Beadweaving

Beaded Owl & Juried Competition

The call to bead — “Whoooo’ll Bead for Owls — came from a respected bead aficionado and friend, Margo Yee. Calls with such a specificity cannot easily be ignored. Loyalty intertwines with perceived obligation before becoming infused with possibility. I felt owls everywhere beckoning me to the creation of a wondrous idea. Margo’s email laid …

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The little box story

Little boxes pique curiousity. From opening elements to predictable shapes to possibilities that exist for all manner of treatments, I’m drawn to small containers because of their potentiality.  Everything about the 3” x 2.75” window box met my criteria for wonderful, including its matte bronze color. I envisioned an altar/prayer box filled with inspiring elements …

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This freeform bead weaving bracelet demonstrates the place of no pattern for Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

The Place of No Pattern

The place of no pattern encourages experimentation. One thread weaves together bead commonalities. Similarities in size, shape and color can be more appreciated when contrasted with the differences. White beads with a tiny blue stripe add a hint of interest. Clear cobalt blue Czech glass beads add pops of color. The primary colors of blue …

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