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!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Here it is Tuesday afternoon, and I don't have a photo of this week's square. I don't actually have this week's square.
How Embarrassing!

I made a sample, a starter for the square I wanted to make, but it just doesn't cut the mustard. It's close enough, though that I was able to draw up the pattern for how it should look, the square I was shooting for.

True to my textile mania, this is an attempt at a plaid pattern. It's something I have wanted to do for a long time! It would look fabulous made into bacon or another joined design. I just couldn't decide what color to use for an edging--black or silver?

Should I manage to rock up the square this evening or tomorrow morning, I'll pop in a photo and add it to social media as well. In the meantime, here's the pattern, making interesting use of that strange metallic, Bitchin' Camaro, which masquerades as black. Note that translucent matte blue, aka Stranger Danger, is represented as gray in the pattern, and BC is dark green, for the sake of of legibility.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


I really can't say that this is favorite color combination. I made this one with the intention to make a pair of earrings to match one of those Pendleton bags my friend Mika makes.

 I went looking for an image of the original blanket that this scrap came from, it's probably part of a very beautiful composition--those Pendleton folks are sneaky good that way. While I didn't find that, I did find something similar, and hilarious! Yay doughnuts!

I really enjoy the asymmetry of this square, and I think I'll do something similar for the 2018 Warped Square packet that I will be using to teach this year.

If you plan to attend the Bead&Button show this June, I hope you'll join us. If you feel you have had just about enough of squares (I confess I have), I'm also teaching the exciting Flying Fivewing Cocktail Ring and a fun needlefelted bracelet.

It is going to be a crunch, finishing up the blog (11 weeks to go) and coming up with 5 new pairs of earring squares. I hope I can manage it!