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Trying to keep up...

Keeping up has proved to be a very difficult task. One that will continue to be more and more difficult. If there are any of you faithful readers still left...

Go to The Bead Maven's Blog : You will find me there for a guest post.



Summer has been busier for me than normal. I taught two 6 week courses to beginning beaders who had never stitched before. One was for a home-school group of ladies and some of their daughters also.  The other was for adults at my local public library.
I had an incredible group of ladies in both classes and they all did an amazing job with the fast pace of the projects offered. We covered:Flat even count peyote with the "Basic Peyote Bangle".
Tubular even count peyote with the "Peyote Pearl Princess Bracelet"
Brick stitch with the "Diamond Bracelet"
Modified brick stitch with an embellished edge and using two stitches in one project with "Key to Beading"

2 X 2 Right angle weave with "Two by Two Bracelet"
2 X 2 X 2 Right angle weave with "Double Wide"
To top off summer I went on a trip to Shreveport with my PIC ( partner in crime) for our fifth year of attendance at the Shreveport Bead Retreat.
When I came home, it was time to pick up our…

Contemporary Geometric Beadwork

If you haven't ordered your copy of  Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Volume I by Kate McKinnon,  then you are missing out.  
This book will open your eyes and  encourage you to approach beadwork in such a refreshing and creative way.
You will want to play with every new concept!
You will learn new thread paths that will revolutionize your designs and their structure!
From the spiral design of the book to the amazing photographs and literary contents... this book is my favorite beading "text book" ever!
AND there will be a Volume II, which you can pre-order and have online access to the projects as they are developed! How the heck that really happens is beyond me but it is FREAKIN' AWESOME!
Keep beading alive and encourage your community to get involved! Teach at your local library or even the high school. Do your part to encourage people to create and, if at all possible, with beads!


Spring is still struggling with winter and will soon be overpowered by summer's heat here in the countryside of Texas. In the wee hours of the morning the temperature managed to drop from a comfortable 70-ish to a chilly 50-ish and now- cold rain. I am thankful for the rain, but I am not a fan of the cold. I tend to get slow, crickety and cranky when the cold comes in and today is no exception.

BUT, it is a good day to be a beader. The great outdoors is not calling my name today and I can contentedly sit at my desk and create. It could use a good cleaning but I think I need another dose of spring  to jump start that "spring cleaning" mode.

I shall be content to create in my mess of a haven.

"The Hook Line and Sinker" kits have been swimming out of here so fast that  I have been struggling to balance school, the house and "the business" with my sanity, what  little I have.

I think I will start with the the beaded beads that I am collaborating with Mand…