Beading Beat

Today I’m sharing my new design. I started with the earrings and took a with a headpin and picked up a silver bead. The I looped it through the square link separator,20161120_121842-2 twisted it then cut it off. Once I had the four beads in place I attached it to the earring.

Then I decided to make a pair with black beads.

I decided to make three more black square link separators and two more silver link separators. Then I strung black beads with crystal link separators and the square link separators.

I get a different look by wearing the different earrings.

I really like the look.

Beading Beat – Who’s Your Friend Necklace.

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Today I’m sharing my ‘Who’s Your Friend’ necklace.

I made a bracelet for a friend using this design and I really loved it.  I was going to make the same bracelet for me, but I don’t usually wear bracelets so I decided to make me a 20161120_121738necklace instead.

I used the same Turquoise beads.The square beads had an antique copper edge so I decided to use an antique copper clasp. The little owls were so cute and added a whimsical feel to the piece.

Once I was happy with the design, I strung the beads.

Then I made the earrings to match.

Every time I wear this set, I think of my friend and how much fun we had. I can’t wait to see her again.


New Release, Silent Signals, A Cowboy Christmas series by Linda Carroll-Bradd

Title:  Silent Signals, A Cowboy Christmas series

Author:  Linda Carroll-Bradd

Publisher:  Prism Book Group

Release Date:  11/18/16

Blurb for Silent Signals:

After losing half his herd in the Great Blizzard of 1886, rancher Konrad Werner needs to silentsignals_400safeguard his cattle. Tomboy Anora Huxley trains the Australian Shepherds and Kelpies that run the family’s sheep herd. Although cattlemen and shepherds are at odds, the pair discovers common interests. A threat is overheard, and Konrad rides out to Anora’s ranch to protect her. The tense situation reveals their true feelings. Will Anora be swayed by family loyalty, or will she listen to her heart that responds to Konrad’s silent signals?

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Will the valley’s feud between cattlemen and shepherds keep them apart?

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Mikel returned, dropping two rolls of wire onto the counter. “I have a new shipment of barbed wire too. Perhaps that works better for your needs?”

Konrad turned and laid a hand on the smooth wire. “The fence to pen in my cattle has several components, so this is what I need. But thanks, Toussaint.”

The shopkeeper shrugged. “Some ranchers prefer the barbed.”

“I do too, and I may have to resort to that when the winter weather sets in. But I’ll wait on that purchase.” He leaned his other hand on the counter. “This year, I’m building a brush fence. I’ll use what I can from downed branches and rocks cleared from the field that will be planted in the spring.” He shrugged and straightened.

“Makes sense.” Mikel nodded as he pulled the pencil from his ear. “I remember those types of fences in old country. Uncle had them around his vineyard.”

Konrad was sure his wasn’t the only sad story the store owner had heard over the last year. “Gotta come up with the cheapest solution for protecting my cattle.” He shook his head. “The ranch can’t withstand any more losses like last year.”

“Excuse me, sir.” A female voice floated in the air.

The tone was pitched low, almost intimate. Konrad shifted and raised an eyebrow at the tall woman dressed in an ill-fitting coat and a split skirt that showed several inches of boot-encased legs. “Are you speaking to me?”

“Have you considered using herding dogs to contain your cattle?” The blonde woman took one step closer, her gaze intent.

“No.” This stranger had an opinion about how he ran his ranch? His body stiffened.

“I train the dogs that work the sheep at Green Meadows Ranch, and I don’t see why the dogs couldn’t be used with cattle.” She glanced over her shoulder and then back to connect with his gaze. “The principles are the same, as long as the person uses the right cues.”

He squinted at the green-eyed woman who stood only a few inches shorter than his six-foot height. Wisps of blonde hair had escaped the edges of her plain black bonnet and straggled along her cheeks. Her face was pleasant enough—probably would be more so without the frown creasing her forehead. “Have we met?”

“I apologize, Mr. Werner. I’m Anora Huxley.” A blush reddened her cheeks. “I am acquainted with Gaelle.”

His younger sister by five years. Which explained why he didn’t know this woman from his schooling years. Huxley did sound familiar, though. But he didn’t have time to contemplate why because the woman now stood by his side. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a thick-set scowling man hovering two feet away who looked madder than a newly branded steer. The second member of the arguing duo.

“My dogs are exceedingly smart. A special breed with strong herding instincts. They respond to hand signs and whistles, and from a distance of more than ten rods.”

He held up a hand lest he be stuck here listening to her run down every detail. “I do not wish to be lectured on how to run my ranch. My brush fence will suffice.” Regretting the stiffness of his tone, he lifted a finger to tap the brim of his hat. “Good day, Mrs. Huxley.” He spotted the brief widening of her gaze before scooping up the roll of wire and headed toward the storeroom. Irritation at the outspoken women and her high-handed advice put an extra punch into each footfall.


As a young girl, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about fascinating characters having exciting adventures in places far away and in other time periods. In later linda-c-b-casualyears, she read and then started writing romances and achieved her first publication–a confession story. Married with 4 adult children and 2 granddaughters, Linda writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor from her home in the southern California mountains.

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Also, voting is open until November 20th for the winter cover contest sponsored by Still Moment Magazine. I’m proud that Silent Signals is one of ten finalists. To vote, leave the title or the #9 in a comment on the magazine’s Facebook page.


Beading Beat – Blue Necklace

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Blue beaded Necklace.

I decided to combine several techniques into one necklace. I started with making blue   20161003_114615beads out of peyote stitch. I made them piece big enough to wrap around a straw, then I used and eyepin, attached the end bead, put it through the straw, attached another end bead, then made a loop. I cut off the excess eyepin. I made three of these.





Then I made the next type of bead by taking a piece of wire, making a loop, stringing it 20161003_114622through a big blue bead then made another loop and cut off the excess wire. I made several of these.







The next problem was how to fasten them together. I used circle hoops and jump rings to  20161003_114606.jpgfinish the piece.

I’m really proud of the way it came out.

What piece of jewelry are you the proudest of?

Charter Interview, Pat Tierney from mystery series

I’m delighted to have Pat Tierney here with me today. Pat is the protagonist of Rosemary McCracken’s mystery series. Safe Harbor, the first novel in the series, was a finalist for Britain’s Debut Dagger in 2010 and released by Imajin Books in 2010. It was followed by Black Water in 2013 and Raven Lake earlier this year. Pat has also appeared in several of Rosemary’s short stories, including “The Sweetheart Scamster” in the 2013 crime fiction collection Thirteen, which was a Derringer award finalist. Jack Batten, The Toronto Star’s crime fiction reviewer, calls Pat “a hugely attractive sleuth figure.”

Pat, you are a professional woman, a financial planner. How do you meet up with so  safe-harbor-front_covermany criminals? 

Pat: Much of my involvement comes from the kind of work I do. I’m a financial advisor, so I’m well-positioned to spot white-collar crime. In Safe Harbor, red flags went up for me when a rookie financial advisor was given a large investment account to manage. And when I looked closely at that account, I saw that a sizeable part of its assets were invested in slowpoke stocks. Now why would anyone put money into laggard investments? Things didn’t add up. And when things don’t add up for a financial advisor, something is very wrong.

Greed for money is a motive for all sorts of crime—even murder.

Do you always agree with how Rosemary tells your story?

Pat: Rosemary gets most things rights—probably because of her training as a journalist. But she keeps bringing my family into all the novels. Everyone has families, and I don’t know why she thinks mine is in any way interesting.

Well, you’ve faced a lot personal problems in recent years—the death of your husband; learning about his love affair, then adopting his young son who resulted from that affair; your daughter, Tracy, who’s in a same-sex relationship; and now your teenage daughter, Laura, is expecting a baby. Rosemary is clearly impressed by how you cope  Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00071]with it all. 

Pat: Those were stressful situations, but what choice did I have but to accept them? To keep my sanity, I always try to look on the bright side. Michael is gone and nothing will bring him back, but his son Tommy is a dear boy, as you know if you’ve read Rosemary’s books, and I’m delighted he’s now part of our family. Tracy is in a stable relationship with a good woman, and I’m standing by her choice of a partner. Laura will be young to raise a child, and she doesn’t want to marry at this point. I’ll do my best to help her, and I’ll see that she goes back to school next year. My kids are healthy, mentally stable, and they stand to live happy, useful lives. Hey, I can’t really ask for much more!

You have a strong social conscience. Can you comment on some of the issues that have been raised in the novels? 

Pat: The issue that comes up most frequently is fraud: investment fraud and other kinds of fraud. The financial industry deals with money, and therefore it provides an opportunity for people who are clever and greedy enough to challenge the system. I’m a champion of small investors who can get taken by financial fraudsters. I want to see these crooks weeded out and punished. I want tougher penalties for their crimes. The system in Canada is currently too soft on offenders.

I don’t like to see anyone getting a raw deal. My heart went out to the refugees in Safe Harbor who were forced to leave their homelands, and were then terrorized in Canada where they thought they’d be safe and free. And I really felt for the victims of the cottage rental scams in Raven Lake—vacationers sent their money to those fraudsters in good faith, then lost their money and their holiday lodgings. And elderly property owners were terrified when would-be renters started turning up at their doors.

What’s next for you, Pat? 

Pat: I left Norris Cassidy, the big investment firm, in Raven Lake, and the fourth book willPageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00070] open in Toronto where I’m trying to set up my own business. I decided to buy an existing business from an advisor who wants to retire. I found one that looked terrific, then I realized that something that looks too good to be true…probably is.

Does that mean you’ve left the beautiful Glencoe Highlands where Black Water and Raven Lake are set? 

Pat: The fourth book opens in Toronto, but I didn’t say where it will take place after the opening chapters. You’ll have to wait for Rosemary to finish writing it to find out.

Where can readers find the Pat Tierney novels? 

Pat: They can check out Raven Lake at Safe Harbor is at And Black Water is at These are universal links that will take readers to the Amazon stores in their own countries

Thank you for inviting me here today, Karen. Always a pleasure to chat wit you!


Rosemary McCracken, Pat’s author, was born and raised in Montreal. She worked on OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnewspapers across Canada as a reporter, arts reviewer, editorial writer and editor before turning to freelance journalism and fiction writing. She now lives with her husband in Toronto, and teaches novel writing at George Brown College.

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I love Halloween. Dressing up in a costume then going trick or treating with my sisters, later with my kids. But while I’m walking down the streets, crushing fallen leaves with my feet, the wind howling through the bare branches, my writer’s brain kicks in.

What if there was someone lurking in the shadows?  This is the basis for my book You Are Mine.

Would you know when someone was watching you? How would you react to the feeling?

When we took a family vacation to Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, we had such a wonderful time. The people were wonderful, the setting was rugged and free and I knew a strong heroine would love living there.

Of course I would need a formidable hero for her.    You are mine cover medium

Here is an excerpt:

A movement by the shed caught her eye and Molly froze. She glanced at the clock on the wall beside the fireplace.

A rush of blood pounded through her temples as she stood. Walking over to the side of the window, she lifted the heavy brocade curtain, making sure she didn’t touch the lacy sheer, not wanting her movements to be revealed to whoever was out there.

The figure of a man leaned against the shed, watching the office. Tightness cinched in her chest, as she held her breath. Could he be the one sending the letters?

She kept her eyes focused on the stranger. He was dressed like a local, with a red and black checked flannel shirt peeking out from under a down-filled vest. His worn jeans and scuffed boots resembled every male living in town, but unlike them he looked lethal.

His face was shadowed beneath a baseball cap, his eyes shielded by dark sunglasses. She couldn’t make out any of his features.

She let the heavy curtain fall back into place and walked over to the fireplace, reached for the rifle over the mantle, checked for shells then crossed the room to the door.

Opening the front door, she kept a firm grip on the rifle at her side as she yelled, “What are you doing here?”

The man shrugged. He took a step toward her. Dread lassoed her throat, cinching it closed.

He stepped out of the shadows into the bright sunlight. A navy duffel bag in his hand. Walking toward her he smiled as he removed the glasses drawing her into two, cool-blue pools. “Long time no see.”

Not nearly long enough. She knew she should be relieved that he wasn’t the stalker, but in some ways he was more dangerous.

Her worst nightmare had become a reality. Brock Kingston had come home.


Single mother, Molly Jackson, wants to run the family freight business in the North West Territories and take care of her daughter and grandfather. When creepy letters start to arrive she knows she has a stalker. Can she protect her loved ones when she’s not sure she can protect herself?

When Gramps ask RCMP officer Brock Kingston to come home, he can’t refuse the man who took him in. Now he has to return home and save the woman who broke his heart.

Will their rekindled love survive when the truth is revealed?

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Why I read past my bedtime.

Why do you keep reading past your bedtime when you know you’ll be dead at work the next day?reading.jpg

When you go to the movies what causes you to grab the arm of the person sitting next to you? Hopefully it’s the person you went with, but I have grabbed the arm of a stranger.

It’s the adrenaline rush. The rush we love to experience.

It is different with each of us, but it causes us to suck in our breath, scream aloud, look away, or jump in our seats. It is what we talk about after the show with our friends.

I love moves that astound me. I know the bad person will be caught, but I am on the roller fearcoaster ride with the characters throughout the movie.

So where did I develop my need for this rush of adrenaline? It’s very simple, old TV shows.

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Why do you keep reading past your bedtime when you know you’ll be dead at work the next day?

When you go to the movies what causes you to grab the arm of the person sitting next to you? Hopefully it’s the person you went with, but I have grabbed the arm of a stranger.

It’s the adrenaline rush. The rush we love to experience.

It is different with each of us, but it causes us to suck in our breath, scream aloud, look away, or jump in our seats. It is what we talk about after the show with our friends.

I love moves that astound me. I know the bad person will be caught, but I am on the roller coaster ride with the characters throughout the movie.

So where did I develop my need for this rush of adrenaline? It’s very simple, old TV shows. As a kid, I watched all the Alfred Hitchcock Presents shows. Then I graduated to his movies on late night TV. To this day, when I see a flock of birds sitting on a hydro wire, my pulse quickens.

Rear Window is my most favorite movie of all time. I still jump in places even though I know what is coming. I still cry out “Be careful, watch out,” even though I know it won’t make a difference to the outcome.

In my opinion, that is great story telling. When I can live the story over and over again and I don’t get tired of it.

Another favorite show I watched as a kid was Rod Stirling’s Twilight Zone. I was terrified and mesmerized at the same time and no matter how many times I said I wasn’t going to watch it, I was glue to the TV at the same time every week getting my dose of adrenaline rush.

Now I’m addicted to The Walking Dead, and Supernatural. They have me on the edge of my seat, heart pounding, fists clinched, and I love it.

What causes your adrenaline rush?


New release NOTHING TO LOSE by Darlene Fredette

Today I’m featuring NOTHING TO LOSE by Darlene Fredette
Release Date: October 05, 2016nothingtolose-darlenefredette-2

Publisher: Escape Publishing


She has one last hope – a small, family-run bakery that might just be baking up second chances.


Dwindling finances has Jesse Robinson running out of options. With a past filled with failures, she longs for a new beginning. Applying for a job she isn’t qualified for may be another crazy mistake, but at this point Jesse has nothing to lose.

Juggling two jobs, Travis Cooper has absolutely no time for a relationship and isn’t looking for one. But when his mother hires an unqualified baker, he has more to worry about than three-tiered wedding cakes. Like whether to break his own no-dating-employees rule and make a little room in his life for love.


‘How hard can baking be? Easy‐peasy. Right?’ She knew her words to be untrue. She’d watched shows on the Food Network. The chefs on television made creating desserts appear simple, yet Jessie’s attempts always ended with opening a window and the lid on the garbage can.

‘I have no choice, and at this point I have nothing to lose.’ Jessie had thought the same before her previous four jobs. Though, she did excel at one particular skill—making bad choices. If only she could include that talent as a positive trait.

She drew in a deep breath to calm her racing pulse. Desperation rolled in the emptiness of her stomach. She’d just go into the bakery and win them over. She had to. The two hundred dollars in her bank account would cover her car payment. As long as I don’t eat or drive anywhere, I’m good.


Darlene resides on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab. When not working on her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loves to develop the many stories swimming in her head. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.

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Lisa de Nikolits interviews Dr. Frances Carroll from THE NEARLY GIRL

Hi Everyone, I’m Lisa de Nikolits and I write crime novels. I also write short stories and some pretty bad poetry. I am here today (and thank you Dear Karen, for having me as a guest!) to talk about my latest novel, The Nearly Girl.TheNearlyGirlCover.jpg

The Nearly Girl is super-hot off the press – in fact the launch is in two days time and if you are in Toronto, we’d love to see you! It’s at The Women’s Art Association of Toronto and it starts at 6.30pm, on the 13th of October and everyone is invited!

I’m going to interview my antagonist today, Dr. Frances Carroll. He’s a psychiatrist and a therapist in The Nearly Girl and he invented his own form of therapy which is called Do The Opposite Thing. And just so you can picture him, Dr. Carroll looks a lot like Paul Giamatti.

LISA: “Hello Dr. Carroll, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us today.”

CARROLL: *smiles a toothy little grin* “No problem. There’s no shortage of crazy people out there. If I miss the boat on a few, you can be sure there’ll be shiploads of them lining up, so to speak!”

LISA: “Crazy people? That seems, I don’t know, a bit insensitive to the folks out there with mental health issues, don’t you think?”

CARROLL: *leans forward, clasps his hands and looks earnest * “What I think is this. There’s too much political correctness going on, in the fields of psychotherapy, both in terms of terminology and treatment. I say call a spade a spade. Would an ill man go to a doctor if he was well? No, he would not. Therefore why should the doctor couch his diagnosis in cuddly cashmere when the man (or woman, please note, I am never sexist), would prefer to know the truth of the matter? I believe in truth.”

LISA: “I see. I guess there is something refreshing about that. Well, let’s talk about your therapy, it’s called D.T.O.T., which stands for Do The Opposite Thing. Can you tell us about it?”

CARROLL: “Young lady, you should have done your research. Surely you know about it? It’s really boring for me to have to rehash the whole story repeatedly when people are just too lazy to do their jobs.”

LISA: “I do know what D.T.O.T. is. I just thought you might want to explain it to readers in your own words, so it is perfectly clear.”

CARROLL: *stares at the interviewer, takes a deep sigh* “Fine. To start, D.T.O.T. is my invention, my contribution to the field of psychology. I started out, fifteen years ago, as a fan of all the traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy programs and I could see that there was some measure of success to be had. But not enough! I started experimenting, slowly of course, with D.T.O.T. which takes C.B.T. to a whole new level.”

LISA: “And you tested it in recognized laboratory environments?”

 CARROLL: *leans back and purses his lips and crosses his arms across his chest* “Correct. I had to prove myself endlessly. I had to plot statistics and medications and field studies and control groups and all that other bumpf that scientists demand, and I am delighted to tell you that D.T.O.T. passed all the tests. It has been greeted as a revolutionary healing technique and the world is a better place for it.”

LISA: “And it cured Amelia?”

CARROLL: *looks thoughtful* “Amelia turned out to be a lot more tricky than I thought. I don’t want to give any of your readers plot spoilers so I am not going say too much but I will say this, she was a wily one and I didn’t see that ending coming.”

LISA: “She beat you at your own game?”

CARROLL:“A ridiculous suggestion! No one beats me! But she did solve what society considers to be a crime, yes, that much is true.”

LISA:” Your book is coming out in a couple of days. How do you feel about that?”

CARROLL: *gives a broad happy smile* “I am utterly delighted! I can’t wait! Say what you will about me but this book is an optimistic one. The ethos is clear throughout: accept yourself with all your flaws, oddities and failings. Where there is doubt, have faith. You see? Do the opposite thing. You are unhappy? Be happy. And I will show you how. It sounds simple and I know life isn’t that easy but if you read the book, you will feel better about your life and even if you don’t, you will have spent a very entertaining few hours enjoying a thrilling story.”

LISA: “You agree it’s thrilling?”

CARROLL: “Of course I do. For the main part, I read scientific treatises on statistics and the like, but this book really grabbed my attention, right from the start. It was really very romantic too, what with the love story between Henry and Megan. I liked them both a lot.”

LISA: “Really? You liked the romance? You surprise me Dr. Carroll! But what about the people who died in the book?”

CARROLL: *flicks a wrist* “Natural attrition. You need to see the bigger picture, young lady.”

LISA: *showing signs of agitation at the conversation* “Dr. Carroll, firstly, people died. And secondly, I am older than you.

CARROLL: “Yes but you are psychologically naïve. Most of the world is psychologically naïve and we should change that! You should change yourself!”

LISA: “I will take your advice into consideration Dr. Carroll, thank you. And thank you very much for taking the time to be with us today. Is there anything you would like to add, before we sign off?”

CARROLL: “Not a thing, just this one thing – may you all D.T.O.T. until the cows come home!”

Short synopsis of the book:

The Nearly Girl is a fast-paced literary thriller about a girl with a rare psychosis. With a poetic genius for a father, a body builder for a mother and a crazy psychiatrist for a therapist, what could possibly go wrong? A novel about an unusual family, expected social norms and the twists and turns of getting it all slightly wrong, the consequences of which prove fatal for some.

Blurb for the book:

“A playful exploration of human oddities, de Nikolits’s latest book asks: What are the consequences when we deviate from the norm? Centred around Amelia, a young woman who only nearly gets things right in life—she catches the wrong bus or shows up on the wrong day—The Nearly Girl features a cast of misfits who are all engaged in various forms of self-improvement. With her mother trying endlessly to improve her body and her tortured genius poet father always awaiting the voice of brilliance to speak to him, Amelia and her family are anything but ordinary. But perhaps the most compelling characters are found in Amelia’s therapy sessions, where hoarders, recluses and claustrophobes alike come together in an enchantingly eccentric group seeking the help of an unorthodox psychotherapist. Yet, we learn from de Nikolits, sometimes self-acceptance is better than change. The story builds with cinematic suspense and surprises, but one thing is for sure: The only crazy thing in this world is trying to be normal.” – Jill Buchner, Canadian Living Magazine


Originally from South Africa, Lisa de Nikolits has lived in Canada since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Philosophy and has lived in the U.S.A., Australia lisadenikolits-2and Britain. Lisa lives and writes in Toronto. The Nearly Girl is her sixth novel. Previous works include: The Hungry Mirror (2011 IPPY Awards Gold Medal for Women’s Issues Fiction and long-listed for a ReLit Award); West of Wawa (2012 IPPY Silver Medal Winner for Popular Fiction and a Chatelaine Editor’s Pick); A Glittering Chaos (tied to win the 2014 Silver IPPY for Popular Fiction); The Witchdoctor’s Bones launched in Spring 2014 to literary acclaim. Between The Cracks She Fell  was reviewed by the Quill & Quire, was on the recommended reading lists for Open Book Toronto and 49th Shelf. Between The Cracks She Fell was also reviewed by Canadian Living magazine and called ‘a must-read book of 2015’. Between The Cracks She Fell won a Bronze IPPY Award 2016 for Contemporary Fiction. No Fury Like That is scheduled to be published in 2017 and Rotten Peaches in 2018. All books by Inanna Publications.

Lisa has a short story in Postscripts To Darkness, Volume 6, 2015, and flash fiction and a short story in the debut issue of Maud.Lin House as well as poetry in the Canadian Women Studies Journal (Remembering, 2013, and Water, 2015). Her short stories have also appeared on Lynn Crosbie’s site, Hood and the Jellyfish Review. She has a short story coming out in the anthology PAC’HEAT, a Ms. Pac-Man noir collection and a short story in the Sisters In Crime anthology, November 2016, The Whole She-Bang 3.


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Beading Beat – Peyote Stitch

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My first attempt at Even-Count Flat Peyote Stitch.

I got all excited about doing a bracelet in Peyote stitch, but I couldn’t get it to going the right way, so I decided to signed up for a course to make earrings. How hard could that be?20160909_153535-1

We started by using large kid’s beads to master the stitch. I had difficulty with turning the work, but finally got it and felt good about the project I decided to do. I was so wrong.

When we picked out the beads, I realized I was in trouble. We use size 11 beads. I could barely see them let alone work with them.

I choose light pink and gunmetal beads.

I picked them up with the needle and threaded them. It took me the rest of the day to get the turn right and get a big enough piece to wrap it around a straw to make a strong cylinder.

Then we threaded a sliver bead onto a silver head the put the head pin through the straw. Thread another silver bead to the end then make a loop and attached it to the earring.

The other ladies progressed on to a second earring, but it was all I could do to get the one earring done. I finished the other earring at home over the weekend.

I love the look of this stitch, but it will take me longer to master than I thought.

What has been the most challenging beaded piece you’ve worked on?