Snippets from a bead artist.

3.19.2017

March Beady Prompt

Hellllooooo again!  I hope some folks had fun with last month's prompt - it's been pretty quiet in the Facebook group, but I continue to hope that the little ideas are helping someone's muse.  I wasn't able to get down to the beads last month, but I've sternly admonished myself that this month I shall make it work.

Getting down to business, this month's prompt is something that almost always inspires me - Bead A Rock!  Since I know  that not everyone is quite as excited about beading an actual, normal, boring rock as I am, I am including beading around a semi precious cabochon or donut as Beading A Rock.

In the last few years I have been collecting little rocks from places my husband and I visit, bringing them home, and encasing them with beads.  Sometimes I encase them with freeform peyote, sometimes with freeform right angle weave, sometimes with a combination of both.  If you're interested in photos of some of the ones I've done previously, you can find them all in a blog post HERE.  This month I plan on using a special beady soup I purchased to encase one in a combination of the two stitches mentioned above.  If you're interested in finding out how to encase your own rocks, Karen Williams of Skunk Hill Studios wrote a book on freeform beadwork  in which I have a tutorial explaining how I go about it.  (The book is also jam packed chock full of other awesomeness, so I recommend it even if you never want to bead a rock!)  You can grab the book HERE on Amazon, or you can get the quick download Ebook HERE in her Etsy shop.

This is the rock I made for Karen's book.  :)



I found some really fabulous tutorials/kits around this prompt for beading around cabochons or shaped rocks if you aren't into beading a rock from your driveway, so read on.

Have you ever seen those gorgeous semi precious egg shaped rocks? Should you happen to have one, or want to go and find one, Helena Tang Lim of Manek-Manek Beads has a stunning tutorial on creating a beaded version of a Faberge Easter Egg in her shop HERE.  (I'm sure you could use a different egg form rather than the semi precious one, which is likely to be expensive, but for this prompt it would really need to be a rock.)


Betty Stephan Beadwork has AHMAZING tutorials and kits which use semi precious rocks - I especially love this brooch kit.  You can purchase any of her things HERE.


Ella Dess of Ellad2 has a beautiful tutorial in her shop for beading around a semi precious donut - something I keep meaning to do myself, as I have a ton of donuts and Ella's tutorials are wonderful. You can find the tutorial HERE.


And the terrifically talented Lynn Davy has a tutorial on capturing a cabochon with right angle weave and peyote HERE in her Nemeton Etsy shop.


There are also lots of  tutorials which use lunasoft cabochons out there, and if you have a semi precious cab of the same diameter you could definitely substitute.

This is the ordinary little rock I'm starting with - hopefully I will have some in progress pics to show in the FB group, and a finished and ornate rock to show next month. I hope you have fun with the prompt, I can't wait to see what you all come up with!  Have fun and happy beading!






2.20.2017

February's Monthly Beady Prompt

Helllllloooooo beady friends!  I have the prompt all set for this month, but don't have a piece that I actually beaded up yet, so I will be beading right along with you.  :)  I did have an idea, but it didn't work out for me and so I'm changing gears a bit.

So this month's prompt is to combine two or more stitches in one piece.  I have always had a good time trying to get two stitches to work together in a piece, whether it be a beaded bead or a rope or an object.  Combining stitches  was one of my favorite chapters in Carol Wilcox Wells' book Creative Bead Weaving when I first started; I was fascinated by how she melded right angle weave and peyote, or transitioned from peyote to herringbone, and it became one of my favorite beginnings when designing something myself.  I especially love layering one stitch on top of another - say, right angle weave as a base with netting as a layer over the top, which is what I did with my Trellis Necklaces. (Tutorial here.)





Transitioning from one spiral to another as I did with Triple Twist, also makes me happy.  I like how each spiral stitch is made differently from another, yet blend visually when combined in one piece. (Tutorial here.)





Another piece that strikes me always when I think of combining stitches is Sabine Lippert's Bokhara bracelet, a gorgeous combination of peyote stitch with an overlaying layer of fringe that has always made me swoon.  SO PRETTY, people!!! (You can find Bokhara here.)


An ingenious and beautiful piece of work which marries prismatic right angle weave and Pondo stitch, is the Goosebumps bracelet pattern designed by Heather Collin.  This one amazes me in lots of ways... Pondo is so lovely, and PRAW is so much fun - not to mention Heather's fabulous use of color! (You can find her tutorial here.)
Tracey Lorraine of Crystal Star Gems has combined peyote, brick stitch and herringbone in her Patience Daisy tutorial, which results in a truly stunning flower.  (Tracey's daisy can be found here.)


Cynthia Newcomer Daniel has used modified right angle weave and lacy netting to great effect with Moroccan Melodies, creating a structurally sturdy yet visually fragile piece.  This bracelet is full of paradox and pleases my nerdy brain no end.  (You can find Cynthia's bracelet  here.)


Freeform beadwork is also a wonderful way to combine stitches, you can use ANY of them together and just have a blast.  One of my favorites is to combine peyote and right angle weave - you can go back and forth without a trouble in the world.  But I have run across freeform in herringbone and even St. Petersburg stitches before as well - if nothing else, you can put the St. Pete's on top of the other stitches for a fern like effect.  Right angle weave on top of bead embroidery is one I like, too - I did that in my Reflections necklace.


It really doesn't have to be complicated when combining stitches - one easy way would be to make a rope of one stitch and then beaded beads using another.  My Meld necklace is a combination of so many stitches I don't think I could remember them all!  The rope is a version of Trellis, and the beaded beads are by various different designers including Cynthia, Callie Mitchell and Heather.


My original idea was to combine herringbone and hubble stitch - I wanted to do a herringbone base rope and do hubble on top, but I couldn't figure out my connections to make it happen smoothly - if you decide to try this, please do show the results!!  If you aren't familiar with hubble stitch yet, please let me point you to Melanie de Miguel's Let's Hubble and Hubble Stitch II books.  FUUUUUUUN!!!

So, grab two stitches you adore and smack them together and see what happens!!  If you're part of my Facebook group, I will be posting a coupon code for half off of either my Trellis or Triple Twist if either of them intrigue you.  :)  I would love it if you would come and post your combinations in the group if you're on Facebook, it's always fun to see what others come up with.  I will definitely post my results both in the group and here on the blog when I come up with March's prompt.  Happy beading!

1.20.2017

Monthly Beading Prompts!

Wow, almost a year to the day since my last blog post.  Hey again - it's nice to see you, if you've stuck around this long!  The last year has still been that uphill struggle with my beads, ever since my Standing Rock post, and I have still been art journaling and taking mixed media classes.  There ya go, you're up to date, lol!  But I have been noticing my beads more and more, and had an idea that came directly from my art stuff.

In art journaling, sometimes there is either an overabundance of inspiration (it comes at you in droves from Pinterest, social media, anywhere you look online, and most especially in art classes and your brain simply can't hold it all) or a complete absence of it (omg look at that very blank white page and my brain just turned off completely), and lots of artists use prompts in many forms to help themselves get going.  There are artists who provide a weekly or monthly (sometimes daily) prompt in their blog posts, and some who make up decks of cards with ideas on them which they can shuffle and choose from, and some who make sticks (like popsicle sticks with words on) they can choose from, there are books devoted to them, classes devoted to them, there are timed challenges and weekly challenges devoted to them.

This got me to thinking that perhaps what I needed, and what some other people might enjoy too, was a beading prompt.  So I thought I could come up with one beading prompt a month and share it here on my blog, and everyone would be welcome to play along if they liked.  :)

My plan is pretty wide open; it could be something as broad as 'herringbone stitch' or 'earrings' or as narrow as 'bead a tree' depending on what hits me at the time.  Some months (like this month!) I will have something free to gift with the prompt, and some months I will maybe just have the blog post and a photo and a few links.  The big thing is that *I* participate and make something that matches my prompt, even if no one else wants to play along - but I hope you will! 

SO, January's prompt is 'Bead A Flower.'  (I have no idea why flowers, it just seemed like a fun and cheerful sort of thing, and we all definitely need some of those.) I have started a Facebook Group for my prompts, and will be including a PDF to download in the group; a tutorial of how to create the same flower I did.  These are 'In Bloom' flowers, which are part of a tutorial I have for sale in my shop, but divorced from their native necklace (the PDF only includes directions for the flowers, NOT the entire In Bloom necklace).  Use them however you like - you could turn them into brooches, or  pendants, or leave them as is or make stems for them and stick them in a vase as a pretty decoration.  Mine is as yet unfinished - I know I won't be making a bunch more to make another In Bloom necklace, but it may yet turn into a pendant.  :)  If you'd like the PDF, and want to join in, come to Facebook and ask to join the group HERE.  Here's my January In Bloom Flower in purple and teal!


This is the original In Bloom Flower, on the necklace. I am really enjoying how it looks in the brighter colors, though.  :)


In case my Bloom doesn't tickle your fancy, but you'd still like to make a flower, I thought I would also provide a few links to beaded flowers I love - these are flowers by friends, and the name of the flower is the link to their shop/tutorial.

These are gorgeous - Bleeding Heart Earrings by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel - so dainty and sweet!


And this beautiful Ruffled Rose by BeadsbyBecs - so pretty and so much fun to make.


And then there is this stunning Clematis by Ella Dess!


And these fabulous Cellini Flowers and Leaves by Gwen Fisher.


And also, these stately and elegant Crown Flowers by Carol Paris of Bumblebead.


Now, you don't have to use one of these tutorials or my Bloom to play along - you can bead any flower you like!  Come up with one of your own, or find one out there that really makes your heart sing.  As long as it's a flower, or a flowering plant, or a weed that looks like a flower, it counts.  :)

I would love to see any flowers you make for this, and it would be great if you came and joined the FB group, I hope to see you there!

At about the same time I was thinking about putting these prompts out, Marcia DeCoster had been thinking about spreading bead love in a much bigger way: in case you haven't heard about it yet (which is hard to imagine, but possible), she has started a blog called BeadLove, and it's all about our love for beads and beading, and encompasses many bead artists who feel the same and want to contribute something to the overall beady love in our world.  Marcia is currently gifting the beading community with The Love Letters - literally, the letters that spell love, created in cubic right angle weave.  If you  haven't started beading your letters yet, head over to the BLOG and get going!  I am honored to be a participating member, and will be offering something up in the course of a few months on the BeadLove blog, too.  ( This post and the prompts are just me, spreading my own little brand of beady love, and aren't affiliated, but I wanted to include mention of this fantastic initiative. )

Here are my L and O... looking forward very much to V and E!


Happy Beading, everyone!

1.12.2016

Rocks! And on Color

Good morning,  I hope everyone is having a good start to the day!  Yesterday I finished and photographed my latest beady rock.  I was calling it the Rainbow Well Rock, as it is a rock that came from digging up our water pump last year, but it has morphed into Standing Stones rock because of the finished beady 'rocks' sitting on top.  We have a brook nearby where folks have stacked many standing stones, and I love to visit them even if it's only passing by in the car on our way somewhere. They always make me think of magic and peace and fairy folk.

When I went to place Standing Stones with my other beady rocks, I had a bit of an eye opener!  My husband has been insisting that although my beady block has been painful and scary for me, the art journaling and art classes I am taking would eventually impact my beading and bring me back to it, too, and that the break wasn't all bad.  This was really hard for me to hear, especially during those times when I completely despaired and thought that I would never be able to bead again...  but I think that he was right; the art has made me approach my color choices in a very different way, one that I like a lot!  So I am posting photos in order, of beady rocks I have made from past to present, just as I saw them in my studio this morning, to show you what I saw.  :)

Below is a photo of my very first ever beady rock - it doesn't even have a name, so we'll just call it Rock #1 - and I made it using freeform peyote stitch and a bead soup that someone had given me as a gift.  This was years and years and years ago now...over twelve or thirteen years, I think.


Next is Woodland Whimsy... the first photo shows it encased and the second (horrible!) photo shows what it looks like with the flower embellishment added.



Then came the Jelly Mill Rock...


And Turtle Cove, which is three rocks woven separately and then woven together to form a sort of reef, with lots of little surprises hidden in it, turtles and shells and a fish based on Karen William's fishies.


Then Froggie Knoll, a freeform peyote rock made specifically for a short tutorial on covering rocks in Karen's Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading book...


Then a rock I made for my dear friend Julie Cowan, which has a tiny bit of bead embroidery on it to hold the little mushroom house securely...



My Totem Rock, which I made with freeform right angle weave and fibers added in just to see if I could...



And finally, Standing Stones.  Do you see what I see?





I have always been comfortable and easy with darker, more subdued shades and almost monochromatic soups, but I'm getting better with color!  I can't take the credit for this bead soup at all, the soup was a gift from my wonderful friend Marcia DeCoster, and so it uses all her glorious color ways together  - but I have put the colors in patches that really make me happy, and even though it's random, it is nothing like the kind of chaotic randomness I started from with Rock #1.   And these days I can even work with Orange a little bit without freaking out!! (Someone who knows me pretty well knows that orange and I don't get along - we make each other very anxious and sometimes even panicky.)  In the past I have used some brighter colors, but always tentatively and never with abandon.  I greatly envied people such as Suzanne Golden and Betty Cox, who effortlessly use color in joyously wide swathes which make their pieces sing and dance, and not just dance but BOOGIE.  My 'style' has always been antique-ish and quiet, which is also nice and quite classic, but not as exciting or startling.

My own exploration into more colorful beading started from Beverly Ash Gilbert's wonderful book and her outstanding bead soups (which she is destashing and will no longer be making - if you see some in her shop, GRAB THEM, cause when they're gone, they're gone for good).  Using Beverly's instructions on soup making and how to add low lights and dark lights, I started making some of my own soups up and luuuuuuuuuurved it!  Then along came a lot of sadness, and a block which made it so that all of a sudden, I just could not bead.  I would stand and stare at my bead mat, and it would sit and stare back at me.  Nothing.  I kept it out, and I kept beads on it, and sometimes I would put those beads away and get out a new set of beads to see if they would be happier... and put out mixes and beautiful beads that friends sent to me to help inspire me, and it would still sit and stare at me.  Last month I stood and stared at it and desperately wondered if I should just put it away, not just the beads but the mat and all the tools, too.

During the mute, staring time of the last seven months, I began taking art classes and doing art journaling, dipping my toes into the Mixed Media community (I have more craft/scrapbooking supplies than any human should, and it made sense to me to go for something arty that kind of encompassed everything at once)...  and discovered that I am MUCH braver with color when it comes in the form of paints or pencils or pens or paper.  As with beads, the mixed media art started off as a form of therapy, to try to help me with my grief.  Like beads, I started to immerse myself more and more... and would get scared and back away because I didn't want it to take the place of the beads.  And my husband would tell me (and my therapist, and my friends) that it was a bridge, not a destination.  And that there was room for both.    And I kept on happily/anxiously/desperately/depressedly/hopefully slopping paint and texture paste and taking more classes and making more journals... and one day I looked at Marcia's soup, and the well rock that was sitting there, and picked them both up and it worked.  Standing Stones makes me grin, and it says COLOR - POW!! all over it, and I love it!!!!  I am hoping I will eventually be able to bring some of my new color bravery into some jewelry pieces, but that is thinking ahead too far, and right now I am concentrating on right NOW and just making some rocks while my beads are being friendly.

A friend commenting on Standing Stones said that it looked like a visiting rock from a rainbow universe... and so now my brain is wondering what a 'nebula' rock might look like...  :)




11.21.2015

Hi Again & Tips and Tricks with Bead Embroidery

Hi everyone.  It's been ten months since I posted here...  sorry for the long wait.  The intervening months were full of personal losses that don't really belong here on my blog, but I am hoping that the bead muse will finally be coming back to me now.  I am working on a bead embroidered cuff, and have managed one small bead embroidered pendant, so I thought I would share the pendant and a few thoughts on bead embroidery in general.  :)

This little lady is created around a handcrafted cabochon goddess from SweetBananaBerry on Etsy.  She didn't need much to ornament her, she was so pretty to begin with!  I am lucky enough to have several more (all different) of these cabochons and look forward to making more pendants - it was a fun project.  She's made using 24t gold AB seed and cylinder beads and Swarovski components in Summer Blush and Crystal Copper, as well as a CZ in light olivine.  Her chain is a variation of my Changeable Chain tutorial, with 2.5mm and 3mm crystals added on top of the weave in the front.


At the moment I am working on a cuff using a huge boulder opal, and three opal doublets with matte metallic and metallic beads, as well as some beautiful swirly 'relic' looking polymer clay components made by Barbara Briggs.  Although the goddess pendant is faintly freeform in the actual embroidery - I didn't try to be perfectly symmetrical - this cuff is very freeform in approach, and while it will have a static border, the inside landscape is hopefully going to just go where it wants to.  While I was working on it, I was thinking about things I do in my embroidery and thought I would share them with you...  I have no idea if they are things that are already out there in someone's books, or if they're unique to me, but it's how I approach stuff in my own work.

One of the things that really bothered me when I first started embroidering with beads, was getting the spacing right between beads/rows of beads.  I seemed to always be bunching them up and getting bumpy lines rather than nice, neat flat ones, and my rows of beads also seemed to end up too close together, crowding each other and sort of piling up.  I think I made it harder on myself because I started with cuffs rather than pendants or collars - and with cuffs, getting things to space neatly is even harder, because you're working flat on something that will end up curved around an armature or a wrist.  While the space might look perfect while you have it on your mat, when you put it around your cuff blank or your wrist, all of a sudden you're seeing gaps and backing.  Argh!!   I'll talk about the flat embroidery first and go on to the cuffs after.

Do you have issues with stitching directly up through the middle of your bead line in backstitch?  I do!!  I always seem to end up just off enough to make my line wonky.  So I gave up trying to get that needle to come up directly in the line.  Instead, I choose a side of the line and consistently stitch up as close to the middle as I can.  Usually this means my thread is coming up to the right of middle.  As long as I make sure that I don't inadvertently stitch off to the left, the line stays consistent and this way, although my stitches aren't perfectly in the middle of the line, they still make my beads line up correctly because I am always on the same path.  And I struggle much less.


When I was always trying to stitch directly between beads and perfectly in the middle of the line, I also noticed that my bead spacing was way off...  The needle would move the line a little and disguise how much space I actually needed when laying down the next set of beads; by stitching to the right slightly I don't disturb the beads.  I would stitch down too close to the last bead I strung and it bunched my beads together.  I solved this by leaving myself too much room.  I now lay the beads down, snug them up to the rest of the line, and then stitch down about a bead away from the last bead added.  This means that I have room to move the beads either forward to smooth out a bump, or snug them back tighter to hide exposed thread before adding the next set down, and makes it much easier to get a smooth line.

In fact, too much room is my catch phrase now.  Because we always snug them up, don't we?  And go through the entire line of beads again, always, even if it's a short line.  Going back through the entire line of beads  again is massively important for two reasons (and probably more!) - it aligns the beads up while tightening it at the same time, and it gives us a handy way to make adjustments if things still don't look as nice as we'd like.  Now that you have that long thread stretching the entire length of the line, if you adjust that thread in any one spot, you will be adjusting the beads, too - all along the length of the line.  So if your curve is looking a bit iffy, and you can spot that one place where it seems to be hung up, you can do a couching stitch (pulling one way or the other) on your thread to adjust the line, or you can stitch through just one bead and pull the line whichever way you need to; it will effect beads on both sides of the one you adjusted, and subtly down the whole line.

When going around things, bezels and such, I stitch as close as I can to the bezel for the first row of beads only.  After that, I give myself too much room again.  On the second and subsequent rows, I place my bead line about half of a bead size to a whole bead size LARGER, away from the first row.  If you aren't doing a full line all the way around the object, you may see a hair's worth of backing.  Remember that you're pretty much the only person who will be seeing your work at this close of range, and that the hair's width will not show later, for a variety of reasons - the color of the backing, how close your next line of seed beads or accent beads will be (as they may shift it and hide the backing), etc.    For example, if I am outlining a circular object, like one of Barbara's swirly pieces, I will start my line of size 15s as if I were actually placing a line of 11s. (If I'm using 11s, I give myself a space that is approximately one and a half 11s.) I continue this placement all the way around, and I come up for my next backstitch on the outside of the line rather than the inside or the middle.



The beads naturally curve slightly closer than the stitching as you lay them down because you're going around.  


Then, when I go through all of the beads again, the second line snugs up to the first line withOUT bunching up the two rows, and without possibly popping the object up from the backing (which can happen with glued components or components which are held down with a single bead, such as this - the beads being too tight can cause the glue to give and lift your object).

Finished circle without going through the line again

Line reinforced and snugged.

When it comes time to add stop stitches I give myself more room than I need to place those too... and if some of the backing shows through, I can always put in a size 15 to hide the space.

When I work on a cuff, I do all the same things, with the exception of the very center, where I will deliberately crowd a few lines, so that when I curve the work, it will lie smoothly.  The middle three inches will need less spacing and more snug work than the sides and toward the back.  On these lines or accents, I will stitch just the size of the bead, not a half size or full size larger, and I will come up on the inside of the line rather than the outside when backstitching lines unless the line is around an object.  Complete a small portion at a time, and wrap it around to check - if there are gaps or spaces showing, adjust your beads accordingly, or add in either size 15s or charlottes.  Most of the time, if you've gone through your work with a single line of thread after you stitched it down, you can use that thread to adjust your spacing rather than having to redo the whole line.   In the photo of the center of the work on my cuff, it's laying flat on my mat, and the work looks bunched up - but when I wrap it around the cuff blank, it lies smoothly and the beads don't look crowded.


I think a lot of it is about practice, and getting used to bead widths.  If I am using a shaped bead (such as the Superduos here), I have to really think about the placement and how much room it will need, while working with seed beads is more of a habit, where my hands just do it.

I hope some of this was helpful rather than boring, lol.    I also hope it won't be quite such a long time between posts now... and that you all have a wonderful evening.






1.21.2015

Winner of my Soup Giveaway

Thanks so much to everyone for commenting and hopping around on the blogs for Karen Williams' most excellent Explorations in Freeform Peyote book!  My pups and I sat down with some scraps of paper this morning, and Teddy picked Mary Harding as the winner of my soup giveaway!  Mary, send me an email and let me know your mailing address.  :)

Cheers, all - I hope you have a great time free forming with your new book, and have a grand day!  I'm leaving you with an image of a tag that I created for my new adventure this year - I'm taking an art course that lasts the whole year, on mixed media!!  The course is called Life Book, and if you google, you will see that it's a FABULOUS experience - I'm only three weeks in, and having a blast.  Paints, papers, pens, pencils, here I come!!


1.17.2015

Freeform Beading ROCKS!!

And so does this book by Karen Williams, Explorations in Freeform Peyote Beading!  Karen asked me to take part in the book, an honor and a joy!  Everyone who knows me, knows that I adore freeform work.  Karen has given some of us in the book a chance to blow our own whistles and to share some of the terrific work you can find in there, here on this Book Blogging Tour.   Please read through my post, because there is info at the end about two giveaways, in case you're interested...  ;)


Let me tell you, Explorations is totally wonderful!  And perfect for those of you who have been hesitant to try your hand at freeform, but really love the look.  Karen has created an album of work and instruction that is fabulous on the eyes, easy to follow and just SO inspiring!  As a teaser of what you would have in store if you go and buy the book, here's an excerpt from Karen's blog:

"All told, Exploration's 174 pages includes images of ninety three pieces by twenty two artists (including myself) from three continents and four countries.  Detailed photo essays give a closer look at the construction and/or design process for twenty nine of the pieces, ranging from earrings and brooches to bracelets, necklaces, beaded bottles and even three-dimensional beaded fish."  

And some mind blowing work from artists included in here, starting with Karen herself, who explains how she created this gorgeous Poppy Brooch in one of my favorite chapters:

Karen Williams - Poppy Hat Brooch

And showcasing this stunning peyote draped bottle by Cortney Phillips (and she has another one in there, too!);

 Cortney Williams - Untitled

And this most awesome ring by Lisa Jones;
 Lisa Jones - Emerald City Ring

And this beauty of a necklace by the wonderful Saturday Sequins;

Sarah Meadows - Ocean

And, one of my personal favorites (this color combination just speaks to me) from Wendy Hatton, a necklace and earring set that I would just die for;

 Wendy Hatton - Homage to Amphritite



My piece in the book is one of my beaded rocks (which I called Froggie Knoll), where Karen let me explain how I wrap these little stones and turn them into mini landscapes. :)


After seeing all that, you MUST want to check out more!! There are eight chances available to be part of Karen's Giveaway from this blog tour - make sure to check out the rules and what the fabulous prizes are on her post HERE!  :)  Cynthia Machata of Antiquity Travelers has already made her post, so don't forget to hop there, too.  Should you now want your own copy of this marvel, you can buy one on Amazon, or from Karen herself, and both a Kindle edition and an eBook are in the works for those of you who prefer a digital format.

On my post here, I am going to give away a little bead soup, so that one of you can start your freeform journey right away.  Leave me a comment, and I'll put your name in the hat!!  I have some lovely little soups just hanging around in my stash...  ;)

Thank you so much for this opportunity, Karen, I am so honored to be a part of your fantastic book!  (I hope we all manage to turn some beaders into freeformers!!)


Blog Tour List:
January 15th: Karen Williams - Baublicious
January 16th: Cynthia Machata - Antiquity Travelers
January 17th: Me!!
January 18th: Bobbie Rafferty - Beadsong Jewelry
January 19th: Natalia Malysheva - Aqvatali 
                       Sarah Meadows - Saturday Sequins
January 20th: Ibolya Barkoczi -Ibolya-gy├Ângyei
                       Mandi Ainsworth - Bead Circle