A very popular pattern. Little funky if you are a beginner, but the effort pays off every time. It’s a classic. Chances are you’ve done it. If you haven’t, you have to.
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I’ve only recently taken up beading, but it’s quickly become my greatest obsession.
This necklace was a class I took from Susie at the Shepherdess in San Diego as I was just starting to bead. Alas, the lovely Shepherdess closed, but I still have the beading friends I met there.
Same pattern as the Turquoise-Colored Necklace, but what a difference the color makes! It’s transformed into a delicate lacy piece, very feminine. I actually made about 20 of these using different colors. Each of my girlfriends and sisters got one for Christmas.
The little pearl dangler on this one is precious!
My first experiment with a peyote counted pattern. I found the pattern for this Native American theme beaded bracelet in Bead and Button magazine. The beading was a little tough, but the result is stunning. The bracelet button closure was all of my own doing, as I recall, and it did not work. My ingenious design made the beaded loops too tight, so I could hardly push the buttons through. I was too afraid to loose the bracelet. It was the best and the most elaborate thing I had ever beaded at that point! Unbuttoning was even worse. In about a week of wear, the cuff itself gave way. So I had to repair a few rows of peyote and the button loops. But oops, once again, I made the beaded loops too tight!
I love it, but I don’t wear it. The bracelet serves as a reminder that there’s always room for improvement. It was a major wow-factor, though, when I was wearing it….