River of light
by Karen Joelson
I have been designing beaded jewelry and accessories for 17 years. In that time, I have concentrated mostly on off-loom beading techniques, although I have made loomed amulet bags and countless bracelets. My favorite stitches are Peyote, Ndebele herringbone, and right-angle weave, but I love the versatility of all the stitches.
When I first started beading, I learned one stitch at a time, making projects until I felt comfortable with it. Then I tried every possible way to modify it using a variety of beads. This always led to several design possibilities, along with plenty of frustration. Fortunately, concentrating on one stitch at a time allowed me to work out many kinks, and learn the stitches thoroughly. (I also consider myself an expert at untangling knotted thread and threading needles. These skills are appreciated by my students!)
Now I am in a position to help you develop your beading skills and achieve your design goals. Send your questions to me at anna@BeadandButton.com or use the "Ask Anna" contact form.
Anna Elizabeth DraegerAssociate Editor"Bead&Button magazine