Weaving is my main obsession! I can start weaving in the afternoon, get into the zone and look up to find that it is past midnight!
Lately, I have been doing a lot of super duo and Tila bracelet designs.
I love playing with the pattern and colors
I found a new pattern that I love!
I have also been doing a lot of Herringbone with super duos as well. I just love the way they look when using the herringbone weave!
I am getting ready for the season, and trying to build up stock. I splurged on red Creek Jasper at our local bead show and had a lot of fun combining it with other stones and with Czech glass.
Love the pendants! I also liked how the African Turquoise complimented the Jasper.
I have a great fondness for Czech glass. I particularly love these cupped half circles. I enjoy stacking them so that they resemble armadillo armor! They seemed to like the Red Creek Jasper and looked quite nice together.
Evolution of design
These round scoops were the first version of the Flying V choker necklaces. They were made with 3 mm cubes and finished with buttons.
I then started using 4 MM squares to make a bigger statement. I switched from a soft scoop to a bold V shape.
I named my new design the FLYING V- because the shape reminds me of a flock of migrating geese:
I used sharply contrasting colors for a bold statement. Root beer brown and metallic bronze, or Gunmetal black with gold…
I tried matte finish with shiny borders and shiny interiors with matte borders
I progressed then, to evoking the colors of the natural world: the soft summer colors of an oak opening, the Sunset, and the sunrise.
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This one evokes the deep greens of the maple woods, with a chain that mimics the maple Samara.
Below, I was inspired by Lake Superior at dawn:
Also, Sunrise on the grasslands: Note the beaded buttons on this piece.
How I love to see the greening of the world after a long winter of muted whites and greys. The colors of nature in spring inspire me ceaselessly.
The whisper of spring ephemerals….
The riot of the spring garden….
The soft blue skies of a warm new day….
The green of new leaves and ponds….
Keep on beading!
All the Best to You and Yours!
Betsy’s Beadworks takes a pause to Relax, Regroup, and Re-energize to prepare for the Coming Year
Enjoy your Holiday Traditions
(Here are some of mine)
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!
Soft new leaves in pretty pastel shades of green, reds and purple have suddenly popped forth on the trees this week! I took notice of this event and was inspired to create some leafy concoctions…
These leafy creations are ready to be finished with a clasp and fastened to your wrist!
Although I have not put the chain on it yet, I have already woven a matching necklace
As the sun comes out a little earlier each day and warms the earth, I feel it’s golden warmth more and more each day. This sparkly creation was made in honor of the sun and it’s power over the earth! HAPPY B’EARTH-DAY!
April Showers bring May flowers!
Swarovski Crystals and Glass Pearls
I love alliteration. Hope you do too! I also love to bead pendants by either using a brick stitch embellishment to a metal medallion, or, using Peyote weave around a cabochon.
Are you ready for some new stuff? Here are some new offerings of pendants, necklaces, and bracelets.
I have a lot of these golden trees, and I thought they could make nice pendants, be used as sun-catchers in a window, or even holiday tree ornaments!
Here is On I put on the tree this year…
I love to embellish brass, copper and pewter pendants as well.
Here are some pretty gemstones I wrapped:
And now, for a bigger project. I started weaving a simple super Duo rope and just kept on going! I wanted to create a really long rope, like those long ropes of pearls that flapper ladies wore in my Grandmother’s day. I remember her long pearl strands and I wanted to make a woven rope long enough to twirl, or at least wrap twice around my neck.
Here is the result: a 42 inch black and gold woven rope that is long enough to tie in a knot, or double up.
And some bracelets…
Time to get back to beading. I have some more pendants to make and I just had an idea for a new rope!!
I Love the holiday season. I like how comforting it is to participate in familiar traditions and activities. Despite the inevitable dysfunctional moment, family gatherings are always delightful.
I have played many rolls in this saga. From eager child – dying to see far flung cousins and open gifts- to new parent, busy with holiday shopping and traveling to gatherings- to host and chief cook and bottle washer for huge family gatherings-and now, finally, to honored guest at the table of my offspring. Each roll has been fun and energizing. I am getting used to the last one in a surprising hurry! Showing up with a pie and a bottle of wine takes me back to my college days!
What can I offer that is new and different? With all this spare time on my hands, I can weave new traditions, such as handmade ornaments and gifts.
I can partake of delicious foods and treats without the stress of hosting large parties and elaborate dinners.
I can make pretty bracelets and earrings in “all my spare time”.
I can relax and visit with friends and family
Happy Holidays everybody!