Saturday, September 14, 2013

Diagonal Leaf Cuff Update

Wow. As a blogger I'm not so good. LOL Life gets in the way and blogging takes a back seat. 

My "Diagonal Leaf Cuff" project was published in Beadwork Magazine, February - March Issue, 2013.  Here's a link to the magazine site.

We were in the middle of my husband's health crisis when the magazine came out so I wasn't able to promote it as much as I normally would. We almost lost him but he is doing well now. Thank God!

I do have more diagonal leaf projects in my 'ideas book' that I scribble in, but they will have to wait for a while. Once life settles down (yea right! LOL) I hope to get back to designing and enjoying my beads again. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Arrg! For some reason I've not been able to sign in to my blog for a long time. It seems that they've 'updated' again and that always seems to have issues. I finally got in today. Whew! So far, I do like the new format though. Creating and editing the posts is much easier now.

A couple weeks ago I had the day from hell! My old computer, where I store all of my patterns and such, crashed. I'm in the process of trying to figure that mess out. Thankfully, I have some of them backed up on old disks. One of these days I hope to update my old class handouts and maybe put them up for sale. Because I get so many requests for them, I've also been thinking about making individual patterns out of the projects in my Dimensional Flowers, Leaves & Vines book since it's out of print and I don't plan to reprint it.

In the mean time, I've just been experimenting and playing with tecnhique. I seldom finish a whole project because I'm having so much fun just experimenting. LOL Once I do something new I play with the technique for a while but then I get bored and put it aside and go back to experimenting.

I always say I'm like a 'mad scientist beader'.  Like Dr. Frankenstein in the vintage movies with his hair standing on end, crazed look in his eye laughing in his demented, mwahaha! mwahaha! mwahaha! way at the sheer joy of creating. I can hear him now screaming ecstatically, "It's alive! It's alive! It's alive!"  

One of these days I'll have to actually finish a project! Now wouldn't that be something! ROFL Actually, I am working on and idea that is, like ol' Doc Franky's Creation, put together in bits and pieces, but that's a story for a different post at a different time. (Ohhh I'm sooooooo baaaaad!)

In the mean time, I'm off to do some more experimenting. mwahaha! mwahaha! Mwahaha!... It's alive! It's alive! It's alive!!!!!!! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Diagonal Leaf Cuff Tutorial Not Available At This Time

I've submitted my Diagonal Leaf Cuff to a magazine for a possible article. :) Under their rules, I can't sell the tutorial at this time so I've taken it of the market for now. I'll keep you posted on when and where it will be available again.

Barb :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Aryd'ell Puts Her Own Twist To My Diagonal Leaf Cuff

Aryd'ell has put her own twist to my Diagonal Leaf Cuff. She used vintage seed beads (circa 1900)  from Vinice, Italy to create her very festive version of the cuff! She also added tiny flowers to the edges. Adorable! 

Take a closer look at the seed beads, they have two colors on each bead!

You can see more of Aryd'ell's beautiful beadwork on her blog:

Lily, A Beginner Makes The Cuff

Wahoo! I'm so pleasently surprised! My Digaonal Leaf Technique is really an intermediate to advanced technique but Lily, a beginner, has made a cuff for herself! I'm so thrilled that she was adventurous enough to try it. I love the gentle pink color. :) 

It looks like Lily used larger beads than I did which creates a wider cuff. Well done Lily. Well done!

Be sure to visit Lily's blog where you can see her beautiful crochet work and some of her beginning beading . :)

Monday, October 10, 2011


Pardon my 'shouting' in the subject line. But I'm excited. Finally! It's here! After months of writing, drawing, testing, redrawing, retesting and working through every detail with my testers, my Diagonal Leaf Cuff is finally ready to be released! What a journey this has been!

I'm so excited to finally be able to introduce you to my Diagonal Leaf Technique. Inspired by macrame`'s diagonal double half hitch leaf technique, I developed my Diagonal Leaf beading technique in 2007. I love how the technique creates the form of leaves connecting at 45 degree angles with a more subtle, secondary diamond element between them.

Way back in 2007 I was looking through our photo albums and found a few very old, fuzzy, pictures of some of the macrame` designs I'd created way back in the 1960's through the 1980's. One of my designs was a huge wall hanging in which I'd used the diagonal double half hitch leaf macrame` technique. I 'see' everything in beads and as I studied the picture I realized that each half hitch could represent a bead. And that's how my Diagonal Leaf Technique was born.

Here's a picture of the part of my old macrame` wall hanging that inspired this new beading technique. Please excuse how old and fuzzy it is.

So this old macrame` technique - after some experimenting way back in 2007 went from double half hitch knots to beads. And this is the result. :)

I've shown the Diagonal Leaf Technique to few people and taught it to a few others. I've really enojoyed working on the tutorial getting it ready to share with beaders. My testers have been real troopers working hard, giving me feedback and encouraging me to get it done.  And the owners of StitchBoard have held my hand through the whole process as well. 

You can find these beautiful colors at Cindy's Crafts,
The color numbers are: 462D & 469. Cindy has also held my hand through this whole tutorial. She and the others encouraged me to keep going when I thought I'd never get it done.  Well, it's done.

So, drum rolll please!!!

You can access my Diagonal Leaf Cuff tutorial on Stitchboard, the same site that also sells my Pinecone Delight tutorial.  

Here's a link to the site. Be sure to look around while you are there:

Have a wonderful day! Enjoy!

P.S. Just in case you'd like to see the whole macrame` wall hanging, here's the fuzzy old picture. The jute cords were 17 feet long when I started the project! What Was I thinking? LOL

Enjoy! Barb

My Newest Tutorial. Diagonal Leaf Cuff!

For the past sevreal months I've been working on a new tutorial. My testers have finally given it the ok! Wahooo!

We're waiting on one more thing before it's ready for sale, hopefully, later on today, but I thought I'd give you a little preview of my newest cuff! And a new technique too!

I developed this technique way back in 2007, but life got in the way and I've not done too much with it. :)  I showed it to a few people, taught it to a few people and of course, now my testers have been testing it for quite some time now.

My testers finally gave me the go ahead yesterday. We are ready to launch, as soon as we take care of a small technical issue.

But I thought I'd go ahead and give you a sneek peek. :)  I'll let you know when the tutorial is available.

I hope you enjoy the eye candy. :)