Coming Out of “Bead Retirement”, Thanks to Auntie’s Beads

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Auntie’s Beads. Have you heard of it? I only recently discovered this bead store. They have gorgeous stuff. Beads, beads and more beads. Lots of seed beads. And if you have been one of my regular blog readers, then you know about my obsession with seed beads AND peyote.

It was so bad, I would bead 24 by 7, forgetting to eat. When I started dreaming about beads, I knew it was time for a break. That was over 6 months ago. Well, now… break time is over. I am coming out of bead retirement!!

For my first project, I wasn’t sure what to make or which colors to use. Turquoise, for sure, being THE COLOR for 2010. And red goes great with turquoise. Think Southwestern.

I decided on these. Isn’t that mix beautiful!!

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For about a week they sat all neat like this. Flipped through my bead books for ideas. Watched some beading videos on-line.

Only after watching Karla, of Auntie’s Beads, make peyote bead tubes, did I know what I wanted to make. I would incorporate tubes into my design!! Making the tubes was easy. Even if you have never tried peyote. Easy!! Watch this video and you will be making them in no time.

For this project, I made 25 tubes. Some in turquoise, some red and lots in black. I used different seed bead sizes. 8/0 and 6/0. Matte and shiny.

Most of the tubes went into this 6-strand necklace.

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One side is all black. (You can wear it different ways.)

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I also made three bracelets and two pairs of earrings.

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The black bracelet in the last photo was inspired by a pair of earrings I made from the book, Seed Bead Stitching, by Beth Stone. Page 23. Wide-Row Earrings.

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You too can make these items. Go to Auntie’s Beads.–Blue-Turquoise_c_176.html

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9 comments on “Coming Out of “Bead Retirement”, Thanks to Auntie’s Beads

  1. Nana (Betty Lindsey) says:

    They are stunning! Great job on all of them!
    Again, ask…when is your book coming out?
    Love ya! Nana

  2. digipicsphotography says:

    I love those peyote tubes! They make the necklace and bracelet and earrings just incredible! You are so good at beading!

  3. Very pretty, Donna! I’m glad you came out of bead retirement…was starting to wonder with all that crocheting going on! LOL!

    I really like your necklace design. Great work!

  4. Janice says:

    There is a follow up to Beth Stone’s book called More Seed Bead Stitching. If you liked the first book, you will love the seond one.

  5. Lillian says:

    Love the beads love them all and i love the name Aunties beads I am going to check them out. beautiful work.

  6. Connie says:

    I love Auntie’s Beads–Karla’s videos are how I learned the various bead stitches I can do and Beth Stone’s books are the best!

    I love how you utilized the peyote tube beads–something on my list to do–love the colors, too–I’ve been using turquoise a lot, too, lately…love it with the red–your bracelet is inspiring me to get started on a similar project!! LOL

    Looking forward to your next batch of jewelery! Connie

  7. Debra says:

    The tubes are really fun to make. I used ot make a ton of them so I could use them as beads. I LOVE the necklace! Very cool! The colors, chunkiness, everything is great! 😀

  8. Paula Lee says:

    Yeah! As much as I love your other work (and they have all been inspiring) I am glad to see you return to beads. I have been a fan of Aunties Beads for several years now and recommend the site to my students.
    Glad you’re back and the pieces are beautiful.

  9. M ary Billingsley says:

    I also learned & bought most of my tools from
    ‘Fire Mountain Gems’ ~~ Karla’s tutorials are very

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