Heart of Texas Fall 2018 Add-On Class

“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!

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Busy Beading…

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.

Happy Beading!


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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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