Tapestry Star Pattern is available

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.

TapestryStar_KLDI 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!

Warped Squares and New Star Patterns…

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!

New graphic patterns for “The Phoenix”

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!