It turns out as I count up this years designs, the lack of pressure was really good for my design successes. Each of the projects developed on their own time and in time or actually ahead of schedule for their project debuts.
Last year I designed Cryptex for this years Beading by the Bay, but it was this year I perfected it, beaded two additional color ways and wrote the instructions. It's been a fun one to see beaded.
I'm showing you Cynthia Newcomer Daniel's version here because I love the changes she made to the strap and fringe as well as her layout showing the interior of the piece.
This is Wind Beneath my Wings, named by my friend Beki Haley. It came out of my need to do more hubble stitch. Last year's Let's Hubble book by Melanie de Miguel introduced us to this very fluid and versatile stitch. I used it in Cryptex as well and I know I'll continue to explore it. This one is for this year's Fall Foliage retreat. Rumor has it there are a couple of spaces still open.
For some time I've wanted to go back to exploring my beginnings with Amulet purses. My first ever was peyote stitch, and my second was a David Chatt piece on the cover of Nicolette Stessin's Beaded Amulet Purses. That one was quite challenging and my first introduction to right angle weave. This one was less challenging, but did incorporate my wrong angle weave method of adding an embellishment bead while weaving the raw fabric. You can read that here or more here.