Revisions: Peyote Hex Chain.

Once more we play our dangerous game. A game called: Surely This Could Be Better. Today’s piece is one I’ve just finished. It’s a Diane Fitzgerald variation — you’re going to see a lot of Diane Fitzgerald variations, because making peyote shapes pleases my fingers…

Wednesday Workshop: Subtle Stripes

Welcome to the Wednesday Workshop series! On weeks when I don’t have a project of my own to celebrate/tear to pieces, I post images of work by others, talking about how they use particular elements of design. The complete series can be found in chronological order here….

From Cactus to Cathedral

Getting something half right is the worst. All wrong can be scrapped without remorse. All wrong can be hilarious and thought-provoking, as the Ugly Necklace Contest proves. And all right almost never happens, at least not in my experience. Half right is like beading purgatory. Half right is what happened…

Blue Pencil Beading: Introduction

I never thought of myself as an artist. I picked up beading in seventh grade. That year for Christmas I made necklaces as gifts for all my friends. I taught myself new techniques, spent hours picking colors and shapes, and even beaded one long strand that said BEST FRIENDS…