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“Stella Goes Baroque”
a 3-D project
Bonus Workshop is a Self-Paced Course through Teachable
© 2020 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. I found that I had a knack for teaching basic techniques while encouraging new students to learn bead weaving. From those beginning classes, I branched out to teaching more complex projects. To date, I’ve had over 750 students take my classes!
Currently, I’m not teaching any physical classes, but have been spending my time converting some of my older classes to self-paced online courses through my Teachable school. I like this format because it allows me to offer written instructions and videos, so my students can see some of the more intricate parts of a project. For the latest news on my designs, visit my website karenlongdesigns.com
“Stella Goes Baroque”
Stella Goes Baroque was designed as a spin-off from my Stella Nova star when some of my beading friends wondered about creating a more “cross-like” shape. It has an open airy feel to it and looks fabulous when it hangs and turns. The overall size is about 3” high x 2” wide… Perfect as an ornament or sun catcher!
One of the characteristics of Baroque art is the strong contrast in color, which is easy to achieve in this design. I really like using shiny beads, but if you want a softer look, frosted bead finishes work well too. All your favorite color combinations can come true in this project!
Artist: Karen Long
Skill Level: Intermediate, must know peyote stitch
Workshop Length: Self-paced online course through my Teachable school. Info email to registrants coming soon.
Techniques: Peyote Stitch, Herringbone Stitch
Materials: Click HERE
Kit: Kits are not available for this class
Students should bring: In addition to the materials in the list, Lighting/Magnification, your usual beading supplies