Desert Song

DesertSongWrapBraceletBySusanMarieMolloyPhoto3The new Diamonduo beads arrived in my studio a couple weeks ago, and this past week found me doing more design work.

The Diamonduos are approximately 6mm x 8mm and come in a large amount of colors. For my new design, I chose the coral color.

A few mint-colored beads in my supply room caught my eye, and I coordinated the duet of coral and mint with antique gold. Laying all the beads together on the studio worktable, the first thoughts of a soft desert song floating on a breeze came to mind – thus, this piece’s title, “Desert Song Wrap Bracelet.”

As I worked the beads, this project seemed to be (subconsciously) inspired by the many creations of Deborah Roberti of Around the Beading Table. She creates down-to-earth tutorials that can turn any creative artist’s head. You can see her work and shop her tutorials by clicking HERE.

As with my “Queen Twosret” wrap bracelet, “Desert Song” has a beaded peyote stitch toggle clasp. The look is clean, yet elegant.  Depending upon the piece, I would rather have a beaded clasp than a metal one.  Again, it depends on the piece.

The tutorial is now available in my shop, Miss Poppy’s Boutique. Click HERE to read more about it, purchase it, or request one made just for you by me.

In the meantime, listen for that soft desert song wafting in the warm desert breeze.

©Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.


What’s in a Name

Here we are at the beginning of a new week, and noticing last week went by fast. It definitely was a busy one at my studio.

I held another class. It was a basic needle weaving session using the gourd, or peyote, stitch. This was a new stitch for a few of my six students, and a nice refresher for others. We used one of my own earring designs as a starting point.

This stitch has been around for millennia, and goes as far back as ancient Egypt. I grew up knowing it as the gourd stitch; at some point beaders today more commonly use the term “peyote stitch” instead. What is interesting is that the term “gourd stitch” derives its name from American Indians decorating gourd containers, and “peyote stitch” is derived from American Indians decorating decorative objects used in their peyote ceremonies. Nonetheless, it is the same basic stitch.

I like it for its simplicity and versatility. When I create something using only Delica seed beads, the piece turns out smooth, flat, and slinky. I have modified patterns by using various sizes of seed beads, the most well-known of these is the Cellini stitch. It’s peyote gone ‘round and ‘round with a lot of interesting bumpiness!

We had fun at my class, and we learn from one another. I hold the belief that not only can experienced beaders share their knowledge and talents, but novice beaders bring a lot to the table, too. They see things with fresh, new eyes. And sharing and discussing some background history about the art of beading keeps our conversations between us beaders delightful and positive – and it makes it so much more enjoyable to want to learn more, and to return to my studio to learn and share even more.

©2016 Susan Marie Molloy, Designs by Susan Marie Molloy, The Rosary Shoppe, Miss Poppy’s Boutique, and all works within.

Noelle Beaded Ornament Cover

Noelle Susan Marie MolloyIt’s only the first week in October, yet I have Christmas and all its sparkly finery on on my mind.

I was playing with beads a couple of weekends ago, and found that I created a beaded Christmas ornament cover.  How did I do this?  Well, I discovered that my expertise in crochet paid off with designing this piece.  Seems that crocheting with yarns and thread and needle beading are cousins in a way.

I showed off my finished piece to others, and I was swamped with requests to provide my tutorial.  I also was sought out to teach this project at my local bead shop.

What I like best in the finished piece are the flash and brilliance of the fire polished beads I used throughout.

If you like to bead and want to try this project, please CLICK HERE FOR NOELLE BEADED ORNAMENT COVER.

If you would like for me instead to create one or more for you, please contact me at Poppy at SusanMarieMolloy dot net.  I will be happy to make this in the colors you want.

Happy Beading!

Susan Marie Molloy

Designer and Owner of Miss Poppy’s Boutique

Happy Mistakes

IMG_20150915_122228As most of us artists know, there are happy mistakes.

I took a beading class several months ago.  The premise of the class was to teach the peyote (gourd) stitch with a rivoli and create a pair of earrings.  So, I packed up my beads, scissors, thread, and needle and off I went to class.

The peyote stitch is simple enough, and it is a clean stitch, particularly when using cylinder beads such as Miyuki Delicas.  The cylindrical shape of the beads help to produce a well-fitted and even creation.

The pattern was for a round bezel around round rivolis.  At least that was the idea.  My finished bezel turned out to be a heart shape, not round.  I was such I made a mistake somewhere, until a friend of mine said that her several attempts also created non-round shapes.

What I think happened is that the teacher, in rewriting the original pattern, missed steps or miswrote the instructions.  But then, that is the happy mistake.

I decided to use my heart-shaped peyote stitch piece to create a pendent instead of earrings.  I took the cylinder beads and made a peyote stitch bezel.  What I further plan to do is stitch a rope with cylinder beads and finish it with some sort of clasp.

You see?  A mistake doesn’t really have to be a mistake.

Happy Beading,

Susan Marie Molloy

Artist and Owner, Miss Poppy’s  Boutique

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Up the Beading Road

My beading fascination and business took another exciting turn this past couple of weeks. I am now learning new skills and techniques with beading with threads.

My first project was a simple back-and-forth sewing technique. I used fishing line, cat’s eye beads, and faceted Czech glass beads. I finished it off with a simple silver toggle clasp.

The project went well, and I was finished in an evening.   I wore the bracelet for a few days and decided that fishing line made the bracelet a little too stiff for my liking. I wound up making a similar bracelet for a friend, but this time I used Fireline thread. What a difference! The bracelet was more flexible, lighter, and felt alive. Now I will take apart my bracelet and redo it with Fireline thread.


This past weekend, I attended a regular beading class. The project for that morning was the Darby Bracelet (pattern created by Deborah Roberti). It featured a ladder stitch, which I wanted to learn.

After having a slow start to the first portion of the pattern and two tear-outs, I was getting the hang of it. I broke a needle in class, and that does happen from time to time.  I took my unfinished bracelet home, and I was finished that evening. I finished the bracelet at home, and by the time I was more than halfway done, I gained confidence and speed with each stitch. It got to a point where I didn’t have to rely one hundred per cent on reading the pattern. In fact, I only heavily referred to it when I added the clasp.


It turned out well, though I made it about one section too much for my wrist. It won’t fall off, but it could be a little bit smaller. My next Darby Bracelet will take care of that.

I find that threading beads is a nice change from wire beading. I plan on creating a few new pieces for my Etsy shop, Miss Poppy’s Boutique. I believe this new beading technique will be a nice addition to what I offer for my customers.

My finished bracelet.

My finished bracelet.

Happy Beading,

Susan Marie Molloy