Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Lilith Bracelet

A beautiful bracelet that can be worn with two different styles. Five pages to print. Easy to follow instructions and step by step illustrations and photos.
Available at  ( click on the photo) and

Monday, 1 September 2014

Spring at last

Today is the official date for the beginning of our  South African spring. A beautiful and sunny day - so happy spring is here at last. I am not a winter person at all, and like bears,  I tend to  hibernate during the cold winter months. Now I am awake and the ideas for new designs is flowing freely again.
The 40% discount offer sadly ends tomorrow, do not loose out. I trust you will enjoy making the free pattern and feel free to share with your friends on the social media. The next freebie will be available soon.
Do not forget to show off your Thembimbi Bracelet - I would love to see it! Share on my facebook page (see pattern for details)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Adriana Flower Bracelet

Beautiful feminine bracelet, that can be a stunning necklace too! Craw and peyote stitch combined and not difficult at all. Even though the pattern came so easily to me, I struggled for a few days to get the pattern published. At one stage I wanted to name my beautiful Adriana , Satan's daughter,  so frustrated I was with trying to publish the pattern.  First the illustrations that I did, did  not save correctly, then the file gave me that awful " file corrupted" message and in the last few days I rewrote, re illustrate the pattern at least six times. Well, it is now done and  posted  at last. And just for the record -  I was sooo  happy with the first pattern Enjoy

Friday, 22 August 2014

Minerva Warrior Bracelet

Minerva is a step by step beading pattern with full color diagrams and a written beading tutorial. Six pages to print. Czech O beads and Miyuki half tila beads are used. This bracelet is worth the effort and not difficult at all.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Carrie and Elizabeth

Finished the pattern at last.  Both the variations will be included in the pattern. So, if all goes well, I'll post the link to the pattern on Saturday.
This pendant is so beautiful I am going to make  a few extra in different colors  to match all my outfits.
Carrie is the pendant for the no nonsense lady, she wants something feminine but not over the top with bling as she wants to be in the background
Elizabeth is the choice for the women who wants to attract attention, still stylish but she want to be seen! What better way as to have bling bling around your neck

Fiona is such a lovely and elegant dress ring. The bonus is that it uses small amounts of left over beads and is quick to make.  The pattern can also be a beaded bead and I'll post some variations on this theme later on.
Basic knowledge required - tubular/circular peyote stitch
The pattern is very detailed with step by step instructions and illustrations
Materials - Miyuki half tila 2.5 x 5 mm, various sizes seedbeads in small quatities

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Gypsy Bracelet

I absolutely adore this bright and shiny bracelet. Wearing it will brighten even the dullest day.  Gypsies are so colorful and this bracelet needed a colorful name. Hear the tambourines!  Uneven count peyote stitch in various sizes beads and shapes give you this very textured bracelet.
The original bracelet was designed for my students in my peyote master class group. But I used dull colors at the time. Must admit when I reworked the pattern in the brighter colors, it looked a lot nicer too
Pattern available at my Etsy store

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Rose Quarts Pendant

The Rose Quarts Pendant Pattern is not a new design, but it is still ever so beautiful. Available at my Etsy Store

" Rose quartz is known as love gemstone. Its pink color signifies its meaning. It is all about ‘love’ in different forms like a love that is transcendental, love for the self, passionate love, love for the family, amorous love or universal love. Its high energy stimulate in intensifying love in relationships whether it is for a love between a mother and child, lovers and beloved or simply love for friends. Overall, this is a kind of gemstone that brings optimism pertaining to love and indeed brings so much happiness to the wearer."

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Carrie Pendant

The Carrie pendant is one of my most favorite designs ever. I love pink and that says it all.  The pattern will be ready to be posted  within a week or two, just busy working up one  in another color too.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Beaded Bracelet Tutorial with Czech O Beads Miyuki Half Tila Beads Czech Mini Dagger Beads - Suzelle bracelet

Rustic looking but very feminine bracelet made with Czech glass O beads, Czech mini daggers  and Miyuki Half tila beads.
Bracelet pattern with step by step instructions and detailed illustrations in color. Excellent photos
Nine pages to print
 Basic knowledge of circular peyote stitch needed
 Size of individual round component - 3.5 cm
Length adjustable to suit you. Lenght of bracelet on photo - 16.5 cm without clasp,18 cm with clasp
Available at

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Isigubhu Beaded Bead

 The Isigubhu beaded bead is the ideal project to get rid of all those
 left over beads.  Create a spectacular beaded bead in a variety of colors
 Isigubhu means traditional Zulu drum - the finished project resembles the
 traditional drum that is part of the traditional Zulu ceremonies.
 This project is for a round beaded bead Peyote Stitched
over a 14mm wooden core bead. It is an Intermediate Level
project. You should have a working knowledge of Circular
Peyote Stitch.
You will combine several types and sizes of seed beads to
create your pattern.
Step by step instructions with detailed illustrations and clear
 photos to guide you
Eight pages to print.

Seed beads 15 o, 11 o. 8 o
4 mm bi cones
 Available at


  • The isigubhu is a Zulu drum. The isigubhu is made out of a used oil drum, wrapped with ox hide known as isikhumba. Before each performance, the drum is set out in the sun, which makes the ox hide tautly stretched. This produces a sharp, resonant sound. The drum is frequently used in  dancing, , accompanied with clapping blocks of wood and singing.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Pendant Royale

Pendant Royale is specially designed to adorn your beautiful royal necks. I absolutely love these pendants as they are quick to create.  Work up  one in every color you love  to suit your mood

Friday, 4 July 2014


I made The Pendant in a pink and silver color scheme too. Very pretty, looks like strawberries and cream

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

GoldaBlack Pendant

The pendant, also known as Goldablack, is a lightweight pendant suitable for all occasions. I prefer the gold and black Delicas as it give the pendant a "royal" feel. A project for the intermediate level bead weaver.
Available at

Saturday, 29 March 2014

YouTube Interview

Please watch or rather listen to the interview Anne Dilker had with me a year ago, getting to know me and find out where I come from and the path it takes to design the patterns
Use this coupon for a 50% discount on ALL
my patterns priced  $6 and up.  Coupon valid till 31st March 2014
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Friday, 28 March 2014

The never ending story/necklace

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Sometimes I can still surprise myself. Years ago I entered an international competition with this necklace and even though  only chosen as a finalist was a big enough ego trip for me, as I then still considered myself a beginner just getting into seed bead weaving (Still cannot believe that I ever could consider this as something to be exhibited in the USA). Well, it was exhibited along with some of my other monstrosities of the time. Looking back on this event, my self confidence was much higher those years, than what it is today! Believe it or not - this necklace was made using herringbone, peyote, free form peyote and netting stitch all combined to create this loooooong tube, which I twisted and knotted and then added embellishments  onto. This creation is one of those once in a lifetime projects and a pattern would be impossible to write - the biggest nightmare would be to try and do an illustration on that darn knots.
Luckily, you can find my patterns on Etsy - the ones that I could pen down on paper.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Sale and Josephine - eye candy

Josephine is a piece of jewelry that I can  visualise  around  the neck of (Napoleon's )Josephine's neck. Combination of stitches used to create this piece of royalty to adorn your neck. A main pendant with matching hollow beaded beads.
Do not forget that the sale in my Etsy Store is still going strong - The BeadBook twelve patterns for only  $5-99.
Follow the link to see more designs

Saturday, 1 March 2014


Delilah is a delightful pattern - not yet posted - soon ,soon. I go through different stages in my bead weaving adventures,but beaded beads still fascinates me. This week I started to work on a design with tiny hollow beads and the possibilities are endless what you can do with these when you combine them together. The name that keep coming back to me is "Oopsies" So perhaps when you see the project posted - it might sound quite funny - Oopsies Peyote stitch bracelet pattern -  will have to re think the name on this one.
The Rani's  large cross is still pending, as I need to do some re designing on it, not too happy with what I did more than seven years ago.

Good news to all buyers: Purchase patterns to the amount of $15 or more  and you'll receive a 25% Discount coupon to use on future purchases - valid till end March 2014 

Friday, 28 February 2014

Olga Necklace

Olga is showcased in Marcia Decoster's new book - Marcia Decoster Presents. I am so happy to be featured in this publication, along with Heather Collin, friend and former student.
Previously listed as the Russian Christmas Ornament

Good news to all buyers: Purchase patterns to the amount of $15 or more  and you'll receive a 25% Discount coupon to use on future purchases - valid till end March 2014 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014


I am sure most of you wonder what does that mean. It means centipede in Zulu. To name my latest design was a bit of a challenge and after leaving it overnight, the next morning it look like a worm to me me. Not that a worm and a centipede have a lot in common - one has a hell of a lot of legs and the other one less.But this name just sounded so nice on the tongue. And when I post the photos I do hope that it would be beautiful to you. It is a right angle weave design, supple and as usual I was busy with something very different when this idea for a bracelet crept in.
Luckily the original idea  and design I did finish and you can have a peek later on this week.
Watch out for The Highlander, Shongololo and a yet to be named pendant and necklace.
Also found a few finished designs in that infamous - "Unfinished Project" box of mine, sadly I wrote the patterns as cryptic as you do not want a pattern to be written, especially when you made it a few years back, my memory is not what it used to be.
And more good news - I will post the bigger version for my Rani's Cross early next week.
Have a nice evening you all

Monday, 17 February 2014

Karen Pendant

Karen Pendant pattern is now available in my Etsy shop. A beautiful double sided pendant to wear around your neck - suitable for all occasions. If you like 3D beading, this is the pattern for you.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Sylvia Necklace

Sylvia is a cubic right angle weave pattern with seventeen step by step instructions and loads of very detailed illustrations. The necklace has a rustic appearance and the beautiful clasp detail makes Sylvia very special.
The pattern is very easy and an accomplished beginner can give this a sporting try and learn a lot of tricks regarding right angle weave.
Available at

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Sweetness is such a beautiful description for this pair of earrings. They are suitable for beginners and make up in a jiffy. Use up all those leftover beads and make gifts for your friends. They'll adore you!

Friday, 31 January 2014

The "new" Mika Pendant is available from my Etsy store. It was such fun to redo this golden oldie of mine. The previous version was so  classical with the plain colours. This version is vibrant and alive - make two and you can accommodate all your personalities

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Sabine Lippert

I have to share this beautiful bracelet from Sabine Lippert. Sparkle my wrist will be around my wrist soon.
Must make this as I do love the bling and the detail. Follow the link below to see details on Sabine's Shop.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Mika Pendant

The "old faithful" Mika Pendant is revived with jewelry colors. I discovered a lot of beautiful bright colors of Delicas when I had to evacuate my studio due to water damage. So in the next few weeks I'll share with you my understated color patterns in new vibrant, bright and funky color choices. As you may remember many moons ago I made the pendant in a solid gold color. This was one of my designs that my students favored because it is such a dainty pendant on a chain - understated elegance. The revised pattern is a double sided pendant and will be available on Etsy soon.