Heart of Texas Bead Retreat
September 30-October 3, 2021
Sheraton Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center
“Stella Goes Baroque”
a 3-D project
© 2020 by Karen Long
For Early Birds: Thursday, September 30, 2021 ♥ 1:30-4:30 p.m.
For Night Owls: Friday, October 1, 2021 ♥ 6:00-9:00 p.m.
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
“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: 3 hours
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