As the images in this gallery illustrate, I have settled on five major techniques and styles over the years:
1. Wing-bracelets made from size 15 seed beads using Peyote stitch that are heavily influenced by tribal tattoos
2. Cuff-bracelets made from size 11 delica beads using Peyote stitch that are either pictorial or utilize geometrical patterns inspired by ethnic sources such as Persian calligraphy, Celtic keypatterns and African and American Textiles
3. Objects, necklaces and bracelets using Brick-stitch and a variety of bead sizes and shapes mostly employing circular, fan or serpentine patterns
4. Ndebele stitch bracelets either with a clasp or as a cuff with two segments laced together. The Ndebele either has other beads embedded in it, or shows pictorial designs that would also be suitable as loom patterns. The ripple cuffs get their effect from a combination of size 15 and size 11 seed beads arranged in a wave pattern that causes the bead fabric to buckle and undulate.
5. Bead embroidery, which is a fairly recent addition to my repertoire, but which I love because of its versatility and the ability to combine a vastly different selection of beads, stones and found objects
Fan-Tastic I Ellygator 1,418 613 Fan-Tastic II Ellygator 109 68 Peacock Paisley Ellygator 286 161 Maharanee Ellygator 95 98 Pearl Vines Ellygator 116 44 Gingko Gecko Ellygator 112 60 Moon Owl Ellygator 75 35 Stormbringer Ellygator 171 133 Elemental Collar - Earth Ellygator 53 31 Undine Evening Bag Ellygator 441 221 Ocean Dreams Ellygator 53 52 Cephalopod Dreams Ellygator 140 85 Daydream Ellygator 24 11 Sail on Ellygator 30 15 Strange Attraction Ellygator 37 8 Pass the Mustard! Ellygator 40 6 Happy Fish Ellygator 34 9 Citrus crush Ellygator 52 17 In the Shallows Ellygator 71 19 Raspberry Parfait Ellygator 57 20 Low Tide Ellygator 74 29 Amber and Azure Ellygator 68 32 Pernod Ellygator 77 45 Absinthe I and II Ellygator 48 14