Friday, December 4, 2009

Celtic Weave Necklace

This is a lovely geometric looking necklace using square stitch. The necklace is done entirely in Delicas and closes with a large hidden snap. I am going to add a small Margarette crystal in the center for just the right bling.

Malachite wonder

My friend, Christine turned 60 recently and loves the color green. I wanted to make something special for her.

Here I used bead embroidery for the double malachite pendant and surrounded the bezel with seed beads and crystals. The necklace is a triple bead strand on a core which I invented. The necklace closes with a chain so it can be worn long or short.

4 Bugs on a book

These look like centipedes, don't they? The bugs are made of waxed linen; in some cases at least 9 feet of waxed linen were used to make them. Keith Smith is the author of this unusual and beautiful stitch.

Egyptian Style Bracelet

This right angle weaved (RAW) bracelet is a pattern by Shelly Nybakke. Little stacks of RAW are embellished with 4mm crystals and put together with strings of seed beads and additional 4mm crystals. It feels very regal.

Single Coptic stitched book

This fine book uses the coptic stitch for its binding. The stitch makes a chain across the signatures.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Living in LaLa Land

A bead embroidered lizard using a stacking technique and bocche stitch. The lizard tail was made by Linda Roberts, San Diego. Size 11, Delicas and bugle beads were used to create one of my most fave reptiles. Little gold rings and sequins serve as the lizard eyes.


A bead embroidered pendant inspired by Sherry Serafini. A bone face is the focal point. Flowers, bugles, seed beads, a bird, leaves and crystal highlight this creation. It hangs on a size 8 Ndebele necklace.

Halloween 6-span stitch boo-oooook arts

A fun holiday book full of Halloween images. The 2 signatures are bound into the book with orange cube beads. Booooooo!

Raspberry Jammin

This is a 2-drop peyote base bracelet with netting on the outside of seed beads and fire polish beads. It closes with a magnetic slider.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Beaded Calendar dolls

Here is my year long commitment to create one doll per month. Each doll is 3" tall and have been mounted on a wooded block. What a great time I had with this challenge.

Beaded Journal Project

This is a portion of my completed year long commitment to Robin Atkins, Bead Embroidery Artist. I beaded one butterfly per month and assembled all into one bound book. I used Coptic stitch to bind the butterflies together. On the outside cover is a metal butterfly.

Beaded bracelet

Doozy of a Druzy. The focal bead is an enhanced Druzy Crystal. I've used peyote stitch around the Druzy. Snaps are hidden under the Druzy as the closure. The band is done in Delicas with a small strip of Delicas for accent.

Beaded Pendant

Leapin' Lizard. Bead Embroidered pendant using size 11 seed beads measures 4 inches in length. The focal beads include a marquis shaped blue topaz from my NY friend, Bunny and polymer clay "lizard tail" made by Linda Roberts of San Diego. I love the complex design Linda achieved in the tail. Thank you Bunny & Linda for the inspiration!

Book arts

Herringbone Stitched book. See the ways the threads cross, hence the name of the stitch.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Beaded Art Doll - August

This is the last doll in a series of 12. I love the fox face. It is called Beesh ligaii ma-e (Sterling Fox, Navajo). This doll took extra long to bead as I used brick stitch for the entire piece. It has a Southwestern feel and features coral & turquoise in it.


A 2-drop peyote base filled with Swarovski crystals on top. It shines at every angle possible!

Beaded Journal Page - August

A big woo hoo for the last butterfly of the year. I used a stitch that gives the butterfly lots of texture. The next challenge is to bind all 12 butterflies into a book format.


This is titled "Snake in the Grass". The pouch is done in brick stitch with Paua swirl on the front. There is a squiggle fringe and square stitch strap. On the strap is the snake with some leaves hanging from it.

Book Arts

Another Art Unraveled book class. This is a double coptic stitched book with insets. Loved the outcome of this one.

Book Arts

Art Unraveled is over for the year and this is one of the books we made. It is a star book with tree cutouts and pop ups. It was a hard feat cutting the trees out!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Beaded Cuff

I really enjoyed the first cuff I made and since I was "warmed up" continued in my cuff quest. This one is named Victoria's Secrets as there is a lock on her brain. The face is from ERA Graphics. I enjoy purple and the face is royal with the selection of this color. Size 11 and 8 seed beads, hex, wire, Delicas and size 4 squares were used. I also peyoted the squares several times to give the piece dimension. What fun. Another magnetic closure and leather backing finishes the piece.

Beaded Art Doll - July

Meet Ms. Indy Pendance in her red, white and blue seed beads. A little star is in her chest and she hold a beaded sparkler. She is done in bead embroidery.

Beaded cuff

Mr friend, Cork gave me the little toad and that's what started all this. I named it Toadstoy's Treasures. It is named after a little toad that moved into our backyard last year. The cuff has size 11 and 8 seed beads, Delicas, fused glass cabs, keishi pearls and leaves. It closes with a magnetic clasp and is lined with deer leather.

July Bead Journal

Here's the butterfly for the July commitment. Done in maroons and whites. Only one month to go and the year-long commitment will be done. Whoopey!

3D doll

Buddha's Hope. A 6" bead embroidered doll done in the theme colors of red, black and gold. So serene. On the bottom of Buddha is the symbol of Yin & Yang.

Book Arts

A simple Codex stitched book.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Beaded Journal Page - June

A soft lavender butterfly journal page for the month of June. I just made my own commitment by completing the design before the end of the month.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Beaded Art Doll - June

This is Sun Yet Sun. This doll celebrates the heat of the summer.

Beaded necklace

Pave Necklace. Original design by Cynthia Rutledge. The pendant uses Delicas. A lampwork focal bead is used and is adorned by coin crystals and a netting of Murano and other glass beads. The necklace is a Russian spiral stitch.

Cosmic YoYo Bracelet

Lampwork glass YoYo beads are used in this design. These beads are aptly named because there is a groove in the center of the beads that resembles the look of a yoyo. Delicas, size 11 and 4mm crytals embellish each bead. Each yoyo is held together with a square stitch.

Book Arts

This is called a turtle book because all the flaps fit into each other and are hidden. The color is perfect for the summer.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Beaded Journal Page - May

A blue butterfly celebrates the month of May.

Beaded Art Doll - May

Meet Double Happiness. She celebrates Asian Pacific Am Hertiage week. I used Ndebele, netting and Oglala stitch for this creation. She truly lifts your spirits with her happy face.

Book Arts

Nothing could be better than a book with beads! A great addition to my collection.

Beaded bracelet

A labor of love. Braided strips form this lovely Maggie Meister creation. I tweaked it slightly.

Beaded Journal Page - April

I forgot to include last month's BJP for April. The butterfly is done in size 11 seed beads and some hex beads.

Beaded necklace

A beaded necklace and earring set I made for mom for Mother's Day. The necklace is done in spiral rope with a peyote bezel. The earrings mimic the necklace.

Book Arts

Buttonhole book binding. A cutout in the binding reveals the signatures. The stitching is on either side of the binding.