Gaudy by Neola


I am getting ready to teach a bead embroidery class at the local college here in the SE Arizona desert and in going back through my notes from previous classes I have taught, I noticed how often I discuss RHYTHM when talking about beading.

Beading can be taught and learned in a group setting, but once the beader gets it, beading becomes a RHYTHMIC solitary event.

Beading is a lot like painting a room. A good deal of the work is prep work. Select a focal cabochon and let it sit on your mat until it tells you what it wants to become. Graph out a pattern to please the cab. Select a backing and glue it down. Select seed beads and embellishments. Lay them out in trays or on mats. Thread needles.

At this point I find I need and want and relish some alone time. Sitting in my favorite beading chair with my feet up and my beading light on, the RHYTHM begins.

Pick up 4 beads, needle down, back up behind 2 beads, through last beads added. Or pick up one bead, skip next bead, go through second bead and so on and so on with any number of beading stitches or techniques.

I may find myself singing or humming. I may have music playing in the background. And it may be hours later before I look up again. And when I look back down at my mat, art has happened and it was a good day.

Neola Bye-Beza

I have always been attracted to all things natural and earthy. As a bead artist living here in the southwest desert I am surrounded by wonderful lapidary folks giving me access to unusual cuts of jasper and agates that lend themselves to the unique "one of a kind' beaded jewelry I design. Working with natural stones and seed beads which I embroider onto leather or suede using my own original designs with native stitches and techniques I sew or loom each piece individually.


1 comment

  • Renate Guilmette
    Renate Guilmette, 15 July, 2015 08:07 Comment Link Report

    Great site and beautiful pieces. Your pieces are as unique and interesting as you! I found it easy to go between the different areas of the site and enjoyed your perspective on collecting art. Good luck Neola!

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