Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Museum of Beadwork

This is the necklace that I made for the first contest sponsored by the Museum of Beadwork - The Wings and Stings Challenge.





Sunday, March 6, 2022

Classes At Blue Santa

Class Announcement


I will be teaching two classes at Blue Santa Beads this weekend March 12 and 13.

Dragonfly Pin   Kit $40

The Dragonfly Pin class is on Saturday March 12 from 11am to 2pm

The Valley of the Flowers Lariat is Sunday March 13 from 11am to 3pm.


Valley of the Flowers Lariat  kit $75

Classes are $65 each. 

The classes will be held at:

Blue Santa Beads
1165 West Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063
Phone: 610-892-2740
Email: bluesantabeads@aol.com

Please contact the shop for more details or to register.

From the Flowering Fields


I am excited to announce the release of my flower book! 

This book is a collection of flower patterns that have been the basis for many of my jewelry designs. Originally conceived as a reference guide to help me when beading it has evolved into a series of patterns that progress from simple blossoms to complex blooms. It has taken me seven years from the original idea to publication. I have learned so much about pattern writing, vector graphics, publishing and more. I appreciate and thank everyone who has helped my along the way. 

From the Flowering Fields is currently available in the Blurb bookstore. Click the link below the photo to visit.

I hope everyone enjoys making these flowers as much as I do.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

New Multi Hole Bead Designs

 Some of my recent designs use the new Navette and Bridge beads from the BeadSmith.These beads have three holes and are made to fit together.

The beaded bead will soon be available as an I Love Beads pattern distributed by your local bead store. 

Other photos of these designs are on the blog post on my RoseBluBeads page.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Le Jardin

 The necklace I created for the 2020 Toho Challenge.
This is the second time I have participated in the challenge, and once again, I only snapped a couple of quick pictures before sending it off.
The necklace will be exhibited in Japan until the 2021 Bead and Button show.
I have written tutorials for most of the flower designs, and am busy assembling them into a book. A few of the blossoms including the poppy and fuchsia are currently available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Toho Challenge 2020

The Toho Challenge colors for 2020 were called "A Spectrum of Joy", and for me the palette was perfect.

My piece is a floral necklace which I called Le Jardin.
To see the finished necklace, click on the link above.
Some of the floral components are shown below.

My completed design has over 300 hours of work involved. 
The base was created in two layers.
 I used a hand carved nephrite jade focal as my added design element.

To see all designs by the featured artists, click the link for Team Toho 

 Some of the elements prior to attaching them to the base.
All of the floral elements will soon be available as tutorials in my Etsy shop. Enjoy a 15% discount with the coupon code SPRING.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Beading competitions 2020

Beading contests 2020

Beads Biennale 
Deadline - February 26, 2020
First round judging free, second round $90
Artist is responsible for cost of shipping design to Japan for exhibition.

Upper Mid-West Bead Society 
Whooo'll Bead for Owls?
Up to three entries for a $25 entry fee. Benefits the International Owl Center.
Deadline to enter May 18. 
Grand Prize $1000 

Fashion Colorworks
My Lovely Beads
Contest based on Pantone Colors of the year
Deadline June 15, 2020. Free entry
Bead Dreams
Sponsored by Bead and Button magazine
Deadline extended - June 29, 2020
Entry fee $35

Museum of Beadwork
Sponsored by Caravan Beads
Theme - Wings and Stings
Requirements- 75% Miyuki brand beads
10 photographs allowed
Due by midnight on June 15, 2020
$25 entry fee
Grand prize $500 cash plus $500 gift certificate to Caravan Beads 

Interweave Jewelry, Bead and Gem Awards
Sponsored by Beadwork magazine
Four categories, $1000 cash grand prize 
Deadline July 1, 2020 
$35 entry fee

Seed bead contest 
Sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems
Free entry.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Stella Polaris

My daughter Autumn and my 2019 Battle of the Beadsmith entry, Stella Polaris.