Square stitch is a handy little stitch. What I love about it is that you can take any loom pattern and create it 'off loom' using the square stitch instead ... and none of those pesky multiple threads to weave in at the end! Plus, you can take almost any cross stitch pattern and duplicate it in beads using square stitch. About the only part of cross stitch that doesn't work in a square stitch pattern is the half stitch. It's also super easy to create your own pattern by using grid paper and some colored pencils. I charted my own pattern for both the Let It Snow earrings and a Halloween patch bracelet and Jack-O-Lantern earrings that I've taught as a class.
I will be teaching Let It Snow square stitch earrings at the Gahanna Bead Studio on Saturday, January 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
I have been involved with handcrafts in some form for my entire life. Immediately before beads became a part of my life, I was making applique quilts and teaching cake decorating classes. I came across some vintage beads in a specialty store and had to make something with them ... my entry into the bead world!
I've been fortunate to have made some wonderful new friends who have been both encouraging and supportive of my work. I've taken workshops from some of the foremost beadweavers in the country (and continue to do so whenever I have the opportunity!) and am now, myself, a bead instructor.
I've been a finalist in the Bead & Button "Bead Dreams" and two International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) collaborations, where I collaborated with two glass beadmakers, have been accepted in ISGB's juried competition and subsequent traveling exhibits of the finalists. Additionally, I have had projects published in the Bead & Button magazine.
Listed below are several bead related websites. The list includes several beadweaving/ bead embroidery artists who have taught workshops I've attended. I not only admire their artistic vision and beadweaving/embroidery skills but their work has certainly been an inspiration for me and a catalyst to expand my beading wings even farther. Also included are some of my favorite places to shop!