Peyote Pencil Sculptures and Other Bead Art

Jan 22, 2008

I love blogs. I love seeing all the photos of what other beaders are working on and learning how they shoehorn creativity into their busy lives. I love stories of triumph over evil (especially evil beads or wire.) I love seeing the rallying cries for community beading projects and the silly jokes and cartoons. Here are five delightful tidbits I recently discovered in the beading blogosophere.--Michelle Mach, Beading Daily editor 

1. Peyote Stitch Pencil Sculptures by Jennifer Maestre

Above: Aurora by Jennifer Maestre.
7 x 17 x 17 in. Private Collection

Yesterday I read an interview with artist Jennifer Maestre on the RuebenMiller blog. I was immediately fascinated by her pencil sculptures before I even understood how she created them. In that interview, Jennifer states, "The sculptures are made by drilling holes in one inch long sections of pencils, and sewing them together using a sculptural beading technique called 'peyote' stitch." Peyote stitch! She is essentially making pencils into beads and then stitching the beads together! You can see more examples of Jennifer's work--including her beadwork--on her website,


2. An Inspiring Disaster Story

I'm a sucker for those rise-from-the-ashes type of stories. So I was intrigued by A Keeper's Jackpot's recent post about a wire project that turned out so badly that she crushed it--and then was inspired by the mangled mess to create a beautiful bird's nest pendant. Check out the photo on her blog--it really is stunning!

3. Bead Paintings by Jo Wood

Blogger Beadweaver recently wrote about Jo Wood who creates bead landscape paintings using felted backgrounds. On her gallery web page, the miniature images look just like paintings--until you click on them to see the larger image. Fascinating! View the gallery.

At left: Autumn Park by Jo Wood



4. Art Doll Charity Project: Call for Entries 

Blogger Girl Gone Thread Wild announced the "pink artist" community art doll project for charity. You are invited to create a 2x2 inch square with a cloth base embellished however your like! All squares will be joined together to create an art doll which will be auctioned off for charity. Deadline is March 1, 2008. Learn more.

I thought this was a neat twist on the standard "bead quilt" type of charity project. It's also open to crafters of all types--beaders, knitters, quilters, scrapbookers, etc.--which is sure to make for a very unique creation! 

5. You're Taking What Kind of Class?

I could definitely relate to this beading cartoon posted by the Midnight Shoveler. This has happened to me more times than I care to admit. I've started saying that I'm the editor of a "beading and jewelry making" newsletter just to make things absolutely clear! 

Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. If there is a beading blog you think she should be reading, leave a note in the comments!

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Carol DeanS wrote
on Jan 23, 2008 2:31 PM
I am so glad you featured Jennifer Maestre's work! I've been a fan of hers since I first saw her work in 500 Beaded Objects. She's as sweet and kind as her pencil are sharp and colorful :D

Carol Dean Sharpe/SandFibers
Timaree wrote
on Jan 23, 2008 4:20 PM
I was just wondering yesterday, if I could drill holes in a pencil as I have one that belonged to my mother and I'd like to use it in binding a little ATC book about her. I didn't want to ruin the pencil and I see now it is possible as Jennifer Maestre shows so well. I think I will practice on an ordinary pencil first though (actually, I'll let my husband do it as he's not afraid of the drill as I am).
on Jan 23, 2008 6:41 PM
Thank you so much for providing a link to my blog!
Jackie (A Keeper's Jackpot)
BarbaraE@19 wrote
on Jan 24, 2008 1:43 AM
This was the best Beading Daily ever! Thanks for all the great websites to visit and the wonderful, amazing work to view. Inspiring.

SaraJ wrote
on Feb 1, 2008 9:02 PM
Wow!!! And freebird, I'd like to see how you get along on that idea/project!