Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Above, the view from Lela's Taverna, Kardamyli, Mani, Greece.

I'm delighted with what the addition of Peep Show is doing for this month's colorway. I mentioned last week that I hoped it would bring some air into the designs, and it has--fresh air, like a sea breeze!

Hence the name of this week's square, Lela's View. I really like the sort of shadow cast by Stormy Lilac opposed to Very Peri, like a gently overcast sky. Am I being romantic? Ah well, so be it!

There are still kits available for November's colorway, Pylos Plus, available in the shop.
And as always,  you can refresh your memory with the Warped Square threadpath here.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


For November I have chosen to work with the kit titled 'Pylos'.  When I picked out these colors they reminded me of a sunny beach day, so I named it after 'Sandy Pylos', the coastal home of King Nestor in the Iliad and Odyssey.

I added crystal-clear Peep Show to add some visual air to the combination, and I think it's going to be great. Yes, 'going to be'--I'm off to bead my square right now!

OK! Here's the photo. I left the edging of 15's off to show how you could line up a pair of these with a connected spiral. Pretty cool I think. I have done a key-style square that can be joined continuously, and I'll try to work one up in this colorway this month.

You'll want to consider thread color with this one, with the clear beads in the design. I chose Hana's beautiful Pool blue. Artbeads carries all 12 luscious colors of Hana thread!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Wanna hear something really scary?
It's 5pm on Halloween, the shadows are long, and I haven't beaded my square yet!!

Clio's sense of urgency here is underwhelming. Sometimes I think she's not that interested in this whole project!

I went ahead and drew up the pattern, though, and we'll see how long it takes me to post a photo. If I don't get it done tonight, I bet one of you will have it finished before me. Y'all are scary fast!!

Last week when I did the cat face, I became interested in the many ways to 'draw' an eye within the weave of our peyote stitch square. So this week's square is all eyes, peeking out of the shadows. It will make a nice companion earring to Meowlloween, too.

This will be the last week I'm offering Persephone Plus, with its free tube of beautiful silver-lined purple Posh. I think, in fact, that there are only two kits left.

This square was (uh, will be) made using size 11/0 Delica beads, with an edge of size 15/0 rocailles.
Basic Warped Square threadpath may be viewed HERE.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017


As you've likely noticed, I don't typically do this sort of pixelated design in my beadwork. But when This idea came to me I just had to try it for Halloween. Oh sorry, make that Meowlloween!
I think it turned out pretty well!
 Again I've used Persephone Plus, October's darkly lovely color scheme. There's just one more Wednesday in October to go, and I have a few kits left. LOVE that Posh Purple in there.
Clio and I wish everyone a Happy Meowlloween!

This square is worked in size 11 Delica beads, with an edging of size 15 rocailles.
Review the basic Warped Square threadpath HERE.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Still working with the deep dark Persephone Plus colorway this week, with a spooky-romantic Halloween in mind.

The center focus of this design lends itself to a 'flick', where I snipped the thread between the two gray beads in the top corner and pulled half the round out. Then I reinforced the edges and finished them with size 15 rocailles.

It's a fun way to reach out into a new dimension with the squares, and plus it looks like a little cat tongue!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Home at Last

We really enjoyed our trip to Montana, and it was fun seeing Clio's world expand. She spent her first 16 years as an indoor cat, and now finds herself an interstate traveler. Check her out, she really enjoyed scanning the countryside:
Clearly, though, she's glad to be home:

Morgan held her on his lap like this for a couple of hours this morning. She was totally zonked!

October's colorway is based on my Persephone kit, a dark and broodily romantic set. I added Posh, a silver-lined purple, for this month's bonus color, and it really adds some glamour:

I'm not totally satisfied with this pattern; I was going for something reminiscent of a fleur de lis at the  corners. But there just wasn't time to rework it.  That's one of the things I've set myself to learn from the WSW project:  that I can't always make things perfect. This square has some good elements, and I hope that you can take those and make something you enjoy.

Find the Persephone Plus Bonus bead kit in the shop.

And as always, the basic Warped Square threadpath can be viewed Here.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


We are road-tripping this week, and had a wonderful drive through Yellowstone National Park:

Hey wait, what??
Clio, get back in the car!!

Weather was on our side all the way, with snow on the pass as we left Tahoe, and we could see it on the mountains, with dramatic clouds, all the way up through Nevada.

At first I was stumped to find one more way to use this colorway, but I think I was just trying too hard. I decided to keep it simple, following one of my favorite patterns, which I think of as a tweed. Typically I just use a three-color repeat, but here I used a progression:

Using an odd-count repeat jogs the color placement, giving the composition some energy, and the Creem really opens it up and lightens the effect of these colors which can be a little dense when used up against each other. With that in mind, and thinking of our destination, I've called it Big Sky.