Happy New Year!

2018 is here, and I wish all of you health, happiness, and peace in the new year!

Lots of exciting things are happening here:

  • All the Star Patterns are now in the Etsy Shop, so there is only one link on the menu
  • As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I’m retiring several of my classes; look for those tutorials in the Shop sometime in February
  • I’m in the process of creating new classes, and bringing back the Double Petal Earrings class.  They should be on the calendar in February and March
  • I’ve been asked to teach an add-on class for the Heart of Texas Bead Retreat in September, so I’m finishing up that design now!

Better get back to the beading table…  Happy Beading to all of you!

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2017 is almost over!

As 2017 is rapidly coming to a close, I want to remind everyone that I’ll be retiring some of my classes to make room for some new offerings in 2018 (more info on them coming soon!).  In January, I will be offering a few classes for the last time on consecutive Sundays: 15 Daggers, Fleur de Mer Pendant, Structured Triangles, and Peyote Petals.  See the Calendar for dates and times.  Hope to see you in class!

I’m also in the process of moving my Star Patterns into the Etsy shop, so that all shopping can be done in one place.  When I’ve finished moving everything, there will only be one link under Shop in the menu.  The Christmas Star patterns and the Blue Frost Star are already on Etsy.

Thank you again for the overwhelming support!  I couldn’t do it without you!

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The Phoenix – Deco for the Holidays for Sale on Etsy for a few months

I really don’t have any of my tutorials for sale because I am still actively teaching my classes.  But, there were so many requests for the pattern for the beautiful red/gold holiday edition of the The Phoenix, that I decided to sell the tutorial on Etsy.

A few people have mentioned that the cost was more than they wanted to pay for a tutorial, however because I am still teaching this class, I cannot make it any lower.  I hope you’ll understand.  Once the instruction phase is over, I’ll be able to reduce the price.  But, right now, I want to have people come to my classes.

You can order for instant download at:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/572644809/the-phoenix-pendant-deco-for-the  There are two PDF files: One is the tutorial, and the other is the Deco graphic pattern, which includes the bead numbers used in the red/gold colorway.

Please note!  you also get the graphs, bead numbers, etc. for the Plum and Black  colorways with the Deco graphic pattern.

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, please know that I am thankful to all of you for your support…  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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The Phoenix “Rises Up” as a star!

Ever since designing The Phoenix pendants, I’ve been curious about how they’d look as a Star.  So, using the Rise Up pattern, I worked the first 14 rounds of the base square.  Then, I modified round 15 to be a Zip Row.  Oh, I changed the colors too!



I think the star is very interesting…  Try it for yourself with any of the Phoenix patterns!

And, be sure to send a photo that I can share in the Student Gallery.



If you haven’t taken The Phoenix class yet, there is one scheduled for Sunday, November 19th, from 1:00-4:00 PM at Sea of Beads.  You will need to call them to register, here is the link to their calendar for more information.

Hope to see you there!

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The Phoenix – for the Holidays…

I have a class for The Phoenix coming up at the end of the month, and I started thinking that it would fun to create a “Holiday” version.  So, using the Deco pattern, I substituted reds and gold for the plum colors and I LOVE the result!  Generally, I don’t wear gold, but I think I’ll wear this one…  What do you think?


For those of you who already have the pattern, follow the instructions for the Plum Colorway and substitute the following colors:

11/0 Delicas:
DB602 – Silver lined Red (A)
DB1833 – Duracoat Galv. Yellow Gold (B)
DB791 – Opaque Red (dyed) (C)
DB753 – Dark Red Matte (D)

15/0 Seed Beads – #P471 (E)
3 ~ 6mm Aurum 2X Bicones
1 ~ 4mm Gold Firepolish


If you haven’t taken the class, please join us on October 28th, from 1-4:00 PM at Sea of Beads.  You will need to call them to register; here’s a link to their calendar for more information.  Hope to see you there!

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