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:  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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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!

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Welcome to Karen Long Designs


One of my joys as an instructor is seeing students finish a project.  I love witnessing the excitement and sense of accomplishment…  Plus, the wonderful variety of beads used by the students is intoxicating!

Because I like to have interaction with my students, I’m offering the Student Gallery.  Organized by class name, students may opt to have photos of their work published on the site.

The Gallery offers views of my designs, and any that are offered as classes will have a brief description in the Classes section.

My upcoming classes are shown on the Calendar, and also listed in the Upcoming Events.  Currently, I teach my classes at Sea of Beads in Austin TX, and students must register with them.

I also have some of my patterns available for sale through the Shop link.  It will take you to my Square eCommerce site.  Sorry, but this is only available for US customers at this time.

I hope you’ll subscribe to get notification of new posts, and stop by often to see what’s new!

Happy Beading…

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