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…
“Heart Pagoda” designed exclusively for the HOT Bead Retreat…
Thrilled with the structure of this piece! More colorways will be available as the summer progresses. Overall length of the pendant is about 3″.
The Heart of Texas Bead Retreat is a wonderful retreat with some lovely teachers and projects! Offered in Spring and Fall, check out their website for additional information and dates. There might be a few spots available for Spring, but my add-on class is in the Fall (September 20-23, 2018), and registration is now open!
I was shocked when I saw my last post was in January! How did it get to be April? So, I guess I need to share what I’ve been up to for the past few months. 🙂
I’ve revamped my Peyote, Odd & Even class, and created two separate classes with their own projects. I found that my beginning students were hungry for a project rather than simply learning a new technique. Peyote 101 is devoted to Even Count peyote, and students create a bracelet. Peyote 102 is Odd Count, and the project is a pendant with a tube bail. I love seeing the colors chosen, and there are already some photos in the Student Gallery! Very happy with this change.
A lot of my projects have been in Delicas over the years, but I found a new appreciation for working with seed beads again when I created three new classes: Mixed-Up Tubular, Fandango Earrings, and Super Fandango. The “Fandango” classes are part of my Dagger series that began with 15 Daggers a few years ago. And Mixed-Up Tubular is a fabulous, supple rope combining herringbone, chenille, and peyote stitches. Looking forward to teaching them in April!
Two of my “retired” class tutorials are now available in the Shop: 15 Daggers and Fleur de Mer. I’ve had a lot of students in these classes over the years, so I hope the tutorials are well received. They are fun to make!
And, last but not least, I finished the design for the Add-On Class at the Fall 2018 Heart of Texas Bead Retreat in Austin! More to come on that once the links are made public…
So, dear beading friends, hope to see you in a class if you’re in the Austin area (the Calendar is up to date). And, if you aren’t, I hope you’ll visit the Etsy shop and take a look at the offerings.