Wednesday, February 28, 2018


LOL this one is sliding in in just the nick of time! I was out of town for a week, then Morgan and I spent his birthday weekend at the coast. No complaints from me, but things are at rather loose ends.

Luckily, Clio was here to help:

I love our range of grays in the palette and I'm always trying to think of ways to create gradients that flow. I had the idea this morning of drawing out the layers of color by extending the corner pairs from one color to the next. I think it's quite effective, especially at the center. I used conventional stripes as a frame. I'd like to see how it would look to complete the gradient from light to dark and back.

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.