I now have over 100 patterns I've written over the last few years for instruction!! Some have gone to be published in magazines, but most are from the menagerie of classes which I have taught since 2003.  It is amazing to me, but I have lots of new things coming up for the future as well. CLASSES ARE ON HOLD FOR NOW while I take a mini break.  Classes are all geared for beginners or intermediate.   Advanced classes on request.    If you are in the Fresno/Clovis area, check them out and please also check out my bead store reviews for more information on bead stores information across the country.
What have I been teaching??
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At Babe I picked up a lot of interesting things, among them were these great lampwork eye beads. I love them. I only got 4 and wish I had gotten a few more. The lady at the booth was wearing a ring she had made with the bead, so I made up my own version adding a few layers and spokes of czech glass to top it off. I know it's a little over the top, but I love it. I think it looks so much more realistic now that it is nestled in the beads.


BABE! Bead Show

The beginnings of a felted bead demonstrated by
Gail Crosman Moore

Back from BABE! I love bead shows!!! It is always fantastic therapy for me and gets my juices going with tons of ideas for future classes or beadwork patterns. Lots of demonstrations and beautiful beads, patterns and ideas! HERE you can find more pics, and information on the BABE show.



Beaded Ornament Class
YiPpeEee! CLASSES are in full swing. My last few classes have been full, and over full (wait list) so it seems lots of you are beading your little hearts away these days. Please check HERE to see what classes are coming up. I think you are going to love the "OPERA SPARKLE" bracelet. Three classes are scheduled and we still have a waiting list for a fourth! I guess you really like the Opera Sparkle. It really does sparkle and it looks like an expensive tennis bracelet.


Spiralicious Bracelet Class

Ok, tonight I had at least 4 ladies who had never beaded before. I had 9 students ready and raring to go, and some were a bit nervous. With this many people signed up I never know what to expect. Some like more attention than others and some catch on quick, others not so quick. In all cases they are there to learn. Spiral stitch can be easy or complex. This class tonight was geared towards easy, so it wasn't a surprise that through all their fears each student caught on quickly and had beautiful spirals within no time. There were 4 people on the waiting list so if you missed this class we will repeat it on a Wednesday night so you can take it before the holidays. Next class Gypsy Fringe!!



Last night I worked on my Bead Journal Project for November. The leaves are falling around me and here I am beading leaves. I absolutely love the Fall Season that is my time of year. Since I have been taking care of a neighbors child this last week, my beading has gone by the wayside so this week I'm planning on making up for lost time. I'll post pictures this week of my progress. I played around in my photoshop last night with some of my beadwork pictures. I'm making up note cards to use as Thank You's and gifts.



On this page are classes which I have taught throughout the year. Browse through and see if anything 'jumps out at you' I will most likely teach it again. I also teach groups. Contact me if you are interested in having a get together with friends. Most classes are geared to beginners, however a few do have pre-requisites. I find it better to teach beginning classes because once techniques are learned, students can master pretty much anything they choose if they have instructions. More advanced classes are available on request.
Photo to come
Opera Sparkle Bracelet
December - 2008
Class at Bead Artistry, students learned the tried and true stitches every beader needs to know. Bracelet is a sparkler, with over 25 6mm crystals on it, it is a large version of a Tennis Bracelet. So fluid on the wrist and a beautiful "attention getter". Beginner students had a bit of a time learning the basic weave, but once they repeated it over and over they each finished their bracelets with ease.
Spring version of the Holiday Garden Bracelet
Holiday Garden Bracelet
December - 2008
I love it when students are having fun, and shrieking with delight after they have completed something. In this class at Bella Bead, students made up small, medium, and large flower components to dangle from a gold or silver chain. As they beaded they remarked how simple it was and how much they loved their flowers. The wheels were already turning as to what other colors they were going to make in the future. Love it!! Yes..most beading is simple, it is just getting the instructions and techniques down. I wish people were not so intimidated by finished projects and say "I could never do that". This is why I have classes. They are a good way to learn new techniques, meet new people, and have fun. My favorite color combination was one in a silver-white petal and pale yellow center...had to buy that color combination for myself for a spring bracelet. Beaded Ornament Cover
November - 2008
I have been wanting to have a class with this design in mind for a long time. There are many many covers available on the market, but this one is a mini-cover pattern. Students learned the basics of Netting. Great holiday class and this pattern can be used for many gift ideas during the holidays. Students each finished before the 2 hour end of class.
Spiralicious Bracelet
November - 2008
My last class was overfull, so this class brought in all the people who were unable to get into it. Fun as usual, this is a great class to learn one of the many SPIRAL TECHNIQUES out there. I like to add sparkle and shine to all my projects, and this was no exception. Most everyone finished their bracelet in a 2 and half hour class. GYPSY FRINGE BRACELET
November - 2008
Class was full, and there were a lot of beginners in here today. My second class with this design, this is a great bracelet to learn basic peyote stitch. I think the most challenging thing in this class is learning to thread your needle. I actually had one lady who does not sew, and had to show her the proper use of the needle in beadweaving! What a way to learn how to use a needle and thread. Each student came away from the class with a finished project which they were very proud to have finished. As usual the colors my student pick were beautiful. My favorite was shades of golds and pearls. FREE WORKSHOP
October - 2008
Basic peyote and how to zip up tubes
Fun, fun, fun...and whoa were there a lot of people. Amazing how many people come out when there is a free class isn't it? I had 14 sign-ups, but we had to stop sign-ups, 'cause there's only one of me!! ;o) Peyote is a basic stitch, however students also learned several patterns like polka dots, stripes, swirls, and checks! All for FREE!!! SPIRALICIOUS
October - 2008
I love Spiral Stitch, and this very over full class proved that they love spirals too. Although there were at least 7 brand new beaders in this class of 10 they proved to be very attentive and wanting to learn this stitch. I was so impressed with the color pallettes everyone picked out and the ease with which they all beaded away their spirals. Most people came close to finishing their bracelets that night. CHARMING STREAMERS BRACELET
October - 2008
Lots of new beaders in this class so I was more than a little afraid..I had 10 students which is more than I usually like in a group, but that fear was alleviated once we began the brick stitch. A lot of the students had already taken some of my other basic beading classes, so that was a bit of a head start into this one. Brick stitch is an easy stitch however you use the threads rather than the beads to hook everything together. I was very proud of everyone in this class because they did struggle in the first 30 minutes to get the pattern down, but then beaded like pros when they did their second end piece. This particular pattern is a familiar one which has been done in many forms by many people. I chose to do it with lots of charms.
September - 2008
This is the first of a series of basic stitch classes I will teach at Bella Bead. Most of the people who shop at Bella Bead at this time, are more into stringing than weaving. The most basic class turned out to be a bit challenging for those who had no idea what to expect in the way of beading. Herringbone however is very easy to learn and with a repetitive pattern such as this, all students caught on after a while. I use to say anyone can learn beading, but there are just some people who are not patient enough stick with it. You usually know right away if this is the thing for you or not. Those who have problems with intricate beadwork are usually people who are not willing to take the time to work out problems or do not have the patience.

April - 2008
I love Spring! and with Spring come new ideas and renewed energy. This class brought all that and more. Taught at Bead Artistry, this spiral is a bit challenging, as I heard moans and groans in the beginning, I reassured them that it will get easier. They all agreed it got easier as they learned the technique and each of the students whipped up some very pretty spirals of crystals and pearls. Full class which we repeated later on in the week. Class Fee $20
March and April- 2008
This class was at Bella Bead. My new series of basic stitch classes is a success with lots of new beaders and long time designers who wanted to learn the basic stitches in beading. They learned how to make a pretty wave bracelet while they learned the intricacies of herringbone. This class taught them how to weave with a beautiful chevron pattern called herringbone. A very old and ancient stitch, it still continues to be a very versatile stitch. They also learned how to make patterns shape and move by just using different size beads. Great Class. It will be repeated in May and June. Class Fee$25 Petite Butterfly Class
March - 2008
Love Love Love these little things. They work up quick, and easy. Students were very happy with all their great color combos, and I was impressed with how quick they each picked up the instructions. The wheels were turning quickly as to how they could make more with different colors and I gave them a quick rundown of all the many many things they could do with these little butterflies. It was really funny that there was a different pattern for butterflies in the current months Bead Magazine. This was not the same pattern however, although it looked similiar It worked up very different. Lots of fun in class! Class Fee $20 Basic Peyote Cuff Class
MARCH and APRIL - 2008
Although this class says basic peyote, it is actually a Peyote Cuff Class where students learn how to make a flat even count peyote cuff, create a clasp, and make netting along a peyote base. The class was full of wide-eyed students wondering about peyote and whether they would be able to do it. Most picked up the technique quickly but struggled with the first row of peyote. It can be a 'bugger' to begin sometimes if you leave too much slack. I came out of the class picking up some different color combinations in beads because my students had picked so many wonderful colors. Friendly faces and new students alike, they all completed their projects in class and were very happy about having a finished project. Great Class. $25 Class Fee Spring Flowers Bracelet
MARCH - 2008
This class is a 1/2 day workshop. Because there are so many flowers and techniques to learn, we took a 1/2 hour lunch break. I had planned out each flower and component with a specific timeline because I wanted to make sure they learned every technique. I think the students were pleasantly surprised with the ease of the stitches. They learned peyote and herringbone variations, and how fun is it to make lots and lots of colorful flowers for the Spring? The colors abounded with pinks, yellows, reds, purples. I love leaves and this class allowed the student to decide how many leaves they would add. Each time a flower was completed I heard an exclamation of joy at how easy and quick they were. Great Class for intermediate beaders who have a knowledge of peyote and herringbone. A brand new student won the giveaway gift. Congratulations Patsy!! $30 class fee HANG YOUR HEART BRACELET
I love this bracelet. I love Valentines, so having this class was fun. I made up lots of little valentine bags with goodies and we crowned the Queen Of Hearts, who happened to be Penny. In order to wear the crown, however she would have to 'muss' up her hair...These tiny little sparkling hearts were fun to design and although some said it was just like right angle weave, it actually is very different. This was triangle weave which requires you to be very attentive to the instuctions and instead of repeatedly going through the same beads, triangle weave is constantly going through different beads and around and up and down. Although a bit challenging at first it only took minutes for the first person to complete her first heart of 8 for the bracelet. This design is an original so you won't find this class taught by anyone except myself.Class came with kit, $40 including crystals, pearls, findings. Without kit $25
JANUARY - 2008
January is a funny month, I wasn't sure about having class so soon after Christmas because people are busy reorganizing their house, cleaning, and basically have spent all their money during the holidays...but to get the ball rolling for the new year we had the Egyptian Earring project. An original design by "moi", students learned brick stitch, which can be tricky because it is not beadweaving in the traditional sense. Using size 15 seed beads is challenging in itself and for this project, a good pair of magnifiers is essential, as well as good lighting. Small project, with an elegant look. I think the hardest part for students was doing the basic ladder stitch to begin the project. They quickly learned that bringing in other colors can make this design look very different every time you make it. $20 project fee, mimimal seed beads and crystals for supplies.


Scroll down to see What you've missed!!! The year is over, but wait til you see next year, it promises to be even more fun!!!! I have recapped all the fun we've had in our classes throughout this past year. You can win prizes too!! Just see what you can expect in my classes by scrolling down and checking it out! There is something for everyone from beginner to professional beadwork artist



I love love love this bracelet! In this class, students learned how to put components together to make a beautiful (If I do say so myself) antique looking bracelet. Using large 8-10mm crystals or pearls as the focal beads, they carefully wove smaller crystals and pearls around it, to give a piece that treasured vintage feel. Debbie H. ( a regular student) was delighted at how easy these were to work up and complete. The bracelet cannot be finished in a two hour class, however it is so simple, and they had more fun changing up colors to make each component look different, that it is easy to work up at home as well.



November - 2007

In this class students learned to make beaded leaves, a lariat, and the 'lasso' loop on the lariat. Although class was planned as a two hour class, it stretched to a 3 hour to 31/2 hour class because of all of the techniques learned. If you love leaves in the fall, like the students and myself, this is a fun class. Watching everyones leaves shape up and curl in such pretty colors was fun. I think they were impressed with their own work! I had two classes, one on a Saturday and the other on Tuesday. Great Class.



September 8 - 2007

Bead Artistry's 2nd year anniversary was this day and there was a lot going on! My class was held outside along with a few make and take freebie classes which Penny and Suzette helped out with. I love having classes outside when the weather is gorgeous as it was this day. I had a full class and of those one 83 year old student who was inspiring!!! The Victorian bracelet consists of crystals, czech beads, hex cut beads and beading wire. It is a stiff cuff or also can be made into a choker. It works up quickly as everyone found out because the class was only one and half hours long for some. I do try to make sure students know how to read instructions before they leave class so they may make another, however this is challenging when everyone wants 'visual' stimulation. Fun class! Lots of great color choices! Quick, easy, and beautiful results.



August 18 - 2007

In this class everyone learned to make the sparkliest spiral! A basic spiral beading stitch using swarovski crystals becomes the most elegant piece of jewelry. I had someone in this class who had never ever ever beaded before, and she did fantastic! I would say even beginners will be happy taking this class after seeing her progress! Although the class was for a necklace, one or two people wanted to make bracelets. Great class! Elizabeth won the gift after class! It was a crystal spiral key chain!



August 7-2007

I was asked to repeat this class by a group of ladies who set the time and date. Several other people decided to take the class as well. Unfortunately the people who planned this class all cancelled. This didn't matter too much other than I had turned several people away telling them the class was full, so they missed out. I still had a good size class and we all had a good time. There was a very 'newbie' student, who actually did quite well. They all learned the basics of making a ladder and basic brick stitch. This is a fun class to use up odds and ends, and design as you go. It is very freeform when doing the 'streamers' so some people have a little difficulty in doing their own thing without structure. The secret is just to Let Go!!! Be creative!

All in all great class!



July 14- 2007

This class was done for the Christmas in July kick-off at Bead Artistry. We made an earring set and pretty 3-d pendant. If you haven't made snowflakes this is a fun class to take. I had a few beginners (never beaded ever!!) and they did very very well making these cute little sparklers. They were amazed at their own abilities and it was fun watching them get excited as their snowflakes all began to take shape. The Pendant, although more challenging also came out really pretty. A little knowledge of wireworking helps in this class, because we did use jump rings, chains and segments to finish up the earrings. Even though this was an earring/pendant class, these can be made larger or smaller and used in cards, tree trims, or even scrapbooking if wanted. All students completed their projects in class and had plans to make a lot more in the future. Fun Class for the holidays!!!



July 7th and July 10th

Beaded Beads and more beaded beads!!! If you want something different for a design and can't seem to find the right beads..you will love this class. Design your own beads! In this class students learned how to make three different beads. This is a beginner to intermediate class. "This is easy" was one comment made by a beginning beadworker. As each student worked they got more excited as they saw their little works of art pop out in their favorite colors. One lady did hers all in shades of whites, silvers for snow at Christmas look, while there were purple/khaki combinations and pale blue/purple combos. Everyones looked uniquely theirs and it seemed they all planned to make lots more! Great Class!!!



June 9-2007

If you want to learn Brick Stitch, this is a great class to begin! I had regular students and one lady today who had never beaded before. The 'beginner' breezed through the class, so that should tell you how easy this pretty bracelet is. The actual 'anchors' which make up the bracelet are what take the least time. This was a free-form design, where students designed as they went along...and the finished jewelry was fantastic. Use up all your old onesy and twosey leftover beads from past projects, (Don't throw them away!!!!!!) , and add special charms, and crystals to make it your own personality!! Great class for beginners or anyone wanting a pretty cuff bracelet.



March 24 - April 7 2007

This class was full, full of fun and intense concentration too!!! Not a beginners class, which I knew from the start would be a challenge for some of my students. Many people think they are not a beginner, but sometimes they need to look at what they have learned in the way of techniques. This class was no exception. It required knowledge of two essential stitches and if you didn't have those stitches in your 'repertoire' then you would be lost the entire class. Fortunately, although a few students were a bit slow to start, it is actually a very easy bracelet to make. Lots of steps to follow and it does require following the pattern to get you started in the first two diamond and medallions. I love this bracelet it is versatile and can be changed up to reflect your own personality using the size beads you like. Great Class!! This will be repeated on the following Saturday as well.



January 25 - 2007

Awesome class. Although this class was full with 8 people, everyone had beaded before. Usually there are one or two 'newbies'. Everyone seemed to breeze along with their projects. As with any beadwork project, a lot depends on the size of your seed beads. Even a size 11 seed bead can vary in size by just a small degree, and instructions work as long as the same exact bead sizes are used, adjustments are inevitable, as was the case in this class. Because there are so many variations in sizes of 6mm, even a 6mm crystal can be such a difference in size from a 6mm pearl, or a 6mm freshwater pearl or even a czech facet etc.. that this project needed to be adjusted to those sizes specifically. NO PROBLEM.. That wasn't much of a problem to fix, however keeping tension tight is essential to this project as well. Everyones beads however came out beautiful in color combinations, and we finished in a little over an hour later. WOW... Stephanie brought out the Silver bracelets that can be used perfectly with these sliders, they have the perfect silver beads on them which act as 'holders' for the slides. Very cool! The pens, letter openers, etc...all work very well with them as well. Great class, great students! Marty won the Valentine prize of the evening.

January - 2007
First Class of the Year!!
Well the first class of the year began with two "newbies" and a full class of 7 students!!! Class was held at BEAD ARTISTRY As always you never know what to expect with students who have never beaded in their life! These two girls were amazing! I think I can safeley say that they actually did better than some people who have beaded for years. It was really fun to listen to their comments when they completed the first little loop in the bracelet and 'exclaimed' "I LOVE IT"...we hadn't even begun and they were both excited at their own abilities. That is what I love about teaching. To see the excitement and good feelings that one gets after achieving such a simple task!! You go girls!!! After the end of the class there were many pretty colors used. Linda always picks very elegant colors using a purple iris/vitrail crystal combination while Mildred used pink and silver. Tanna beaded for years, but this is the very first class she had taken, and I think it may be the first of many, because she's now hooked on the class atmosphere I think. If this is any indication of what the year has to come, then I can't wait for the rest of the year. Mildred won the "project keeper" prize!


Happy student with her finished opera sparkle bracelet


April 4 - 09 10:30 and overflow class at 1:30 pm

This is another class that has been a favorite of students! A tennis look bracelet with tons of sparkle. Class was over-full for the first second one in February, so we scheduled another one on April 4, then it became full and a waiting list developed for another. I decided to just have two more classes back to back on this day and although there were lots of students and fun, by the end of the night I was worthless. Beadwork is mentally draining sometimes, that's why they call it a problem solving craft, you use your brain!!! :o) In each class there were a few 'newbies' which always require extra help to get them started. This basic stitch can be tricky for newbies and I usually reserve these classes for people with some type of beadweaving experience. With that said, most students finished their bracelets in class. I have to give lots of props to the newbies who although they struggled a little with taking their work out several times to get it right, they finally 'got it' and were happier for it with a beautiful finished piece. I was surprised to see an 18 year old boy (young man) in class. His mother couldn't make it, and he came in her place! How nice for her, because he, (as most kids his age) picked up the stitch quickly and flawlessly. I'm sure she's going to be so pleased with the finished bracelet which he made. Awesome job John! MARCH


March 7 - 09Lots o' sparkles!!! In this class students learned the basics of right angle weave. Using over 120 4mm swarovski crystals, there was a lot of energy in this class. I learned a long time ago that there are just some people who have a harder time than others 'getting' this stitch. I'm not sure why that is, but it is a fact. I had an added challenge today, when I was told there would be a woman with MS in my class. No problem for me I thought, until I saw her walk in with a walker and I'm telling you my heart went out to this creative soul. She had a very hard time moving her hands much less her legs but I give her all the props, credit, and everything else because she needed to create. She also has a hard time speaking, but told me that she told her husband she had to get out and do somthing creative. Wow, "there but for the grace of god go I" , I thought. She did amazing given the already difficult challenge of hand beading. I thought I had challenges in life? HA! All students finished their bracelets in class, and that includes the new beaders as well. My 'creative soul' did not finish hers, but we tried to get her at least half way done and I know with her spirit she'll finish it at home. AMAZING!

Opera Sparkle Bracelet


Opera Sparkle Bracelet Class #2

February 28 - 09

This is the second Opera Sparkle class I have taught, one at Bead Artistry and one at Bella Bead. Class was full, so it will be repeated twice more due to the waiting list for it. I'm very happy it has been so popular! Next class April 4th at 10:30 and 1:30. Learning this basic stitch was a little challenging in the beginning however thank god for the beautiful blackboard where a diagram is worth a lot!!! Although each has written instructions for this project, I find more and more that students want to be walked through with pictures and demonstrations, so that's what I do. Once they all got going with the base of the bracelet they 'went to town' with their wonderful color combinations and I have to say they all did so very well with their bracelets. The one big thing everyone is always worried about is completing projects at home, but in this case I made sure they put on the toggle ends on both sides and that way their base could be finished up later. Great class and students alike!!


CLASS RECAPS - 2006- 12/31/06
In this section I like to recap the classes and post photos of class friends, so you can see just all the fun you are missing if you haven't taken a class! You can win prizes too!! It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or professional beader, there is something for everyone! Scroll down to find the class you are interested in, and I will have recaps of what to expect in that class.

This necklace looks harder than it actually is, however it does take a while to get started out as everyone kind of struggled to find their way in the beginning of this necklace. I had 5 students in the morning class, and then a full evening class on Wednesday. As usual however my students are so smart and hung in there 'til they got the pattern down. Once they had it, they were just breezing away making their spirals long and luxurious. Amost finished these in class, just a few little endings to finish up once they got home, so that was pretty darn impressive. There was lots of talk about spines, and tails today! ( Have to take the class to find out what that's all about!! One of those you had to be there kind of things. Anyway...we had lots of fun!! Carol won the Christmas Prize on Tuesday!! Joanne won the Christmas prize on Wednesday evening!!
November - 2006
wow wow wow...I had this class in the day with 4 students which was a nice size class, perfect to give everyone one on one attention. The evening class was another story. 9 students and counting, this class was as full as we could cram everyone in. We did turn away 3 people. Probably due to the fact that it was cancelled last month and rescheduled the crystal waves bracelet was really a challenging class for most of the students. I was surprised at how many people were not familiar with the basic beading stitch which we used to create this awesome bracelet. Waves and waves of seed beads intertwined with sparkles of crystals. Sheri won the Christmas mug gift on Tuesday and Nalla was the big winner of the Christmas mug giveaway on Wednesday evening.
November - 2006
This class had lots of familiar faces as well as new beaders! There were a few people who thought they had the pattern figured out before the class, thinking the entire thing was right angle weave, but they found out there was a really easy and cool shortcut to finish off this crystal ties bracelet. Love this class. Every persons' bracelet was so sparkly and elegant. Good job everyone!
Just a little peek at all the Party atmosphere we had when Bead Artistry had their anniversary sale. There were so many people, the other stores in the shopping center all were wondering what the big "Party" was all about...Lots of food and good company that day! Weather was perfect to sit outside and bead. I met quite a few new people who had never done Herringbone stitch and I think they were surprised at just how easy it was!! They were so proud with their little one inch squares they took home :)
September - Bead Artistry
Sooo Sooo nice to see Linda again. She drove up from Sacramento for the class (I feel special) and brought her husband, the maker of the Kumihimo Loom. I had 6 students and the color combinations were sooo pretty. Lindas' was a really nice beigy brown and Shirley did a pretty topaz combo. Everyones were really really pretty. Suzette likes texture so hers was done with unusual triangles, and spacer beads...Really Nice...Although class was scheduled for two hours, I stayed over past 3 hours...so they could get a handle on some spiral issues that were occurring. This is not a beginner class really, but again my students are smart and talented and always come through with the difficulties. Bracelets were not completed in class, because this is an intense beadwork project and not possible to finish in a short time frame. I did have them put on both toggle sides however so they wouldn't have to worry about that once they got home. Intermediate and challenging, but worth the effort once finished I think. Hope they think so too.
Knotted silk with crystals and beaded medallion necklace

SEPTEMBER 30- 2006
wOw............11 people for this class and we had it outside on the patio by the fountain. I love having classes out there, when the weather is perfect and the breeze just flows over you while you bead. This was a huuuuuuuuge class! Class was held at BEAD ARTISTRY. I had to leave early so I got started right away and fortunately my students were as smart as always and quick to learn the basic knotting techniques. There were quite a few people who opted for BIG focal beads which added to the drama of their necklaces....I like seeing the contrast between the large dramatic necklaces and the tiny dainty ones that inevitably are all in one class. They all did fantastic and planned on making more, as was evident by their purchases after the class...Knot just beautiful, but beeeeyoutiful!

AUGUST - 2006
Oh my gosh............the class that got away...it began with a few sign ups and I wasn't sure if people were even interested in knotting...but it all started with a necklace I made for my sister-in-law. Stephanie saw it and asked if I would teach a class in knotting...so then a slow start up of a class became a class of 10 students, and another class on the way for those unable to get into the first class. Class was held at BEAD ARTISTRY. We had lots of fun...beginners and experienced alike mastered the art of knotting silk and nylon threads to achieve very pretty, bohemian styles, elegant styles, and urban looking pieces. I was amazed at some of the combinations that were made up when they finished the class. All this time, those little 1.25 packages of silk just sitting on the wall waiting to be transformed into beaded creations have now been noticed!! Great class!

Crystal Twist Bracelets
Class held at BEAD ARTISTRY, in the Marks/Bullard fig garden area. I had 10 students for the class so it was a full full house of people! All but maybe 2 or 3 students had not done much 'beadweaving' projects so I knew it would be a challenge especially knowing the stitch we would be learning, so I was careful to have all my diagrams and instructions as easy to follow as possible. I was really proud of every student, because for the beginners, this bracelet was not necessarily easy. After a few of them finished the base piece, and began the embellishments with the crystals, the ooohs and aaahs began coming a little more freely and they all were a little more confident in their abilities at that point. I have to say I was really proud of all of their finished bracelets. There were a lot of really pretty color combos as usual!
Some of the students in the Crystal Pendant DeNeuf Class FUN!!
Crystal Pendant "DeNeuf"
The small pendant which we learned today was a bit deceiving to many. De Neuf meaning "nine" crystal pendant. I heard a few people say that it looked like it was "just like the little right angle weave' crystal balls' which Penny has been making the last couple weeks. Look for the free pattern for crystal balls on this site. In fact it is not made with right angle weave, so many students learned a new technique! I had nine students today, which added to the fun at the bead store, BEAD ARTISTRY. This small pendant technique can be transformed into beaded bead bracelets, lengthened to make full bracelet pieces or made with smaller beads for earrings, so the "wheels began turning" in everyones' heads as we finished up the pendants and the samples were brought out. One person made hers up with black and neon green seed beads which I thought was very pretty and unique.

6 people signed up for the class. I had two people signed up from Lemoore. Each person learned new techniques with wire working and ways to use czech facets to make earrings and pendants. I also taught them a different way to shape a wire to make a pendant or earring focal piece. A complete set of wire working tools was available for anyone who may not have had their own. Awesome! I thought that was fantastic how they provided each person with a nice set of tools. They all finished their projects and were excited to make more once they were home. Class was held at Bella Bead.

April - 2006
Class was held at Bella Bead and was a full class plus one! I had 9 students including Jamie the owner, and I always have to remind myself that what I may think is an easy project might not always be so. This was the case in this class. 90% of the students were not familiar with actual beadweaving so it was a bit challenging in the beginning. Only because I didn't want anyone to get frustrated. I think as the evening went by and we did the second bead and then the third, they all "got it down" and each came away with very nice color combinations and beautiful little gems. In the end they also left smiling and wanting more beaded bead classes, so I have to say I was happy about that. Two ladies who had taken the gregorian cross class said that "this is a piece of cake" compared to that class. It is always hard to judge how people will "absorb" instructions on any given day. What may be hard for one, may be easy for another!

April -2006
Ok, I am continually amazed at how many new beaders there are! In this class the students were pretty much new to beading, but we breezed through the class like pros. Each person finished a completed bracelet project and I think they were amazed at themselves for what they had done. Each combination of colors was unique and very pretty. Purple seemed to be the favorite color of the day! Great Job girls!



I had a full class today, and Penny one of the owners of Bead Artistry joined in as well for the cross class. Penny's cross was done in golden shadow crystals and pinks and pearly seed beads. It was really pretty. One of my students also informed me that the shape of the cross was also used in the Orthodox religion which I didn't know, so that was a nice little tidbit of information. Mary, the lady who told me about this did her cross in pretty black crystals and silver/grey beads. One of my previous students also took the class. Renee had taken my birthstone wheel class way back when I think almost a year ago, so it was very nice to see her again. Her cross came out really nice too. I was very proud of all of them because they were not really advanced beaders and this project is somewhat tricky if you don't bead a lot. They did really well!!!

Class at Bella Bead! It was a large one. They ranged from one lady who never had beaded, to another experienced beader to occasional beaders. I was pleasantly surprised to see past students who I hadn't seen in a long while. Bella Bead is committed to their teachers. They couldn't have been more accomodating to the students and myself. A nice introduction to the students by the owner was very nice and lights were available for each person if you need one which I thought was very nice. Plenty of room and table space. Everyones cross came out very pretty and the inexperienced beader "Monica" went home with a very nice piece which you would never know she hadn't beaded much. I think she did very well. The class took almost exactly 2 hours. I'm looking forward to my next class!!!


February Class
February Class was fun! A perfect size class with 4 students, each created the prettiest version of the cross. Marty used shades of silvery blue and silver, Kathryn used pretty lilacs and purple, and Kathy who originally didn't like the sample ended up taking the class and making a pretty white and pink version. This class took about 2 hours or so and a knowledge of basic stitch techniques is helpful but not necessary. Kathryn expressed interest in an element I had designed and used in my sample necklace. I will have it as a special class in the near future.


The last class of the month, and I loved the colors chosen for some of the bracelets we did tonight. One of my regular students decided to do the bracelet with red and blue beads and crystal clear swarovski crystals. It was really pretty and unusual. First time anyone has used two tone beads in this bracelet. Very Patriotic looking!! Tanzanite and elegant black/black diamond combos were also made up with really nice results.

This class was another full one! Five people signed up and came, and three more wanted to take the class. Class took place at Bead Artistry. I love their classroom. For many reasons it is perfect for teaching. A friendly face from the bead society came to learn the bracelet and that was nice to see her again. There were beginner and advanced beaders in class. Each person completed their project in class and I think that made a few of them very happy, because many times projects are too time consuming for a two hour time frame and it's necessary to finish them at home. As usual the color combinations were spectacular!! They ranged from pink/gold, to black/black diamond, and blue/blue iris combinations. Many people were unable to take Saturdays class, so we will definitely have this class at a later date.___
I had 10 people over for this class! A mini workshop and it was so fun. Only two of the people were newbies to beading and they are now hooked I think. A womens club driving from 40 or so miles away, we have been trying to schedule this for a long time to accomodate everyoneswork schedules. Fortunately this day was sunny and nice, so we sat outside in two tables overlooking the lake which added a really nice feel and ambience for the days class. Sarah made a pretty turq/crystal which I think I am going to make for myself. The colors were spectacular. Amy's was a black on black and very elegant looking. The day was perfect for beading We are already planning another workshop for June.


This is my year! I finally had time, effort, and nerve to send in some designs for publication, and I will be in three different places in the coming months.
Look for me in:
BEAD TRENDS: Nov/Dec. 2008 issue with Pearly Ruffles earrings
BEAD TRENDS: January/Feb. 2009 issue with Victorian Romance Necklace
BEAD UNIQUE: February 17 2009 Spring issue with Stone Garden Bracelet
You can also see my designs in the BEAD BUGLE Online Webzine:
PINK BUBBLES BRACELET - 2005-2008 Pattern also available on line for sale


$25 kit - pattern only $10
Kit includes enough beads to make a mini 3" ornament which you can make larger for full size ornaments if you like. These look lovely draped over any color ornament. Includes crystals, glass beads, seeds, pattern. White/silver, Red/gold, Gold/white. All ornaments have white faux pearls. Specify color you are interested in. Pictured ornament is not available at this time, sorry.
Advanced beginner with peyote experience
This is simply a pattern only no beads included

Intermediate or advanced Beginner pattern
If you love Fall this bracelet is an explosion of fall leaves, pearls, crystals, and autumn colors which surrounds your wrist in garland of fall color.
Beginner Pattern
If you love flowers, this is the kit for you, a perfectly dainty bracelet of pearls and flowers with colorful colors of spring and summer. Kit includes all flowers and leaves with a vintage flower button , all you need to supply is the needle and thread.
Hang your Heart Bracelet Kit
Sorry sold out, more coming soon
Perfect for someone you love like a sister, daughter or mother. This is a delightful bracelet for anyone. Kit includes all findings, chain. crystals, pearls and detailed instructions for making these sparkling hearts which you can use for earrings as well.
To buy a kit click BUY A KIT above and send money to
You will be directed to the Paypal website.

Please send the amount of the kit plus a 6.00 shipping charge, and include in the comment section your name, address and zip code where you want the kit sent. Also
Include in the comment section which bracelet you want to purchase
and how many kits you wish to order.

More kits to follow....will have all details to come on how to order my kits.



My case at the 2007 Fresno Fair
At the 2007 Fair this year, I entered one case of beadwork as seen here, and I also entered a single entry bracelet. To my surprise and delight, I won two beautiful Blue Ribbons for my entries. I received quite a few emails for special orders on a few of my items. I don't usually do special orders, but since I had plenty of time before the holidays it was no problem.


Penny and Stephanie of Bead Artistry
Oakland - 2008
This show is always full of creativity in the air. Not as many vendors as other shows but the level and quality of fine craftsman is at its' best. There are many artists showing their finished pieces in lampworking, polymer clay, beadweaving, fiber arts etc. as well as patterns galore. This is the place to find collector beads and unusual pieces for one of a kind jewelry. My find of the day were these amazing little baby eyeball beads. I know I know, that sounds strange but they are miniature such as the ones which Laura McCabe uses in her beautiful beadowork pieces. I am going to make a ring! I finally picked up the Karen Shriver video that had been in the works last time I went to babe. Karen Shriver is a polymer clay artist with cane working that is amazing. You would recognize her Kaleidescope and Celtic canes immediately, because they have been featured in many publications. I can't wait to get started on that project. Lisa Kahn was also there. Her book Romantique is one of my favorite bead books. Love her style of beadwork. My LBS bead artistry had a booth here this year. They are the local bead store where I live and I teach beadwork classes. My friend and I separated as always at the beginning and called each other when we saw things we might each like...other than that I didn't see her until the show was at its' end. I did see tons of familiar faces there which was nice!! My favorite seed bead place continues to be Out on a Whim. Their prices are good and they have such a great variety of bugles, squares, hexes, size 15 delicas in all the great colors you could want. I picked up the gold 15 delicas and gold regular size delicas I had been looking for. Pricey but oh when a bead item has these in them, it shines!!! Classes at the show were the usual. Christi Friesen is everywhere as usual too, and sorry, I am just not excited by her stuff. I don't get it. It seems like stuff I have seen in grade school. I have done polymer clay and guess she is simply a matter of taste. Her things are more dragons and turtles and fish which is not me at all. I do like working with polymer but prefer the sleeker realistic lines of Karen Shriver or Janet Farris. Melanie Potter and myself

Always one of my favorite designers, Melanie Potter of School of Beadwork is an amazing beadwork artist. I have learned so many valuable techniques from her that I finally asked if I could have a picture of her. She is so nice. Her patterns are awesome, and have precise diagrams and photos which are easy to follow. I think I have almost every one of her patterns with the exception of maybe 3!! I have never been able to take a class from her. Her workshops are pretty pricey as are her patterns, but I think the knowledge is worth every penny. Her small beaded pins took quite a while to make, but I have made several for family and friends including one with birthstone colors for my grandmother when she turned 100!

Tables and Tables of Beads

Nikia Angel

Nikia Angel was at the show representing Buy the Kit and she had quite a few kits there. Her kits are pretty easy to follow, however I've only bought one or two. I like talking to her because she is from Albuquerque my hometown and she is a nice and knowledgeable person. Her
Sparkly wheel is a pattern that has been seen
everywhere I think in bead magazines books,
etc. and many designers have taught this with her
permission , in their classrooms. She mentioned that
the Bead Renaissance fair coming up is not
all that great and that the one good
one coming up is Bead Fest Santa Fe which
I want to try and go to since it is minutes
away from Albuquerque. Gail Crosman Moore felting a bead
The beginnings of a felted bead! Demonstrated by Gail Crosman Moore
Ok, the minute I heard them announce a demonstration by GCM I ran to the demo table. First one there and in the front row, I had admired her work for many years. I've made felted beads (my version) but never been able to take a class. Her classes are pricey and usually full. She is a delightful person! I enjoyed watching her use her skillful hands to mold and shape these beautiful colorful beads. Just something about the touch you need to whip them into shape. Of course it is all in how you embellish them and choose a shape that is the true skill! I was so so glad to watch her every move and get the inside tips to having a finished bead. Great demonstration and FREE! Gail Crosman Moore also makes awesome and unusual nature beads. Her acorns were amazing! Her floral necklaces again AMAZING

Kate Richbourg demonstrating uses of the letter
stamps and metal blanks for BEADUCATION
I bought my metal stamps 10 years ago and the metal stamps these days have come a long way. BEADUCATION sells their own font which is a cute whimsical version. I got some neat tips about coloring in the letters and sanding for great effects. Free and lots of information in this demo, it was worth watching. I did buy some of their metal stamps in assorted designs. And the greatest tips by far was the metal hole punch. Why didn't I know about the $15 tool before I spent 39.95 for the scrapbooking version "the Cropadile". As far as I know Beaducation are the only people who carry these metal stamps for metalsmithing, although I wonder if they are the same as the tried and true versions of stamps which the leather workers have used over the years.

Fresno - September 2008
Show is held yearly at the Ramada at Hwy 41 and Shaw. I look forward to seeing some favorite booths. It seemed like they had less vendors this year, but there were new faces I had not seen previously. I immediately hit Bead Artistry's booth (they have a local bead store) and they were offering kits for their caterpillar bracelets. They had lots of glass strands in new styles and shapes that I had not seen before. Melanie Potter is always a favorite of mine and her beadwork is one word, EXQUISITE. She is a published artist and I'm always in awe of her use of size 15's in her beadwork. I always buy a kit or two from her because her instructions are very clear and precise and her illustrations are very very good. I did see Janet Farris who does amazing things with polymer clay and is a published artist as well. Her booth was swamped with polymer lovers, and I never did get to it. I was holding back a bit because I have a trip coming up where I plan to buy lots'o'beads, but then I saw Green Girl Studios...Ok that's when my control was a little challenged. I love their stuff. The vendor told us the story of how Green Girl Studios came about...and how each of their little charms is something that has washed ashore that the 'green girl' , mermaid with legs has found. Green Girl is very fairytale and the charms range from mermaids, tree of life, to fairies and pod or leaf pieces. I bought a lot here!!! If you go to the show early, selection is at its' best and you will avoid the crowds. CCBS has a raffle table with items made by all the members for giveaways. The tickets are only a 1.00 and there are many beautiful hand beaded pieces you can win.
San Mateo - JUNE 2008
This show had lots of gemstones!! Lots of jewelry booths too. I was only interested in the gemstones however, and Maria and I split up at the door. She went to wholesale. In past experience I have found wholesale to not be all that great in pricing versus the regular showroom, but I did find a $2 and $3 strand table with amethyst, citrine, carnelian and basic gems. I've seen those in the stores going for $10 and up a strand. No one was giving receipts which I found odd, so I was constantly asking for itemized receipts. My little calculator came in handy as I added my items before checkout. Sometimes "they don't add up" and it's too late to fix that error once your in the car 300 miles away. My phone wouldn't work in here so we only periodically met up just to check up and compare notes with what we were finding. Maria brough along her roll along cart which is perfect if you are buying in huge quantities like she does. I did take a large shopping bag and wore comfortable shoes. I like this show for the good buys. There are no kits/designers selling their kits, which is fine with me. This is a designers buying market and bead store buying place.
Oakland - 2007
This is the first time I have actually made it to this show. Every year, I was either out of town, or had something else planned, so I was really looking forward to it this year. I had heard it is an 'artists show', with mainly lampwork and artist beads for sale. I took the train for the first time as well, and it was fun! Saved quite a bit on gas, so that was fantastic in itself. Upon entering the convention center it was noticeably empty, no lines to get in, and this was definitely a sign of what was to come. It's a good idea to see if anyone is giving away coupons on line for a few dollars off the entry fee. My friends, who I went with provided all of us with coupons for $2 off. There were a lot of vendors, but it was a bit expensive for my taste. Whim beads is a favorite of mine, they sell a huge assortment of seed beads, triangles, bugles, crystals...and I bought colors and shapes I can't find locally. I also bought some pretty lampwork glass flowers from fireweed beads. They sell on ebay, and had some nice charlottes, that I never never pass up! I didn't take any classes, because none really impressed me, and I can only assume the reason it was very slow the day I went, was because people were either in class, or everyone shopped on Saturday. I was looking for specific things, and finally found them in the last booths I came across. I honestly was a bit disappointed maybe because of all the hype I hear about this show. My bead haul wasn't too bad, and I had a lot of fun talking with Nikia Angel, from my hometown Albuquerque.
Seahorse Pendant from Unicorn Beads
Fresno - 2007
September 2007 - I had the pleasure of working with Doug Ho of Unicorne Beads! I love their lampwork beads, and have been buying them for many of my designs for a while now. The company began in 1967, and people would be surprised to know that the company began as glass artists for Disneyland. They have made many of the the beloved Disney character figurines licensed by Disney. I thought that was pretty cool, so they have a nice history with lampworking and glassmaking. Their beads are made of borosilicate glass which is a break resistant glass similar to your glass measuring cup (tempered glass)and this makes it perfect for jewelry. I heard many people commenting that "they must be made in China" because there was such a large quantity and selection of designs, but this is not true. The beads are all made in the U.S.A., and designed by their company to their specifications. They do use glasswork artists in other states to help them out, but they are not made in China. Remember the YO YO BEADS (no holes!!! just a channel), and the TEAR DROP BEADS featured on OPRAH in the May issue of her magazine? Well these are their original designs! I was happy to see many of my friends stopping by the booth and the booth was pretty much busy the whole day with lots of ooohs and aaaahhhs to go with their comments! Good to see everyone, since I have been a hermit lately beading for some current projects I have coming up this year.
I wasn't able to shop too much this year aside from going to a few of my favorite booths, but I saw many of my students past and present and met quite a few new friends. This years show seemed smaller to me and not a whole lot of new faces. I hope next year they bring in some new vendors.
Beadworks Expo Show
Oakland, California April - 2007
For this show, Marty and I got up very very early in the wee little hours of 4am or so, and actually met up at Starbucks at around 5am. She parked her car and we drove out together in mine to the Oakland Show. I really wanted to leave early to get there from beginning to end. We couldn't have timed it perfect enough, and even got a great space no less than 10 yards from the front door of the convention center!!! AMAZING. I parked at a parking meter spot allowing two hour parking....this we had not expected, so we both scrounged for quarters to fill it up and planned to just return and put in more quarters once the 1 and half hours was up...so we could keep it full. Hey better than $16 or so to park in the garage right???? Inside they hadn't even opened the doors yet, so we stood in line and picked up some free samples at the door of lampwork beads in packs of 4. Very Cool!!! Before we even got in I spotted Vickie Cederquist who makes great lampwork beads! She had a booth here as well, so we chatted a bit and then the Doors opened and as usual the adrenaline rush of
Oh mah Gaaah@#@!!!@!!!**&#!!!&**#@! Look at all the beads!! Which way to go? We were greeted up front by Interwweave Press (Beadworks ) employees first thing. The editor in fact was making some pretty cool little 3d raw (right angle weave) box things, and we signed up for the new on line magazine they will be presenting this month with all kinds of bead stuff info on it. My mission was to find kits and unusual lampwork beads and swarovski components as well as Rivolis. Ok, that went out the door immediately as I saw lots of new cool stuff everywhere. Well, I really need to stick to my mission and I was determined to do that. I think Marty was looking more for kits and informational videos on lampworking and classes. Laura McCabe had a booth with her pieces displayed in person. They are so much more beautiful in person and I was kind of in awe of her and that booth. She gave me a 30% discount for my rivolis I purchased from her!!! Very cool. Not a lot of kits at this show, although I did get a few here and there. I kind of went crazy in the Sonoran booth with all their lampwork beads that have glints of gold in them. I had spent a good amount and told them it was no tax, when they said oh....take three free items...any three items are free which I was like ok,,,, this is great! then when they totaled my bill my 3 free items became added into the price and then given a 20% discount....Uh Huh!!! be careful of this my friend. Check your bills before you pay!!!! My favorite booths were the Ubead crystals (great prices). Melanie Potter and Stephanie Eddy had some pretty kits, and there were lots and lots of booths with lampwork leaves, flowers etc. All in all the show was good, we had fun, and plenty of beads. It's a good idea to go to more than one show a year to get a good idea of what is out there. I completed my mission of getting kits, and rivolis and crystals and then some, so I was happy!

Northern California Bead Society Show
Oakland, Ca.
This show was only 70 or so vendors, so we weren't too sure whether it would be a good show or not. It did not disappoint!!! It was in the Oakland Convention Center and I think the quality of vendors there was fantastic. I saw many of the designers who are featured in our beading bibles like Bead and Button, Bead Unique, and Beadwork magazines, many of them selling great kits of which I went waaay overboard in purchasing and I found a lot of unique items there in the way of lampworking and felting materials. I loved this show! It was amazing for me to see just how many designers come from California. What a talented bunch of designers there are! One of my favorite kits I picked up was from scorpio beads. Her lampwork poppies were so pretty! I also got a sunflower to make another kit. I worked it up the next day, no problem. Very easy to make! You can find the kits here: http://www.scorpiobeads.com/ and tell her I sent you! She collaborates with another lampwork artist who makes really pretty leaves!!! They are wonderful as well. We spent over 5 hours here....I was taarred! I am getting old!! I just can't walk all day for hours and hours like I used to! But What fun and my head is exploding with ideas and patterns and design ideas that there are not enough hours in the day!!!


" MOMS PEARLS" is a design I did as a special order for a local mans' wife for a birthday present,
I originally made this design for my mother.
"LITTLE POUCH" 2006 - beaded bag in peyote, and herringbone, fringe techniques with beaded button

"PLUM ODYSSEY" 2007 - is a design from a magazine using peyote and herringbone stitches
CHRISTMAS BEADED BEADS - 2006- This was a fun design to come up with, and I have had lots of successful classes with it.

Jack Kalpakoff made these for me when I showed him some pretty flowers beads I wanted for a bracelet. These glass flowers are what he came up with for my fringed bracelet.

Diamond Peyote Bracelet

The pieces in my gallery are only a very small portion of recent jewelry pieces I have been working on. They represent my growth as an artist and my abilities as teacher and designer. I have taken classes with and learned techniques from national teachers like Paula Walter, Leslie Frazier, Tracy List, River Rose, Marcia DeCoster, and Laura McCabe, as well as basic techniques at local bead stores where I have lived in many cities across the US as well as Europe. Living in and around Santa Fe and Albuquerque, where art galleries and beadwork is on every corner, had quite a lot of influence on my style. I have taught myself many techniques by reading through books and jewelry design literature. Although I enjoy creating art in every form, from collages, papercrafts, painting, and general crafting, jewelrymaking has always been a 'constant' passion, and has been for over 20 years now. I love working with beaded beads, small components and then combining them with silver findings. I also enjoy working with wire and I become obsessesed with one or two techniques at a time, get bored with them or just plain wear them out, and go on to new techniques. This keeps me forever busy and looking for new ways to integrate all that I have learned for new and fresh designs.

Little Pea Pod Pendant, basically peyote variation


Original netted Bracelet Design by Jacquie Carlson
Original Bubble Beads bracelet designs by Jacquie Carlson, as seen in the "Bead Bugle" magazine.

An original beaded bead bracelet design in jade and purple seed beads, by Jacquie Carlson.

My take on a bracelet design by Kate Mckinnon

Purple and Brass seed beads shape this cross bracelet I designed in 2006

Bracelet/anklet design made in a class with Marcia DeCoster. This is my version of her design.


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