What is an original design worth?

What is an original design worth?

This post brings to mind the late Janis Joplin song :

Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart

“Come on, come on, come on, come on now

Didn’t I make you feel, oh baby, like you were the only one
Baby didn’t I give you nearly everything that a woman possibly can
Honey you know that I did
Cos each time I tell myself that I, I think I’ve had enough

Oh, I am gonna show you baby, that a woman can be tough”

I created a bracelet that looks “rich” yet uses affordable materials, supplies and minimal tools in its assembly.  This bracelet looks substantial, but is also lightweight and comfortable to wear. It is also semi-adjustable in length. The bulk of this bracelet is formed by using rhinestone plastic banding, size 11 seed beads and C-Lon cord. These materials are intertwined using micro-macrame knotting techniques to form the bracelet bands. Basic wire wrapping skills are used to create the dangling accent beads.

Those of you who follow my blog are aware that I don’t rant and rave much here. I’m usually a minimalist when it comes to writing. So read on at your own discretion.

I originally designed this bracelet with the intention to enter it in a jewelry design contest with today as a deadline date for entries. But, after reading the terms and conditions of the contest and also the voting process (too much like a high school popularity contest), I put a kabosh on that idea. I think the voting process alone is a real insult to serious artists and designers. I also decided that I did not care to sign over a piece of my “soul” one-of-a kind design (thank you Janice for the inspiration!) and the chance to win a mere $ 5,000 – $ 500 prize. While a chance at the prize was tempting, I’m really happy with my design and my decision not to enter this contest. I won’t be voting, but good luck to all the designers who did elect to participate in the contest.

Food for thought for all you jewelry designers out there: What is an original design worth?

Lavender Equinox Bracelet Focal by The Beading Yogini

Lavender Equinox Bracelet Model by The Beading Yogini

September ABS Challenge

Another month, another monthly Art Bead Scene Challenge. The inspiration for the challenge this month is:

geesbend2Lillie Mae Pettway SEP ABS Challenge

“Housetop”–twelve-block “Half-Logcabin” variation, ca. 1965

Cotton, Wool Corduroy, 77″x 65″

Lillie Mae Pettway, 1927-1990

Gee Bend’s Quilter

About the Artist

Lillie Mae Petway was one of seventeen children. Her mother Aolor Mosely was one of the founding members and behind the scenes organizers of the Freedom Quilting Bee. Lillie Mae and her sister Mary Lee Bendolph shared their mothers enthusiasm for rectangular patterns with bold colors. You can see what others designers did with this palette on the  ABS flickr group.

SeptemberColorPalette ABS SEP Challenge

I took my design cue entirely from the color palette and decided to begin cavandoli knotting using a wire square as the anchor foundation for my design. So many bright colors to choose from and I wanted to include them all. After completing the knotting, I was not satisfied with the outcome and proceeded to add buttons, small large, plain and fancy. Then I was stumped on what to do for the cord and at this point the necklace began to take on a life of it’s own. A colorful yarn wrapped cord, and few lampwork glass bead, some links,chain and bead caps, and the final result is ragtag patchwork design. You know how some artists sketch out a pattern for their designs? Well, I don’t operate like that…

SEP ABS Cavandoli Knotting by The Beading YoginiSEP ABS Full Necklace by The Beading Yogini


Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – BTW

First off, thank you to all the wonderful beading soupers who took the time to stop by, view and comment on my Bead Soup Blog Party post. I’m still hopping the list and enjoying all the creative sights.

Celebrating vernal equinox at the end of the week. Someone should tell Ma Nature that it’s almost fall. Really, still 100 degrees plus here in the valley. Here’s what on my bead table this Wednesday:

TW 9.21.11 by The Beading YoginiLately, I’m smitten with ceramics and fabrics. Working on a few new designs while I wait for it to cool off over here:

The Beading Yogini at the TorchMoved into the new studio last week, but still just a bit too warm to do any serious torching. The ventilation system is working splendidly and the “propane guy” is going to stop by today for a look see about some serious fuel capacity. Here are a few more photos of the space…

he Beading Yogini Studio BNo doubt, that work surface will never, ever look this clear and clean again. There’s something totally unimaginative and creation blocking about a desk that’s bare. However, sometimes the clutter reaches a point where it’s too much and I can’t even think. Trying to find a happy medium. Create and enjoy your day.


Bead Soup September 2011 Served Piping Hot!

The fabulous Bead Soup Blog Party reveal day has arrived. Many, many participants from around the globe this year, so get ready for a full day of blog hopping. Once again, thanks out to the gracious host, Lori Anderson (Pretty Things); as well as to all the amazing artists who are participating this year.

As a appetizer, the beads sent to me by my wonderfully talented partner, Carol Bradley (Carol Bradley Designs.) I was so enamored with her enameled beads that she inspired me to order some enamels from Painting With Fire.

Double Serving Bead Soup 2011 Beads from Carol Bradley

Here’s the result of mixing and matching the beads and combining some of my own bead stash…


BSBP Necklace One A by The Beading Yogini

and… (enameled bead from Carol Bradley Designs)…

BSBP 2011 Dirty Martini Bracelet Full by The Beading Yogini

and… (focal bead by Kari Medera  )

BSBP 2011 Tigerlilly Necklace Full Shot by The Beading Yogini

and… (enameled beads by Carol Bradley Designs)

BSBP 2011 Enamel Earrings by The Beading Yogini

and… (lampwork glass focal bead by The Beading Yogini)

BSBP 2011 Amber Lust Necklace Full By The Beading Yogini

and… (lampwork glass copper head pins by The Beading Yogini)…

BSBP 2011 Amber Lust Earrings By The Beading Yogini

and… (polymer clay pony bead from Tree Wings Studio, enamel bead by Carol Bradley Designs)…

BSBP 2011 One Trick Pony Necklace Full by The Beading Yogini

and … (polymer clay bead from Carol by a mystery artist ?)…

BSBP 2011 Polymer Clay Necklace Full by The Beading Yogini

and… to continue your Bead Soup Blog Party Hop… the full list of participants and their links… do enjoy!!! 

The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

1. Aimee Wheaton and Barbara York

2. Alice Craddick and Sandra Richardson

3. Alison Sachs and Amy Severino

4. Allison Scott and Cynthia Abner

5. Amanda Cargill Austin and Charlene Sevier

6. Amanda Davie and Patsy Evins

7. Amber Dawn and Kim Ballor

8. Ambra Gostoli and Christine Hansen

9. Amy Freeland and Christine Altmiller

10. Ana Krepel-Novak and Eleanor Snare

11. Andrea Morici and Hope Smitherman

12. Andrea Trank and Jayne Capps

13. Andrea Turini and Charlene Jacka

14. Angela May and Emanda Johnson

15. Anitra Gordy and Elizabeth Owens Dwy

16. Ann Rishell and Debbie Price

17. Ann Sherwood and Lynne Bowland

18. Anna Lear and Barbe Saint John

19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel

19. Nan Emmett and Erin Siegel

20. Astrid Boyce and Birgitta Lejonklou

21. B.R. Kuhlman and Deanna Chase

22. Barbara Bechtel and Bryna Lumb

23. Barbara Blaszczyk and DaviniaDesign

24. Barbara Judy and Holly Westfall

25. Barbara Lewis and Cathie Carroll

26. Barrie Edwards and Lyn Foley

27. Becky Fairclough and Jana Tarhala

28. Bella Borgouise and Gillian Lehman

29. Beth and Evie McCord and Erin Prais-Hintz

30. Beth Bricker and Heather Pyle

31. Beth Emery and Cassie Donlen

32. Bobbie Rafferty and Cindy Cima Edwards

33. Candice McGinnis and Sally Anderson

34. Carol Bradley and Cece Cormier

 35.  Cathy Khoury and Molly Alexander

 36. Carol Tannahill and Hilary Frye

37. Carrie Tahquechi and Cris Peacock

38. Cat Pruitt and Cindy Gimbrone

39. Charlene Gary and Doris Stumpf

40. Charlotte Pevny and Kate Gardenghi

41. Cherrie Fick and Cathie Carroll

41. Claire Maunsell and Cherrie Fick

42. Cheryl Roe and Jenny Vidberg

43. Chris White and Norma Turvey

44. Christa Murphy and Kathy Alderfer

45. Christie Murrow and Dana James

46. Christina Miles and Collette Collins

47. Christine Brandel and Elizabeth Woodford

48. Christine Damm and Cynthia Deis

49. Christine Hendrickson and Debbie Goering

50. Christine Stonefield and Dee Wingrove-Smith

51. Cilla Watkins and Johanna Rhodes

52. Cindy Wimmer and Riki Schumacher

53. CJ Baushka and Cory Celaya

54. Courtney Breul and Joanna Matuszczyk

55. Cristi Clothier and Kathleen Robinson Young

56. Cryss Thain and Serena Trent

57. Cynthia Tucker and Kitty Durmaj

58. Dana Johnson Jones and Eva Sherman

59. Davinia Algeri and Janet McDonald

60. Deci Worland and Lara Lutrick

61. Diana Ptaszynski and Kristy Abner

62. Diane Cook and Kerry Bogert

63. Diane Hawkey and Jen Judd Velasquez

64. Dorcas Midkiff and Jill Harris

65. Doris Radlicki and Heather Goldsmith

66. Dot Lewallen and Gaea Cannaday

67. Elisabeth Auld and Jennifer Justman

68. Erin Fickert-Rowland and Geanina Grigore

69. Erin Grant and Julie Jones

70. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz

71. Fiona Christie and Michelle Heim

72. Gail Zwang and Genea Crivello-Knable

73. Geneva Collins and Jana Haag

74. Gretchen Nation and Heidi Post

75. Heather DeSimone and Karin Slaton

76. Heather Marley and Terry Carter

77. Ingrid McCue and Jennifer Pride

78. Jackie Ryan and Nicole Keller

79. Janna Harttgen and Joanne Tinley

80. Jean Yates and Lori Anderson

81. Jelveh Jaferian and Jenny Davies-Reazor

82. Jenni Connolly and Jennifer Heynen

83. Jennifer Cameron and Kristi Bowman

84. Jennifer Geldard and Lisa Liddy

85. Jennifer VanBenschoten and Kim Hora

86. Jess Italia Lincoln and Lori Greenberg

87. Jill MacKay and Lori Bergmann

88. JJ Jacobs and Karen Tremblay

89. Joyce Becker and Kathy Welsh

90. Judy Glende and Karen Sinkowski

91. Judy Riley and Kelly Morgan

92. JuLee Wolfe and Julie Bean

93. Julianna Cannon and Julianna Kis

94. Julie Nordine and Lesley Watt

95. K. Hutchinson and Shea Zukowski

96. Karen Firnberg and Karyn Bonfiglio

97. Karen Williams and Kimberly Roberts

98. Karen Zanco and Polly Barker

99. Kari Carrigan and Laura Twiford

100. Karin von Hoeren and Laura Blanck

101. Kate Richbourg and Lorelei Eurto

102. Kathleen Lange Klik and Maria Clark

103. Kathy Engstrom and Keri Lee Sereika

104. Kay Thomerson and Loretta Carstensen

105. Kelley Fogle and Laurel Bielec

106. Kelly Ramstack and Sally Anderson

107. Kim Stevens and Tiffany Long

108. Kristi Harrison and Mandy Williamson

109. Kristi Kyle and Lana Kinney

110. Kristina Johansson and Sue Hodgkinson

111. Kym Hunter and Laura Sanger

112. Laura Zeiner and Susan Kennedy

113. Laurel Steven and Mary McGraw

114. Laurie Hanna and Lisa Boucher

115. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca

116. Linda Djokic and Tracey Weiser

117. Linda Inhelder and Pam Brisse

118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington

119. Linda Murphy and Lisa Hamilton

119.  Line Labrecque and Marianne Baxter

120. Lisa Lodge and Monica Johnson

121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir

122. Lola Surwillo and Therese Frank

123. Lori Bowring Michaud and Marci Brooks

124. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron

125. Maggie Towne and Marge Beebe

126. Malin de Koning and Susie Hibdon

127. Mallory Hoffman and Shirley Moore

128. Marcie Abney and Patty Miller

129. Marcy Lamberson and Melissa Clarke

130. Margot Potter and Suzann Sladcik Wilson

131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum

132. Maria Horvath and Melinda Orr

133. Maria Rosa Sharrow and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp

134. Marian Hertzog and Melissa Mesara

135. Marianna Boylan and Sandi Lee James

136. Marina Dobrynina and Michaela Pabeschitz

137. Marsha Neal and Miri Agassi

138. Mary Ellen Parker and Melissa Meman

139. Mary Elliott and Tamara Soper

140. Mary McGraw and Laurel Steven

141. Melissa Pynn and Michelle Buettner

142. Michelle Hardy and Niki Meiners

143. Michelle Mach and Moira McEvoy

144. Missy Rappaport and Mags Sarri

145. Molly Alexander and Poranna

146. Mylene Hillam and Nicole Rennell

147. Nadezhda Parfyonova and Stacey Curry

148. Nan Emmett and Nancy Peterson

149. Nancy Boylan and Natalie McKenna

150. Natalie Monkivitch and Niky Sayers

151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari

152. Noemi Baena and Penny Ilagan

153. Pamela Petry and Rebecca Sirevaag

154. Pat Haight and Mary Shannon Hicks

155. Patty Gasparino and Vonna Maslanka

156. Penny Neville and Sandi Volpe

157. Pepita Bos and Wendy Chamberlain

158. Raida Disbrow and Rebecca Watkins

159. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub

160. Regina Santerre and Rose Binoya

161. Rhea Freitag and Tari Kahrs

162. Rochelle Brisson and Teri Baskett

163. Sally Russick and Tracy Bell

164. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams

165. Sandra Wolberg and Sara Hardin

166. Sarah Elder and Salla Small

167. Saskia Kaffenberger and Sharon Gardner

168. Sharon Palac and Shannon Chomanczuk

169. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley

170. Shiraz Biggie and Tammy Powley

171. Staci Smith and Tracy Stillman

172. Stacie Stamper and Tracy Martin

173. Stefanie Teufel and Vicky Taylor

174. Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie LaRosa

175. Stephanie Haussler and Valerie Norton

176. Suzanne Tate and Terri Wlaschin

177. Sweet Freedom Designs and Tammy Jones

178. Tania Spivey and Tari Sasser

179. Tara Plote and Terry Matuszyk

180. Terri Gauthier and Deana Hager

181. Theresa Fosdick and Tracey Nanstad

For a total of 362 people making jewelry!


The next Bead Soup Blog Party will take place around February, 2012.






The Full Inspired By Nature Series Challenge

The final pieces to the Inspired by Nature Series of Challenges: “The Fish Monger’s Wife”

IBN Sea Challenge Fish Monger's Wife Earring by The Beading Yogini

This macrame necklace incorporates some Apoxie Sculpt Clay shell pieces that I made and some hammered copper links knotted together  with some C-Lon cord to form a ladder of sorts. Fun little fish charms and a few shells.

BN Sea Challenge Fish Monger's Wife Necklace Model by The Beading Yogini

Photos of the full series of the Inspired by Nature Challenges:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – BTW

It’s that day again, Bead Table Wednesday. Here’s what’s on my table this morning. Pulled out my sweet little Elna. My very talented friend Robin Joy gifted Elna to me before relocating back to NYC. Thanks Robin!

BTW - September 14, 2011 by The Beading Yogini
But I have way more on my agenda than this fun little mess of a project. It’s time to move into the new studio area and so the packing and toting and setting up began last night. Funny how it hasn’t rained all summer long and now the past several days it’s been showering off and on. Mind you, I’m not complaining about the rain. It gives me the evening off from my plant care specialist job of watering the nursery. However, it does make for a sloppy move. Better find my muck boots!

Inspired By Nature Challenge – Starfish Necklace

IBN Sea Starfish Focal Bead Close Up By The Beading YoginiBN Sea Starfish Necklace Full By The Beading YoginiIBN Sea Challenge StarFish Focal By The Beading Yogini

Nearing a close on the Inspired By Nature Challenge Series hosted by Heather Powers. This is week number eleven and I have a starfish inspired necklace to show off today. It’s a very light piece and I used Apoxie clay, recycled fabric, thread and needle, cords, beads and some cold connections to pull this one together for a very soft effect. Next week will be the final week of the IBN Challenges and also the start of the big reveal for the Bead Soup Blog Party. Should be a very fun week. And, if you are in need of another challenge, check out Lorelei and Shannon’s Blogs. Working in conjunction with Lima Beads, these two came up with a great selection of beads and findings to inspire your creative muse. I’ve never participated in a challenge where all the designers have the same materials, so this one should be fun and gotta say I’m a purple fan too.



Wednesday, September 7, 2011 – BTW

This is what’s on my table today :

Bead Table Wednesday 9.7.11 by The Beading YoginiBut this is what is really happening behind the blog scene:

The Studio In Progress by The Beading YoginiThe ventilation system by The Beading YoginiThe Skylight by The Beading YoginiI’ve been waiting patiently for this project to get completed to this stage. A new studio awaits, complete with a ventilation system, and skylight. Just ignore that washer and dryer over in the corner. They are only there to be used as a multi-tasking tool. Now to put some finishing touches on the construction, move, organize, get set up and get to work. A very happy melt down here.



Inspired By Nature Challenge SEA Waves Necklace

I challenged myself to play along for the full series of the Inspired By Nature Challenges. I think this is week number ten and the last four jewelry making challenges are sea related. Here’s the design I came up with for this week:

IBN Sea Challenge Waves Necklace Full View by The Beading YoginiI’m referring to this necklace as waves because the lampwork focal bead reminds me of how the surf sometimes kicks up and how it makes the waves look foamy and swirled. The lampwork bead effects are created from Gaia, a Double Helix Glassworks silver glass. All types of interesting effects can be created by finessing the oxygen and propane mix at the torch. I got lucky with this one because both sides of the bead came out quite nice.

IBN Sea Challenge Waves Focal Bead SIde B by The Beading YoginiIBN Sea Challenge Waves focal Bead Side A by The Beading YoginiThis necklace can be worn on either side. One side looks kind of wispy with the threads on the surface. The other side shows off the recycled silk sari ribbon. The necklace has a wave like pattern created from micro-macrame knotting using see beads and C-Lon cord. It has a shell button clasp closure and is adjustable by one inch in length; just select the button hole where you want it to close.

IBN Sea Challenge Waves Necklace Wispy Side by The Beading Yogini





IBN Sea Challenge Waves Necklace Ribbon Side by The Beading Yogini