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

Saturday, October 31, 2020

New website

 I have made a new webpage with my own domain name -

Please visit my new page!

I will continue to post here on occasionally but I will be posting more on the new page. 

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.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Toho Challenge 2019

For the 2019 Toho Challenge I made a three part design. 

Valley of the Flowers

The necklace is in two sections that can be worn together or separately.
The lariat is 42” inches long with 31 bell flowers. The rope is made using fire polish and round beads as well as demi round and round seed beads.
The multi component necklace features a version of my Candied flowers design and some multi hole bead components based on a project from my book, Colorful Components. The 40mm sieve pin in embellished with teacup beads and can be removed and worn as a stand alone piece.
The fused glass focal was made by Karen Leonardo.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Colorful Components

Colorful Components: Transform multi-hole beads into beautiful jewelry with this fresh and approachable component-based stitching method.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Beading Contests 2019

There are many types of competitions for beaders.

Here are the links for contests in 2019-

Bead Dreams- beaddreams-international-jewelry-artistry-awards

Fire Mountain Gems

Fashion Colorworks

Facet Design monthly challenges  february-design-challenge

Preciosa Ornela

Toho challenge   2019-toho-mini-challenge