Wednesday, August 30, 2017


Clio's Dazzled!

This is an interesting one to me; at first glance it appears chaotic, colors randomly bouncing around. But there is a clear rhythm to it; there IS a pattern in there. The colors rotate and the black and white swap back and forth. The chevrons of Sour Puss and Bitchin Camaro are strong and structural, but in person the SP looks like spiraling strikes of lightning, while BC acts like a shadow.
It was a surprise to see it all resolve so clearly in the photo.

This is the last of August's set of Primer Puss squares.
We still have some Primer Puss bead kits available in the Shop!

Try one and enjoy!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

10 Clio's Crest

 How Regal!
I knew Clio was a pretty fancy cat, and now she even has her own crest!

Well okay, this square just reminded me of a quartered heraldic crest, and Miss C
fit it to a T.
Turns out domestic cats actually do appear on authentic medieval crests, so it's not that farfetched!

I had several ideas for this square, and used a page from the forthcoming Contemporary Geometric Beadwork coloring book to try and trace them out. I'm glad I put them down on paper--
I can't wait to follow up with actual beads!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Square 9, is a dazzler:

Clio can't take her eyes off it!

It's our third Primer Puss square, with two more to come here in August.

The Primer Puss kit is available at the Bead Blog Shop, and it consists of our 9-tube Primer colorway plus a bonus full-size tube of Sour Puss, that stunning acid yellow.

The basic threadpath for the warped square can be viewed HERE. We are using size 11 Delica beads, with an edge of size 15 rocailles.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


I daresay Clio's starting to look like a digital native:

Square number eight continues our Primer Puss collection for August. I love the way the ribbons of color float above the field of concentric squares. This background works because it's made up of four colors, in a favorite pattern style of mine. Rather than black-black, white-white to get the effect of stripes, it's metallic-black, clear-white, in that order. The metallic and clear act in a way as half-tones, softening the zig-zag edge of the usual peyote stitch stripe. Because of their reflective and refractive surfaces, they break up the visual plane of that pattern, too, which allows the bold bands of color to hover.

Primer Puss kits are still available in the Shop! That's our Primer colorway with a free full-size tube of Sour Puss added in. 

This is the second of five Primer Puss squares we'll be featuring for the month of August. The squares are made of size 11 Delica beads, edged with size 15 rocailles.

As always, the basic Warped Square threadpath can be viewed HERE.

She's super interested!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


Square Seven:  Still Sour

I can't get enough of Sour Puss. Or Primer, our primary-based colorway. So for August, we'll be putting the two together every Wednesday!

We'll be adding a FREE tube of Sour Puss to every Primer Kit we sell in August! It's called Primer Puss! Grab yours in the BeadBlogShop. There are five Wednesdays in August, so we'll be posting five free patterns to go with that kit!

An event so special really deserves its own mascot, so Clio, who knows a thing or two about being a sour puss, has generously stepped in to take that role.


Clio loves her new job!