Wednesday, May 16, 2018


So Close!!

We are just five squares away from a full year, how exciting! It's nerve-wracking too, as there is a whole lot going on here just now, culminating in the Bead&Button Show in 3 weeks. 3 WEEKS?!

I'll make this quick:
Working in my beloved tweeds the last couple of weeks gave me the idea of playing around with the arrangement of the colors. I wanted facing quadrants featuring a single color to blend along the sides. So here there are facing quadrants featuring green and lilac striped with neutrals, and then all four colors are blended along the sides. It's pretty, but maybe not as striking as it could be with stronger contrast. Notice that I chose to work the 4-color sides so that the green and purple create 'horizontal' bands leading toward the stripe ends.

As always, you can find the basic Warped Square threadpath HERE. These patterns are shown worked in size 11 Delica beads. Bead kits still on SALE!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018


Yes, more sunshine and green green green:

I have never enjoyed springtime so much as I do here at Lake Tahoe; our garden is looking lovely, the birds and animals are romping around, and the air is just heavenly. 

But this square is really more about the concept than the colors of sun, sky and grass. In my bead box I ran across a stray triangle like the ones I made for my folding lotus bracelet:

I still really like the way those stripes line up when joined to create their own fields of pattern. They  blur the line between triangles and make you question what you are looking at. And I think the individual triangle look cool too, with their strong colors interrupted and kicked off balance with this bold graphic section. Looks good in a square, too! And of course the squares can be joined in various ways, including into stars and twisty ribbons!

Basic WS pattern is available HERE
And I still have bead kits available at half price in the shop. Right now I'm offering the 'Prism/Phoenix' and 'Primer/Temple Prime' kits. Each of these has been featured numerous times here in the blog and in CGB patterns like the Exploding Sets.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


I'm not sure just what I had in mind as I started this week's square; I just thought it would be interesting to have the geometric shapes kind of spiral out in size...and then I forgot and made the blue and green ones the same width! So I stopped and took a deep breath and thought about what to do...
I had some reminders this week of earlier squares using this colorway (Primer/Temple Prime bead kit, still On Sale!), and remembered how effective it was to float the bright colors over a 'tweed' field.So I used that for a border and I'm really happy with it!

It reminds me of those sort of flag signs for railroads, hence the name.

Don't forget, the basic Warped Square threadpath can be found HERE, and bead kits are half price!

Sunday, April 29, 2018


Okay, enough!

These Delica beads are taking up way too much real estate, in my house and in my head.

With the end of WSW in sight, therefore, I am slashing prices on these kits. They are mostly Primer and Prism, which will take you a long way with the blog squares, and also with CGB patterns like the Primer Kaleidocycle and Exploding Sets.

Kits are HALF-PRICE! I'll have these kits at Bead&Button, but my students get first dibs-- don't count on there being many left!


Some of the fun you can have with Primer.
Yes, I'll be throwing in Sour Puss, that acid yellow, for as long as supplies hold out!

Below are some of your options with Prism. ALL of these patterns are already out there, free on the blog, posted for CGB pre-orders, or in the WS Packets!

Oddly, I can't find an image for the exploding sets pattern in my computer. A printable version of that pattern can be found HERE. This set of colors is also featured in a flat-sewn verson of the kaleidocycle.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


This week's square is a bit of a color study, using different combinations of yellow, blue, and green. While I worked on it, it felt like an expression of the many shades of green emerging in the early springtime. When it was finished it just reminded me of Wasabi Peas, yum!

And now I need a snack.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Warped Square Class in Truckee!

I am happy to announce I'll be leading a couple of WS Workshops in Truckee, CA this summer.

Join me at Atelier, a charming space on an equally charming Main Street. Classes are currently scheduled for July 11 and August 25.

Full information at

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


So. It's spring.
I guess you may have noticed by now that I am a person who would delight in eight months of winter. But the fleeting nature of snow season is part of what makes it precious and special, so I am reconciled to having four seasons in the year.

We've had mild temperatures for a while, but a couple of cold snaps have brought us a bit more snow.

This week's square features springtime colors, but the addition of white and that odd duck, Bitchin Camaro, give it a frosty edge. It would be easy to manipulate the quadrants here to create the stripe of your choice.

Try making a pair of harmonious but not matching earrings!