. Luckily, Annine van Rooyen, the editor, was a fantastic lady. She guided me through the process.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Christmas Beaded Bead

I think this is the last bead ornament for 2009!
The small tree is looking beautiful with all the
bead ornaments and cross stitched teddies.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Crystal Delight

I made the smaller version of the Crystal Delight Christmas Ornament from Paula Adams. The photo do not do this beautiful ornament justice, it is lovely.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Teddies on the tree

The cross stitch teddies. One
completed and one nearly completed
Cross stitch is just like beading....
Addictive. I must now juggle two arty and crafty addictions. Lucky me!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

More Christmas Decorations

This is my eight piece set of decorations, made with love.
Paula Adams is a star - I adore her creations. Thanks for sharing your patterns with us, Paula. The centre bell I designed, it did not come too easy, but Viola! I love it.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

The BeadBook

Issue 21 of the BEADBook is out.
Thank you Michelle and the team. I
love the beautiful photos of my

Monday, 16 November 2009


This year the tree is going to look so beautiful, as
my beaded tree ornament collection is growing.
I only completed one Ribbon Sparkler (Paula Adams) but if I could spare a day or two in my schedule, I would try to complete one more for this year.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Xmas Decorations

This year I designed and wrote instructions for Christmas Deco-
rations for The BeadBook (two editions) and one for the Craftwise and
completed a set of three ornaments for Barbara from Twines and Beads. So my festive spirit started early this year and now I am going to cross stitch Father Xmas Teddy Bears on Plastic canvas. Which I must admit I started in 2000, I completed two teddies, which hang from the tree every year - very lonely.
If they are lucky, this year they will be three teddies...

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Purple Craze

Believe it or not, this started out as a raw bracelet and ended
up as the necklace shown. I do not know what is going on in my
creative side - never satisfied with the pattern. Combination of RAW and peyote and unknown new stitches.
But I love the Rivoli's and it is not only because they are Purple.
The bracelet pattern I bought at Perlenmuster.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

MIKA Pendant

The MIKA Pendant came out the way I planned.
Peyote stitch with a new twist.
Embellished with Fire Polished Beads

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Alberta Pendant

Made the Alberta Pendant in Royal Blue/bronze and orange.
It came out very nice and look very different from the previous one where I worked with pinks and purples.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

2009 Matric Farewell

Riebeeckrand 2009 Matric Farewell -My son Sias and his girlfriend, Hannelie looked very smart and enjoyed their evening with their classmates. Next year he is off to University to study law - how time passes us by....

Thursday, 20 August 2009

My Inheritance

It is bitterly cold here in Randfontein
today - with icy winds - and a very
sunny day? This two pictures shows
my inheritance from my parents-
a wheelbarrow and The Secretary. Who
needs money, if you have flowers and a
loyal companion
My mother used to plant up the wheelbarrow
with impatiens - they were so lovely!
I am not good with stuff in pots, and this
"Namakwalandse Daisies" are beautiful
during our winter months.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Saturday, 1 August 2009

The BeadBook bling

I had been a contributor to the BeadBook for many years now.
The Emerald cut vintage ring and a bracelet are in the
latest issue. Thanks Michelle,(editor)
it looks fantastic. The Extravagance
Bracelet I designed years ago, for my
students to train on the many interesting ways of Peyote, and since then it had been used in a variety of colours and beads. Bling bling...

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Amanda Necklace

I loved creating this necklace, this is one of my favourite projects.
Eva Keiser is one of the beader's that I really admire, and although I have not used the St Petersburg chain before, it was actually fun to make. (Bead and Button). Toho 1.5mm cubes, fire polished beads and cylinder beads were used in this porject.

Monday, 27 July 2009


I had not been too lazy the past week or two. I taught classes for 5 days this past week .Here are 4 projects I finished and I even wrote a few new patterns, no photo's yet.
I taught a Russian Leaf workshop which the girls loved - the inspiration for the class came from the wonderful work of the Russian Bead Masters. I had to do a lot of research and I found a lot of new ideas and creative designs to use the diagonal weave with. Must admit, I love the workshops on a specific technique, the next one is in August on Beaded Beads. Thanks to all the creative people who share their work so readily with us.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Seed beads?Why why why?

Marcia De Coster asked us to explain why we love seed beads. The questions of eye sight, how long and my patience are well known to me. I taught my Master Peyote II Group yesterday and it was the ideal time to ask all the bead lovers why they prefer seeds. Pat said she loves to touch them and to just look at them, Barbara agreed and admitted the buys them, just to have them all, and me, well ,you all know my bead stash. Should I say anymore. I love that little objects so much, that I'd rather wear old clothing than be without the latest colours of seed beads. But most important of all, is what we can create with an ordinary little glass bead, a needle and a piece of thread. My creativity blooms when I have it between my fingers - and I can do it anywhere, you just need a bead tray and you can be arty and crafty. It is also a wonderful way to relief stress - most of the girls in my classes have very stressful day jobs. Throughout the years I have travelled the world and have met a lot of new friends - all because of a tiny seed bead. The photos show some of the work done by my students - most of them are today very good teachers themselves, bringing joy to others by means of a seed bead. Yesterday we also discussed the fact that we think beading releases something in your brain, that forces you to stay loyal for a lifetime. Believe it or not - even my Char is now beading - staying in during the afternoons to bead. The best is that I laugh a lot more, because I hear the best jokes in Gauteng!Thanks girls I love you all!!

Saturday, 4 July 2009


This is old Jolly Jackie - what a pleasure to work on. That well known French song had been in my head the whole time that I worked on this piece. Thanks Vyolina - I re-designed the ring to be a bracelet. Today I am going to sit in front of the fireplace and bead, my hands are stiff from the cold.