The Beading Yogini

* macrame * lampwork beads * jewelry*

Scored a Serger

Written By: admin - Feb• 25•13

Little teaser. A while back I scored this Juki serger for $ 35 at a local thrift store. It was missing the foot pedal.

I finally found a foot pedal, figured out how to thread the machine and it works!

It looks like it could use a new upper blade, but so far it’s doing the job.

Stay tuned to see what I’ve been up to with this piece of equipment. I’ve been having fun.

Juki Serger

Ingredient List for Bead Soup 7

Written By: admin - Feb• 19•13

Love it when I get to the Post Office Box and there’s a package waiting.

BSBP 2013 A from Debra Behrends

My Bead Soup partner, Debra Behrends (

mailed a super generous package of ingredients of both beads and findings.

She also sent a small sized hand bound paper journal too.

BSBP 2013 E from Debra Behrends

BSBP 2013 F from Debra Behrends

To state that I’m thrilled with what she has shared with me would be an understatement!

Thank you Debra.

Take a peek at all the beady goodness:

BSBP 2013 C from Debra Behrends

BSBP 2013 D from Debra Behrends

BSBP 2013B from Debra Behrends

BSBP7 Partner Intro

Written By: admin - Feb• 08•13

The 7th Bead Soup Blog Party is kicking into high gear and is currently announcing partner match ups for the three reveals. This time around, my partner for the 1st Reveal is Debra Behrends of  Hopeful Journeys. This Bead Soup business is always a fun swap and a great way to cyber meet fellow designers and artists. You can get to know just a bit about Debra by visiting her website, pinterest pageetsy shop and her blog.

MorphedBSBP2013SENT1 by The Beading Yogini

(BSBP teaser photo of the loot I mailed to Debra.)

We have a few things in common besides melting glass.

We both have funny little white dogs who do tricks.

Her dog does a handstand thing and one of mine does a tripod standing thing when he eats.

We both eat gluten free and paleo.

Both of us dabble a bit in journal making, and it seems we both like a lot of color.

We both have busy schedules.

We also have a few polar opposites.

I live in the Mojave Desert and she lives in Minnesota.

She’s a Momma fours times over and I have no children.

Debra has chickens and I have none. (I am quite envious.)

So, this should be an interesting swap.


Stay tuned for more BSBP posts in the future.


Inspire Change Wellness Words Jewelry Challenge

Written By: admin - Feb• 02•13

Inspire change wellness words jewelry challenge…yup that’s quite a mouthful. The hostess, Tracy Statler ( proposed this challenge and I enjoy a good challenge. Especially a challenge that does not have too many rules or regulations.

 I am never certain what will inspire me or where my creativity and imagination may go.

Tracy’s suggested guideline:

“Choose an inspirational word or phrase in an area of your life where you want to make positive change.

Make sure your words truly represent something you want to work on.

Don’t choose a word because it looks good, is popular right now or someone else thinks you should choose it.

These are the six categories of wellness that people generally want to make changes in:

Physical, Emotional, Occupational, Spiritual, Intellectual and Social.  

Your words can represent any of these areas.”

I thought long and hard about selecting a word for myself . It fits all categories.

My word: ease…(It’s both a noun and a verb.)

Ease 003 by The Beading Yogini

Well, my goodness, who wouldn’t want all of the nice effects associated with this word?  See definitions below:

ease [eez]

freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort:

freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind:

freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility:

freedom from financial need; plenty:

freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness:

to free from anxiety or care:

to mitigate, lighten, or lessen:

to release from pressure, tension, or the like.

to move or shift with great care:

to render less difficult; facilitate:

Ease 002 by The Beading Yogini


affluence, ataraxia, bed of roses, calm, calmness, comfort, content, contentment, easiness, enjoyment, gratification, happiness, idleness, inactivity, inertia, inertness, leisure, luxury, passivity, peace of mind, prosperity, quietness, quietude, relaxation, repose, requiescence, rest, restfulness, satisfaction, security, serenity, supinity, tranquility

abate, aid, allay, ameliorate, anesthetize, appease, assist, assuage, attend to, calm, cheer, clear the way, comfort, cure, disburden, disengage, doctor, expedite, facilitate, forward, free, further, improve, lessen, let up on, lift, lighten, make easier, meliorate, mitigate, moderate, mollify, nurse, open the door, pacify, palliate, promote, quiet, relax, release, relent, relieve, run interference for, simplify, slacken, smooth, soften, soothe, speed, speed up, still, tranquilize,disentangle, edge, extricate, facilitate, handle, inch, induce, insert, join, loose, loosen, maneuver, relax, remove, right, set right, slack, slacken, slide, slip, squeeze, steer, untighten.

EASE001by The Beading Yogini

At ease and enjoy the blog hop:

January 2013 ABS Challenge

Written By: admin - Jan• 13•13

JAN ABS 2013 Toggle by The Beading Yogini

Peacocks…beautiful and captivating in all their splendor.

Highly symbolic in many spiritual traditions (read more about that here.)

Black Peacocks with Japanese Persimmons

Jessie Arms Botke, 1940

Oil and Gold Leaf on Panel

I really like the texture in the tail feathers in this piece of artwork.

For the January 2013 Art Bead Scene Challenge, I wanted to try to capture the texture and also the colors and the shape of the “eye”.

Jan 2013 ABS by The Beading Yogini

I gave it a try using micro macrame knotting, seed beads and a few feather charm beads .

I pulled out my wig jig and some wire to make part of the bracelet clasp and to get this project started.

The end result is very light weight and colorful. What do you think?

JAN ABS 2013-4 by The Beading Yogini

Thanks for stopping by and do take a peek at what other participants have created this month on the ABS flickr site.

Memories and Thanks Blog Hop 2013

Written By: admin - Jan• 12•13

Memories 2013 E by The Beading Yogini

The past year has been filled with many personal and professional challenges.

Some tragic circumstances ( a suicide death of a remarkable friend and a manslaughter death of a co-worker.)

To say that it was a tough year would be an understatement.

I’ve learned over the years to just do my best to stay in the present moment,

and this has served me well. I tend to focus not on memories, but on what is happening in this moment.

I had no agenda or design plan for this blog hop and allowed my hands do the work for this one, rather than relying on my brain.

I decided to use some materials hanging around on my work bench:

wool yarn, bone bead, twin beads, leather strip, lampwork beads.

Technique: kumihimo braiding, macrame and hand sewing.

This is a modern, organic, primitive looking piece.

I thought about these words as I was putting it together…

Remember always that you are just a visitor here,

a traveler passing through.

Your stay is but short and the moment of your departure unknown.

None can live without toil and a craft that provides your needs is a blessing indeed.

Memories 2013 B by The Beading Yogini

But if you toil without rest, fatigue and weariness will overtake you,

and you will be denied the joy that comes from labor’s end.
Speak quietly and kindly and be not forward with either opinions or advice.

If you talk much, this will make you deaf to what others say,

and you should know that there are few so wise that they cannot learn from others.

Memories 2013 D by The Beading Yogini
Be near when help is needed, but far when praise and thanks are being offered.

Take small account of might, wealth and fame, for they soon pass and are forgotten.

Instead, nurture love within you and and strive to be a friend to all.

Truly, compassion is a balm for many wounds.
Treasure silence when you find it, and while being mindful of your duties, set time aside, to be alone with yourself.

Cast off pretense and self-deception and see yourself as you really are.

Despite all appearances, no one is really evil.

They are led astray by ignorance.

If you ponder this truth always you will offer more light, rather than blame and condemnation.
You, no less than all beings have Buddha Nature within.

Memories 2013 C by The Beading Yogini

Your essential Mind is pure.

Therefore, when defilements cause you to stumble and fall, let not remorse nor dark foreboding cast you down.

Be of good cheer and with this understanding, summon strength and walk on.

Faith is like a lamp and wisdom makes the flame burn bright.

Carry this lamp always and in good time the darkness will yield and you will abide in the Light.


Thank you Lori Anderson for hosting this blog hop.

See what other participants have created using the following links:

Hostess, Lori Anderson       Pretty Things

Adlinah Kamsir                   Dream Struck Designs

Aimee Biondolillo               Aimee’s Jewelry Treasures

Alicia Marinache                 All the Pretty Things

Andra Marasteanu               Handmade by Indra Marasteanu

Andrea Trank                      Heaven Lane Creations

April Grinaway                   Brooklyn Bead Goddess

Barb Solem                         Vivi Magoo Presents

Becky Pancake                    Becky Pancake Bead Designs

Beth Emery                         Stories by Indigo Heart

Birgit Klughardt                  Gites Beads

Bonnie Coursolle                Jasper’s Gems

Cassi Paslick                       Beads: Rolling Downhill

Catherine King                    Catherine’s Musings

Cece Cormier                      The Beading Yogini

Chandra Leitz                     Juniper Goods

Charissa Nesler                   FireStorm Designs

Charlie Jacka                       Clay Space

Christina Hickman              Vintage Treasures Jewelry

Christine Murrow               Charis Designs Jewelry

Christine Stonefield            Sweet Girl Design

Chrizette Bayman               Bead Soup Mix

Cindy Wilson                      It’s My Sea of Dreams

CJ Bauschka                       4 His Glory Creations by CJ

Crystal Thain                      Here Bead Dragons

Cyndi Lavin                        Beading Arts

Debbie Rasmussen             A little of this, a little of that

Denielle Hagerman             Some Beads… and other things I like

Diana Gonzalez                  Arte y Poemas

Diane Hawkey                    diane hawkey

Dita Basu                            ankarshilpa

Donetta Farrington             Simply Gorgeous

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell     Deeliteful Jewelry Creations

Elena Adams                      ~~TBA~~

Emma Todd                        A Polymer Penchant

Erin Kenny                         beadiful therapy

Erin Prais-Hintz                  Treasures Found

Gina Hockett                      Freestyle Elements

Gloria Allen                        Innovative Dreams Jewelry

Heather Marston                 CSW Designs

Inge von Roos                    Inge’s Blog

Iveth Caruso                       Creative Atelier

Jacqueline Marchant          Fiddledeedee Jewelry

Jami Shipp                         Celebrating Life!

Jean Yates                          Snap Out of it Jean, There’s Beading to Do!

Jennifer Reno                     Musings of a Crafty Jenny

Jenny Robledo                   Peppa’s Dream

Jennifer VanBenschoten    Jewelry, Art and Life

Jessica Klaaren                  Cellar Door Jewelry

Jessica Murray                   Whimsical Monkey

Joan Williams                     lilruby jewelry

Jo-Ann Woolverton            It’s a Beadiful Creation

Joanne Browne                   josjewels1

Jodie Marshall                    Jodie Marshall Lampwork Beads Wearable Art

Johanna Rhodes                 Fire Phoenix Creations

John Rasmussen                 Rasumussen Gems and Jewelry LLC

JuLee Wolfe                       The Polymer Penguin

Julie Bean                           Blue Pig Blog

Karen Mitchell                   Over the Moon Designs

Karin King                         The Sparklie Things Blog

Karin Slaton                       Backstory Beads

Kat Douglas                       Washoe Kat’s

Kay Bolton                        Toodles and Binks

Kayla Potega                     The Eclectic Element

Kelly Hosford Patterson     The Traveling SideShow

Kim Ballor                          Vitamin C … A Daily Does of Creativity

Kim Dworak                       CianciBlue

Kim Houston                       The Pink Martini

Kym Hunter                         Kym Hunter Designs

Laren Dee Barton                Laren Dee Designs

Lea Avroch                          LA Jewelry Designs

Leanne Loftus                      First Impression Design

Liddy McLaughlin               Liddy McLaughlin Art

Linda Florian                       Lily’s of the Valley Jewelry & Creative Creations

Linda Inhelder                     Must-Haves Jewelry

Lisa Hamilton                      Simply Irresistable Jewelry

Lisa Suver                            Fancee That

Lori Bowring Michaud        Artfully Ornamental

Lori Poppe                           Adventures in Creativity with Lorillijean

LouAnn Elwell                    Southpass Beads

Mallory Hoffman                 For the Love of Beads

Mandi Effron                       Craft-o-licious

Marcia DeCoster                 MadDesigns

Marcia Dunne                     The Alternative Foundry

Marcy Lamberson              ~Studio Marcy~

Marie Covert                      Creating Interest

Marjorie Savill Linthwaite     bennubirdrising

Marlene Cupo                        Amazing Designs by Marlene

Martha Aleo                           Ornamento

Marti Conrad                          Marti’s Buttons -n- Beads

Mary Ellen Parker                  BeeTree by m.e.

Mary Govaars                        MLH Jewelry Designs

Mary Lindell                          Mary Lindell Artisan Jewelry

Maureen Connolly                 Mrs Beadsley’s Workshop

Maybeline Tay                       The Jewelry Larder

Melissa Elgin                         The Addicted Beader

Melissa Mesara                      one-eared pig beads

Menka Gupta                         Menka’s Jewelry

Michaela Pabeschitz              la mar de bonita

Mischelle Fanucchi               Micheladas Musings

Mona Rae Baroody               Who Does She Bead She Is?

Nan Emmett                          Spirit Rattles — Spirited Earth

Nancy Pedersen                    Something Heartfelt by Nancy

Natalie Davidson                  NorthShore Days

Nikki Douglas                      Bead It and Weep

Pam Farren                           re-maker

Pam, the Crazier Sister        The Crazy Creative Corner

Pam Traub                            Klassy Joolz

Priya Krish                           Hellopalz

Rebecca Anderson               Song Beads

Rebecca Sirevaag                 Becca’s Place

Robin Kae Reed                   Artistry HCBD

Rochelle Brisson                  a creative chelle

Rosa Maria Cuevas              Helena de Troya

Sabine Dittrich                     perlendschungel

Sandi Volpe                          Sandi Volpe

Sandra McGriff                    Creative Chaos

Sarah Goode                         Pookledo

Sarah Singer                         String a Song of Sixpence

Serena Trent                         All Things Made Jewelry

Shai Williams                       Shaiha’s Ramblings

Sharon Palac                        Sharon’s Jewelry Garden

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson    Sharyl’s Jewelry & Reflections

Sheila Davis                         Stone Designs

Shelley Graham Turner        Fabric of My Life

Sherri Stokey                       Knot Just Macrame

Sherry Baun                         Unicorns Jewels

Skylar Bre’z                         Brising Beads

Stephanie Haussler              Pixybug Designs

Tania Spivey                        Moobie Grace Designs

Terri G.                                Blooming Ideas

Terry Carter                         Tapping Flamingo

Terry Matuszyk                    Pink Chapeau Vintage Jewelry

Toltec Jewels                       Jewel School Friends

Tracy Kruse                         Goldkisses Art

Tracy Martin                        Nutkitten’s Jewelry

Zia Parks                              Anzi~Panzi’s Work Shoppe

Zoe Marcin                          Beads, Tea and Sweets

ABS 2012 Year In Review

Written By: admin - Jan• 05•13


At the beginning of 2012, I decided to participate in a personal challenge.

Using the Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge as my foundation, I challenged myself to complete the full year.

Let’s take a look-see and review the year of 2012…

 And Happy New Year.

December 2012 ABS Challenge

Written By: admin - Dec• 28•12

This is the final Art Bead Scene Challenge for 2012.

DEC ABS 2012 A by The Beading Yogini

Thank goodness it’s a lovely winter scene without all of the “red and green” holiday scene background!


Sleeping Beauty by Erté, 1983

26 1/2″ x 33″ Serigraph

(color palette by Brandi Hussey)

DEC ABS 2012 C by The Beading Yogini

It took me some time to come up with a design. I decided that I wanted to try my hand at needle tatting. So, I purchased some tatting needles and surfed for an on line video and the rest is history. Ironically enough, my Grandmother was a master seamstress and tatter.

DEC ABS 2012 D by The Beading Yogini

Materials used: tatting thread, seed beads, felt, buttons, needle and thread.

DEC ABS 2012 B by The Beading Yogini

Check out more artisan designs over at the ABS flickr group.

3rd Annual Challenge of Color Blog Hop 2012

Written By: admin - Nov• 30•12

This is the second Challenge of Color Blog Hop that I have participated in. I find it’s always fun to have someone else choose a color palette for me to play with. This time the lovely Miss Erin and Miss Brandi gave us a selection of two palettes to choose from. (Thank you Erin and Brandi.) Each palette was specially selected for the participants. The option was to work with one or the other, or even both palettes. Both of my palettes very much remind me of my home turf and the colors of the Mojave desert.

The first palette is from Lake Amadeus in the Australian Outback. Looks very much like Badwater Basin in Death Valley. True story; I have both hiked and kayaked across Badwater. I’m pretty certain not many can claim that accomplishment. We had epic rainfall one year and out came the paddles and kayak. Otherwise, it’s just mud flats and salt heaves. I don’t even know if they still let people hike out on the basin anymore. Probably not too many ambitious enough to do that anyway.

Here’s my version Lake Amadeus:

Lake Amadeus 1 COC by the beading yogini

Lake Amadeus Challenge of Color

COC Lake Amadeus 2 by The Beading Yogini

The next palette up is Desert Patterns. I believe this is Saharan sand dunes in Algeria, Africa. We don’t have sand dunes quite that impressive here in the Mojave. In fact, when I first moved here, I was very disappointed because I had been expecting more sand dunes.  I am over that now, because it would just mean more grit, dust and dirt to contend with and we have plenty already. The thing we do have in common … wind, wind and more wind.

Check out these desert colors…

Desert Sands COC by The Beading Yogini

desert patterns Challenge of Color

Desert Sands 2 COC by The Beading Yogini

challenge of color banner 2012

Thanks for stopping in and do hop around and see what others did with this challenge.

Erin Prais-Hintz
Rebecca Anderson
Kris Auderer
Chrizette Bayman
Lori Bowring Michaud
Courtney Breul
Lynsey Brooks
Stephanie Buss
Iveth Caruso
Shannon Chomanczuk
Lisa Cone
Cece Cormier
Lori Dorrington
Dawn Doucette
Jeannie Dukic
Kim Dworak
Beth Emery
Janice Everett
Pam Farren
Donetta Farrington
Gloria Ferrer
Cherrie Fick
Therese Frank
Patty Gasparino
Tanya Goodwin
Ambra Gostoli
Jess Green
Denielle Hagerman
Mary Harding
Karla Hartzog
Kim Hora
Brandi Hussey
Emanda Johnson
Jennifer Justman
Sue Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Lee Koopman
Linda Landig
Kirsi Luostarinen
Cynthia Machata
Alicia Marinache
Beth McCord
Mary K McGraw
Karen Mitchell
Cheri Mitchell-Reed
Aimee Moisa
Karla Morgan
Penny Neville
Becky Pancake
Kashmira Patel
Alice Peterson
Kayla Potega
Debbie Price
Bobbie Rafferty
Caron Reid
Nicole Rennell
Cynthia Riggs
Andrea Ross
Sally Russick
Annie Scherz
Pam Sears
Renetha Stanziano
Sandra Stein
Kristen Stevens
Tracy Stillman
Sherri Stokey
Lola Survillo
Kay Thomerson
Jo Tinley
Emma Todd
Cory Tompkins
Pam Traub
Melissa Trudinger
Michelle Tucker
Shelley Graham Turner
Monique Urquhart
Rachel Van-Walsk
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Lynn White
Joan Williams

Vintaj “Twinkling Lights” December 2012 Challenge

Written By: admin - Nov• 28•12

“The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks;
The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends.
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die…”
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Vintaj December Challnge Twinkle Lights by The Beading Yogini

I’m calling this one “Midnight Navigation”
Vintaj Twinkle Lights Dec Challenge by The Beading Yogini

I used a Vintaj Natural Brass Co. Deco Vines piece for the focal, Vintaj Aged Broze Patina, nylon cord, glass, wood, metal and dyed bone beads, metal findings and dark annealed bailing wire.


Take your interpretation of “Twinkling Lights” and create an inspiring piece using Vintaj Natural Brass, Arte Metal and/or Artisan Copper! Submissions are due by NOON (CST) Friday, November 30.

Voting will be open from December 3 – midnight December 7, with the challenge winner posted on Monday, December 10.

Editor’s Pick will be posted the same day.