Studio Musings

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Special For Amy

Spiral Dancers:  ruffles and flat spirals
One of my students in my freeform peyote ruffles class this weekend was determined to recreate this set of earrings I'd made as a sample.  It had never even occurred to me that someone would want to do so - the class was focused on creating original pieces after all.  But hey, I'm game.

I think we did a pretty good job in class, just by looking at the bead structure.  But yesterday I decided to check my old files and sure enough, I had taken process photos as I made them, thinking I might use them in my book.

So, here you go Amy; I put together a Photo Essay outlining the steps to make both earrings.  The right earring is a flat spiral, while the left earring ruffles out and has cross bridges to link the ruffles.

Since I hadn't intended it as a pattern, the stitching pattern is somewhat erratic.  That being the case, I decided to make another pair to sort out the pattern.  So far, I've made two more pairs.

I fixed the pattern and then played with different ideas, and now have actual, someone-could-follow-it patterns. Can you believe it?  I plan to include them in the Freeform Peyote Ruffles ebook that I aim to publish before November 1st.  Starting with the 10-page handout from my class,  I'm expanding it to 20 pages, including patterns for these earrings and a pendant. 
The ruffle's the exact pattern, the flat spiral's a variation

The ruffle's the variation in this sample


  1. The infamous "Amy"October 20, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Thanks so much for posting this Karen! The shape and color of these beauties are what caught my eye and made me enroll in your class. So glad I did!!!