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!

Behind the Design

Happy October!  Where has this year gone?  So many beads, so little time…

As most of you know, I prefer to work on an idea, then draw it up if I decide I want to create a tutorial or pattern.  My latest Star pattern idea actually ended up with two possibilities.

The first is one, I’m calling Arrowhead (for now) because of the southwest coloring and the arrow-like band of squash around it.  But, at the last minute when working on my squares, I changed some colors.  I knew it would change the look!  As a result, I’m not loving the star motif in the center –  will tweak this one some more…


But, it inspired me to create the Blue Frost Star.  This one has an “icy” look to it and the crystal beads are almost see through!  I forgot to take a picture of it before I displayed it at Sea of Beads, so the photo at right is a little hard to see.  I’ll have a better picture soon, since I’m working on the pattern and graphs now.

Happy Beading!