Heart of Texas Bead Retreat
October 17-20, 2019 Sheraton Conference Center Georgetown, Texas
is pleased to present
Optional Add-On Class
Ojo de Luna
a 3-D pendant designed and taught by Karen Long
All my life, I’ve enjoyed working with my hands. In 1997, while living in Northern California, I was introduced to off-loom bead-weaving with seed beads. I was hooked… My first project was an amulet bag in peyote stitch and I must have made 3 dozen as gifts for friends and family!
I love feeling the beads in my hand as I work, and the ability to change beads to create wonderful designs is a great outlet for my creativity. I think of it as “painting with beads”.
I’ve always been inspired by Native American designs and have traveled throughout Arizona and New Mexico to the various reservations and native sites. Peyote stitch lends itself to these designs, as well as to those of Frank Lloyd Wright, another big influence.
In 2013, I was encouraged to teach some of my designs at Sea of Beads, a local bead store in Austin, TX, where I live today. Those first classes worked out well, and now I teach 4-5 classes each month. I like teaching basic techniques and encouraging new students to learn bead-weaving. But, I’ve branched out to more complex patterns as well. If you live in the Austin area, I’d love to see you in a class; and for the latest news on my designs, visit my website karenlongdesigns.com.
Ojo de Luna
The “Eye of the Moon” is nestled in a 3-D crater formed with peyote stitch. I love graphic patterns and these really capture the Heart of Texas (the graphics on the back include star and heart motifs). But, when you view from the front, you see a linear diamond pattern because of the “crater”. You can use the Luna cabochon, which inspired the name of the project, or a Czech backlit cabochon looks great too. This is a really fun piece to make!
Artist: Karen Long
Skill Level: Intermediate, must know peyote stitch
Workshop Length: 3 hours
Techniques: Peyote Stitch, Right Angle Weave, Herringbone Stitch
Materials: Click HERE
Kit: NO kits for sale – See Materials List Link
Students should bring: In addition to the materials in the list, Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies