Marylyn's Beadworks

I am an award winning bead artist. I have won some ribbons, in the Memphis Powwow Art Show, Native American Crafts division. I use patterns and create some of my own designs too. My work is by custom order only. I did the beadwork on the regalia for the 1996 Memphis Powwow Princess. I specialize in the peyote/gourd stitch, but, also do a lot of brick/cheyenne stitch. I make amulet purse necklaces and earrings. Please stop by often. I will be adding new patterns.

I expect to have prices up for my beadwork soon. If you see something you like, just e-mail me and I will get back to you, with prices. Order soon, if you want a gift in time for Christmas. All my beadwork is custom-made which means pieces are NOT made up ahead of time. I will try to match color preferences as close as possible. Amulet bags, in general, start at $50 and up. Native American regalia, such as fanhandles and gourd rattles start at $150 and up. Prices for lighter covers, keyrings, etc will be up soon.

I hold monthly "bead caves" at my home in Memphis, TN. These are from Friday through Sunday. It is a gathering of beaders who want to swap ideas, share bead stitches and techniques, chat, swap beads and just have fun. Beaders are coming from across the country and are at levels of skill from beginner to professional artist. Some attendees have been published. I can accomodate about 4 people at each gathering. If you would like to reserve a spot, please email me for details such as cost (minimal to cover food), sleeping arrangements, materials needed, etc. Our Caves are growing and I am already booked up through March. So I will be taking reservations now, for May 2000.
White Jay Beadery bead store is on the premises.
You can email me at Bead Caves.
Here are links to pictures taken at previous bead caves.
June Bead Cave 99
July Bead Cave 99
October Bead Cave 99
November Bead Cave 99
Feb 2000 Bead Cave
April 2000 Bead Cave
June 2000 Bead Cave

Bead Cave Recipe Site
Check out the new Bead Cave Recipe site. Want to add yours? Email me and I will put it up.
Click here BC Recipes


For those who cannot attend my beading classes, I have made a classroom tape on the GOURD/3-DROP PEYOTE STITCH!
Go to my store page to order the gourd tape at Order Tape
I am now taking credit cards, for online orders.

New Gourd Stitch Beadwork These beadwork pieces were done by members of BeadTalk. I made a video tape of lessons on the gourd stitch and this is some of the beadwork they did, after viewing the tape.

All of the beadwork on this page, except my two gifts, were done with Japanese size 11 beads, which we sell at our beadstore.
White Jay Beadery


I am redoing my beadwork section, into Galleries.
Gallery One - Amulet Bags
Guests, etc

This is the bracelet I made for my swap pal, Annette Tomasetti. It is done in gilt-lined 11s, seafoam green and gold. The larger beads are Czech faceted 3mm in emerald green. It was fun to do and it is my second crocheted bracelet.
Summer's Icy Cooler

Lynn and I have a customer for whom we are doing restoration work on antique Native American beadwork pieces. I did not remember to do a "before" pix on this one, but here is an "after" pix of the tote bag I did. The white centers to the flowers were meant to be irregular and this is not a flaw or damage of lost beads.
Tote bag-front
Tote bag-back

This pair of hoop earrings are made with g/l opal 11s, gold Delicas and faceted crystals.
Icy Summer

This is my lampwork necklace. The beautiful lampwork beads are by Mavis Smith. I did the necklace in my tribal colors of the Cherokee.
Eagle Spirit Woman

A hugs and kisses bracelet which I made for a dear friend. It is done in crystal, faceted, emerald 4mm beads and 22K gold delicas.
Hugs & Kisses Bracelet

My First Crocheted Bracelet
Crocheted Bracelet

Fire n' Ice Barrette, using a combo technique of Coghill's tweenies and Warnick's flutterbys.
Fire n' Ice Barrette

Dogwood barrette, flower pattern from B&B April 1998, by Carol Rodgers.
Dogwood Barrette

Figure 8 bracelet - a technique by Diane Fitzgerald in Jewelry Crafts, March/April 1997. Diane also shows this same technique in BeadWork, Winter 2000. She calls it Caduceus Chain in this issue. I did it in size 11 gilt/lined lavender and powder pink beads and size 13 gold charlottes.
Figure 8 bracelet

Here is Lynn's gift to me. It is a bracelet and earrings set done in red lampwork bead, garnets and antique brass.

Lynn's Christmas present finished in the nick of time. It is done with size 11s seed beads, and the tiny feathers are done with size 15s beads and size 13 charlottes. I also used bone beads for the end of necklace. The feathers are sterling silver. The wolf cab is from Red Ventling.
Wolf Cab necklace

I made this for my nephew for Christmas. He is into DnD stuff. The dagger pendant is from "No Easy Beads", Beverly Herman.
Bone dagger necklace

This is my second cab necklace. It was a kit from Red Ventling. I used size 14s and 11s in the spiral necklace. I just can't quit making them! I love the spiral and I can't wait to learn the dutch spiral at the Nov. Bead Cave. This is my mom's Christmas present. It has been hard keeping her from seeing it.
Mom's cab necklace

My first cab necklace, a carousel horse cab, I bought from Red Ventling.
I used hex beads in the necklace.
Carousel Necklace

My Prayer Chain Bead Necklace

Here is a pair of earrings that I made as a gift to Starline who has black labs of course!
Lab Dreamcatcher Earrings

This is the Hugs n Kisses bracelet made with garnets and 22 k gold Delicas
Garnet bracelet

My first attempt at the spiral rope. It is done with crystal AB Japanese 11s and the smallest size bugles in blue.
Spiral Rope Bracelet

The "Hugs & Kisses" bracelet from Jewelry Crafts. It is Lynn's Xmas present. Shh..don't tell her. I used Czech fire polished crystals and Japanese 11s seed beads.
Hugs & Kisses

Another commissioned piece, Gourd stitch, beaded, Cherokee, personal pipe. The bowl is made from deer antler and the stem and mouthpiece is wood.

Beaded Santa for Donna's Ornament
This is Barbara Elbe's design, from "Beaded Images". I took her Santa pin and made it with a hanger to go inside of a clear ornament. I will decorate the ornament, in the outside, with strings of gold Japanese beads and put a red on the top.

Christmas is coming fast upon us so here are the Rudolph earrings, my version of Barbara Elbe's "Deer Pin" in "Beaded Images".

This cuff bracelet, "Grandfather's Little Ones" 1998, is commissioned piece, that I designed.

Ducks and Eagles
These Duck earrings are from Barbara Elbe's book, "Beaded Images II" and the Eagle earrings are my design, from the Eagle pin below.

Hummingbird earrings from Barbara Elbe's "Back to Beading".

I was commissioned to restore an antique piece of beadwork. Here are the before and after. It was my first restoration.
"Before" and "After" pictures. Click here to view

End of the Trail
End of the Trail earrings from Barbara Elbe's Beaded Images' Site

Harley Davidson Logo
I made this for the back of my "scooter". Thought it would be fun!!
In the wintertime, I will wear it on my denim jacket.
It didn't scan well, because of the bright hematites and s/l reds.
The pattern can be found at Double Woman Designs

Bear Paw Earrings
This is the earrings, which I designed to go with Lynn's necklace on her site. It is a bear paw.

Healing Bottle
This is a "Healing" bottle Lynn made for me, when I was in the hospital. The colors, each have a special meaning in the Cherokee belief.

Beaded Watch Quartz Watch with Beaded Band and bone toggle closure

Beaded Barrettes

Bracelet and Earrings
Elegant Bracelet - variation from Veon's Vol 4 and Earrings (my design)

Sacred Gourd Rattle First view 1998
Sacred Gourd Rattle Second view 1998

Beaded Native American Fan
I beaded this commissioned piece, using the owner's regalia colors.

Cougar from Veon's Vol 4

My Beaded Snake won "Third Place"

A Necklace set in Brick won "Honorable Mention"

3 Beaded Items A Feather in Off-loom Weaving from Bead and Button, Rose Pouch in brick (my design) and one of my Spiders

White Jay Necklace I saw a snow white Blue Jay in my yard, which inspired this variation of a Veon Creations

3 miscellaneous pieces
The little baby earrings are a pattern from "Beads to Buckskin", the lantern earring is from "Beads & Buttons" and the Carousel Horse is from Suzanne Cooper's patterns
(See Suzanne's website link below).

Various designs of mine in peyote/gourd 3-drop stitch

Gourd/Peyote 3-drop graph - graciously created by Emily Hackbarth, for our use.
My Gourd Stitch GraphI copied this one for you too, so pick whichever one you want to work with.
Some of my gourd stitch patterns

Eagle from Veon Creations

Beaded Moccasins I made the moccasins and the beading on the toe is my design.
Order of the Arrow Logo - My Off-loom beading design
Click here for OA graph pattern

New Beaders - Attention!!
Confused about types, sizes and manufacturers of seed beads? Well, I have just put up a page where these are compared, so that you can see the bead sizes, differences in uniformity and how they differ when beaded into a piece of beadwork. I also have links to other similar pages. Click here to visit this site.

Need a Book, Leaflet or Magazine on Beading?
Need a book for beginning beaders? How-to on a certain stitch? Monthly magazines? Latest Books Out on Beading? The best source of published bead patterns, books, magazines, etc is Email Cindy's Crafts
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I have two grandsons, of whom, I am very proud. Their names are Joe and John. Both of them bead. Joe will be 20 this year and has been beading about 5 years. He has made me proud in many ways. Joe has been called to the ministry and took theology in high school. He is an EAGLE SCOUT! John will be 12 this year and is learning to bead. I have taught Joe to bead and here are his first pieces, that I would like to share.
Leaves in brick stitch from "Bead & Button"
LadyBug - Arena's pattern
A keyring His first piece in peyote/gourd stitch
Click here for directions on how to prepare the keyring for beading

My new baby, Pixie. She has her own site at Pixie's Pad Pixie was a gift of love from the members of BeadTalk, a great bead mail list!
Pixie's Pix


Carousel Horse Pattern
My sister-in-law collects carousel horses. After seeing Suzanne Cooper's version, I was inspired to create my own pattern. Hope you enjoy. I made this for my sis-in-law's Oct bd.

Peyote Stitch Eagle Pattern

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