Joshua Tree Inspiration

One of my favorite plants in the Mojave Desert is the Joshua Tree.

I was playing with polymer clay and was inspired to make a few pendants.

This one has the “ghost” of a Joshua Tree design.

Matches up well with this macrame necklace I knotted.

I’m liking this new-to-me design for the necklace.

Enjoy the spring sunshine.

Green Joshua Tree Macrame Necklace The Beading Yogini

Planting Seeds

Seed beads of course.

Cuff 2 layout by The Beading Yogini

Third attempt at seed bead embroidery, with another seed beaded cuff bracelet. Brighter colors this time around. I can’t recall who said it, but someone likened it to painting, except the medium is beads. Allowing the pattern to wander and adding splashes of color here and there.

Turquoise Stone Cuff 2 by The Beading Yogini




Challenge of Color Blog Hop 2011

A step by step photo log of my design process for the Challenge of Color Blog Hop 2011. Thanks to Erin (Tesori Trovati Jewelry) and Jessica (Design Seeds) for the inspiration. I decided that I really wanted to make it a personal challenge for myself. That said, what could I possibly create that I had not tried my hand at yet?  I selected the color TEAL for my palette and ended up with a nice blend called Merino. Which at first, my only thought was:


What? Notice that blank look?

Okay, I can work with this:

MerinoTeal Design Seeds

Then the seed beads were taunting me…use me, use me, use me… (I think it was that little logo design right up there.)

So begins the journey of my first seed bead embroidered cuff bracelet.

Find the Lacey’s Stiff Stuff and lay down a design of sorts and start beading.

Challenge of Color Step 1 by The Beading Yogini

After many beads, I ended up with this.

Challenge of Color Step 2 by The Beading Yogini

I decided that I wanted to repurpose an old tin.

Challenge of Color Step 3 By The Beading Yogini

Thrown in some duck tape to tone down any sharp edges.

Challenge of Color Step 4 By The Beading Yogini

And make my own bracelet cuff form.

Challenge of Color Step 5 by The Beading Yogini

As I’m a real repurpose fan, I then cut up an old pair of leather pants to form the backing for the cuff.

Challenge of Color Step 6 by The Beading Yogini

Add a bit of glue and some edging and there you have it.

Challenge of Color Seed Bead Ebroidered Cuff Bracelet by The Beading Yogini


My first seed bead embroidered cuff bracelet.

Challenge of Color Seed Bead Embroidered Cuff by The Beading Yogini

I did enjoy the process and think I’ll make a few more of these.

Challenge of Color Step7 by The Beading Yogini

If you like to play with color and sew, then you might want to give it a try.

Hop on down for some more color fixes:

1 Norma Turvey Teal Color Crave
2 Jeannie Dukic Green Mineral Tones
3 Mary McGraw Teal Embellished Hues
4 Jo Tinley Red Decadent Tones
5 Rebecca Anderson Pink Tulip Tones
6 Kristi Jaro Red Temple Entrance
7 Stephani Gorman Green Dew Tones
8 Melissa Meman Green Fruit Star
9 Kathleen Lange Klik Teal Silk Hues
10 Cynthia Riggs Red Autumn Comfort
11 Heidi Post Teal Flora Bright
12 Cece Cormier Teal Merino Teal
13 Amy Freeland Gray Cultured Tones
14 Alice Peterson Blue Island Play
15 Rose Noble Gray Autumn Stacked
16 Kristina Johansson Yellow Sunny Flower
17 Kirsi Luostarinen Teal Dragon Hues
18 Tari Kahrs Orange Citrus Tones
19 Mallory Hoffman Purple Petaled Dark
20 Molly Alexander Brown Peppered Tones
21 Regina Santerre Red Frosted Berry
22 Emanda Johnson Teal Color Purl
23 Amy Severino Orange Winged Tones
24 Bobbie Rafferty Teal Lime Hues
25 Tanya Goodwin Gray Pecked Tones
26 Lisa Lodge Blue Nocturnal Tones
27 Hope Smitherman Blue Bloom Tones
28 Linda Landig Green Cacti Dark
29 Ambra Gostoli Teal Perched Autumn
30 Lori Bowring-Michaud Blue Sharpened Blue
31 Pippa Chandler Teal Hungarian Hues
32 Keirsten Giles Purple Mineral Brights
33 Jennifer Justman Blue Autumn Rays
34 Sandy Richardson Purple Moroccan Brights
35 CJ Bauschka Teal Teal Air
36 Shaiha Williams Teal Sushi Hues
37 Kay Thomerson Purple Autumn Spectrum
38 Sally Russick Purple Golden Gate Tones
39 Cilla Watkins Purple Autumn Infused
40 Shirley Moore Purple Frozen Heather
41 Jenni Connolly Gray Paw Tones
42 Tamara Soper Green Field Tones
43 Sharyl McMillian-Nelson Blue Nested Blues
44 Jen Velasquez Pink Sweetened Tints
45 Maria Grimes Red Bright Bloom
46 Elisabeth Auld Gray Petaled Tints
47 Susan Kennedy Pink Zinnia Tones
48 Shannon Chomanczuk Gray Autumn Leaf
49 Holly Westfall Yellow Sprinkled Tones
50 Patty Gasparino Red Color Carton
51 Angela Little Pink Singapore Brights
52 Lizzie Zawinski Green Budding Hues
53 Kristen Stevens Pink Scooped Tones
54 Dawn Doucette Brown Jarred Tones

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


November 9, 2011 – BTW

Time passes so quickly when you love what you do. As always, I feel that I am seriously blessed to be able to do what I do to pay the bills. Teaching yoga for the City of Las Vegas, one of my long time loves; helping things grow at Cactus Joe’s Blue Diamond Nursery and making art. For the past few years, that art has been melting glass, making lampwork beads, wire wrapping and making jewelry. This year I have focused on micro macrame jewelry. Now I’m branching out a bit and getting into basic metals, torch fired enameling, clay, and seed beading. One of my absolute favorite things to do is to hunt down used items and incorporate (repurpose) them into my art. Here’s a smattering of what is on my Bead Table Wednesday

Trying my hand at a seed bead embroidered cuff. First attempt, wish me luck.Attempting a Cuff Bracelet by The Beading Yogini

Messing around with metal embossing.
Metal Mania by The Beading YoginiUsing the new tool, The Vintage Big Kick. It was a splurge, but I don’t gamble, so…

Vintaj Big Kick by TBYTorch enameling some objects I found in the growing grounds at work.

Rustic Recycled Enameling by The Beading YoginiEnjoying some seed bead goodness from a recent visit to the local bead store (Bead Haven). I only stopped in for beading needles. Most likely a bracelet in the works.

Seed Bead Goodness by The Beading YoginiAnd last but not least, mulling over a design for the Challenge of Color Blog Hop, hosted by Erin at Tesori Trovati Jewelry, with color palette creation by Jessica Colaluca of Design Seeds. I chose the color teal because I rarely use it and it seems I have lots of teal beads. I really did end up with a lovely color palette to experiment with. 

Challenge of Color Blog Hop

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