2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop


Welcome to the 2nd Annual Bead Hoarders Blog Hop hosted by Lori Anderson.

I had great intentions for putting together lots of jewelry designs using my hoarded stash, but ran into an energy crisis.

So, I had this load of beads that i wanted to manipulate into something swell, yet they remain piled on my work desk.

bead hoarder 2014I did manage to make two simple designs and I really like how they turned out. Sweet and simple.

Turtle Hand macrame necklace by The Beading YoginiThis one is a belated birthday gift for someone special. It features an awesome focal by Birgitta Lejonklou

(Angel Whisperer at Etsy).

hammererd citrine necklace by The Beading YoginiAnd this necklace, a simple hammered silver hoop with a citrine gemstone focal bead and dangle.

Enjoy the rest of your hop, grab a favorite beverage and find your way to the link of participants at

Lori Anderson’s Pretty Things Blog.


Bead Hoarders Blog Hop

I do admit that I hoard beads.

Actually, not so much on the beads, but more so with pendants and charms.

As a lampwork glass worker, I can always make beads, but ceramic pendants are a different story.

Love these moon faces by Birgitta Lejonklou.

Of course Buddha’s are another favorite.

And, micro macrame necklaces are my favorite pieces to create.

Thanks for stopping by and see what others have created by hopping on over to Lori Anderson’s blog for the complete line up of participants.

p.s. thank you Lori for hosting yet another fun blog hop.

March 2012 Art Bead Scene Challenge

MAR ABS 3 Gray Pendant Side by The Beading YoginiThe Art Bead Scene Challenge for the month of March was painted by one of my favorite artists, Vincent Van Gogh. I admit, I’ve never been to France, but I did have a pen pal from Paris when I was a youngster. The correspondence didn’t last very long. I didn’t know French and she didn’t know English. So it goes. Later on, I did study French in high school and I remember certain phrases, but I’m far from conversational with it. I do like the sound of it and would travel to France if the opportunity ever presents itself. Meanwhile, I’ll just travel vicariously via art and paintings and hang out in the Mojave eating bonbons and sipping french wine.

March 2012 Art Bead Scene LeMoulin A Poivre

Street Scene in Montmartre: Le Moulin a Poivre by Vincent Van Gogh

Oil on canvas

34.5 x 64.5 cm.

Paris: February-March, 1887

Of course the blue, white and red of the French flag popped out for my color palette on this design, along with the grey. And who can resist the temptation of including a windmill and perhaps a catchy phrase in French. Materials used on this design: self made double sided focal bead using a bamboo tile and a vintage (1949) copy of The Berlitz Self-Teacher French book (it had some funky little illustrations too), seed beads, jumprings, magnetic clasp, linen cord, lampwork glass beads, bone beads, and a beautiful strand of small labradorite beads. Check out the other fabulous challenge designs on the flickr group.
MAR ABS 2 Gray Necklace by The Beading Yogini
MAR ABS 4 Gray Necklace by The Beading Yogini
MAR ABS 5 Necklace by The Beading Yogini
MAR ABS 1 Windmill Side Pendant by The Beading Yogini

February 2012 Art Bead Scene Challenge

I almost opted to take a nap yesterday afternoon. It was one of those blustery, crazy wind days in the Mojave and as luck would have it, I’m fending off a head cold, hopped out on Zicam. After dropping off plants at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, I decided to take the afternoon off and head home. Had a warm beverage and hunkered down to troll Etsy, just window shopping (you know.) Instead of napping, like a sensible person might choose to do, I pulled out some wool roving to play with and made some cords. Then I wandered into my “bead cave” and started flipping through my stash looking for some bone beads that I swore I had in a box somewhere (again, you know.) Never did find those beads, but I found some other interesting stuff that I thought might work for the February Art Bead Scene challenge this month.

The Conference Of Birds

The Conference of the Birds by Habiballah

I love it when a design magically falls into place, and fast. This only happens every so often, where the combination of beads and materials seem to effortlessly blend together in a split second and I know something bigger than myself is guiding my hands. That’s what happened in a very short time frame during the creation of this necklace. It’s a very simple design, but I like it. Thinking I may need to hold on to this one for a spell.

FEB ABS Necklace Close Up by The Beading YoginiFEB ABS Necklace by The Beading YoginiFEB ABS Necklace Full Shot by The Beading Yogini

Materials used:  waxed cotton cord, antique lampwork key bead, lampwork glass beads, wooden beads, ceramic beads, clay bird beads, wooden bird focal and some wire wrapping.   See what others have created this month on the flickr group.


January 2012 Art Bead Scene Challenge

The inspiration for the January Art Bead Scene Challenge is “Trellis by William Morris, 1862”

jan 2012 - williammorristrellis palette copy


You can read more biographical information about the artist and this design at ART BEAD SCENE.

I love the color palette, especially the coral, rust and gold hues.

Even though I think my final design is very simple, I feel that it took me forever to get the overall balance just so.

JAN ABS Close Up by The Beading YoginiI started with a square wire frame, a printed fabric swatch and some thread. Then I used some alcohol ink to tone down the colors on the fabric and give it just a hint of “aging”. I began hand stitching around the design and then backed it with some felt and inserted the wire frame. Then I hand stitched the ribbon for the necklace cord, added some small wire wrapped flower charms and some gun metal wire links. Finished it off with a simple set of earrings using more wire wrapped beads. A few more photos below:

JAN ABS Necklace by The Beading YoginiJAN ABS EARRINGS by The Beading Yogini

JAN ABS 1 by The Beading Yogini

See what other designers came up with at the flickr group.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 – BTW

Here’s what’s on my table this Wednesday…my spin on melting some borosilicate glass.

BoroDiscAsst by The Beading YoginiI’m using Momka boro shorts rods and have no idea what colors these are because they aren’t labeled. I’m finding it difficult to make a decent boro bead shape, but liking the results of the disc beads and pendants. See what others are up to at Bead Table Wednesday.

PaperFairies by The Beading YoginiI’m also working on custom paperdoll fairies for a client. The last time I made some of these was over a year ago. Combining pieces and parts, bits and snips, odd sayings, stampings and color. They will be precision hand cut and then laminated. Fixed with a wire wrap hanger and a few accent beads. Then they are ready to fly away.  I really do get a kick out of making them. Good thing as I’ve about 25 more to go!

Owl Totem Seed Bead Embroidered Necklace With Micro Macrame Cords

Owl Seed bead Necklace Strings by The Beading Yogini

My second attempt at seed bead embroidery. I intended this piece to be a cuff bracelet, but the laws of physics did not allow that to happen. The cabs on it were too large to bend at the proper angles. So, as most designers know, flexibility is the key to creativity. Hence, with a few micro macrame cords, a necklace came into being. What I like about bead embroidery is that there is creative space to meander and allow the piece to take on it’s own life. This one gradually worked it’s way into being an owl design. Again, not intentional, but it happened that way. Owls are one of my spirit totem animals. In native American tradition, Animal spirits usually appear to people during dreams or meditations and the qualities of each particular animal have a lesson to teach. About owls: they can see well in the dark, hence the relation to help us develop and get in touch with our own psychic abilities, honor your intuition and inner knowledge, seek the truth beyond appearances. Stay tuned for several more pieces that I’ll be working into my spirit animal totem series.

Owl Seed bead Necklace 1 by The Beading YoginiOwl Seed bead Necklace by The Beading Yogini


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 – BTW

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 BTW by The Beading Yogini

Dug these up in the backyard yesterday afternoon. Teasing, really, I made them from polymer clay about two years ago and found them in one of my stash boxes. Decided to stain them yesterday. It’s one of the charms of being slightly disorganized, being able to delight yourself with long lost items. I’m not certain what I will do with them. They may end up back in that stash box. At any rate, they have an Autumn feel to them, as does the temperature today. Finally in the 70’s, overcast, with crazy desert winds and I think there was even an extra blanket thrown on the bed last night. Seriously, I’ve been looking forward to this since May. This type of day makes me long to do several things… curl up with a good book, make some soup, or sit at my torch and melt glass. Have a great Bead Table Wednesday whatever you decide to do.

Meet My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner – Carol Bradley

Introducing Carol Bradley…Carol Bradley Designs Shop Banner

She specializes in handcrafted casual rustic jewelry using sterling silver, stones, enamel, glass, copper, fine silver and brass.

When I found out that Carol was my trade partner for this swap, I took a peek at her blog. Call it serendipity, but her current blog post at that time made me laugh and shake my head in amazement. I shared the post with my guy and he said that the text could have been written by me word for word. Yup, I’m a real fan of hot days! Carol has some really sweet items in her etsy shop and you can also find more on her facebook page.

Here’s a photo of the swap material that Carol will have gracing her work table…

Disguised Bead Soup Mix 2011 by The Beading Yogini

Stay tuned in for more happenings at the Bead Soup Blog Party updates courtesy of Lori Anderson.