Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Here's another that I went ahead and made into earrings; I'm not even close to through with the idea of these blanket stripes yet!

While the Blanket Stripe was directly inspired by my Pendleton wool bead bag, this one I just made up.So while it's not quite the real thing, I think it catches the spirit of those lovely textiles really well, hence the name: Pendletonian!
Clio seems really inspired by the blankets too. Inspired to take a nap!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

34 ❤💙💚💛💜

Too Sweet!            Be Mine
           You're Cute
Text Me

Having some fun this week with Valentine's Day.

I hope you'll find that heart pattern useful; it will work with any peyote stitch, not just a square. You'll notice the hearts look kind of stretched out on the pattern. I had drawn them on my square graph paper in a way that I thought would work, but nope! I went back and reworked it and here's the result.

A photo really can't do justice to the beautiful effect of the clear beads with that pink thread. I used Sakura from Hana, and it's perfectly effervescent!

A reminder that these squares are all designed with Miyuki Delica beads in size 11. For basic Warped Square instructions, click here.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


I'm always going on about the textile aspect of this work--it's beadweaving, right?

So this week I decided to take my inspiration from a textile that's quite close to me--my bead bag!
A local gal uses Pendleton fabrics to make cute zipper pouches, and when I saw this one I didn't even try to resist. I've since learned that the pattern is called Tamiami, after the Tamiami Trail in Florida, which I regret to say I hadn't heard of. See the whole blanket and learn more HERE. It's really worth a look; I had assumed this was a border, but the wonderful stripes cover the entire blanket. It's swoon-worthy!

I'm really pleased and excited to see how the triangles turned out. This opens up many possibilities for MORE STRIPES!
As always, you can find the basic Warped Square pattern at the BeadBlogShop; I am using size 11 Delica beads, and continue to work from my palette of 36 colors. I'll be glad to send you the list or put together a kit for anyone who is interested.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


This week I've done something a little different.

We went to Los Angeles over the weekend for a concert, and I thought with all that beading time I would come up with something spectacular. Well, we left late on Friday and it was too dark as we headed south, we arrived at 1am and Clio decided she had had enough sleep so what were we doing trying to sleep ourselves? MEOWMEOWMEOW!!

By the time we were headed north again on Sunday I was feeling pretty brain dead. I pulled out this center that I had started and struggled to find a direction. I loved the blend of Very Peri and Blue Dog, but couldn't find my black beads to continue the edging I had started, blah blah complain whine...then I noticed my tube of bead soup from the last couple of months.

In case you're not familiar with the term, Bead Soup is what you get when you don't bother to sort out your tray after working. They get scooped into a tube and create a nice blend:

I liked the result so much I decided to make a second square for earrings. I'm posting them for sale on my website Here.

Instead of a pattern this week, I am going to offer a recipe:


Two colors, try tone-on-tone or high contrast (see last week's square).
Color numbers below refer to Miyuki Delica beads unless otherwise noted.

Other combinations to try are:
798 Blue Dog + 724 Gojira
651 Yellow Sun + 1202 Electrical Banana
010 Adam-12 (shiny black) or 310 Gravity (matte black) + 749 Cat Burglar
262 Absinthe + Electrical Banana
262 Absinthe + 375 Superfund
...the list goes on!
If you have trouble choosing, you can narrow it down to colors already found in your Soup.

I chose to line my fields of color with the most intense colors in the mix, Kandi and Tardis, and black, rather than two lines of black.

I used alternating rounds of:
798 Blue Dog + 760  Very Peri
791 Kandi + 795 Testy
for six rounds.

Edged with one round each:
010 Adam-12

Then nine rounds of Bead Soup. Mine contains a fairly consistent set of colors, from the Prime and Phoenix colorways mostly. There are a couple of odd silver-lined and metallic beads in there too.

Finished with one round each:
791  Kandi
010 Adam-12

And an edging of:
15-190  Mercury

You can always find basic instructions for making a Warped Square HERE.

And Clio?
She hopped into the car on Sunday without a mew, fell into a deep sleep for the entire trip and woke up early Monday morning in order not to miss her usual nap:

Feet up and everything!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


C'est chic!

I didn't expect it, but this week's stripes reminded me of the classic Mariniere, the French sailor's top, Done to perfection here by Petit Bateau. While searching for photos I found myself in serious shopping jeopardy:
I have a passion of long standing for that intense blue+red combination!
I don't think I could have made a better companion square if I had tried. Maybe I should go order one of those shirts...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Yes, more stripes!

The 'Primer' kit remains my favorite for stripes, not least because it includes Peep Show, and this pattern really shows off that crystal clear bead.

I really enjoy the way the stripes flow off the edge in this square, and wondered what the stripes would do if several squares were joined. Luckily that's fairly easy to mock up in Illustrator:
This would make some spectacular Space Bacon! I felt like the stripes described a pair of whirling paths, like dancers, so I named this one Pas de Deux.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018



As much as I really love grays with black (I am wearing 7 articles of gray and black clothing as we speak), I felt like the photos were looking a little sad. This week's stripe makes fine use of most of the Phoenix colorway, still available in the shop:
I had a lot of options here. I might have continued the center section stripe out to the tips, which would have made the black and cream stripes stand out more, or done different stripes at the tips rather than carrying them across, or done the tips solid, get the picture! I'm very pleased with this square. I sketched out the basic idea quite a few weeks ago and it was fun to finally get to work it. More like this in my future, I think.

It will make spectacular Space Bacon, I think, joined along the edges. Any and all of these stripes will be really exciting as joined pieces.