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African Helix Necklace
This piece includes instructions for making interchangeable tassels. The color gradation – a gradual blending of colors – adds a wonderful subtle sophisticated elegance. African Helix is a difficult stitch, but results in a lovely, fluid texture. Ten pages; rated THREE PAWS. For alternate views, click on the picture.
This piece is literally woven, which results in a stunning, conversation-starting piece of jewelry. Make it in muted colors for a more sophisticated look, or go wild for instant Boho (or SoCo!) chic. Ten pages; rated THREE PAWS. For alternate views, click on the picture.
One of my all time favorites (I’m allowed to say that, yes?). This is a very versatile piece. You can make it on the narrow side, or so thick that you can barely bend it around your wrist. Use pearls, crystals, flowers or whatever you have on hand. Takes a LOT of beads. Six pages; rated ONE PAW. For alternate views, click on the picture.
I LOVE buttons, which contributes to the whole bead obsession. I was always frustrated with instructions for making jewelry incorporating buttons, however, because it seemed that they always flapped around. I designed this project in such a way that the buttons nestle into the band. Seven pages; rated ONE PAW.
Caledonia is the Latin name for Scotland; the thistle is generally recognized as the national flower of Scotland. The band of this piece utilizes a flexible core, which makes it very adjustable. Ten pages; rated TWO PAWS. For alternate views, click on the picture.
Or spring, depending on the colors you choose. This piece includes instructions for beaded beads. The necklace is beautiful on, whether your dressed up or down. Eleven pages, rated ONE PAW. For alternate views, click on the picture.
One of my most popular designs. Add one or two flowers, or a whole garden full. You’ll learn three different beading techniques in making this bracelet. Ten pages; rated THREE PAWS. For alternate views, click on the picture.
In Spanish, loosely translates to “little crown.” This bracelet is a wreath of flowers around your wrist rather than your head – much more comfortable! It rolls right on, no clasp needed. Nine pages, rated TWO PAWS. For alternate views, click on the picture.
A braided construction is used to achieve a fabulous look; make it in your choice of length. This one is pretty easy, but it does take a while to stitch. Nine pages, rated ONE PAW. For alternate views, click on the picture.
Spanish for “treasure.” This is, hands down, the most versatile tutorial you can buy – just take a look at the pictures! Perfect for using up small leftover quantities of beads, or go for a unified theme. You could make 10 of them and not have any look alike. Nine pages, rated ONE PAW. For alternate views, click on the picture.
Instant Flower Garden
Wow, wow, wow. Not only is this one gorgeous, but you won’t even have to thread a needle! The first one will take you about 90 minutes to make, then you’ll be just cranking them out. Make it in Swarovski crystals for instant elegance, or use fire polished beads for a more economical version. Eight pages, rated ONE PAW. For alternate views, click on the picture.
This necklace is a dream to wear, even for us “fluffy” girls. You can make the reverse as dramatic or as subtle as you wish; try fringing with pressed leaf beads instead of teardrops. Instructions for making a beaded toggle clasp also included. Nine pages, rated TWO PAWS. For alternate views, click on the picture.
Yes, you CAN do freeform! This tutorial uses only one stitch – peyote – to create this gorgeous bracelet. You won’t be able to make just one, because each one will look different. This is a great project to use up those small quantities of seed beads and small pressed beads – and don’t overlook add little special treasures – the black and red one pictured uses a glass vintage clasp. Eight pages, TWO PAWS. For alternate views, click on the picture.
Okay, I’ll admit it. This bracelet was born to stem my frustration with trying to learn the Russian leaf stitch from tiny, muddy illustrations. I decided to figure it out once and for all, and then wrote instructions that you can understand! Seventeen pages, THREE PAWS. For alternate views, click on the picture.
A nosegay is a small flower bouquet; the word dates back to at least medieval times. This is your chance to wear a nosegay that never needs watering. If flowers aren’t your thing, make it with some other theme, such as sea life. Lengthen it for a fabulous necklace. Five pages, rated TWO PAWS. For alternate views, click on the picture.
I just love this bracelet. It’s like wearing a caterpillar around your wrist (one of the non-scary ones). If you want to duplicate this look, used color-lined beads. Also looks great with a bluebonnet theme, y’all. Eight pages, ONE PAW. For alternate views, click on the picture.