Someone recently asked me if I still do beadwork. The question surprised me a bit, because I feel like I have *always* done beadwork! (FWIW, I started beading in the 1980’s).
But a look at my social media made me realize that I haven’t shared any intricate beadwork for a while. Most of the jewelry that I made during the pandemic was either leather jewelry or simpler strung gemstone jewelry (like the layering necklaces shown here).
While I do enjoy making and wearing the simpler stuff, it made me realize how much I miss the slow, meditative process of bead weaving and bead embroidery. My studio time will be limited for the next few months … so perhaps I will use what little creative time I do have to circle back on my beadwork for a bit!
This article showcases my range of leather peacock feather jewelry and accessories, inspired by my friend Mahala back in 2010. These remain some of my favorite designs to create and expand upon, and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to share this story.
As with all of the publications by Stampington & Company, Belle Armoire Jewelry is an exceptionally beautiful and well curated magazine. I’m honored to work with them again, and I look forward to future opportunities.
20 years later, and there are still no right words for this event. My heart goes out to the families, first responders, and all who were affected (which is all of us).⠀ ⠀ This image shows 4 bead embroidered squares, created by Julia S Pretl for the 9/11 Memorial Bead Quilt Project. This was a collaborative effort of hope and healing, with beaded quilt squares created and donated by artists from around the world. The resulting “quilts” are approximately 9 ft square when hung all together. They are a part of the permanent collection at the National September 11th Memorial and Musuem in NYC.⠀ ⠀ To see the 576 beaded squares created for this project, visit the 9/11 Bead Quilt website. You can view by panel, search by artist’s name, or watch a slideshow of all of the squares.⠀ ⠀
Heads up! My “Made to Order” costume designs will be de-listed on Wednesday September 15th. After that, my Halloween offerings will be limited to options that are “Ready to Ship”. I may or may not make these designs available for order again after Halloween – it just depends on how crazy my order queue gets (it’s been pretty crazy, if that’s any indicator).⠀ ⠀ So if you’ve been planning to order one of these designs, now’s the time! ⠀ ⠀ I will have a few more one of a kind + ready made offerings before the end of the spooky season. I strongly encourage you to order your costume items early this year.⠀
Peridot is the traditional birthstone for August, and a lovely birthday gift for your August born Leo and Virgo friends!⠀ ⠀ Across time and culture, peridot has been linked to the sun and nature. In Ancient Egypt, peridot was known as “the gem of the sun”. It was believed to drive away nightmares and darkness, bringing happiness and energy to the owner. In Hawaiian folklore, it is said that peridot symbolizes tears of the fire goddess Pele.