BEADS! Here are my first few completed projects:
My first project, a beaded amulet pouch (circular peyote stitch):
This project was taught at the Spirit of Cross Stitch festival in Des Moines on Sept. 10, 1998.
This is an important date because this was my first hands-on beading. This bag is made with peyote stitch, my
first and still my favorite stitch.
My second project, beaded netting (five-bead netting stitch):
My instructions on how to start this netting necklace:
My instructions (in photos) to help with finishing this netting necklace:
My first bracelet, Peyote Daisy Chain (flat peyote stitch):
I learned this from Vicki Star and Jeannette Cook's book "Beady Eyed Women's Guide to
Exquisite Beadwork: A Peyote Stitch Primer."
My last piece of early beading is this second amulet bag I made, which is in brick stitch:
I designed both sides myself as different quilt blocks, because my mom likes to quilt: Grandmother's Garden
and Dresden Heart. I also designed the matching peyote stitch strap. And the other side:
now fast forward to . . .
I didn't do much more beading until years and years later in Spring 2007 when I joined in with a few fellow
RV'ers who were beading with and learning from new beading friend and RV'er Linda Payne. We've had a lot
of fun and I'm sure glad I've started beading again.
Here are some of my completed projects from 2007:
Diagonal Blocks Bracelet: First I made the pink and blue one--love it!!
Then I decided to use a rainbow of colors instead of just a single center color. Love it even more!!
Lesson learned: I had never used a toggle clasp before I made this pink and blue bracelet. If I did it again,
I'd make the narrow part at the far left just another couple of rows longer, to make the clasp a little easier to fasten.
Here are my own detailed instructions for making this bracelet, including
a webpage link where we found this lovely pattern by Shala Kerrigan.
Here's a square I designed in 2007 for the Rose Bead Quilt to benefit breast cancer research:
(I'll be adding more photos here when I can.)
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This page was created 2-28-2002 and last updated 1-10-2008