Annual Bead-It-Forward Project

Each year, at the annual Bead & Button Conference, there is an auction held to benefit breast cancer research, treatment and, ultimately, a cure. The auction items started out as bead quilts and, each year, as more and more small squares of beads were donated, other items have been created.

Every year there is a theme. This year it is ‘Animals: Wild about finding a cure’. I enjoy participatichng in this event and have completed beading my ‘quilt’ squares. I just need to apply a backing and get them ready to add to the many others that will be created by the members of the Houston Bead Society and sent in for assembly.

My ‘wild animal’ selection is the dragonfly. They fly around my garden each summer; all beautifully dressed in their iridescent wings.

Felting Group – Bracelet

From Felt

This month’s felting group activity was a bracelet. One of our members found a cute idea which had a length of wire contained in the felt with the ends of the wire protruding at the ends. The wire in the felt helped give the bracelet shape and the wire at the ends could be used as embellishment. As seen in my sample there is no wire protruding at the ends. Rather there is a great deal of felt extending past the wire!

Not to let that deter me, I shaped both the wire and the felt to give me a very interesting bracelet. Of course, it also needed some beads to add even more interest.

I do like the way the bracelet turned out but need to spend a little time doing the project as it was intended. Looking forward to next month’s group activity.

Beadwork Inspiration

From Beadwork

For the “Hands On Houston” event at the Center for Contemporary Craft on the first Saturday of April, I lead the activity assisted by Houston Bead Society. The theme was Zulu Love Beads. While the activity itself wasn’t quite so ambitious, we did have samples of love bead messages as well as ongoing demonstrations on their construction.

The colors used to create the messages are very basic; red, blue, green, white, etc. I was very taken with those colors as they are very infrequently used by most beaders. I decided those colors would be perfect for a piece of loomwork. I liked the result very much and the button was a perfect find.

Bead Quilt Squares 2014

Time again for submitting bead quilt squares.

From Beadwork

Every year this project is sponsored by the folks from Bead & Button magazine at their annual conference. This project, which was begun by an individual, uses monies collected from the sale of bead quilts as well as other items utilizing theses squares for breast cancer research. Each year there is a different theme selected. This year’s theme is ‘Turn the Tide Against Breast Cancer’. So what may look like stars, in my squares, are really starfish. These little squares are 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″. There’s not too much detail that can be contained in that area.

Now that I have finished my squares it’s time to go on to other projects. More on those later.

Between Shows

From Miscellaneous

(see what a little rain will do. haven’t seen this in bloom since spring)

Taking a few minutes to relax now that I’m between shows. Delivered my wares and helped with check-in for the Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston sale. The sale started today and will continue on through Saturday. Check for details at The items available are fabulous, as usual. The members go all out supplying the sale with their wonderful woven, spun and dyed pieces.

From Miscellaneous

(it’s fall and the shrimp plant has gone wild, as usual.)

Load in is tomorrow for the Bayou City Bead Works, which begins on Friday. This event is hosted by Houston Bead Society. Schedule and venue details can be found at (along with a discount coupon). There will be lots of goodies there also. The show will continue through Sunday.

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(if you look very closely at the inflorescence in the top center, you’ll see a very large bumble bee hanging off the bottom flower.)

As soon as all these are over, the International Quilt Festival will begin. Although I am no longer an exhibitor, I seem to have found myself scheduled for at least three days of activities. Looking forward to it.

Hopefully, I’ll run into some of you during the next 10 days.

Bayou City Bead Works

This is what I’ll be bringing to the Bayou City Beadworks sponsored by Houston Bead Society. The show is being held at the Norris Conference Center/City Centre (see for directions and other particulars). HBS did not sponsor a show last year so I know everyone will be eagerly awaiting this one. The venue is new and, for once in a very long time, all vendors will be in the same room. Should be fun. Hope to see you all there (Oct 25 – 27, 2013).

From Shows

Over 60 colors of C-Lon.

From Shows

Beautiful Czech cut beads. I’ll have one-cuts(charlottes), two-cuts and three-cuts.

More for CHH Sale

From CHH Sale 2013

Another braid for the sale. Have a couple more but you’ll have to go to the sale to see them.

From CHH Sale 2013


Did some loomwork with beads this year. They were great fun to do

Don’t forget – Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Annual Sale. October 23 – 26, 2013 at Guild House. Check for additional details. Hope to see you there

Fascinating Book

From Miscellaneous

For anyone interested in the history of bead, button and jewelry glass, this is a fascinating book about the group of people who created the most interesting glass in the world. Over the centuries these people developed glass that mimicked gemstones as well as developed glass finishes never seen in nature. To this day, some of the lost formulas for ‘Czech’ glass have not been able to be replicated.

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The Bohemians created not only glass stones, beads and buttons but decorative items as well. Below is some of the lovely jewelry they created. Notice the intricate wirework.

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Beautiful buttons. The workmanship is fantastic. Currently these are machine made. Originally, they were hadmade.

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This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in how the art of creating jewelry glass evolved.

CHH Sale – More Goodies

From CHH Sale 2013

Had a couple of these netted bangles in last year’s sale and they seemed to the popular. Started making more at the beginning of this year. They feature either beautiful Czech glass or Swarovski crystal pearls.  Hopefully everyone will enjoy them at this year’s event.

Contemporary Handweaver’s of Houston Annual Sale. October 23 – 26, 2013 at Guild House. Check for details.

Shaped Bangles

From Beadwork

Decided it was time to go back to my shaped beadwork book (Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork) and tackle my next bangle shape. I love the hexagons and discovered they were a little easier to make than the triangles. Think the shorter sides made the difference. Still love my triangles, though. And still loving those size 10 Delicas.

From Beadwork

Think maybe my next shape might be the square or maybe the pentagon or maybe both!! Also want to try some of the shapes in size 8 Delicas. We’ll see what happens first.