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Forget Me Not


This bracelet reminds me of the small forget-me-not flowers I used to see as a child.  They were always one of the first harbingers of Spring, popping up to remind one there was sunshine and warmth and longer days ahead.

The green base is bead woven on a loom.  I liken it to the stems and leaves of the flowers.  It was then enhanced with matte periwinkle circles, each one dotted with a yellow center.  A tiny blue picot surrounds the edge, and protects the warp and weft from wear.  (Try saying that three times fast!)

Shhh!  Don’t tell, but this is a birthday present for a dear friend who is an awesome gardener.  I hope she likes it.




img_4384Purple, Magenta, Green.  The first flowers poking through the snow.  Days are getting longer.  The sun is rising earlier, setting later.

More experimentation with the bead loom.  The base of the bracelet was woven using 10° delicas.  It was fun both because it went quickly and helped expand my horizons.

The little flowers are matte green o-beads and sparkly magenta 15°s.  The magentas also make up the picot edge.  The whole band is wrapped through a pair of hammered gunmetal D rings, snicked with a magnetic clasp.



img_4360This necklace reminds me of pink camellias.  Some fully open for viewing, some just buds waiting warm weather, and others fading past their prime.

The same beading pattern was used in Pinot Noir, however different colors create a totally different look.  Matte o-beads are mixed with crystal AB seeds and silver grey faceted crystals.

The innocence of the pink beads have a sweet clasp to finish.

Pinot Noir


img_4335Still riffing on the exploration of color.  Another necklace stitched with the same pattern as Saturnalia and Moon over Miami.

Looks completely different.

Round duo beads in a matte grey, accented with dark red crystals, silver o-beads and a touch of pink.  What you see when swirled red wine around in a glass.

I think this necklace has legs, to paraphrase sommelier speak.

I also find it interesting that with all the two-hole beads  that have recently appeared on the market, I can relate to these.  Most of the others, not so much.


Moon over Miami


IMG_4013This is the same design as Saturnalia except in a different color way.  It’s much softer.  The colors remind me of Miami – neon lights and Art Deco buildings.

The second time around was also much, much less frustrating to stitch.  I found it easier to keep track of where I was when stopping and starting, as well as adding thread.  And let me tell you, this puppy eats up thread.

And maintaining tension!  Don’t get me started!

Mojitos anyone?



IMG_3878Rings of Saturn

This necklace reminds me of the Rings of Saturn, halos spinning around a central core.

In fact, it was an experiment with some of the new bead shapes:  o-beads and round duos.  Round Duos are basically round beads with two parallel holes through them.  The o-beads look like tiny glass washers.

IMG_3883The stringing pattern took a while to get used to.  First you go round one way, then you go ’round another, then you move on to the next unit.  Every time I picked this piece up, I had to stop and think what direction I was going.  Sometimes the thought process did not cooperate.

There are four distinct colors which harmonize pretty well, I think.  An iridescent purple, teal seeds, purple crystal and an olive green.

Since I was going off-pattern, the necklace also had a stitching vacation as I waited for more o-beads to arrive.  And as these things usually go, the original supplier was out of stock, and I had to track down another one.  Thank goodness there is consistency among these beads!  One can expect the colors to match if they have the same number.