Carrier Beads are making a huge impact these days! I will be leading a workshop at the Austin Bead Society on June 25th on how to work with them. We” be doing even count peyote in the workshop, and I guarantee that once you make one, you’ll be hooked. I’ll have a few patterns for the workshop. But, there are already so many online, that I don’t think you’ll have any trouble finding your next project!
Here are few of mine:
May the Beads be with you…
The “Tapestry” star grew out of wanting to use certain beads together… I really liked the look of the mandarin orange and royal blue colors, so I made them the focal points. The beautiful luster of the cream color and a little sparkle with the metallic iris (one of my favorite beads DB0029) were the final bead choices. The pattern is available in my Shop now.
I think this is one of those stars that would look great no matter what bead colors you choose.
The trick to exposing a great graphical pattern in your pieces is to use different tones/finishes of beads. If all your beads are a luster finish, it will be hard to see the pattern that you take so much time to create. Also, having a strong contrast between bead colors brings out the details of a pattern.
I tend to use opaque and matte finishes, then compliment with a shiny bead, like the metallic in this one, or a luster finish.
Have fun! Happy Beading!
After creating two new graphic designs for The Phoenix (see post), I was on a roll! Making warped squares always starts me dreaming up new patterns for the Stars… The first one I finished is based on the middle tier of the “Summer Fun” pattern. It’s named “Summer Links” and is available in my Shop now.
I really liked the effect of changing colors on the herringbone stitch, and thought it would be interesting to see how I could incorporate it into the seams of the star.
The “links” are very obvious because the colors – pink and yellow – are so different. This star turned out to be a joyful celebration of color and fun!
I’m working on two more designs… will have more info once the stars are finished.
Many people only make the stars around the holidays, but I like to give mine as gifts year round. They are perfect to celebrate special occasions, like a graduation or promotion! Last year my niece, Ashley, graduated with her MBA and my nephew, Ian graduated from high school. They both got a personal star from me and loved them. And, a few years ago, my sister, Deb, got a big promotion. Her special star is on her desk at work.
So pass the love around and reward your shining stars with their own Star!
Two new patterns for “The Phoenix” pendant are now available in my Etsy Shop. Spring Fever and Summer Fun were released today! (Click on the photos below to go directly to the item in the Shop.) If you previously purchased the Assembly Instructions or the Deco for the Holidays, all you need is one of these NEW graphic patterns to make these pendants.
Keeping the assembly separate from the graphics, allows me to create new designs quickly. Plus there is the bonus of not having to bundle two files each time I offer a new design.
I really hope you enjoy making and wearing these two pendants… I LOVE mine!
The response to my new classes has been overwhelming… thanks so much for your support!
The first class of Mixed-Up Tubular was full within a week of posting, but I was able to add an overflow class the next day, which also filled up! This was a really fun class to teach and the color selections by the students were fabulous… I posted some class photos in the Student Gallery, and can’t wait to get some finished photos. I’ve already seen some in person and they are awesome!
Super Fandango is also full at this time… the next offering is Sat, June 2, 2018 from 1-4:00 PM. The Calendar is up to date on this site, but if you are on Facebook, you can like my page (there is a link in the footer of this page to do that) and see events there too .
I also hear that my Add-On class at the Fall 2018 Heart of Texas Bead Retreat is filling up. How exciting!
Keep on beading…