Say It with Beaded Flowers

This week, more work from Beading Yoda.  Lovely beaded flowers.


Colorful Herringbone


And bracelets inspired by Contemporary Geometric Beadwork.


I’ve started beading again after a long absence.  I dug out my Delicas and treated myself to copies of  Kate McKinnon’s Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Vol. I and II.  Then a friend gave me a copy of Jean Power’s  Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Volume 2.  I’ll have plenty to keep me busy.  I’ll keep you posted.


Jeri’s New Jewels

Not many words this week, just pictures of  new beaded baubles from Jeri Schatz.















    The beauty of these little elements is that you can make a bunch of them in your favorite palette and then combine them with one another or other elements (beaded beads?  lampworked beads?) to make a one of a kind beaded creation.  


And the possibilities for making clasps, closures and focal pieces are unending!

  Jerri  teaches beading and is currently offering classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology  in NYC and The Bead Garden in Havertown, PA.

Black and White with a Hint of Red: Beading On The Diagonal


Beading Yoda Jeri Schatz is at it again, this time with a quirky, funky bracelet design


Black and white diagonal stripes with just a hint of red.



Jeri finishes off the diagonal portion of the bracelet with herringbone worked in 15/0 seed beads.   


The snap closure is easy to fasten and virtually invisible.



Jeri teaches beading locally at The Bead Garden and she also does custom orders.  If you want to inquire about classes or custom work, leave a comment and I will pass it on to her.

Jeri and Olivia Play with Beads

My friend Olivia came to visit and I took her to see my friend Jeri  (AKA Beading Yoda)  and Jeri’s wonderful beading studio chock full of seed beads, trims, embellishments,  findings and scores of new designs in progress.

Remember, it all starts with seed beads but can you imagine so many different designs and looks and patterns?  Olivia had a great time trying on all the bracelets.

There are some beaded beads mixed in here.  The bead base is made of  clear Lucite.  The finished beads look gorgeous.

Some unfinished pieces, tests and experiments,

I was beaded out at the end of the day.  Almost.  Who can ever have too many beads?

Good news

I have an earring project in

check it out!

I also signed up to participate in Lori Anderson’s 6th Bead Soup Blog Party.

Next week: a visit to Olivia’s studio.

My Beading Yoda

Everyone needs a Yoda.    Jeri Schatz  is my beading Yoda.    But let me digress.   Jeri Schatz arrived in New York City in the 1950’s  fresh out of college to embark on a career as a dancer.  She found a day job at the Wall Street Journal in the press clipping department and after work would sometimes meet friends at a neighborhood typewriter repair shop in Greenwich Village to discuss art and the social issues of the day.  I jokingly tell Jeri she was a Beatnick.  “No,” she gently corrects me, “I was a Bohemian.” 

Along the way, an injury put Jeri’s dreams of dancing to rest, and she married and had a son.  She trained as a goldsmith with some of the best teachers New York City had to offer and created a line of fabulous jewelry.  When she came to Philadelphia, she decided to get away from the fire, fumes and chemicals  of metal work and took up off loom bead weaving.  Since her husband  Sig died a few years ago, Jeri has thrown herself into beading with the tenacity of a Jedi in training.

Which brings me back to Yoda.  Everyone who is trying to master an art or a craft can use a good Yoda.  That means someone who  inspires you to make your  mediocre work good,  and your good work better.   I think it is more difficult to give good criticism than it is to take it.  That is, if you’re open to it.  Jeri gives good criticism, is full of ideas for making designs better,  and notices every hanging thread, rough edge and uneven stitch.  And  she encouraged me to improve my work by  making my own findings  based on the intended piece instead of buying something as an afterthought.

Jeri is primarily a teacher and has regular classes at the  United Federation of Teachers in Manhattan and the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She also teaches at The Bead Cellar, in Pennsauken, NJ,  The Bead Garden in Havertown, PA,  Bucks County Beads  in Newtown, PA and any other place she can reach by plane, train or Megabus.  She is  a card carrying member of the Bead Society of Greater New York  and the Main Line Bead Society.    And she is totally radical about beads.

 Here are some of her recent designs.

Speaking of criticism,  Jane Dunnewold wrote an excellent essay of effective critique of artwork.   I suggest you take a few minutes to read it.