And I am in love with each of them. I seem to be on a design roll, with each new one coming easily and being executed well.
For Beads in Motion I released directions for the 12 year old Rings of Saturn. I updated the graphics, but little else about it changed. Though it has been available as a kit for some time, I couldn't resist including it in the book as it was the impetus for the theme of the book, movement in beadwork. It was also the first piece I designed that was noticed by the bead stores and resulted in me starting to teach nationally.
For the Bead Within, I will be including My Secret Garden, a piece I first designed and taught around 2001. It is so much fun bringing new colors and better skills to an older piece like this. The new Secret Garden will be black and silver with touches of fuchsia and lime green. It is odd to look backwards at my very mediocre illustration skills at the time. Documenting beadwork patterns has come a long way and the bar has been raised pretty high by a number of artists that do it really really well.
I continue my learning curve with Adobe Illustrator and try to bring you the best possible illustration. Is that something you value when you receive directions for a piece? Or is it if the the piece really speaks to you, you can overlook some skill in that area? Do you have ideas on what makes a well documented pattern? I'd love to hear them.