If you’ve taken a minute to stumble around my website (which is mostly my writing links) you might have figured out that I’ve worked in higher education for a long time. Eons it sometimes feels like. Somebody recently said to me:
Hey girl, what else you got going on?
Well I’m a pretty simple organism with few complex issues but here’s a look-see inside my life. I’ve got some hobbies. In addition to reading and writing, I like to cook and garden, make quilts and lampwork beads, travel and watch movies, and do beadwork.
Beadwork is not for the faint-of-heart or the short-of-patience. Lately it isn’t for the f**k-what-happened-to-my-eyesight either. Basically this is where you take tiny glass beads (seed beads) and stitch them down to various surfaces and create intricate complex designs. It’s fun. I find it soothing. There was a time when people joked that if you sat still long enough around me, I’d bead some part of your anatomy. Go there, it’s okay.
Over the years I’ve done a lot of beadwork, mostly for other people: dancegear, cradles, bags of all sorts. I’ve done most styles and stitches, but I have my favorites: applique and peyote (gourd) stitch.
When I’ve taught people how to work with beads I’ve told them they’re learning patience because it’s necessary. Here’s one of my rosettes.