Saturday, July 6, 2013

Saturday Morning Eye Candy

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted because there's been a lot going on behind the scenes.
I can now let you know I am bringing back the Bead Mavens, new people, new format, hopefully lots of good info and free tutorials you have told me you enjoyed so much :)  Relaunch date is August 4th when I will start introducing the new designers for the first year.  Yes, I will have new designers each year!
So many people wrote before wanting to know how they could be a Maven this time they will have a chance. More on that later.

As we have our first cool day, read under 100 degrees, we're planning to take full advantage of it and get rid of our cabin fever.

But I thought I'd bring you a little eye candy to start your day and let you know I'm still beading and writing tutorials.
This is the tutorial in progress right's in the testing/editing phase.

The Ric Rac Waterlily was inspired by all the wonderful work Kate McKinnon, and the world, are doing with her book Contemporary Geometric Beadwork.
I've worked hard to just take inspiration and create something of my own whilst also keeping things in my current style of bold color with black and white.....which people keep telling me to problemo, it's my personal style :)

The 3-layer and the 4-layer versions

The regular size ones with the bangle/wall wreath in progress.

And the 3-layer sitting on top of the bangle in progress just for fun.

And once that tutorial is finished I can start on the tutorials for these Doodads :)
Cone, Corkscrew and Pyramid.

Alrighty you have some good ol' bead porn to look at I'm off to the park :)  Have yourselves a great weekend!


  1. Loving all of it, Mikki. I love the contemporary look and would love one of those guys hanging on my wall too. Great work!

  2. I admire all of you who create sculptural beadwork. Amazing how you use tension, beads and string to create something 3Dimensional!


  3. Awesome work! I am anxious for your doodads too!!

  4. I posted a comment before but blogger are it, I guess. Anyway, I'm really loving these new pieces you're making. The contemporary look really speaks to me, too. And I would love something like that big boy hanging on my wall right where I could see it all the time. Can't imagine making it though -- I'm slow and inexperienced. You do great work, Mikki.

  5. Love what you've been doing...Just fabulous. I'm working on a class project from Jean Power and just want to be finished with it so I can move on to other things.....and there are so many other things!!!!

  6. Looking forward to the return of Bead Mavens.
    Love all your beadwork.

  7. Wow, it is wonderful!
    I love the colors and the design.

  8. So excited to see these tutorials. Love your patterns, excellent instructions! Your a special person and I wish you continued success!

  9. Mikki, I'd love to photograph your CGB-inspired work for our Volume II! It's just glorious!

  10. Stunning! I love the colors and the combined layers. Incredible.

  11. Wowser, on the ornaments. Well, really all of them. The B&W plus color is really dynamic.

  12. this is absolutely great!!!! love every one of them...goodness..
    It was nice to meet you at B&Button~
    greetings from Australia

  13. All absolutely so wonderful. The doodads make me drool!

  14. all of it is amazing. I love the Doodads most of all. Thank you for sharing the gorgeous photos.

  15. Great work! Lovley colors!
    It ist wonderful!

  16. I love your work but thought you might like to know that the rick-rack originally appeared in Jean Power's book called Geometric Beadwork even down to the 22 beads you pick up!
    I did a class with her recently and she has worked out a specific formula as to how many beads you need. That also apeared in the book. It was all very interesting.
    I just thought you would like to know as I'm sure you would want to credit her

  17. I believe Kate and Jean worked together at first and then divided to each write their own books. I credited Kate because that was where I was inspired.....I did not read anything nor did I use 22 beads because I read it anywhere....that's just coincidink :) Jean does great work and had I seen her book and been inspired by it I would absolutely have given her credit as I did Kate. But I do thank you for your watchful eye and thank you for your bead police service ;)


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